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Think of the children, say Catholic teachers

Wednesday, May 07, 2014   by: Staff



Catholic Teachers Launch Election Campaign

TORONTO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Who Speaks for Children in the upcoming provincial election?

That is the question the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) is encouraging all Ontarians to ask when they go to the polls on June 12, 2014.

"Our non-partisan campaign is designed to bring issues of importance about children, such as education, childcare and poverty, to the forefront in this provincial election," says OECTA President James Ryan.

"We are encouraging Ontarians to ask the candidates how their parties 'speak for children' and then make an informed choice on election day."

OECTA's campaign is dedicated to ensuring a factual, positive discussion about the state of our publicly funded education system - because Ontario'sfuture prosperity depends upon the ability to provide all children the opportunity to realize their full potential.

"Ontario needs to graduate students with advanced knowledge and skills who can address increasingly complex issues," adds Ryan. "This cannot be achieved if we are only focused on reducing expenditures or going 'back to basics'. We need investments that will eliminate child poverty, foster innovation, and enhance our publicly funded education system."

The Speak for Children campaign includes billboards and transit ads in various communities across the province. The campaign also features a video series and TV ads that celebrate Ontario's students and teachers. The videos present 14 former and current students, who share their unscripted insights and perspectives on Ontario's education system. 

"We are proud of our students who speak for themselves, from the heart, about their positive experiences in school," says Ryan. "We are confident that Speak for Children will help spark a necessary conversation about the kind of society we want and the services we need in Ontario," says Ryan. 


OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.


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I'm In 5/7/2014 3:20:15 PM Report

NDP all he way, it's too bad Jack Layton passed away cause he started something real good for the poor/middle class, which needs to continue. The Labour parties are working in England and Germany so why can't they work in Canada, Labour is what built this country.
I'm In 5/7/2014 3:21:25 PM Report

I meant all the way, should have proof read.
Right Winger 5/7/2014 3:25:34 PM Report

Mr. Poster 5/7/2014 3:39:07 PM Report

OECTA...non partisan? I thought they always supported McGuilty and group .Was OECTA thinking of the children when they demanded increases ??
Canadien 5/7/2014 4:14:40 PM Report

Think of the Children? Huh? Teachers have been thinking about themselves for years. The Liberals have lined their pockets and given them everything they have ever wanted and more. Work to Rule? were they thinking about the Children? No Sports? No Extra Curricular activities? Were they thinking about the Children? All of them will soon be on the Sunshine List of individuals making more than $100 grand a year. is all about the children.
hockeyman18 5/7/2014 4:34:58 PM Report


I am not a teacher but if the union says you have to do something you do it. When I was working at Algoma Steel we were obligated to strike at times and it was difficult because I needed to provide for my family. I would have worked if I was able to but I couldn't.

Also, if you are that concerned about extra curr. why don't you volunteer your own time. Extra Curr. is above the pay. They do not get paid for it. it is VOLUNTARY. The teachers do it for the children. When the union says to stop it is not up to the teachers.

In what other profession would you ask someone to do something off the clock and for free. Would a lawyer/doctor/nurse work hours of their time for free, or even minimum wage workers? Probably not.

I, personally, never judge a person based on a career that I have never done.
anapeg 5/7/2014 4:43:50 PM Report

Catholics worried about children? That is news to a recovering Catholic who was an altar boy.
OMGWTF 5/7/2014 5:53:05 PM Report

Canadien, I guess you didn't have kids when Harris was Prem.? I remember the decimated classrooms he levied on education and our kids. I can't count the number of times we had to buy and/or sell chocolate bars, have garage sales etc etc etc just to get some books for the classrooms which BTW had 30+ kids in them because of teacher shortages. We were lucky to get photocopies of the workbook pages for the kids since the had not books to go around.
derand2 5/7/2014 6:02:19 PM Report

The OECTA is "non partisan" and their central concern is "the children". I'm thinking "NOT".

The OECTA is about getting more jobs for teachers (full day kindergarten, full day junior K, even full day junior/junior K 3 yrs old). Its about getting all its members well over $100k and $75 k indexed pensions for life at 55.

They don't give a thought to kids and spend their efforts protecting the jobs and pensions of abusers and incompetents amongst their ranks.
Zap 5/7/2014 6:30:12 PM Report

Think of the children LMAO. Future cash crop. $$$$
Zap 5/7/2014 6:33:49 PM Report

Think of the children? ya right like the abuse the indians went through at the residental schools.( The church of lucifer)
Opstday 5/7/2014 6:39:53 PM Report

I really think that the English Catholic Teachers Association should be apologizing to all the children who were sexually abused by the teachers and priests in past years. This is the same association that protected those pedophile teachers. To keep repeating their mantra " think of the children" is insulting!
Northerner61 5/7/2014 7:12:03 PM Report

"Think of the children, say Catholic teachers".

What a joke.
zzeke 5/7/2014 8:26:09 PM Report

OMGWTF ...... We must have been in different school board jurisdictions back then.
When kids were selling chocolate bars ,having garage sales , doing spaghetti suppers they doing it to raise money for trips etc not supplying school books.
BlackHelix 5/7/2014 9:58:19 PM Report

"Ontario needs to graduate students with advanced knowledge and skills who can address increasingly complex issues," adds Ryan

I guess the best way to do that is teach them bronze age myths about talking snakes, 10 billion animals on a single boat, and a jewish zombie. That should come in handy when addressing "increasingly complex issues".
jonesur 5/7/2014 11:34:59 PM Report

And the basement dwelling slugs rear their ugly heads
nobodycares 5/8/2014 10:30:45 AM Report

If we are spending all this money to build super schools, Could we not have just one school board. Should be able to cut lots of overhead and use the money for more teachers. Let the Parents take the children to Church.
I like the Jewish zombie idea
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