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What’s wrong with our society? Disaster at TDSB

A nucleus of one hundred (100!) teenagers terrorize victims in a building; beat up teachers; storm the offices of the Administration; intimidate and threaten “the administrators”; compel younger, weaker, kids to engage in fights and in public sex (in every other society that amounts to rape) for the purposes of video transmission; distribute/sell drugs openly; students overdosing in the washrooms. Teachers absent on medical leave, administrators through revolving doors; police absent.  (more…)

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“Il seme della violenza” e l’indolenza woke

TORONTO – Ottobre e novembre non sono stati mesi buoni per i sistemi educativi e le esperienze in classe nelle scuole della GTA. Lasciando da parte l’impatto della diffusione del virus respiratorio e stagionale, alcuni Provveditorati sono diventati decisamente tossici per studenti e genitori preoccupati per la loro sicurezza… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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The “Pepe Le Pew” cartoon smell test: it is not a cat!

TORONTO – It seems that “experts” have entered the debate on the charade that has come to define “human rights” issues at the Halton District School Board (HDSB). Not to put too fine a point on it, the school board and its administration are either incompetent fools or they have drunk the proverbial Kool Aid. 

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Premier Ford softens the tone: “I want to stop fighting with education workers”

TORONTO – It may seem strange but Doug Ford seems to have laid down the hatchet. “We want an agreement that is fair to students, fair to parents, fair to taxpayers, and fair to workers, particularly low-income workers.” Abandoning the strong tones and swaggering attitude of a few days ago, an almost conciliatory Ford during today’s press conference said that when negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) resume, the government will present “a better offer”. The Ontario premier declined to provide specific details about the government’s proposal, but said the offer is particularly good for workers with the lowest wages.” 

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School, Ontario Labour Board to rule on legality of strike

TORONTO – It is open war between the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). On Friday, the first day of the strike by the 55,000 union members employed in schools, thousands of people demonstrated outside Queen’s Park and the offices of Conservative Party provincial MPs. Schools in the province will still be closed tomorrow and, according to union leaders, will remain closed until a collective agreement is signed with the government. 

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Ontario’ education workers could go on strike Friday

TORONTO – Government and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are at loggerheads. The countdown has begun and in the event of no agreement, non-teaching staff who have been members of the union Friday could go on strike. Just yesterday the CUPE gave five days notice in view of a possible complete abstention from work. “We believe that the next 3 days of mediation – November 1, 2 and 3 – are an opportunity for this government to come to the table to negotiate a contract that recognizes the education workers and vital services we provide to students, families and our communities,” CUPE tweeted. 

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Tempo di decisioni elettorali: fuori i cattivi

TORONTO – Nella nostra mente, le esercitazioni democratiche – le elezioni – sono una grande opportunità per liberare il sistema da ciò che è nocivo e per rinvigorirlo. C’è ancora molto spazio per le differenze e le ambizioni individuali; niente di sbagliato in questo. Alcuni consigli comunali e scolastici funzionano bene. Altri, non tanto… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Catholic schools, Election decision time: out with the bad

TORONTO – In our mind, democratic exercises – elections – are a great opportunity to rid the system of the noxious as well as to bring in the re-invigorating. There is still plenty of room for individual differences and ambitions; nothing wrong with that. Some Municipal Councils and Boards function just fine. Others, not so much. 

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Il ministro dell’Istruzione sul piede di guerra

TORONTO – Diamogli credito per l’acume comunicativo in tempi di “crisi”. Di fronte all’interruzione delle trattative con operatori dell’istruzione e insegnanti, il ministro dell’Istruzione, Stephen Lecce, ha deciso di portare il suo messaggio direttamente a un pubblico più sensibile in caso di sciopero: genitori e nonni di scolari provenienti da comunità etniche orientate alla famiglia… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Ontario, Education Minister on a War-Footing

TORONTO – Give him credit for communications acumen in times of “crisis”. Facing a breakdown in negotiations with education workers and teachers, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, decided to take his message directly to an audience most sensitive in the event of a “job action”. Parents and grandparents of schoolchildren from family-oriented ethnic communities. 

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Candidature: verità e trasparenza. Chi controlla?

