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Public school teachers initiate job action against Bill 115
By Ken Johnston
Public elementary Schools across the Rainy River District were closed Monday as part of job action by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
ETFO has been staging one day strikes across the province, giving 72 hours notice to parents. They are do so to raise awareness of their opposition to Bill 115.
Bill 115 was passed by the Ontario government and according to EFTO "takes away the democratic rights of teachers and education professionals to bargain collectively."
Teachers at the high school level also began working to rule last Monday in the district. That meant the cancellation of sports for the immediate future.
All schools in t he Rainy River District School Board will not be running any times from Dec 10 to Dec 31.
Kenora Patricia District School Bd, schools, will not be playing in any competitions (games) from Dec 10 to Jan 6
This leaves Thomas Aquinas, White Fish Bay and Pelican Falls to play games scheduled, if they choose.
"At this time, the NorWossa Executive, has not yet made a decision regarding how the league and the schedules will be affected by this stoppage. We will not be able to make a realistic decision until after the Christmas break. I have no idea if the missed games will be recorded as a loss or an attempt to reschedule will happen," said Rainy River High School Athletic Director Nicole Armstrong last week.
The province chose not to act on the one day strikes last week, despite their bill making the action illegal.