Resistance Building to Ford Government's
Anti-Social Offensive in Ontario
Students and Educators Take Up Their Social Responsibility
University of Windsor student walkout, March 20, 2019.
The working people and youth and students of Ontario
are showing what they are made of in rising as one to reject the Ford
government's latest assault on public education, and on those who
provide it and the students who rely on it for a bright future.
Students to Walkout En Masse
On April 4, high school students across Ontario will
hold walkouts to say No! to the Ford government's attacks on public
education, which the government claims are in the name of students and
designed to make them more "resilient." Students have set up a central
Facebook page for
coordinating their activities and listing their events here.
They have also launched a petition to make their views
known, which is gaining thousands of signatures (see below).
Mass Rally at Ontario Legislature
On April 6, all the education unions in the K-12 sector
have joined together to organize a mass rally at Queen's Park to defend
public education. Everyone is encouraged to mark their calendars and go
all out to bring all those concerned about the future of public
education to the rally. See Facebook events page here.
College and University Students Hold Walkouts
University and college students already held walkouts
and rallies across Ontario on March 20, to reject the Ford government's
assault on post-secondary education and the students' unions ability to
exist and organize.
University of Windsor
University of Toronto
K-12 Teachers and Education Workers Launch
Sustained Acts of Solidarity
OSSTF District 20 wear black shirts, March 18, 2019.
Since March 15 when the Ford
government laid out its latest assault on public education, teachers
and education workers have made it clear that they intend to fight for
their rights and those of their students.
An announcement for educators and K-12 students was
made on Friday, March 15, when many schools were on March Break. The
following Monday, March 18, many
educators came back to school wearing black to stand in solidarity.
Then on the following
Friday the Elementary Teachers, Catholic Teachers and Secondary School
Teachers' federations called for their members to wear Red for
or Red for Ed on all Fridays going forward. This takes up similar
regular actions called by teachers and education workers across the
U.S., who have made red the symbol of their defence of public education.
High Park Toronto
CUPE 1238; Halton Region
Political Protests at PC Party Activities
Protest in Essex, March 22, 2019.
A large protest was held by unions representing teachers
and education workers and other workers outside a political event being
held at the Walter Baker Centre in Nepean, Ontario on March 22. Premier
Doug Ford as well as Education Minister Lisa MacLeod and other Ottawa
area MPPs were hosting a dinner and had to face the lines of
educators making their stands against the attacks on public education
In Essex, District 9 of the Ontario Secondary School
Teachers Federation and the Greater Essex local of the Elementary
Federation of Ontario organized a spirited protest outside a local golf
and country club to defend public education. The Essex PC Riding
Association was holding an "Essex Open for Business" Dinner with
of Economic Development Todd Smith and MPPs Rick Nicholls
(Chatham-Kent-Leamington), Randy Pettapiece (Perth-Wellington), and
Donna Skelly (Flamborough-Glanbrook).
On the same day Premier Ford made a provocative remark
while in Nepean warning teachers and education workers that they had
better think twice about protesting the government's attacks on
education alleging this would "harm students." This shows clearly that
in the name of protecting students the Ford government is seeking to
the ground to criminalize the political opposition of teachers and
education workers as well as students in the name of "protecting
students." The ongoing actions of students themselves to these attacks
are exposing the Ford government as unfit to govern.
This article was published in
Number 11 - March 28, 2019
Resistance Building to Ford Government's
Anti-Social Offensive in Ontario: Students and Educators Take Up Their Social Responsibility