Since November 2019, Ontario families have faced school cancellations due to strike actions resulting from ongoing negotiation between the teachers’ unions and the Ontario government. Amid the disruptions and inconveniences, much is at stake to the future of the Ontario education system. To help gain a better understanding of the rationale behind these drastic actions, we provide in this article the background information of the collective bargaining process and highlight the issues under dispute.
Year 2020 has so far been a hectic year especially for Ontario parents amid an ongoing teacher strike and the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 12, the Ontario government announced the closure of all publicly-funded schools for two weeks following March Break to curb further spread of COVID-19, making it an extra long March Break for students. A day later, several municipalities also announced the closure of recreation centres and libraries. It is a difficult time for parents who now need to adjust their plans, while finding ways to support their children’s learning in a safe environment. Our staff at TeachRequest recognize that online tutoring (which we are now piloting) and online self-learning may bridge the gap for now. For the latter, we wanted to share some of the best online educational resources we know.