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Uncertainty Hangs Over Elementary Schools as Classes Resume. Back to School Road Safety Campaign Launches Tuesday / *Give Drivers The Finger: Councillor Norm Kelly.* Jerry Bance No Longer Conservative Candidate Following #PeeGate / *Toronto-Danforth Conservative Candidate Removed Due to Tasteless YouTube Videos.* Conservatives Trailing In Latest Poll. POLL: Canadians Watching Refugee Crisis Coverage Closely.
Uncertainty Hangs Over Elementary Schools as Classes Resume
The provincial government trying to resolve some deals with teacher’s contracts before schools get back at it this week. Elementary Teachers, Francophone teachers and other education workers still do not have deals. CUPE (The Canadian Union of Public Employees) the union that represents 55,000 education workers are set to go back to the bargaining table in the next two weeks with the province. But without a contract they are planning ‘work to rule’ campaigns in which staff will not be working through lunches, taking work home or attending an unpaid meetings. Meanwhile Elementary teachers will avoid fundraising activities, field trips, and open houses, if their contracts are still outstanding. Education Minister Liz Sandals said progress has been made and talks continue Tuesday with Elementary teachers.
Tension is still strong over the new sex-education curriculum being implemented this year, with some parents threatening to pull their kids from school over the curriculum. Parents fear the new lessons will force their children to make sexual decisions before they reach a capable age.
Back to School Road Safety Campaign Launches Tuesday
Police from every major division in the GTA are getting ready for back to school safety campaigns. In Toronto the, “Back to School, Back to Basics. Remember Road Safety” initiative aims at education to both parents and school kids alike. Police will target specifically unsafe drivers in school zones for the rest of the 2 week campaign which runs until September 12th.
Give Drivers The Finger: Councillor Norm Kelly
With more pedestrians expected to share the roads this week, at least one city councillor wants to make sure they make it to their destinations safely. Norm Kelly is asking pedestrians to give drivers the finger, a tongue-in-cheek way to remind those on foot to extend their arms and point in the direction they are going when using crosswalks. “3% of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks. This is a statistic which could be significantly reduced if pedestrians make the effort to point, pause then proceed. Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”- Councillor Kelly. And with the resumption of school this week, drivers are also being reminded to be cautious of children on the street.
Jerry Bance No Longer Conservative Candidate Following #PeeGate
Toronto Conservative candidate Jerry Bance says he “deeply regrets” his actions after he was caught urinating in a homeowners coffee mug while working as a home repair man. The footage was filmed by CBC for their program Marketplace in 2012 as part of an investigation into the ethics of home repair companies. In the video, Bance is seen peeing into the mug, then dumping it into the homeowners sink. A spokesperson with the Conservative Party says Bance is no longer a candidate in the east Toronto riding of Scarborough Rouge Park. Bance has since released a statement, saying “I deeply regret my actions on that day. I take great pride in my work and the footage from that day does not reflect who I am as a professional or a person.”
Toronto-Danforth Conservative Candidate Removed Due to Tasteless YouTube Videos
Hot off the heels of Conservative Jerry Bance being caught “peeing in a cup” on video, another TO candidate has had to give it up after tasteless antics on video. Toronto-Danforth Conservative candidate Tim Dutaud out of a gig on Labour Day after he was recognized as a prank caller in a number of YouTube videos online. In one of his prank calls, he pretended to be a man with a mental disability. Ironically, Dutaud’s scandal came as Stephen Harper campaigned in Toronto on Monday making an announcement about improving disability grants. When asked about the two dismissals, Harper said “What this says is, we keep the highest standard for candidates, and these two individuals are no longer candidates” Dutaud described as a realtor and actor according to the Toronto Danforth Conservative Association’s website. Harper confirming that the party will choose new candidates before the vote, this fall.
Conservatives Trailing In Latest Poll
Support for the Conservatives is slipping fast, according to the latest Nik Nanos poll, which was done days before the latest scandal. 2 (now former) Toronto candidates have been dropped after videos surfaced showing some very distasteful behaviour. Scarborough Rouge Park candidate and repairman Jerry Bance was seen in a hidden-camera video urinating into a homeowner’s coffee cup, and Toronto Danforth candidate Tim Dutaud was let go after YouTube videos of him making prank calls were found. The poll finds the NDP at the top of the heap, with 33% decided voter support, Liberals with 31% and the Tories in third with 26% support. The Tories have dropped 5 points over the last month, but at one point, led the way.
POLL: Canadians Watching Refugee Crisis Coverage Closely
The latest images to emerge from the plight of Syrian refugees has many Canadians taking more of an interest in what’s happening overseas. A Mainstreet poll finds 48% of Canadians support an increase in refugee settlement here. And nearly half want to see the Government accept over 30,000 refugees from Syria, which is much higher than the current commitment. 13% said Canada should accept between 20,000 and 30,000 refugees, 11% said between 10,000 and 20,000, and 13% indicated less than 10,000 should be taken in. When it comes to the response of the Canadian government, 1 in 2 disapprove of what’s being done, with the highest disapproval rating in Quebec, followed by Ontario and Atlantic Canada. As for which of the 3 main party leaders would be most effective dealing with the crisis, Tom Mulcair led the way with 26% support, followed by Justin Trudeau with 24% and Stephen Harper trailing with 21%.