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Public elementary teachers start work-to-rule today. WATCH: May apologizes for bizarre speech. Truck carrying chickens catches fire on 401. Rob Ford to undergo surgery today. University Avenue to be renamed after Nelson Mandela.+**New provincial PC leader Patrick Brown to tesign as Barrie MP.**
PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS START WORK-TO-RULE TODAY
Teachers will begin phase 1 of a work to rule campaign Monday May 11, by withdrawing from Ministry of Education initiatives, including EQAO testing. They will continue with their instructional duties, providing extra help to students, as well as maintaining contact with parents. Voluntary extra-curricular activities and scheduled field trips will continue for the duration of phase 1. ETFO President Sam Hammond says the strike action is incremental, and will continue until bargaining issues are resolved or it’s decided further action is required.
“Minister Sandals and her government have been willing partners with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) in making demands that would unravel a decade of progress in creating a strong education system and strong teachers. ETFO teachers are not prepared to allow increases in class sizes, have their preparation time directed by others, or be micromanaged and have their ability to support student learning compromised.”
Hammond says teachers will also refrain from preparing report card comments, other than marks, and they will not participate in any Ministry initiatives and activities. Education Minister Liz Sandals issued this statement afterwards:
“Our government wants to ensure Ontario’s world class education system continues to serve the people of Ontario properly. I understand that parents and students are concerned and I would encourage Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) to return to the central bargaining table as it is a place where difficult discussions belong. It is disappointing that ETFO has decided to begin a work-to-rule campaign that will effect important tasks that are essential for students. While it is disappointing that ETFO has decided to withdraw some services, I am encouraged to hear that students will remain in the classroom and continue to learn. We have proven in the past that we are able to work through difficult issues with all of our partners, including ETFO, and I remain committed to do so again. We know that the best way to reach an agreement is by negotiating and collaborating. Our government has been clear that we are ready and available to bargain with all parties and we would encourage ETFO to return to the central bargaining table.”
WATCH: ELIZABETH MAY APOLOGIZES FOR BIZARRE SPEECH
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is in full apology mode after a bizarre rambling speech at the annual Ottawa Press Gallery dinner. She dropped the F-bomb and praised terrorist Omar Khadr before eventually being escorted off stage by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. May admits she had some wine with dinner but says her comments were a result of being over-tired. Watch the video below:
TRUCK CARRYING CHICKENS CATCHES FIRE ON 401
There are serious delays on Highway 401 in Mississauga after a truck loaded with chickens caught on fire. It happened around 2:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 401 at Mavis Road. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidtt tells Talk Radio AM640 that the truck was carrying 8,000 chickens and approximately 3,000 were killed in the fire. Fire crews took a couple of hours to extinguish the flames, but the result was thousands of chickens being let loose adding to the traffic delays. The cause of the fire is still not known, but it did start under the vehicle. Motorists are currently dealing with serious delays and are now getting through one westbound lane as two remain closed for the cleanup. There are also two separate accidents on Highway 401 in Whitby. That’s where all westbound lanes are closed at Brock Street due to two separate accidents.
ROB FORD TO UNDERGO SURGERY TODAY
On Monday, former mayor and current Councillor Rob Ford will be undergoing potentially life-saving surgery. Last month, Ford learned his tumor had shrunk enough for it to be operated on following five rounds of chemotherapy. The former mayor was diagnosed last September with the rare and aggressive cancer pleomorphic liposarcoma. His diagnoses prompted him to pull out of the race for re-election, with his brother, Doug Ford, taking his place. If the surgery goes well, Ford will be in hospital for two weeks for recovery, followed by four months of recovery at home. Doug announced last month that he would be stepping in as a volunteer to assist with constituents while Rob is in recovery.
UNIVERSITY AVENUE TO BE RENAMED AFTER NELSON MANDELA
A special street naming ceremony will take place in the city today to honour activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela. City council voted in favour of renaming University Avenue to Nelson Mandela Boulevard last year. Signs will be put in place between Front Street and College Avenue, but the official street name will remain University Avenue. Mayor John Tory will be unveiling new signs at the corner of Armoury Street and University Avenue at 12 p.m.
New Provincial PC Leader Patrick Brown to Resign as Barrie MP
Newly elected provincial PC leader Patrick Brown is set to resign as MP in Barrie. Brown was first elected to Parliament back in January 2006 and was re-elected twice. He won the provincial party’s leadership on Saturday after it was announced at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that he had beat out Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliot. It’s expected the 36-year-old will leave his federal seat on Wednesday.