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@ETFO/FEEO Vol. 6 No.17
APRIL 26, 2012
Teachers Send McGuinty a Clear Message at
Day of Action
President Hammond addresses the crowd at the Apr. 21 OFL Day of Action
President Hammond addresses the crowd over 6,000 activists
On April 21st, ETFO members travelled from every part of the province to take part in the Ontario Federation of Labour "We are Ontario" Day of Action at Queen's Park. A sea of flags and bright orange signs reading "Respect Teachers. Respect Bargaining" dominated the Queen's Park landscape as unions and not-for-profit organizations gathered to protest the McGuinty government's austerity budget.

"ETFO members are here by the bus load today to protect our rights and to protect collective bargaining. This government has woken up a sleeping giant across the province," ETFO President Sam Hammond told more than 6,000 people. "The public service did not create this financial problem and we're not going to pay for it. Shame on the government for what they are planning to do to all Ontarians, including our most vulnerable citizens."
Members with their ETFO signs
Members with their ETFO signs

Twenty-two ETFO locals from as far away as Ontario North East, Rainbow, Near North, Ottawa, Bluewater, Limestone, Hastings, Renfrew, Greater Essex, Kawartha Pine Ridge, and Trillium-Lakelands joined GTA-area locals at the rally. The work of local leaders in mobilizing members and organizing buses paid off as ETFO teachers formed one of the largest contingents at the event. To view more photos from the rally, visit the ETFO website.
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Day of Action Rally
Members Blog Their Practice
ETFO in Focus - Ontario NDP Convention
For Your Information...
Upcoming Events

ETFO-AQ/PQP registration
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Stewards' Mailing - April 2012

Members Blog their Practice
Woman typingETFO currently has two websites where members are blogging about their teaching practice. You are invited to visit and to explore resources, share experiences, and give feedback.

This blog accompanies and explores some of the topics featured in ETFO's resource book the Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning: Practical Ideas and Resources for Beginning Teachers that was released at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

The goal of the book is not only to provide practical resources for the many firsts that beginning teachers or teachers experiencing a change in assignment will encounter, but also to encourage and enhance teachers' personal learning. This is extended through regular blog contributions from eight teachers in various stages of their teaching careers. You can follow individual bloggers, or explore specific categories that coincide with chapters of the book.

Recent posts:


This site focusses on teaching and learning with primary children. A centralized repository of resources to support early learning, the site highlights existing resources for Kindergarten and will extend to develop new ones.  


ETFO has developed a significant body of professional learning and resources that are relevant, practical, and current, and are meant to assist early learning educators in developing and implementing play-based curriculum in Ontario elementary classrooms.


Recent posts:

ETFO in Focus 
ETFO representatives attended the Ontario NDP convention in Hamilton, April 13-15, and met with delegates at the OTF hospitality suite and at ETFO's display booth. To view the full photo album of this event, please visit the ETFO website.
Susan Swackhammer and MPP Paul MillerPresident Hammond with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
First VP Susan Swackhammer with MPP Paul MillerPresident Hammond chats with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
For Your Information
  • ETFO Awards and Scholarships deadline - April 30th. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available for members and some non-members for study at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For more information and application forms, please visit the ETFO website.

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get instant updates from your Federation. Members who 'Like' our Facebook page will see updates from ETFO in their news feed. Get information on collective bargaining, education and politics in Ontario, and Federation resources and events. You'll find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

  • The submission deadline for presenter applications for the 2012 Ophea Conference has been extended to Monday, April 30, 2012. Ophea invites workshop applications from professionals who can offer new information or insight on ways to support healthy active living for children and youth. Visit today to access the presenter application form.

  • International Family Visibility Day - Sunday, May 6, 2012. On this day LGBTQ family organizations from around the world are joining forces to increase the international visibility of LGBTQ families. Join the Toronto-based LGBTQ Parenting Network for a picnic on May 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Christie Pits Park, Christie & Bloor, Toronto. For more information, visit the ETFO website.  
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