TORONTO – Per candidarsi all’elezione nel ruolo di consigliere comunale è necessario soddisfare tre requisiti: (1) cittadinanza, (2) residenza – vivere nel Comune in cui si spera di essere eletto, (3) essere maggiorenni – diciotto anni e più. Se cerchi un incarico come fiduciario di una scuola cattolica, ce n’è un quarto: devi essere cattolico… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Adeus De Domenico! Bem-vinda Gabriella Mazarakis

TORONTO – Foi estruturado como um “Encontro e Saudação aos Candidatos” e decorreu no salão comunitário da igreja da Transfiguração. Acabou por se transformar num debate perturbador para algumas das pessoas “alinhadas” com o administrador (trustee) De Domenico e para outras que pareciam genuinamente interessadas na orientação da educação católica. Elas tinham comparecido para ouvir o que oferecia a alternativa a De Domenico na pessoa de Gabriella Mazarakis (na foto acima).  (more…)

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Opportunisti e dissidenti contro il cattolicesimo

TORONTO – I partiti politici svolgono un ruolo importante. Funzionano come un bacino di raccolta per persone e idee con punti di vista occasionalmente convergenti o sovrapposti. Riassumono i valori condivisi in un “piano politico” con cui cercare il sostegno pubblico. Non è un cattivo strumento democratico per persone il cui fascino individuale può essere limitato nel migliore dei casi e sicuramente insufficiente per scuotere i cuori e le menti dell’elettorato… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Addio De Domenico, Benvenuta Mazarakis

TORONTO – È stato strutturato come un “Incontrare e salutare i Candidati” nell’Aula Comunitaria della Chiesa della Trasfigurazione. Si è concluso con un dibattito dirompente tra alcune delle persone “piazzate” del fiduciario De Domenico e altre che sembravano sinceramente interessate alla direzione dell’educazione cattolica. Erano venuti a sentire cosa offriva l’alternativa a De Domenico: Gabriella Mazarakis… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Opportunists and Dissidents Usurping Catholic Education

TORONTO – Political parties serve an important function. They function as a catch basin for people and ideas with occasionally convergent or overlapping views. They summarize the shared values into a ‘political plan’ and seek public support. It is not a bad democratic tool for individuals whose own individual appeal may be limited at best and surely insufficient to stir the hearts and minds of the electorate. 

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Urne aperte alle elezioni: è ora di fare sul serio

TORONTO – Queste elezioni municipali sono nella migliore delle ipotesi banali ed estremamente locali. Dal punto di vista della leadership, quali sono le persone con una visione e un piano per ricostruire le nostre vecchie infrastrutture, rendere le nostre strade percorribili e le nostre comunità (più) sicure?… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Ontario education workers vote 96.5 per cent in favour of strike

TORONTO – No surprises. An overwhelming 96.5% of members of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) voted in favor of a strike. This was stated today during a conference in Queen’s Park, the president of the union representing guardians, early childhood educators and school administrative staff Laura Walton. Now, Walton said, the negotiating team can return to the negotiating table “with a clear indication of the level of member support for cupe’s proposals.” 

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Nuts: Dead air space and dismal democratic environment

TORONTO – One listens to radio, I imagine, for background [sometimes relaxing] noise. Occasionally, the radio personality and the production team behind the program on air strike a chord. Recently, on my drive in to work, the host of Radio 1010 expressed incredulity at the system’s response to the Oakville teacher who made gigantic prosthetic mammary glands famous by wearing them to a shop class. 

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YCDSB: le scuse, un esonero e un’inchiesta

TORONTO – L’ambiente tossico e disfunzionale dello York Catholic District School Board sembra essere stato risolto, almeno per ora. Martedì, dopo mesi di respingimenti, il presidente del consiglio ha presentato una mozione per discutere le accuse di discriminazione e molestie etniche contro cinque amministratori di origine italiana, ma nel contesto del Codice di Condotta… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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An apology, an Exoneration and an Investigation at YCDSB

TORONTO – The toxic, dysfunctional environment at York Catholic District School Board appears to have been resolved, at least for now. Tuesday, after months of push-back, the Chair of Board entertained a Motion to discuss allegations of discrimination and ethnic-based harassment against five trustees of Italian background as a breach of Conduct. 

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Il teatro dell’assurdo al YCDSB

TORONTO – Secondo il censimento del 2016, la regione di York ha la più alta concentrazione di Canadesi che si identificano di origine italiana, il 38% nella sola città di Vaughan. La maggior parte di loro manda i propri figli nelle scuole amministrate dallo York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB). Il Provveditorato è attualmente retto da dieci trustee equamente suddivisi tra cinque fiduciari di origine italiana e cinque che non lo sono (compreso un membro di una minoranza visibile)… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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The theatre of the absurd in the YCDSB

TORONTO – According to the 2016 Census, York Region has the highest concentration of Canadians who self- identify as being of Italian origin, 38% in the city of Vaughan alone. Most of them send their children to the schools administered by the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB). The Board currently is governed by ten trustees evenly split between five trustees of Italian background and five who are not (including a member of a visible minority). 

