May 21st has been designated as Anti–Chevron Day since 2014 by a coalition of concerned citizens who want to bring greater awareness of the environmental damage that Chevron has caused in many locations across the planet.
OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on the Canadian Government to hold Chevron accountable for its actions, and to ensure that Canadian international corporations are accountable for their actions overseas.
OSSTF/FEESO joins the Ontario Autism Coalition in demanding increased support for students with autism
TORONTO, ON – Apr 06 2017 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) joins the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC) in calling on the Ontario government to increase the support in schools for students with autism.
“We stand with the OAC in recognizing the need for the Ministry of Education to allocate more funding for the hiring of Educational Assistants and Professional Student Services Personnel,” said OSSTF/FEESO president Paul Elliott. “Increasing the number of specialized support staff is essential to providing students with autism the support and service they require and deserve.”
The Federation also supports the OAC’s call to increase and improve the training of both teachers and educational support staff to deepen their proficiency in working with students with autism. Members of OSSTF/FEESO have always been open to professional development, and they would welcome training in this particular area.
“We also support the coalition’s recommendation of the establishment of a demonstration school for students with autism,” continued Elliott. “Currently, Ontario’s demonstration schools serve students who are blind, who are deaf, and who have learning disabilities. It is time to establish a demonstration school that serves the specific needs of students with autism.”
“It is the goal of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation to enhance and protect public education,” added Elliott, “and to that end, we welcome the recommendations made by the OAC.
November 25, 2016 — Every year, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) recognizes November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and as the start of the White Ribbon Campaign in Canada.
“As educators, we have an obligation to take a lead role in raising awareness about the alarming degree to which violence against women and girls continues to plague our communities,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott. “Today and every day, we encourage all levels of government to provide funding and deliver comprehensive strategies to address this issue.”
Today also marks the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender violence. Many OSSTF/FEESO members will set up commemorative displays in their work sites from November 28 to December 9. The Federation will commemorate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and the sixteen days of activism will conclude with the recognition of International Human Rights Day on December 10.
“We are proud that so many of our members work tirelessly to bring awareness and action to ending gender violence, particularly our Status of Women Committee who take a lead every year in organizing campaign materials and developing our December 6th commemorative poster,” said Elliott.
OSSTF/FEESO is a proud sponsor of the White Ribbon Campaign and has made December 6th commemorative posters available to districts and bargaining units across the province.
The Provincial Executive is continuing its support for Kids Help Phone as the OSSTF/FEESO designated charity for 2016-2017. Kids Help Phone continues to fill an important niche in advocating for and giving assistance to our students and their families.
During its twenty-six year history, Kids Help Phone has greatly expanded its outreach as a bilingual national organization serving children and teens in need of counselling, advice and intervention. Kids Help Phone now provides direct phone and online support to over 2.2 million requests for help each year, including young people living in rural and remote communities across Canada where supports are not readily available. The Kids Help Phone website also provides access to resources on a wide variety of issues including sexuality, harassment and bullying, drugs and alcohol, dating, and family relationships. Youth awareness materials are provided free of charge to schools to build awareness of Kids Help Phone services and how to access them.
Kids Help Phone is also one of four organizations working together in partnership to provide Good2Talk, a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary students aged 17-25 in Ontario, 24/7/365.
OSSTF/FEESO is signing on to support the Leap Manifesto. This is a call to have a Canada based on caring for each other and the planet, moving swiftly to a post-carbon future, upholding Indigenous rights, and pursuing economic justice for all. Members are encouraged to check out the Leap Manifesto and consider adding their own name to the list of supporters.