Ontario Successfully Concludes Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week

For too long, Ontarians have struggled on their own to navigate a disconnected and fragmented mental health and addictions system. Ontario’s patients and families deserve timely access to the mental health and addictions services they need, when and where they need them.

Throughout Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week, which are both concluding, Ontario’s Government for the People highlighted several investments as part of its $174 million in funding for mental health and addictions supports.

“Our government is taking a multi-ministerial approach that brings together Ontario’s health, education, housing, justice and social services sector, among others, to work alongside one another to help bring much-needed supports to communities across Ontario,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Our government is investing in solutions today that will help reduce wait times, enhance opioids and addictions services, create additional supportive housing, build capacity in child and youth mental health, support our men and women in uniform and add services for seniors, Francophones and Ontario’s Indigenous people.”

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Dozens of teachers protest outside of MPP’s office

As a part of reforms to the education system, the Provincial government raised the limit on class sizes from 22 to 28, meaning that less teachers will be teaching more students.

Dale Fobert, a teacher of 27 years and President of the Eastern Ontario district of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) said that a limit of 28, does not mean that there will be only a maximum ratio of 28 students to one teacher in the classroom.

“The concerns I have and I want the public to be aware of is that it won’t be a cap of 28,” he said. “A lot of high schools already have 20 to 30 students per classroom. We are looking at an average class size of 40.”

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Math Strategies That Work: Schools Recognized for Strengthening Students’ Math Achievement

TORONTOMay 9, 2019 /CNW/ – The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) recognized 22 schools today for developing learning strategies that were tailored to their unique circumstances—and that ultimately strengthened students’ math skills.

Every year, EQAO’s Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement program celebrates Ontario schools for their effective use of a wide range of information, including EQAO data, to support student learning.

The 2018 Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement is presented to schools that supported students’ positive attitudes toward math, which led to academic success. Educators at these schools developed a number of strategies based on their analyses of EQAO data and other local information. The strategies they put in place were effective, as evidenced by EQAO results over the last three years.

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Halton District School Board Trustees Standing Up for Education

Back in March of this year, the Ministry of Education released a report outlining the provincial government’s plans to change Ontario’s public education system. A few things included in this report was the Ford government’s plans to change the sexual education curriculum, and a cellphone ban.

In addition, as noted by Andrea Grebenc, Halton District School Board (HDSB) Chair, the ministry also announced a couple of consultations on class size (and e-learning) and school board hiring practices.

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