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Dans certaines régions du pays, il y a une érosion croissante des droits fondamentaux des Canadiens à l’égard d’une voix démocratique locale en matière d’éducation publique. Dans tout le Canada depuis des décennies, la gouvernance de l’éducation des enfants et des adolescents a été confiée à des commissaires élus à l’échelle locale. Il appartient aux citoyens de protéger les Voix locales en vue d’assurer des Choix locaux.
The letter below was sent to media across the country.
In some areas of the country there is an increasing erosion of the fundamental rights of Canadians with regard to local democratic voice in public education. Governance of the education of children and youth in Canada has been entrusted to locally elected trustees across the country for decades. Protecting Local Voices to ensure Local Choices is the responsibility of citizens.
November 6, 2018 – The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) is pleased to announce, after a national search, that Nancy Pynch-Worthylake will serve as the new Executive Director of the Association, effective immediately.
“The CSBA is very pleased to welcome Nancy to the team. Her extensive experience in all facets of public education, along with her energy and passion for democratic leadership at the local level are assets that will serve the national organization very well,” said CSBA President Laurie French, who chaired the National Search Committee.
Nancy has served as a School Board Association Executive Director at the provincial level, as a provincial government Senior Executive Director and as a Superintendent of Schools (CEO). She is fluent in French and English and holds degrees at the Bachelor and Masters levels, as well as certification in governance and graduate level education in leadership and administration.
She can be reached at email@example.com or at (902) 456-5574.
L’Association canadienne des commissions/conseils scolaires nomme une nouvelle directrice exécutive
le 6 novembre, 2018 – L’Association canadienne des commissions/conseils scolaires (l‘ACCCS) est heureux d’annoncer qu’après une recherche nationale madame Nancy Pynch-Worthylake sera la nouvelle directrice générale de l’Association à partir d’aujourd’hui.
«Nous sommes très heureux et heureuses d’accueillir Nancy au sein de l’équipe l’ACCCS. Sa vaste expérience dans le secteur d’éducation publique, ainsi que son énergie et sa passion pour le leadership démocratique locale sont des atouts qui serviront très bien à l’organisation nationale,» de dire Laurie French, présidente de L’ACCCS.
Nancy a occupé le poste de directrice exécutive d’une association des conseils scolaires au niveau provincial, comme directrice exécutive au gouvernement provincial, et comme directrice générale des écoles. Elle parle le français et l’anglais et elle est diplômée d’un baccalauréat et d’une maîtrise, ainsi que d’un certificat en gouvernance et d’une formation avancée en leadership et en administration.
Elle peut être contactée à firstname.lastname@example.org ou à (902) 456-5574.
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Prime Minister of Canada
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Minister of Health
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Council of Ministers of Education
Joint Consortium for School Health
With the introduction of Bill C – 45 – An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts – school boards across Canada have been concerned with the potential impact this legislation may have on students in their respective jurisdictions.
As this Legislation has moved forward, the work of the Task Force on Cannabis Legislation and Regulation has been of particular interest to School Boards who have paid attention to and participated in the work of the Task Force. In their final report, the Task Force made several recommendations about how education was to be used as a means to help Canadians understand the potential health risks. It is now essential to ensure that education partners are included to inform this work.
Through these discussions, School Board Associations have also identified those areas that are essential for Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to consider in the implementation of the Legalization of Cannabis. As a result, the enclosed CSBA Cannabis Legalization Declaration has been adopted by these Associations representing Canadian School Boards on behalf of the students and communities we serve.
Floyd Martens, President, CSBA
Chair, School Health and Wellness Committee, CSBA
Honourable Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
March 9, 2018
I am writing on behalf of our board of directors and school boards across the county in regards to the proposal included in the 2017 Federal Budget, which calls for a change to the Income Tax Act. Specifically, this is regarding:
“The removing of the tax exemptions for non-accountable expense allowances paid to members of provincial and territorial legislative assemblies and to certain municipal office – holders including school boards.”
This proposed legislation concerns us for several reasons.
First, taxing this honorarium is actually going after revenue which comes from taxation in the first place and which was assigned to education.
