Category: Education Matters

Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

Oakville trustee treats Hamilton courts with “extreme disrespect”

If it appears that time drags on with little to no change, that may be an accurate observation. At least when it comes to legal matters before the courts. Specifically, the matter in which a Halton Catholic District School Board trustee is concerned.

On January 18, nearly one year to the date of arrest (January 21, 2021), Oakville trustee, Nancy Guzzo was scheduled to appear (for the ninth time) with her Counsel in the Hamilton courts before a judge to dispose of criminal fraud charges – twelve in total. Unfortunately, neither she nor her counsel appeared to take the issue seriously. (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian Ontario

Che i trustee rispondessero ai cittadini che servono

TORONTO – Il dibattito morale ed etico relativo alla responsabilità del trustee sembra essere una questione sempre presente. Il lavoro non è facile. Sono funzionari eletti pubblicamente con un compito per rappresentare gli interessi dei loro elettori. Gli amministratori dei vari consigli scolastici cattolici in Ontario sono responsabili nei confronti di coloro che servono, mentre allo stesso tempo, sostengono la protezione, la conservazione e la promozione del sistema educativo cattolico… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

Holding trustees accountable to the public they serve

The moral and ethical debate pertaining to trustee accountability appears to be an ever-present issue. The job is not an easy one. They are publicly elected officials with a job to represent the interests of their constituents. For Catholic school board trustees in Ontario, they are accountable to those they serve, while at the same time, advocating for the protection, preservation and promotion of the Catholic education system.

Parents have free will to decide where their children will be educated. While several factors may influence that choice, those who chose to enrol their children in the Catholic School System, do so with purpose. (more…)

Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

HCDSB revisits motion to fly the Pride flag this June


Trustees will gather to vote again on whether to fly the Pride flag at Halton’s Catholic schools this June. The matter will re-surface for discussion (January 18) at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) meeting. The issue of hoisting the Pride flag outside Catholic schools has been a controversial topic throughout Catholic schools in Ontario. The HCDSB is not exempt from such debate. (more…)

Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian Ontario

Si cambi il ministro (Lecce) o si cambino i consiglieri

TORONTO – Le elezioni provinciali sono programmate per il 2 giugno, mancano quattro mesi e mezzo. Ciò spiegherà tutto ciò che è necessario sapere per comprendere le recenti decisioni “sconcertanti” del governo sulla variante Omicron. Non ci sarà alcun Tavolo della Scienza, né “esperti scienziati”, a difendere le decisioni politiche… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Covid-19 Updates Education Matters Italian News Updates Ontario

I trustee scrivono a Lecce: “Siamo delusi e preoccupati”

TORONTO – Lunedì le scuole dell’Ontario riapriranno i portoni a due milioni di studenti e lo faranno in clima di grande incertezza. La preoccupazione maggiore per i genitori è quella di assicurarsi che il Covid-19 non dilaghi in questi edifici ma le nuove linee guida del governo non sembrano poterlo garantire… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Economy Education Matters English Featured Immigration

The pandemic’s impact on immigration and international students

Immigration is the key to economic growth in Canada. With the nation’s fertility rate on a steady decline, the Canadian government maintains that immigration is key to replenishing the population. It estimates that 75% of the country’s population growth is attributable to immigration.

Part of that growth is generated through international students. According to a Statistics Canada report (June 2021), about six in ten first-time study permit holders who worked throughout their duration of study or post graduation become permanent residents.

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Education Matters English Featured News Updates

Halton School Board N. Guzzo tries to defer the inevitable

It does not seem like a winning tactic. HCDSB trustee, represented by her Counsel Stephen Bernstein, was scheduled to appear in Hamilton Court (December 21) before a judge to dispose of twelve charges of fraud – ten of them under $5,000 and two over that amount.

