Politics

Painting Ontario Blue: What Would a Tory Government Mean to ETFO Members? (Ideas)

Vivian McCaffrey

The minority government at Queen’s Park means Ontario could face an election this school year. ETFO members may still harbour strong feelings about the Liberal government’s attack on collective bargaining rights and the failure of anyone in the legislature to vigorously defend them, but we should not overlook the bigger threat to the public sector and to unions: the agenda of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

Precarious Work: The New Reality

Vivian McCaffrey

If you’re like me, you may be waiting impatiently for the economic pendulum to swing back to a time when skilled workers could count on stable employment and a comfortable standard of living. According to a number of recent reports, however, we’re in the midst of a new economic reality, the dominant feature of which is “precarious work.”

Reporting Back: UN Commisson on the Status of Women in 2013

Marilies Rettig

Every year, during the first two weeks of March, representatives from countries around the world gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to participate in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The CSW addresses different themes each year, examining the progress made on achieving gender equity and other policies that advance the fundamental rights of women and girls around the world.

Enjoying Your Weekend? Thank the Union

Vivian McCaffrey

ETFO members have spent the last year standing up for the right to engage in free collective bargaining. In the process, we experienced some rude awakenings: a Liberal government that betrayed a decade-long relationship with education professionals and a growing bias against unions. The broader context of this experience helps us to both better understand the anti-union sentiment and fight against it.

Eroding Democratic Principles at Queen's Park

Vivian McCaffrey

The last year has been a tumultuous one for education Politics in Ontario and one that has seen democratic rights and principles die on the altar of political expediency.

Vote Against Kids! Really?

Mary Morison, Johanna Brand

The political advertising campaign ETFO undertook this fall was the most visible – and the most controversial – campaign the federation has ever conducted.

The Long Road to Safety at School

Ellen Chambers Picard

Gabe's journey began when he was a little boy of eight in public school. By the time he was in grade 12, he had been living with homophobia every day since he started high school. The day he had enough and physically fought back was the day I stopped hoping he would be okay in school.