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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Teachers Protest Outside MPP's Office

Owen Sound | by Cody Misner  

Over 37 full time teachers in the Bluewater board alone received lay off notices

Local teachers, union members and supporters gathered outside of MPP Bill Walkers office Friday afternoon to reinforce their distaste for the Ford Governments cuts to education.

Recently over 37 full time teachers in the Bluewater board alone received lay off notices as part of the cuts. Sam Hammond the President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says the pressure these cuts put on local areas will only grow to impact more municipal services

He stated that public support for the teachers was overwhelming.

Over the past few months even students unhappy with increasing class sizes and mandatory online course have joined their teachers in protest, participating in walkouts as well as demonstrations. Protests around education are just the latest issue brought on by provincial cuts. In April cuts to autism programs greatly upset families causing the government to push back some of the changes being made. There has been members of the healthcare community angered by cuts to healthcare.

Hammond stated that so far the government has been quiet about addressing their concerns.

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