She had been arrested almost a year ago, January 21, 2021, on charges dating from 2017 and 2018, prior to her election as Trustee. (more…)

Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

HCDSB trustee back in court tomorrow on fraud charges

On Tuesday, the Hamilton courts will hear the case in which Nancy Guzzo, Oakville trustee with the HCDSB, is facing twelve counts of fraud. The charges which include ten counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts over $5,000 relate to her previous employment with the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA). (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian Ontario Opinion

Prendere decisioni nelle scuole in base alle prove

Una contribuente e insegnante HCDSB in pensione con oltre 30 anni di esperienza ha scritto una lettera all’editore del Corriere Canadese per manifestare la sua frustrazione e sottolineare l’importanza dei dati basati sull’evidenza nel processo decisionale. Ha espresso la sua opinione nella lettera pubblicata di seguito… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>>

Education Matters English Featured Opinion

Abandoning evidence-based decision making in education

Parents expect their children to be in a safe school learning environment. For more than 25 years, the School Resource Officer program (SRO)/School Liaison Officer program at the Halton Catholic School Board (HCDSB) has offered an opportunity to encourage a safe, orderly and welcoming environment for student well-being and achievement.

However, that program may cease to exist, even before essential data is collected and assessed to determine whether the program has fulfilled its mandate. (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates Ontario

I fiduciari cattolici si sono mai chiesti perché esistono?

TORONTO – I fiduciari del consiglio scolastico cattolico hanno il dovere fiduciario di sovrintendere alla cura dei bambini i cui genitori li affidano al sistema educativo cattolico finanziato con fondi pubblici. È un lavoro impegnativo. I contribuenti cattolici eleggono questi amministratori ogni quattro anni con l’aspettativa che i membri del consiglio eletti pubblicamente proteggano, custodiscano e promuovano il sistema dell’Istruzione cattolico… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

Catholic trustees: they exist but do they understand why?

Catholic school board trustees have a fiduciary duty to oversee the care of children whose parents entrust them to the publicly funded Catholic education system. It is a challenging job. Catholic ratepayers elect those trustees every four years with the expectation that the publicly elected board members protect, preserve and promote the Catholic education system.

It is their duty under the Law. The very same duty espoused in Catholic values that support faith formation. (more…)

Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian

Come scegliere un presidente per un Provveditorato

TORONTO – Se c’è un genitore ancora ignaro della qualità [inferiore] della preparazione delle competenze offerte nella scuola che frequenta il figlio, è ora che si svegli. Le scuole superiori stanno iniziando a “offrire lettere di accettazione” ai diplomati del grado 8. Università e college stanno preparando le loro per i diplomati delle scuole superiori… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates Ontario

Provveditorati, i “Signor so tutto io”

TORONTO – Alcuni consigli scolastici sembrano perdere l’orientamento. Il 7 dicembre, i fiduciari del Consiglio scolastico di Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) si riuniranno per scegliere nuovi presidente e vicepresidente per il Provveditorato e le sue commissioni che li guideranno durante l’ultimo anno del mandato del consiglio prima delle elezioni del 2022. Patrick Murphy e Marvin Duarte occupano attualmente i due incarichi… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Ontario

When Boards think they know better than the parents they serve

Some school boards seem to be losing their bearings. On December 7, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) trustees will meet to choose a new Chair and Vice Chair for the Board and its Committees to lead them into the final year of the Board’s mandate before the 2022 election. Patrick Murphy and Marvin Duarte are the incumbents in the two senior positions.

The past three years have been challenging for the Board on several fronts. Board meetings have been characterized by factional divides and “dysfunctionality”. (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates Toronto

Come promuovere scuole cattoliche: essere cattolici

TORONTO – Il “dibattito” sulle questioni scolastiche presso l’Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) sta diventando “tossico” e prevedibile come quello al TCDSB. I progressisti “risvegliati” (woke) dall’anticattolicesimo sembrano determinati a fare a modo loro, anche se la Legge dice che non possono… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

Catholics are integral to the preservation of Catholic education

The “debate” on educational issues at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is becoming as “toxic” and predictable as that at the TCDSB. Anti-Catholicism “woke” progressives seem determined to have their way, even if the Law says they cannot.

