Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Email Sent by Education Minister to Alberta Teachers Being Probed

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Email Sent by Education Minister to Alberta Teachers Being Probed

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Education minister's email being probed

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EDMONTON - Alberta's education minister is being investigated by the Information and Privacy Commissioner for emails he sent to teachers at the same time school boards are embroiled in contract negotiations with the province.

Jeff Johnson sent the emails on Feb. 6 but it's how his office obtained the addresses of the recipients that's at the centre of the probe.

It's alleged the addresses were obtained through information provided by teachers when they registered for their teaching certificates.

Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton says she will investigate whether Johnson's office complied with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Johnson was unapologetic Thursday, saying he'll continue to send out emails to teachers until he's told he made a mistake or crossed a line.

Carol Henderson, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, said the message sent in the email was too political.

The timing of the message is also raising eyebrows, teachers have been in difficult contract negotiations -- just last week, teachers rejected another offer, and negotiations will now continue on the local level. …

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