Politics

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.

Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools

Darline Pomeroy

The education of First Nations children in Canada has a dark history. Today, as Grand Chief Stan Beardy told ETFO's annual meeting, inadequate funding means many students have to leave their families and communities to get an education.

ETFO Works to End Violence Against Women

Carol Zavitz

From 1967 to 1970, members of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada travelled around the country, charged with “inquir[ing] into ... the status of women in Canada ... to ensure for women equal opportunities with men in all aspects of Canadian society.”