They spend a lot of money commissioning legal opinions – at Board expense – so they can have their way. It does not always work out. The “urgency” of letting a non-Catholic student trustee serve on the Board is a case in point.

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Alberta Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates

Accordo Trudeau-Kenney: asili meno cari in Alberta

EDMONTON – Un accordo fra governi “diversi”, quello conservatore dell’Alberta e quello liberale federale, per andare incontro alle famiglie: è quello che hanno presentato ieri il primo ministro Justin Trudeau e il premier dell’Alberta Jason Kenney, in occasione della firma del “patto” siglato per rendere più accessibili i servizi di assistenza all’infanzia nella provincia. Per abbassare, in sostanza, le rette degli asili… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian News Updates Ontario

Educazione cattolica al bivio questa settimana

TORONTO – Mi chiedo in che modo 1,8 milioni di dollari fatturati da studi legali esterni contribuiscono all’istruzione dei nostri figli al TCDSB. Sarà per Libri, per iPad, per aerazione adeguata nelle scuole, per più o migliori insegnanti, per programmi di computer funzionanti, magari per pasti indicati ai bambini delle comunità emarginate? Purtroppo, le risposte sono tutte negative… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured

Board Chair position up for grabs at the TCDSB

It is that time of year when the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) decides who will hold the position of Chair and Vice-Chair. Trustees will soon make that decision at the Board meeting on November 25. After serving two years as Board Chair, Joseph Martino confirmed to the Corriere that he will not seek the position.

However, the position is a sought after; several Trustees are vying for the spot. (more…)

Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian Ontario World News

Uno tsunami inarrestabile nella politica scolastica: i genitori sanno meglio di tutti

TORONTO – Quale strana società consente ad un candidato con una carica politica di dichiara che “i genitori non sanno nulla di educazione, quindi dovrebbero stare lontani dall’educazione dei propri figli nelle scuole”? Non sto parlando del Canada, ma dell'”elefante” della porta accanto negli USA. Preparatevi; quello che succede lì di solito serve di modello ruolo per noi canadesi. E’ già successo in Virginia, e prossimamente qui… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>>

Canada Editorials Education Matters English Featured News Updates World News

An educational “buzz saw” in US politics: parents do know best

In which weird society does a candidate for political office declare that parents know nothing about education so they should stay away from the education of their own children in schools? I am not talking about Canada, but the “elephant” next door in the USA. Brace yourself; what happens there usually spills over. It started in Virginia – parents had had enough.  (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates

Negoziati: scambio di accuse tra TECT e TCDSB

TORONTO – I colloqui genitori-insegnanti sono i prossimi a saltare nella disputa di lavoro in corso tra il Toronto Elementary Catholic Teachers (TECT) e il Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). Ciò significa che i membri del TECT non parteciperanno agli incontri genitori-insegnanti che avrebbero dovuto svolgersi il 16, 18 e 19 novembre… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

Trojan horse politics around student trustees

Critics argue HCDSB board policy is “discriminatory” against non-Catholic students.

The debate whether to allow non-Catholic students to run as student trustees continues at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). It is an important issue because student trustees serve as a voice for the greater student population.

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Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates

La lettera all’Halton Catholic Board of Education

TORONTO – Il nostro quotidiano copre diversi argomenti e problemi relativi all’istruzione che emergono dai consigli scolastici di tutta la provincia. Una di queste questioni è quella di un rapporto di 36 pagine intitolato “Investigation into Conduct during Board Meetings” presso l’Halton Catholic District School Board (nella foto, Patrick Murphy, Chair of the Board) … Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

An appeal to the Halton Catholic Board of Education

Like other multilingual publications, the Corriere has been covering several education-related topics and issues that emerge from school boards across the province. One such matter is that of a 36-page report titled Investigation into Conduct during Board Meetings at the Halton Catholic District School Board. The investigation examined the conduct of trustees, with an expressed goal “to identify the causes of dysfunction and to make recommendations to address those causes”.

