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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils Ottawa: Jan 31; Pickering:Feb 23


The Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils is holding a rally outside 
the Progressive Conservative leadership debate in Ottawa January 31. "The 
more people we can get to the rally," writes OCASC Chair Greg Laws, "the 
stronger the message will be that education is important."  

WHEN: January 31, 2002, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., northwest corner of Kent and 
EVENT: Ontario PC leadership debate (a PC membership is required to enter 
the debate)  
Information: Chris Ellis, <communications.officer@ocasc.ca>, (613) 748-1401 


On Saturday, February 23, education advocates from across Ontario will be 
meeting at Durham College in Pickering, just east of Toronto, to plan 
strategy for the upcoming provincial election.  

Across Ontario, school board budgets are hitting the wall after years of 
punishing cutbacks, all of them brought about by a provincial education 
(de)funding formula that has taken $3 billion out of our classrooms since 
1997. According to the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, 16 boards 
had to use financial reserves last year to avoid passing budget deficits. 
For too many boards, there are no reserves left -- so that complying with 
provincial policy will mean another rash of school closures, special 
education cutbacks, teacher layoffs, and program reductions.  

Whenever it takes place, the provincial election may be our last 
opportunity to call this government to account while there's a public 
education system left to be saved. Durham Region is the home of Education 
Minister Janet Ecker and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, and it's only 
appropriate to hold this workshop in their back yard.  

At the People for Education conference in Toronto last November,
participants discussed a number of possible strategies for the
pre-election and election period. Those ideas and others will form the
basis for the Durham workshop. Whether participants reach agreement on a
single course of action or decide to pursue a variety of strategies, a
greater degree of co-ordination will help make sure that the next 
of provincial MPPs are friendlier to public education...and that school
funding and program issues receive the urgent attention they deserve.

Watch your e-mail for further details on this important workshop. To
pre-register, or for more information, contact:

Annie Kidder, People for Education, 
<ericann@the-wire.com>, (416) 534-0100 (office)  

Mitchell Beer, Our Schools, Our Communities, 
<mlb@infolink.ca>, (613) 237-6227 (home)  

The workshop is co-sponsored by People for Education, Our Schools, Our
Communities, and Durham Region education advocates
Mitchell Beer
Our Schools, Our Communities
(613) 237-6227/voice
(613) 235-0155/fax
P.O. Box 4299, Station E
Ottawa, ON   K1S 5B3
http://www.osoc-ottawa.org <http://www.osoc-ottawa.org/>  

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