Ontario French teachers ratify new deal extending contracts to 2019
Ontario's French teachers have ratified a two-year deal that would extend their current contracts through to 2019.
They join the Canadian Union of Public Employees in ratifying central deals that allow the Liberal government to avoid contentious bargaining ahead of next year's provincial election.
Radio-Canada has reported that the French teachers' deal will see them get four per cent in raises over the two years as well as a 0.5-per-cent lump sum payment.
Those are the same compensation terms as in the CUPE deal for 55,000 education workers and that have been offered to English Catholic teachers and elementary teachers.
CUPE workers ratified their two-year contract extension this week and it also included a commitment from the government to invest $115 million over the two years in special education and hiring office, clerical, technical and custodial workers.
The last round of negotiations with the education unions were contentious, with support staff and elementary teachers staging work-to-rule campaigns and the government threatening to dock their pay. Securing contract extensions past the June 2018 election would ensure the government doesn't have to contend with such job action in the lead-up to the vote.
Akil Thomas of the IceDogs was named today to the OHL's All-Rookie team. Thomas was selected as the first team right winger, garnering more votes than any other first year player.
The IceDogs made 5 selections Wednesday night in the first ever Under 18 Priority Selection event. While the traditional Priority Selection draft is dominated by Minor Midget hockey players, the Under-18 draft is to identify "late bloomers" from the Major Midget hockey ranks.
Six Niagara IceDogs prospects from last weekends’ draft have been invited to participate in the upcoming 2017 OHL Gold Cup. Philip Tomasino, Billy Constantinou, Ian Martin, Christian Sbaraglia, Ryan Campbell and Mason Howard will be in Kitchener for the event May 3rd-7th.