5 Things To Know Today
Teaching Assistants, Contract Faculty strike at York U. Messy commute possible for drive home. TCDSB has 300 job cuts on the table today. Executive Committee approves Tory’s $10B budget. Offseason looms larger for Maple Leafs after quiet deadline
TEACHING ASSISTANTS, CONTRACT FACULTY STRIKE AT YORK U
Some 3,700 teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants, and research assistants at York University, have walked off the job as of Tuesday. CUPE 3909 has rejected the university 1.5 per cent pay increase offer as it has been looking for a 3 per cent hike. York University has suspended all academic activities, with some limited exceptions. York facilities, including libraries, residences, computer labs, cafeterias and athletic facilities will remain open during their usual operating hours. “We value our relationship with CUPE 3903. I am confident that, when we return to the bargaining table, we will reach a fair and competitive settlement, which will enable us all to get back to our priority of providing the best possible learning environment for our students,” said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University, in a press release. TTC says the picketing will affect some service. The school is advising students check the school’s website often for new information. Click here for more information.
MESSY COMMUTE EXPECTED FOR TODAY’S DRIVE HOME
Toronto is prepping for a nasty mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain over the next 18 hours. Environment Canada is warning of a messy commute Tuesday afternoon, forecasting 5-10 cm of snow starting as early as noon today with the bulk of the snow expected to fall between 2pm and 7pm. As the temperature warms up by late afternoon, the freezing rain will come. On the positive side, we’re expected to warm up past the freezing mark for the first time since January 24th. Contrary to the groundhog’s prediction a month ago, we’re not expecting an early spring. The Weather Networks’s Chris Scott says the Great Lakes are frozen and that’ll take a while to melt, keeping temperature cooler than normal.
TCDSB HAS 300 JOB CUTS ON THE TABLE TODAY
The Toronto Catholic District School Board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss potential job cuts in the face of a $42.5 million budget shortfall. According to the Toronto Star, the board is expected to discuss cutting around 300 jobs, starting with 57 primary and junior literacy intervention teachers. Also on the chopping board include 45 teacher-librarians – who replaced with less-educated library technicians who earn about half the salary – and special needs teachers. The cuts would go into effect this fall, amounting to a savings of roughly $30 million dollars. Director of Education Angela Gauthier says, “I understand the anxiety levels are high — these are significant reductions that will mean restructuring the way we conduct business.” Mario Bernardo, president of the Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers’ union, told the Star that if approved, the cuts would be the worst the board has seen since the early 1990′s, when the NDP brought in the social contract.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVES TORY’S $10 BILLION BUDGET
A nearly $10 billion budget – complete with what amounts to a 3.2% property tax hike – has been given the thumbs-up by Mayor Tory’s executive committee following Monday’s operating budget meeting. Ratepayers will also get stung with an 8% jump in water rates and a 58% spike in the cost of all garbage bin sizes for single-family homes. According to city staff, the outlook for next year’s budget us even worse.
OFFSEASON LOOMS LARGER FOR MAPLE LEAFS AFTER QUIET DEADLINE
The Maple Leafs made some small moves at the trade deadline yesterday but still have the core of Kessell, Phaneuf, Bernier, Lupul and Van Riemsdyk. Gone is Ollie Jokinen, sent to the Blues for a conditional 2016 6th-round pick and prospect Joakim Lindstrom. Defenceman Korbinian Holzer was also traded to Anaheim for veteran defenceman Eric Brewer and a 5th-round pick.