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School, today the return in presence

TORONTO – Students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) returned to class today. After taking online classes for two weeks, Monday was supposed to be the day of the big comeback but a massive winter storm forced them to stay home for another two days. The reopening of schools took place – said the TDSB – following the “significant progress” that the city has made in clearing the main roads and secondary roads. 


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School, pressure of pediatricians on the government: “Reopen or serious effects on children”

TORONTO – After the parents, pediatricians take the field. The Canadian Paediatric Society, the Pediatrics Section of the Ontario Medical Association and the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario have written an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce urging them to resume face-to-face classes in schools by January 17. 


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School, back in the classroom on January 5

TORONTO – Ontario was the laggard but today it finally announced through the mouth of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the province Kieran Moore, the latest news about the return to school of students at the end of the Christmas holidays. Return that with great general surprise sledges of only two days, from Monday January 3 to Wednesday January 5. 


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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…)

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School, between uphill infections and controversy

TORONTO – Compared to a month ago, there are more than twice as many active cases of Covid-19 associated with Ontario’s public schools. The Ministry of Education has in fact communicated that with the 178 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in a 24-hour period, the total number of active infections has reached 1,879. This is an 18% increase week after week and is more than double the number of active infections associated with schools in this period last month: 913. Overall, since the beginning of the school year, there are now 8,280 infections: at this point in the school year in 2020 there were 5,420.  (more…)

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School, Minister Elliott: “Our weapon is vaccines”

TORONTO – Hope, to eradicate Covid-19 among children, is placed in the vaccine. This was reiterated today – just a day after Pfizer formally asked Health Canada to approve its vaccine for use in children between the ages of five and 11 – by Health Minister Christine Elliott. As soon as the green light arrives, Elliott said clearly, we will be “ready to go”: “We are actively working with public health units to draw up a plan for the administration of the vaccine, we will be ready – as soon as it is approved by Health Canada – to distribute it and make it available to children throughout the province – said the minister – I know that parents are worried but they do not have to be because we will be ready, we are actively working on this and are in the process of finalizing the plan right now.”  (more…)

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School, there is no peace: protest and Covid-19 cases on the rise

TORONTO – The news that in the coming weeks there would be cuts to the teaching staff of the Toronto Caholic District School Board (TCDSB) to parents just did not go down. Today, a group of mothers and fathers of the students of the schools of the Catholic Board organized a protest that started in front of the Saint Pius X Catholic School which is located near Jane and Bloor Street.  (more…)

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School chaos, school boards in the storm

TORONTO – It is a constant growth that of Covid-19 cases in ontario schools where with the last 121 infections last Friday, the total, after about two weeks of attendance, is 619. The latest outbreak is the one that broke out at Elmlea Junior School in Etobicoke – Rexdale and Islington district – where at least two cases have been reported.  (more…)

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Already 189 cases among students and staff in Ontario, one school closed

TORONTO – The school year has just begun and there are already several cases of Covid-19: precisely 189, distributed among students and staff. Several classes are already self-isolating at home and one school has been closed: the Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall, Ontario. But let’s go in order. (more…)

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School, a return full of anxiety and unfulfilled promises

TORONTO – Back to school amid gatherings, worries and unfulfilled promises. As many parents feared, the first day of school – today for Toronto students – was not one of those days to remember with pleasure. In front of the institutes, gatherings. It was largely predictable, as the boys hadn’t seen each other for months. But evidently the “plan” elaborated by the provincial government and by the various administrations (both the public one, the TDSB, and the Catholic one, the TCDSB) had not thought about it. Thus, it fell to the teachers and principals to try, desperately (and blatantly without a “guide from above”), to impose distancing at least at the entrance.  (more…)

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Everyone at school tomorrow, but it’s a leap in the dark

TORONTO – The long-awaited day, that of returning to school after months and months, has also arrived for the students of the Toronto administrations, both public and Catholic. And it could be a good day, were it not for the thousand unknowns that loom also due to the delays in the reorganization of schools, necessary with the pandemic still underway. These first two days, then – tomorrow and Friday, then all at home again for the weekend – will be nothing more than a kind of “rehearsal” of what will happen during the school year. Impossible to predict, however, what will happen.  (more…)

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Mandatory vaccines at the TDSB, the catholic school board is silent

TORONTO – Toronto’s public school superintendent tightens up Covid-19 vaccination rules. The Catholic one, on the other hand, at the moment makes a silent scene while the first day of school is approaching by giant strides. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) voted unanimously to introduce vaccination duty for staff, trustees and visitors. To make the announcement yesterday was the school board: “the school trustees during the meeting Wednesday evening decided to make the anti-Covid-19 vaccination mandatory”. And considering that there are only eleven days left before the reopening of schools and that the TDSB intends to implement the procedure before the children return to class, there is no time to lose. (more…)

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Ontario Medical Association and Coalition for Kids call for mandatory vaccines for anyone working in a school

TORONTO – With the return to school approaching by great strides, the pressure on the Ontario government to make vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff mandatory increases. Raising the voice is the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) with a statement signed by the president, Dr. Adam Kassam: “Schools should be safe places for everyone. That’s why we’re asking for vaccination for teachers and those who work in schools in addition to the mandatory use of masks inside and other measures when schools reopen in September,” Kassam said. (more…)

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School, “created the illusion of normality”

TORONTO – Ontario’s four largest education unions — Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) — are attacking the government’s return-to-school plan. A plan, they say in unison, “incomplete and inadequate.” The accusation is that of having attempted to “create the illusion of normality” when “we are still in a pandemic”.  (more…)

