Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(John-A-Macdonald-Schools)

Premier Kathleen Wynne is rejecting a teachers' union call to remove the name of Canada's first prime minister from public elementary schools in the province.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario passed a motion last week saying school districts should rename all schools and buildings named after Sir John A. Macdonald because he was in power when the first residential schools were approved.

Wynne acknowledges Macdonald was far from perfect but says the motion misses the mark.

She says we need to teach children the full history of Canada -- including colonialism -- and find ways to effect meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. (The Canadian Press)

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(Wandering-Toddler)

A teacher at a daycare north of Newmarket has been fired after a toddler wandered out of the facility and made it all the way home.

The mother of the three-year-old says in a post on Facebook that she was sickened that her son managed to leave the daycare in Keswick on Tuesday without anyone noticing.

A supervisor at Little Red School House Daycare tells CityNews that in addition to the dismissal, new protocols have been implemented calling for all doors to be locked at all times and for magnetic sensors to be placed at all exits that will beep if the doors are opened.

The Education Ministry and the Children's Aid Society is investigating but the mother says she'll be finding a new daycare for her son. (CityNews)

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(School-Officers-Toronto)

Ryerson University will conduct an independent review of a controversial program that assigns uniformed Toronto police officers to certain schools in the city.

Some critics at a meeting of the police services board yesterday demanded the program be axed -- saying minority students are intimidated and targeted by the officers who are currently assigned to 75 schools.

But the board instead voted unanimously in favour of reviewing the School Resource Officer program, with interim findings to be released in January. …

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