COVID-19

A New Year to Mobilize

Sharon O’Halloran

Welcome back to the start of another school year! I hope you had a well-deserved rest, and were able to refresh and recharge over the summer.

From the Editor

Izida Zorde
With the fall issue of Voice, we consider what a just and equitable recovery from COVID-19 looks like.

A Pleasure and an Honour

Sam Hammond

I want to start my last column for Voice by saying a big thank you to ETFO members, ETFO leaders and ETFO staff.

From the Editor

Izida Zorde

With this summer women’s issue of Voice, we begin to look forward at what kind of recovery we want to see in Ontario as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes.

From the Editor

Izida Zorde
The spring issue of Voice is focussed on moving forward and organizing together for the change we want to see. The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for educators and other frontline workers and we all look forward to finally moving beyond it and rebuilding towards a future that centres equity and investment in public education, public services and communities.

It is a Critical Time for Members to Stay Active in Protecting Public Education

Karen Brown
There is no doubt that education workers have struggled as a result of the systemic underfunding of public education. Ontario’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic turned difficult classroom realities, such as large class sizes, insufficient supports for students, and poor air quality and ventilation, into a dangerous crisis.

It is Time to Make Sure Students and Educators Get the Support They Deserve

Sharon O'Halloran
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated concerns about large class sizes, the physical condition of schools and the government’s failure to provide appropriate funding to meet the needs of all students, particularly students with special education needs and those from marginalized communities.

Change Needs All of Us

Chris Fuerth
Chris Fuerth details how the Ford government has sacrificed our working conditions, our students’ learning conditions and the safety of both educators and students.