Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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The Ontario government has managed to wrap up most of its negotiations with teachers ahead of next year's provincial election.

Elementary school teachers and education workers have agreed to extend their contracts by two years, joining the French teachers' union, several support staff unions and the English Catholic teachers' union in reaching a deal.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says the contract extention -- if ratified -- will improve the working conditions of its members and the learning environment for students.

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter says the province has been in touch with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation about a contract extension, but no dates are scheduled for formal talks.



Premier Kathleen Wynne says some of the raises proposed for Ontario's public sector executives are "unreasonably high" and could be refused.

Wynne's statement -- which came out last evening -- follows days of criticism against the government over proposed raises for dozens of Ontario Power Generation executives and the head of transit agency Metrolinx.

A total of about eight-million dollars in raises was proposed for about 80 O-P-G executives and the Metrolinx head was looking at a potential raise of as much as 118-thousand dollars.

Wynne's statement did not make clear whether she was targeting O-P-G or Metrolinx or both. (The Canadian Press)



The province is inviting people to vote on 13 ideas for possible inclusion in the next budget.

They include a tree planting program in primary schools, helping Indigenous youth get degrees to teach on reserves, banning retailers from throwing out unsold food and creating an Ontario government app.

The 13 crowd-sourced ideas were selected from a total of 400 and people can go to the province's Budget Talks website to vote for their picks.

Up to eight of the top ideas will be in the upcoming 2017-18 budget, with a total cost of up to three-million dollars. …

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