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Rischio falsificazione alle elezioni per trustee

TORONTO – L’elezione del consiglio scolastico del distretto cattolico di Halton potrebbe rivelarsi una prova della legittimità del nostro sistema elettorale, ovunque nella provincia. Non è un’esagerazione. I genitori preoccupati dell’insegnamento dei loro figli cominciano a reagire a quello che percepiscono come un furto del loro diritto costituzionale di avere voce in capitolo su ciò che viene insegnato ai loro figli attraverso i consigli scolastici… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Unenforced Electoral Laws contribute to Fraud and Theft

TORONTO – The Halton Catholic District School Board election may turn out to be a test of the legitimacy of our electoral system, everywhere in the province. It is no exaggeration. Concerned parents are beginning to react to what they perceive to be a theft of their Constitutional right to have a say in what is being taught to their children via school boards. 

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Istruzione (3): terreno fertile per la disonestà

TORONTO – Il concetto generale che rafforza lo scopo dell’elezione di individui non politicamente allineati a livello comunale è sempre stato quello di garantire che gli interessi e le prospettive locali prevalgano per questioni puramente locali. Ciò vale per gli trustee eletti nei Provveditorati locali, in cui le disposizioni sulla residenza qualificano i candidati. Puoi aspirare ad un ruolo solo nel luogo in cui vivi… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Boards of Ed. (3): breeding grounds for dishonesty

TORONTO – The general concept buttressing the purpose for electing non politically aligned individuals at the municipal level has always been to ensure that local interests and perspectives prevail for purely local issues. That holds true for trustees elected to local school boards where the residency provisions qualify candidates. You can only seek office in the locale where you live. 

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Istruzione (2): TCDSB disconnesso dalla realtà

TORONTO – Se i trustee adempiono ai loro doveri fiduciari nei confronti dei genitori, potrebbero dedicare il loro tempo ad analizzare e valutare ciò che il personale amministrativo del Provveditorato – il lato operativo dell’organizzazione – offre per l’investimento che la sua utenza infonde nell’educazione dei figli della famiglia. Nessun consiglio scolastico ha registrato un calo più netto delle iscrizioni degli studenti rispetto al TCDSB da quando il suo attuale segretario-direttore, Brendan Browne, è stato nominato… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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YCDSB, from the illogical to the absurd

TORONTO – Sometimes our educational, school board “planners” miss the obvious. Put aside the cultural, skills educational environment they are to establish and nurture, if one can – we are talking about children, after all. In the case of Pope Francis in Kleinburg, it is about four-year-olds (12 of them) who should be in a Junior Kindergarten class with their neighbours and friends. Unfortunately, it won’t be the case. 

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Education issues (2): TCDSB disconnected from reality

TORONTO – If Trustees fulfill their fiduciary duties to parents, they might spend their time analysing and evaluating what the board’s administrative staff – the operational side of the organization – delivers for the investment its clientele infuses in the education of the family’s children. 

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Elezioni comunali, i temi (1): scuole cattoliche – YCDSB

TORONTO – È tempo di fare sul serio circa le ragioni per le quali abbiamo le elezioni. Per prima cosa, buttate via quelli considerati “disonesti” in carica ed eliminate quelli che la sostituirebbero. In secondo luogo, studiate le alternative e votatele. Terzo, riaffermate i principi per i quali esistono le istituzioni e ritenete responsabili coloro che erodono il valore di esse per il bene dei propri progetti personali… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Municipal elections issues (1): Catholic schools – YCDSB

TORONTO – It is time to get serious about the reasons why we have elections. First, throw out the riffraff in office and weed out the ones that would replace them. Secondly, study the alternatives and vote for them. Third, reaffirm the principles for which institutions exist and hold to account those who erode their value for the sake of their personal pet projects. 

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“Catholic Education – Myths and Realities” and the TCDSB new website

TORONTO – Corriere Canadese and CNMNG News Agency publish everyday articles about Catholic Schools in Canada and these publications receive comments from readers and provoke debate. Here below is an article by Lou Iacobelli, published on https://everydayforlifecanada.blogspot.com/   

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Thank people who stay true to their word

TORONTO – Last week, Corriere Canadese interviewed five York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) trustees: Rose Cantisano, Dino Giuliani, Maria Iafrate, Maria Marchese and Domenic Mazzotta. All of them of Italian background, although only one was born outside of Canada. They had had enough of the not-so-subtle, often overt, discrimination to which they were being subjected because of their “ethnicity”. 

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