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We’re Keeping the Pressure On

Sam Hammond

When faced with a regressive government that consistently demonstrates its backwards logic, we must double down on our commitments to one another, to our collective well-being and to equity and social justice.

Building Solidarity

Vickita Bhatt

Vickita Bhatt writes about responding to the Ford Conservative government by organizing with her colleagues, local parents and other community members.

Building Community

Mandi Hardy

The point of talking about privilege is not to make people feel bad, or guilty; it is that recognizing privilege is the only hope we have of breaking down the system to make it fairer for everyone.

Your Federation

More than 100 delegates and 35 union school representatives attended February’s Representative Council meeting. President Hammond spoke to the importance of ETFO’s participation in creating positive social and political change for all Ontarians.

Kindergarteners Building Community

Deanna Pecaski McLennan

From this beginning, our class began a journey that would collect more than 5,000 items for donation in a little over a week’s time!

Churchill School of Rock

Ray Kalynuk

This spring the students of Churchill Alternative School, in Ottawa, Ontario, will be marking a major milestone, as will the school staff and community.

Building Community, Building Success

Rosemary Renton, Jim Giles

Late last spring, our principal announced to the staff that we were going to offer a free field trip to every student in our school. She told teachers to plan a one-day, curriculum-related field trip, anywhere we wanted.

These are the People in Your Neighbourhood

Fiona Brougham, Lisa Furdyk

In early October 2011, just as the school year shifted into high gear, art collective Mammalian Diving Reflex approached our principal with an idea. They were looking for two teachers to work with them on an exciting community-based project called These Are the People in Your Neighbourhood.

Connecting Classrooms to the Community ( CTF Report)

Mary Lou Donnelly

UNESCO describes  the role of education for sustainable  development as helping people “develop  the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to make  informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and for the future, and to act upon those decisions.” This is the core of a new CTF progr

Taking on the Challenge of Local Leadership

Dave Wing

Dave Wing is the president of the Kawartha Pine Ridge ETFO Local. He started teaching in 1989. Today he is married (to another teacher) and has two children, ages five and seven. He spoke with Voice about his leadership journey.