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TCDSB, riconteggio dei voti: questa è la legge, fate come volete

TORONTO – L’azione, o la mancata azione, del Provveditorato non gli ha lasciato altra scelta che cercare un risarcimento in tribunale. Phil Horgan, consulente legale del candidato fiduciario Robert Pella, nel Distretto 1 del Provveditorato Cattolico di Toronto (TCDSB) ha emesso un avviso di applicazione presso la Corte Superiore dell’Ontario, insieme alle motivazioni, per un ordine di riconteggio delle schede elettorali votate nelle elezioni svoltesi il 24 ottobre… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Recounts at TCDSB: here is the law, do what you want

TORONTO – The action, or non-action, of the school board has left him with no choice but to seek relief in the Court. Phil Horgan, legal counsel to trustee candidate Robert Pella, in Ward 1 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) issued a Notice of Application in Ontario Superior Court, together with reasons, for an order to recount of the ballots cast in the election held October 24. 

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Dubbi di legittimità elettorale al TCDSB

Chiariamolo subito. Chi può candidarsi e chi è responsabile dell’integrità del processo elettorale? La Legge Municipale (Municiapl Elections Act) afferma che il segretario comunale locale amministra il processo elettorale. Ma i funzionari elettorali alzano le spalle quando si tratta di far rispettare la lettera e lo spirito della legge. Peccato… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Del Grande vs TCDSB: un processo che non avrebbe mai dovuto tenersi

TORONTO – Il consiglio dei fiduciari del Toronto Catholic District School Board è un’organizzazione totalmente “incasinata” o è guidata da personale incompetente e malizioso. Da tre anni entrambi perseguono uno dei loro trustee con una vendetta caratteristica di un odio amaro che francamente pensavamo fosse assente dalla società canadese. Allora, cos’è successo? … Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Del Grande vs TCDSB: corruzione dall’interno

TORONTO – L’avvocato di Del Grande si presenta alla Corte con alcune credenziali accademiche e professionali [esperienza] impressionanti. Il suo curriculum dice che, tra l’altro, ha un dottorato in Giurisprudenza, ha lavorato presso la Corte Suprema negli Stati Uniti, è autorizzato ad esercitare nella British Columbia e in Ontario e ha ricercato e presentato casi di fama davanti ai tribunali negli Stati Uniti e in Canada. Un laico potrebbe concludere che “sa di che cosa parla”… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Del Grande vs TCDSB: Corruption from within

TORONTO – Del Grande’s lawyer comes to the Court with some impressive academic and professional [experience] credentials. His Resume’ says that, among other things, he has a Doctorate in Law, worked at the Supreme Court in the USA, is licenced to practice in British Columbia and Ontario and has researched and presented cases of renown before the Courts in the USA and Canada. A layman might conclude that he “knows whereof he speaks”. 

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Del Grande vs TCDSB: un caso senza precedenti

TORONTO – 19 ottobre 2022. Doveva essere la prima di un’udienza programmata di due giorni presso la Corte Superiore dell’Ontario per accertare se i fiduciari del Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) avessero l’autorità di riaprire una “delibera” e di cambiarla. Alle 17 le discussioni e le confutazioni erano complete. I giudici non restituiranno una decisione prima della pausa di 20 giorni concordata di comune accordo per la negoziazione delle “spese processuali”… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Del Grande v. TCDSB: a case without precedent

TORONTO – October 19, 2022. It was supposed to be the first of a scheduled two-day hearing in Ontario’s Superior Court to ascertain whether trustees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) had the authority to reopen a “determination” and to reverse it. By 5:00 PM arguments and rebuttals were complete. Judges will not return a decision before the mutually agreed-upon 20-day hiatus allotted for negotiating “court costs”. 

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TCDSB Elections, vandalized signs of a candidate who defends traditional Catholic values

TORONTO – Vandals in action against candidates for the position of trustee at TCDSB who intend to defend traditional Catholic values: yesterday someone ripped up the electoral cartels of Gabriella Mazarakis, candidate in Ward 2. “I believe Catholic schools are distinct and exist because families want to pass on to their children the values, culture, tradition and meaning of their faith”, the candidate wrote in one of her tweets during the elections campaign. In another tweet, she posted a quote from Pope John Paul II: Even though the financial viability of Catholic schools has been guaranteed, the task remains of ensuring their Catholic character”. In the pic above, one of the vandalized signs in a pic posted by Rabea Allos.

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TCDSB Elections: D’Amico, Di Giorgio and Cristiano at Cataldi (photos and videos)

TORONTO – Great participation in the event organized today at Cataldi, on Keele Street in Toronto, by three candidates for the position of trustee at the Toronto Catholic District School Board: Frank D’Amico, Daniel Di Giorgio and Gianfranco Cristiano (in the photo above, at entrance of Cataldi).

