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Special meeting for Catholic school board

Thursday, January 23, 2014   by: Staff


SAULT STE. MARIE - A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) will take place at seven o’clock on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

The meeting, to be held at the Catholic Education Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, will also be accessible through a video conference connection at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Espanola.

The meeting will focus on the outcome of the collaborative efforts of the HSCDSB and the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario regarding the future delivery of Catholic education in Espanola.

The two Boards have been working together since last year in response to a request from the Ministry of Education.

The HSCDSB has given top priority to this collaborative endeavour in its Capital Priorities submission to the Ministry of Education. 


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Tito 1/23/2014 7:17:05 PM Report

I would personally like to thank them for selling out their own community and allowing an out of town company to build the school that we are sending our kids to. That's a job that our community really needed but yet found cheaper labour from down south. It's sickening to drive by and see the advertisements of all the out of town companies working there while we have so many out of work here.
vic-star 1/23/2014 8:18:46 PM Report

I could not agree with you more Tito. They could easily have cut cost by removing some of the fancy extras that school board insists on if necessary. It is really sad to see so many tradesmen out of work, when we could have been on that job.
macgyvr 1/23/2014 9:58:13 PM Report

Why is it that out of town companies can do it for less? Are the locals too greed? Are the materials more costly? Are the wages too high? Can't be transportation they hae to bring it here too. Is the quality of the build inferior. WHY WHY WHY
Alystr 1/23/2014 11:23:46 PM Report

The quality of a southern built building is awful.. The reason they hire from out of towners is because they will do a fast job and cheaper job. They work for peanuts down south when building stuff. Here they will do a better job and not cut corners which takes longer.. Sad But True..
macgyvr 1/23/2014 11:41:14 PM Report

OK this is well known fact. Then why do we consistently fall for this S##T? Then the repairs start because of previous poor work and cost more in the long run. Our tax dollars at work. And well educated people decide this?
Bill_the_Cat 1/24/2014 7:05:02 AM Report

The reason for choosing certain companies over local ones has to do with the regulations regarding tendering.

“For more than three decades, certain unions have been able to exploit a loophole in Ontario’s labour laws that allows them to force municipalities to contract out work on large infrastructure projects to companies only they represent,” said Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, in a news release. “This unfair labour practice prevents roughly 70 per cent of qualified contractors from working on our bridges, water treatment facilities and public buildings—just because they don’t hold the right union card or have chosen not to hold one at all"

This impacts school boards. The Fair and Open a Tendering Act was supposed to open the process, but didn't pass the legislature.
funkywalker 1/24/2014 7:18:52 AM Report

It's CLAC, google it. Then grab your pickets.
funkywalker 1/24/2014 7:27:20 AM Report
funkywalker 1/24/2014 7:33:27 AM Report
Bill_the_Cat 1/24/2014 8:15:15 AM Report

funky: don't get your panties in a knot. I am simply stating one big reason that tenders to certain firms, and not to others.

I have no opinion on the CLAC or any other union vis a vis their fraternal politics.

Bill_the_Cat 1/24/2014 8:21:22 AM Report

The larger picture is why the French Boards are demanding (and getting) separate physical structures for their grossly underutilised schools.

Whilst at the same time, the Ministry of Education is going apoplectic over underused buildings in the English Boards in the name of efficiency and funding cuts.

The old St Mark's site in Sault Ste Marie was built for 300(?). How many students currently for the French Public? 10-20?

Your tax dollars at work.

macgyvr 1/24/2014 8:37:35 AM Report

Someone with "BIG ONES' should step up stand up and stop this S##T.
funkywalker 1/24/2014 8:44:37 AM Report

Panties unbunched. Totally agree with you on the way that the school system is run.
Bill_the_Cat 1/24/2014 9:16:58 AM Report

No worries. Unions and union related material tend to polarise people--especially on sootoday.
Wdwrkr 1/24/2014 10:05:46 AM Report

End all provincial and public funding to all religion based education. Let their gods figure out where to get the money to pay for their elitist and discriminatory system.
bradl 1/24/2014 6:58:00 PM Report


I couldnt agree more.
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