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A message from Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

A message from Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark
March 22, 2020 What can the community do to prevent COVID-19 infection? The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is working with our local health care providers to be prepared to respond to the presence of the COVID-19 virus in our community. While we have not seen a positive lab result for COVID-19 among the people in the Leeds,... Read More

ETFO reaches tentative agreements at central bargaining tables 

ETFO reaches tentative agreements at central bargaining tables 
ETFO reaches tentative agreements at central bargaining tables  Toronto – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached tentative central agreements with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Council of Trustees’ Associations. Separate tentative central agreements have been negotiated for ETFO’s teacher/occasional teacher and education worker members. “This has been a very prolonged... Read More

Health Unit encourages social distancing in LGL

Health Unit encourages social distancing in LGL
Brockville – Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Tam, gave the following update this week. “We are in a fairly critical period. The rate of infection in Canada is increasing and the effort to slow the spread of the virus to give health systems a fighting chance to be able to treat it must be heightened immediately. Canadians should... Read More

RVCA Watershed Conditions Statement – March 19, 2020

RVCA Watershed Conditions Statement – March 19, 2020
Ottawa – Warm Temperatures and Rain in Forecast Will Cause Water Levels to Increase Across the Rideau Valley Watershed The short-term forecast is calling for rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 mm and high temperatures near 15 degrees Celsius on Friday, followed by below zero temperatures on Saturday, and then milder temperatures in the days following. No significant rain is... Read More

Health Canada & Ontario Health Websites Provides Information on Covid-19

Health Canada & Ontario Health Websites Provides Information on Covid-19
Ottawa – Health Canada has all the information you may need about the Covid-19 virus. Including updates, travel advice, being prepared, symptoms & treatment, prevention and risk and Canada’s response. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html They also have a numbers update twice a day: Areas in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of March 16, 2020, 9 am ESTTable 1 Footnote* As well the Ontario... Read More

UCDSB to Temporarily Close Schools, Working on Educational Supports for Students

UCDSB to Temporarily Close Schools, Working on Educational Supports for Students
Brockville – In an extraordinary effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government announced on Thursday afternoon that all Ontario schools will be closed from Saturday, March 14, reopening on Monday, April 6. Recognizing that a key part of the provincial strategy is to contain the spread of COVID19, all child care and EarlyON centres located within UCDSB... Read More

OCSTA Statement Regarding OECTA Tentative Agreement

OCSTA Statement Regarding OECTA Tentative Agreement
TORONTO – We are very pleased that today, following many months of bargaining, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association, the Provincial government and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) reached a tentative collective agreement. The tentative agreement reflects the commitment of all negotiating parties to the well-being and progress of all students and staff in Catholic schools throughout Ontario. Details of... Read More

COVID-19 Forces Government of Ontario to Extend March break by 2 Weeks

COVID-19 Forces Government of Ontario to Extend March break by 2 Weeks
TORONTO — Today Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 on publicly funded schools as March Break approaches: “The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government’s number one priority. Since we first learned of COVID-19 as an emerging... Read More

ETFO: Ford’s Education Minister continues to bargain in the media

ETFO: Ford’s Education Minister continues to bargain in the media
Toronto – Once again, Ford’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce has made pronouncements to the media that are outside the collective bargaining process, says the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). “ETFO does not bargain in the media and we have not seen details of the Minister’s proposals at the central bargaining table,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “We have learned... Read More

OECTA Statement on Bargaining

OECTA Statement on Bargaining
TORONTO – Liz Stuart, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, has issued the following statement on the status of contract negotiations with the Ford government. “Catholic teachers across Ontario have been unequivocal in our commitment to protect Ontario’s worldrenowned publicly funded education system. The Ford government has already reduced classroom spending, and we know what the long-term consequences... Read More