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Canada Editorials Education Matters Ontario Portuguese

Bem-vindo ao país das maravilhas de Lecce

TORONTO – Os aliados do ministro Lecce no conselho escolar estão a cair como moscas, ou assim parece. Na quinta-feira passada, os conselheiros do (TCDSB) Conselho Escolar Católico do Distrito de Toronto, foram obrigados a distanciar-se da agenda de direitos humanos de Lecce e pedir-lhe que os tirassem da areia movediça dos problemas relacionados à Covid quanto ao pessoal, ao tamanho das turmas e problemas de saúde.  (more…)

Canada Education Matters Italian News Updates Ontario

Trasparenza e fiducia, valori meno importanti al TCDSB

TORONTO – Alcuni dei valori più apprezzati del comportamento umano includono la famiglia, la comunità, la fiducia (dignità) e l’istruzione. Gli ultimi due possono avere un impatto significativo sulla società nel suo insieme. Le famiglie che affidano i propri figli al sistema educativo finanziato con fondi pubblici si aspettano un livello di trasparenza e affidabilità da coloro che sono responsabili di fornire un’istruzione di qualità in un ambiente sicuro… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Education Matters English Featured Ontario

Transparency and trust, values with less weight at the TCDSB

Some of the most valued drivers of human behaviour include family, community, trust[worthiness] and education. The last two can have a significant impact on society as a whole. Families, who entrust their children to the publicly funded education system expect a level of transparency and trust[worthiness] from those responsible for delivering a quality education in a safe environment.

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Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian Ontario

Benvenuti nel Paese delle Meraviglie di Lecce

TORONTO – Gli alleati del ministro Lecce a livello di consiglio d’istituto stanno cadendo come mosche, o almeno così sembra. Giovedì scorso i fiduciari del Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) sono stati costretti a prendere le distanze dall’agenda sui diritti umani di Lecce e chiedergli di tirarli fuori dalle sabbie mobili dei problemi legati al Covid per quanto riguarda il personale, le dimensioni delle classi e i problemi di salute. Gli hanno inviato una lettera educata, piena di cavilli, chiedendo più soldi ($ 42.000.000 secondo la nostra stima)… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Editorials Education Matters Italian Ontario

Classi sovraffollate, nessuno si assume le sue responsabilità

TORONTO – Parola d’ordine: è colpa dell’altro. Nel caos in cui si trova il settore scolastico dell’Ontario, caratterizzato da accuse, veleni, polemiche, denunce, ripicche e divisioni, abbiamo assistito al più classico gioco dello scaricabarile sulle responsabilità di una situazione che sta diventando insostenibile, specialmente nel Toronto Catholic District School Board. Per cercare di capire cosa stia succedendo, dobbiamo per forza di cose partire da un dato di fatto: a partire dal 12 ottobre c’è stato un accorpamento di decine di classi in moltissime scuole del provveditorato cattolico, con l’aumento conseguente del numero degli studenti nelle singole aule… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

Canada Covid-19 Updates Education Matters English Featured News Updates Ontario

YRDSB prohibits teachers from wearing N95 masks

TORONTO –  What happened to three teachers on the York Region District School Board seems surreal. The teachers who have chosen to buy and wear N95 masks in class say they have been threatened with disciplinary sanctions because only the use of blue surgical masks – the least protective ones, to be clear – supplied to the school board is allowed.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates Editorials Education Matters English Featured GTA Ontario

Overcrowded classrooms during the pandemic? It’s not my fault…

TORONTO – Rule number one: it’s not my fault. In the chaos in which Ontario’s Education sector finds itself, characterized by accusations, invective, controversies, complaints, retaliation and divisions, we have witnessed the most classic blame game on the responsibilities in a situation that is becoming unsustainable, especially in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. To try to understand what is happening, we must necessarily start from a fact: starting from October 12 there has been a merger of dozens of classes in many schools of the Catholic Board, with the consequent increase in the number of students in the individual classrooms. (more…)


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