But more importantly, and of great concern to school boards is that this proposed change will most certainly de-incentivize experienced, quality professionals, the majority of whom have full time employment and already pay taxes on their work income, from running for this valuable public office. The amounts paid to school trustees was always intended to provide a small compensation in recognition for the governance these citizens provide for the education of the children who live in their communities. The hours they spend at evening and weekend meetings is in most cases, above and beyond their full time work and demonstrates a much needed commitment to public service.
Removing this provision would discourage citizens from giving of their own private time to serve the public and their communities. We respectfully request that you reconsider this provision and leave the exemption for school trustees in place.
Canadian School Boards Association
TORONTO, March 7, 2018 – The Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), has released the Education Ministers’ Policy Statement on Fair Dealing. The Statement underlines the provincial and territorial education ministers’ support for teachers’ and students’ use of the fair dealing provision in the Copyright Act for classroom learning.
The consortium is composed of the ministers of education of all provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec. The ministers have constitutional authority for education in Canada, are responsible stewards of copyright, and view copyright compliance as a priority.
The Statement reflects the Copyright Act and the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of fair dealing which provides teachers and students with the ability to use short excerpts from copyright-protected materials for educational purposes.
Education ministers view the current Copyright Act as good public policy that achieves an important balance between user rights and creator rights.
“It’s important that copyright law balances the necessary protection of artists and writers works with the ability of teachers and students to use short excerpts from copyright-protected materials in their school work,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development for Nova Scotia and Chair of the CMEC Copyright Consortium. “The current copyright law and the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of fair dealing ensure that Canadian students are on a level playing field with students in other countries.”
Federal MPs have begun a mandated review of the Copyright Act and are expected to be studying copyright law through 2018. One issue MPs may probe is the application of fair dealing to classroom uses of copyright-protected materials.
“We want to underscore for our federal counterparts that the guidelines respecting fair dealing used in K-12 classrooms are founded on the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of fair dealing and play an important role in education,” said Minister Churchill.
The Education Ministers’ Policy Statement on Fair Dealing can be found at: https://cmec.ca/Publications/Lists/Publications/Attachments/379/2018-03-Policy-Statement-on-Fair-Dealing-EN.pdf.
In 2016, the consortium launched the Copyright Decision Tool, an on-line resource developed for teachers to consistently apply fair dealing in their classrooms. The Copyright Decision Tool —www.copyrightdecisiontool.ca—helps teachers to decide if fair dealing permits them to use copyright-protected materials without first getting copyright permission.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada’s ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
February 22, 2018
The Honourable Stephen McNeil
Premier of Nova Scotia
Government House, Halifax
NS B3J 1X5
The Canadian School Boards Association, representing School Boards from across Canada, is incredibly disappointed by your government’s decision to abolish locally elected school boards in favour of government appointees based on the recently commissioned “Raise the Bar” report.
Since Confederation, provincial/territorial governments have been given the responsibility of managing the education system. This however, was in part due to the important role and deep connection between education and community including the right to choose their own representative to make decisions and choose priorities reflecting the circumstances in their own community. Children’s learning is integral for our future and that of our communities and locally elected school boards were created to ensure those closest to students and communities were given a significant voice in their education.
And yet, this recent announcement has decimated the principle at the heart of our democracy, a right that is being protected for minority populations only. While we applaud the protection of the minority language education system and your decision to maintain the French language board in Nova Scotia, we never imagined the majority language voice could so easily be dismissed.
School boards serve our nation well. They provide every Canadian citizen with a meaningful voice in an education system which is the envy of the world. Nova Scotia children compete internationally and perform well among the best countries in the world.
We recognize our system of governance can improve; we strive to make strides in this area and will continue to do so. Voter apathy is a problem in all elections and acclamations are sometimes a result of positive results. However, it is incomprehensible that such a heavy handed, top down directive of removing the significant voice of the community through elected representatives is an improvement. Your government has recognized the value of school boards by maintaining the minority language board. We would identify that what is of value for the minority is also of value to the majority.
We strongly suggest you reconsider your decision and meet with the Nova Scotia School Boards Association to explore alternatives to abolishing a right that all Canadians enjoy and that you consider instead in investing and supporting the education system as opposed to dismantling it.