Their “Meet and Greet” was held from 2 to 5 pm: the three candidates chatted with the customers of the Italian supermarket, offered a lunch and, at the end, stopped at the exit to distribute packs of Italian pasta to all present, as a gift for Thanksgiving Day.

On the packages there was their image and that of Relina D’Amico, candidate as trustee at the TDSB (in the pic below).

“We are glad for the success of our initiative – the three candidates said -: we take the opportunity to wish a Happy Thanksgiving Day to all the readers of CNMNG News”. 

As is well known, the campaign for the election of the trustees to the TCDSB has flared up on the issue of the survival of Catholic ethics – or even the cancellation of the Catholic Superintendency. D’Amico, Di Giorgio and Cristiano propose themselves as defenders and promoters of traditional Catholic values, family and parental rights regarding their children.



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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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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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“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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TCDSB: Cattolico che esclude i Cattolici

TORONTO – Giovedì sera alle 19 il Comitato per la realizzazione e il benessere degli studenti, l’educazione cattolica e le risorse umane del TCDSB ha ricevuto alcuni rapporti annuali “per l’informazione del Consiglio dei Trustee”. Il nome del Comitato è invitante. I rapporti, non tanto. Ricordano un manuale di critica al sistema educativo “progressista” in fallimento dell’Ontario (il woke dell’epoca) di tre generazioni fa: So Little for the Mind (Così poco per l’intelletto), 1953, di Hilda Neatby… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Manipolazione per distruggere il marchio del TCDSB

TORONTO – Giovedì 25 agosto. Riunione del Consiglio dei trustee del TCDSB al completo – l’ultima prima dell’inizio del nuovo anno scolastico, il 2 settembre. La prima da, beh da… sempre, quando gli amministratori e il personale presente non indossavano la maschera (metaforicamente e materialmente). Per coincidenza, l’Agenda e l’Addendum (197 pagine) si concentravano sui Rapporti [di risultati e problemi]. Ecco alcune impressioni sulla “grande rivelazione”… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Trasparenza e responsabilità principi dimenticati al TCDSB

TORONTO – La parodia che circonda la “disposizione” delle accuse delle presunte violazioni del codice di condotta mosse contro il fiduciario Daniel Di Giorgio ha chiarito diverse cose. Il rapporto lanciato contro di lui è stato inventato senza senso, fabbricato per gettare discredito sul suo nome, giusto in tempo per le elezioni.

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Transparency and accountability forgotten at TCDSB

TORONTO – The travesty surrounding the of the “disposition” of the allegations of the alleged code of conduct breaches levelled against trustee Daniel Di Giorgio made several things clear. The report levelled against him was trumped up nonsense manufactured to bring his name into disrepute, just in time for the elections.

What we did learn is that the Integrity Commissioner (IC) does not work for the Board of trustees. Rather, he/she submits a report to the Board, but it must first clear the desk of the Secretary/Director of the Board, Brendan Browne. As it turned out, he and his staff can and do change the report to suit their perceived obligations or objectives. That is a dangerous arrogation of authority. Now he is faced with a demand by a member of the public and registered candidate who is determined to have access to similar procedure before the August 19.

The IC has no authority to do anything other than to determine whether an investigation has merit; compile and report findings and remind Trustees of their options should they agree to accept his/her recommendations. According to Secretary/Director Browne, once the IC submits the report, it belongs to the Board, meaning the Director who then can redact, alter, or otherwise change the content at his discretion.

We know this because he says so. As Marc Anthony’s Shakespeare said of Brutus: and he is an honourable man. We know this to be true because Secretary/Director Browne hired a platoon of lawyers to provide legal advice on the appropriateness of what he was trying to accomplish over the objections of reasonable trustees on the Board.

The report was not going anywhere, despite the sloppy intimidation tactics by attempted against Di Giorgio.

The former IC, who took their “expertise” to the City of Brampton sometime in April, resigned in May, but hung on until Mid-June to “lend weight” to their own personal views about Di Giorgio, the Corriere and its publisher – and to collect more “billable hours”.

Secretary/Director Browne must relish the vainglorious exercise to squander public money on legal entities who will opine on the merits of his musings on policy and procedure while he manipulates certain trustees to do his bidding, especially the nefarious gang of four who will allege anything, slur and smear anyone to avoid fulfilling their duty to Catholic electors. Anything to keep people off balance, so to speak. It worked, in part, against trustee Del Grande. It is unlikely to work against people like the trustee candidate Gabriella Mazarakis. Meanwhile, according to an insider who has seen the invoices, last year, Brendan Browne authorized a pay out in excess of $1,000,000.00 to outside legal counsel just as the TCDSB is facing student shortages, reduced revenues and teacher agitation. Children have to do without.

