Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

October 28, 2005 12:15 ET

ONTARIO ELEMENTARY TEACHERS ASSIST BC COLLEAGUES

ETFO makes a substantial donation to national hardship fund. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ON--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Public elementary school teachers in Ontario are supporting their colleagues in British Columbia with a $300,000 donation to a national hardship fund.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is donating $5 per member to the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) hardship fund that helps BC teachers who have financial difficulties as a result of their two-week strike.

"As educators we understand the issues that led British Columbia teachers to stage their protest," said ETFO President Emily Noble.

"Students, teachers, and parents in Ontario have experienced the devastation resulting from years of funding cuts by a short-sighted provincial government. We are now only beginning to make up for the losses suffered in those years.

"We admire our colleagues in British Columbia for having the courage to stand up and speak out on behalf of their students and the public education system. We think they are heroes," Noble said.

The CTF is currently accepting applications from individual BC teachers. The hardship fund will give grants based on individual financial need, to a maximum of $500 per teacher.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.
IN: EDUCATION, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org