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Scuola e pandemia tra governo immobile, school board assenti e piani inesistenti

TORONTO – Piani di sicurezza, linee guida, uso della mascherina, distanza fisica, limite massimo degli studenti, obbligo vaccinale per il personale scolastico. Sono alcuni dei temi sui quali, a poco più di sei settimane dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico, la nostra classe politica dovrebbe intavolare un dibattito serio e costruttivo, recependo le indicazioni e gli input della comunità scientifica provinciale, delle associazioni di categoria e dei provveditorati scolastici… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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School and pandemic: a Minister in isolation, absent School boards and non-existent plans

TORONTO – Safety plans, guidelines, mask use, physical distance, maximum limit of students, vaccination obligation for school staff. These are some of the issues on which, just over six weeks before the beginning of the school year, our political class should start a serious and constructive debate, incorporating the indications and inputs of the provincial scientific community, trade associations and school provveditorati. In Ontario, at least for now, everything is silent. (more…)

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Back to school in September, a plan is missing

“Time is running out.” Using these words, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore has tried to get out of the hibernation in which it fell, the government that must ensure a safe reopening of schools in September. September seems far away, indeed far away, but eight weeks quickly pass while a plan to be implemented to kick-start the new school year is not mentioned. (more…)

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The school plan in Ontario is still a big question mark

TORONTO – In exactly two months, the new school year will begin, and in Ontario the plan for re-entry is still a huge question mark. In recent months, the provincial government and in particular the Public Education Minister Stephen Lecce have put aside all the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic in the school sector to devote themselves to something else. (more…)

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Holy Cross Catholic Academy é reconhecida como uma IB World School

Article by  Priscilla Pajdo — Translation and Video: Luis Aparicio

Há uma notícia empolgante para os intelectuais da região de York. A Holy Cross Catholic Academy (CA) é agora reconhecida como uma IB World School autorizada para o International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Programa de Diploma de Bacharelato Internacional). (more…)

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Holy Cross Catholic Academy joins exclusive list as International Baccalaureate School


There is exciting news for intellectual minds in York Region. Holy Cross Catholic Academy (CA) is now recognized as an authorized IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The Woodbridge high school joins an exclusive group of 5,500 institutions worldwide which deliver the IB programme. (more…)

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Toronto Catholic District School Board like Molière’s Tartuffe

TORONTO – Whenever I attend (virtually or in-person) meetings of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, I picture myself in the audience of a performance of Moliere’s comedic production, Tartufe. It is not a compliment.

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This is to say: it is difficult to take these people seriously. Tartufe, the character and the play, have become synonymous with hypocrisy, duplicity, pious fraud and treachery. (more…)

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Peel District School Board offers its schools to immunize

Peel District School Board offers its schools to immunize 

TORONTO – The Peel District School Board (PDSB) offers its schools as pop-up vaccination sites in hotspots in the region. The offer to Peel’s health officer, Dr. Lawrence Loh, was promoted by PDSB Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins and supervisor Bruce Rodrigues. (more…)

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School chaos, infection records: 518 in 24 hours

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian A new surge in Covid-19 infections in Ontario schools. Yesterday the record was recorded since the beginning of the school year: 518 cases – 440 are students, 77 teachers and 1 is a non-teaching member – which has increased the total number to 12,750. There are 1,168 schools where outbreaks of the virus are currently active while the number of schools closed has risen to 58. (more…)

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School, Peel towards the return to online teaching

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian With the surge in Covid-19 infections in recent days – yesterday there were 1,553 cases in Ontario recording the highest number in the last five weeks – some providers are planning to transfer all students to distance learning. (more…)

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School, in September all in presence

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – It’s been a troubled school year, which is coming to an end. A year out of every scheme, between distance learning and lessons in presence, with the feeling shared by students, parents and teachers of being under a lead hood called Covid-19. And now Ontario school providers are starting to plan, in many cases, for a regular school return in September. Everyone in the classroom, as they were until a year ago when the pandemic came to change the rules. (more…)

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Covid-19, St. Francis Xavier school closed

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – The list of schools closed in Ontario for the Coronavirus emergency is growing. The latest in the series is St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, where eight students and three staff have been infected since the outbreak on February 27. Since yesterday, the school at 53 Gracefield Avenue in North York has been closed. “As you know, as far as Covid-19 is concerned, we follow the recommendations of Toronto Public Health – said the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) at CP24 – the school will be temporarily closed starting today. We believe that the tests are being finalized, and as soon as they are available, the details will be shared.” (more…)

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Once, during a religious seminar I participated in, the issue of Filipino parents sending their children came into focus. I admit, having been involved in the media for most of my Canadian life, this issue never came up in my front burner. I have always regarded it as a given in the Filipino immigrants’ life to send their child or children to a Catholic school. And I assumed that Canadians knew the Catholic background of the Philippines. (more…)

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Isang besses mayroon akong nasalihan na pagpupulong na ang paksa ay tungkol sa mga magulang nang mga “Filipino-Canadian” sa kaugalian na pagpapadala nila sa kanilang mga anak sa paaralan nang pang Katolico. Inaamin ko na sa tagal na panahon ako’y nasa Kanada at sa larangan nang  pagsusulat ni minsan di pumasok sa sarili ko kung bakit o among dahilan. Ang paniniwala ko ay itoy hindi kayla sa Kanada na ang Philipnas ay 95 % katolico at Ito kaunaunah at nagiisa bansa sa Asia. (more…)

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