In house legal advisors, on the other hand, are supplemented by other legal opinion generators from law firms like BLG, Aird Berlis, ADR, Principles Integrity (it is a real name), and the Parliamentarian.

None of them were elected to discharge the obligations that trustees have to the parents who put them around the Board table.

None of their opinions on procedure can restore the ethical behaviour, lost, but still legally demanded and expected of trustees elected to uphold the Catholic ethic.

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TCDSB rejects IC report: fallout, part one

TORONTO – Catholic Schools exist because the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and the Education Act recognize and protect their existence; so does the Human Rights Code. Catholic ratepayers are expected to contribute, and do so contribute, to their financial stability.

The former Integrity Commissioner of the TCDSB seems to have had trouble understanding those fundamental concepts when he/they made themselves an instrument of others’ questionable attacks on trustees who comprehend and discharge their role. It started with the concocted attack on Del Grande in November 2019 and ended with the failed attempted defamation of Di Giorgio on August 10, 2022.

So, what is the role of Catholic trustees?

A certain Gabriella Mazarakis researched The Trustee Code of Conduct outlined in A.04 on the Board’s website. It says, in part… “Trustees are expected to discharge their duties and responsibilities in a professional and ethical manner consistent with Gospel Values and the teachings of the Catholic Church… That standard includes upholding the Catholic Faith and adhering to the Oath of Office taken each year at the Caucus meeting.”

…Unless you are a member of the infamous gang of four trustees at the TCDSB. Then the rules may not apply to you – you are woke, a cancel culture zealot – you make them up as you go along… until you are called out for misuse, if not abuse, of your position.

That’s what has happened to Markus De Domenico, charter member of the self-proclaimed authority of how to be an ethical Catholic trustee. Bang, just like that, Gabriella Mazarakis, has effectively asked the TCDSB and the Interim Integrity Commissioner to disqualify De Domenico from holding office for breaches of those “rules”.

Mazarakis, a mother of school-aged children, is registered as a candidate to oust the incumbent. Encouraged by the special Board meeting on August 10, called to “punish” trustee Di Giorgio for disagreeing with De Domenico and his ilk, she submitted a request to the new Integrity Commissioner (law firm Aird Berlis) that it investigate and report a finding of fault in the allegations of egregious violations (emphasis added) of the Trustee Code of Conduct and perhaps Conflict of Interest guidelines committed by De Domenico. What’s good for the goose is good for…

For good measure, she supplied relevant sections of the Code of Conduct and the Conflict-of-interest guidelines, together with pictures revealing Markus in flagrante delicto to support the allegations. It is a copious document. She has done the research for the Integrity Commissioner.

Mazarakis pointed out violation after violation, including a ten-page newsletter, an election brochure churned out at Board expense and distributed via Board resources. She made specific reference to the Political Activity and Campaigning Policy A.40 of the Board.

It may be worth noting for Municipal election officials that De Domenico also started a finance campaign prior to registering his candidacy, as required by the Municipal Elections Act.

Mazarakis, however, raised the question of electoral integrity and fairness with the City of Toronto Municipal Elections department who manage Trustee Elections. Mazarakis’ letter points out that “they have the same black out period for complaints and similar policies regarding use of City resources on election campaign sites as TCDSB”.

She highlights that, however, “in the case of alleged violations of election policies such as those [she has] described herein, [the complaints] are dealt with immediately to ensure election integrity and fairness.” She demands that the TCDSB do the same.

Otherwise, willful breaches of the Act may compromise the election and result in unfair advantage to the perpetrator, De Domenico.

Not content with the IC’s apparent docility to take on the task, she sent her concerns to the Director and all the trustees. Again, receiving no reply, she sent a letter demanding action to the Board, copying the Corriere Canadese and the Toronto Star.

We think she deserves a hearing.

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TCDSB: IC, colossale spreco di tempo e soldi

TORONTO – “Farisei, scribi e peccatori”: è la descrizione utilizzata dalla fiduciaria Nancy Crawford (nella foto sopra) che cercava di riportare i suoi colleghi in sé sulla questione, prima della riunione di emergenza al Toronto Catholic District School Board, mercoledì sera. Stava invocando l’immagine biblica della tentata “lapidazione di una donna smarrita” nel tentativo di mettere in prospettiva le questioni e di fornire una “guida”. Avrebbe potuto risparmiare il fiato… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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TCDSB: IC, a colossal waste of time and money

TORONTO – “Pharisees, Scribes and Sinners”. That’s the choice of descriptors used by trustee Nancy Crawford trying to bring her colleagues to their senses, on the issue before the emergency meeting at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, last night. She was invoking the Biblical image of the attempted “stoning of a fallen woman” in an attempt to put issues in perspective and to provide “guidance”. 

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TCDSB, il bizzarro caso del commissario per l’intregrità

TORONTO – Negli ultimi tre anni, quello che è successo al sistema educativo dell’Ontario, e più specificamente alla sua componente cattolica, è a dir poco una farsa. Ieri è culminato nella poca dignitosa lettera di dimissioni presentata da Principles Integrity, il Commissario per l’Integrità (IC), in qualità di custode della civiltà e della probità presso il TCDSB. Si sono allontanati dal loro “rapporto” in un attimo e in maniera irritata… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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The Bizarre Case of Integrity
Commissioners at the TCDSB

TORONTO – Over the last three years, what has been happening to Ontario’s education system, and more specifically its Catholic component, is nothing short of a travesty. Yesterday it culminated in the undignified letter of resignation submitted by Principles Integrity, the Integrity Commissioner (IC), as the guardian of civility and probity at the TCDSB. They walked away from their “relationship” in a snit. 

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Mancanza di Principi e di Integrità al TCDSB

TORONTO – Mentre questo articolo si sviluppa, vi chiederete se dovreste ridere o piangere. Scegliete quest’ultima opzione perché almeno potrete cominciare a capire quanto siano esposti alla cattiva volontà altrui i nostri beni socio-culturali, soprattutto quando si tratta di coloro a cui affidiamo la cura dei nostri figli… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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TCDSB, istruzione e costi della ’nebbia di guerra’

TORONTO – L’attuale dichiarazione di “visione” educativa del Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), a giudicare dalla riunione del Consiglio del 24 marzo 2022, è priva di temi scolastici o cattolici. Se il Consiglio possa sopravvivere dopo queste elezioni provinciali richiede un atto di fede non supportato dal “dibattito” offerto giovedì scorso. Se hai figli nel sistema scolastico cattolico, dovrai rivalutarne il perché… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Education and the costs of ’the fog of war’ at the TCDSB

TORONTO – The current educational “vision” statement of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), judging from the March 24, 2022, Board meeting, is devoid of school or Catholic issues. Whether the Board can survive after this provincial election requires an act of faith not supported by “the debate” offered last Thursday. If you have children in the system, you will have to reassess why. 

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Why is there a crisis in education leadership at the TCDSB?

TORONTO – Where to start? Usually at the top. Neither the Director’s office nor the Office of the Chair return Media (ours) email requests or phone calls. That is usually a sign of indifference or disrespect. We are ratepayers and our writers are Catholic electors.

Letters or posts “from the above” sent to parents and teachers (and obtained by us) are signed “Board of the TCDSB”, suggesting that no one wants to take ownership of the contents.

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Al TCDSB non si insegna nulla: si fa politica. Le prove?

TORONTO – Dove iniziare? Di solito dall’alto. Né l’Ufficio del Direttore né l’Ufficio del Presidente rispondono alle domande dei Media (noi) inviate per posta elettronica o fatte per telefono. Di solito questo è un segno di indifferenza o di mancanza di rispetto. Siamo contribuenti e i nostri scrittori sono elettori cattolici.

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Communications problems at the TCDSB

TORONTO – There appears to be a breakdown of process and procedure at the TCDSB. The past two years have been chaotic for parents and students navigating the education system while looking for clarity and stability. It has not been easy for anyone.

Families maintain that the constant disruption between schools opening, then closing, and re-opening has had a negative impact on their children. They say the back and forth between virtual and in-person instruction has not helped the social, mental and academic well-being of their children.

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Vertenza TCDSB, il TECT minaccia lo sciopero

TORONTO – Le cose potrebbero diventare un po’ più difficili per alcuni studenti dell’area di Toronto il prossimo lunedì. La Toronto Catholic Elementary Teachers Union (TECT) è pronta a iniziare uno sciopero già dalla prossima settimana. Se TECT e il Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) non riusciranno a raggiungere un accordo nei prossimi giorni, gli insegnanti a partire dal 31 gennaio 2022 sono in una posizione legale per intraprendere un’azione di sciopero… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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TECT threatens strike in labour dispute with TCDSB

Things may get a little more difficult for some Toronto area students this coming Monday. The Toronto Catholic Elementary Teachers Union (TECT) is prepared to commence strike action as early as next week. If TECT and the Toronto Catholic District School (TCDSB) fail to come to an agreement in the next few days, teachers are in a position to stop instruction services as of January 31, 2022.

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