OSSTF upset Thompson has pulled out of forum

The Ontario Federation of Secondary School Teachers say they're disappointed the Minister of Education is no longer attending their public forum on education.  

Bluewater union President Betty-Jo Raddin tells Dock News Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson canceled her appearance late last week.  

She was to be one of the key panelists at the session to talk about changes being made to the province's education system including increased class size and mandatory e-learning.  

"I can't speak to it but its unfortunate that she can't attend a community forum on education in her own riding and have a chance to speak with her constituents about the significant changes her government is proposing."

Raddin admits it can sometimes be difficult to garner much support from the public giving that the province continues to spin stories in their favour.

She says the PC's are telling Ontarians that while enrollment continues to drop, the number of teachers has stayed the same.

Raddin says that's just not the case in Grey Bruce where enrollment continues to drop significantly while the number of staff also declines almost in identical proportion 

Also attending the session will be Beyhan Farhadi, e-Learning researcher and PhD candidate; Jackie Ralph of the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce; James Kewaquom of Saugeen First Nation; Don Matheson, teacher and Deputy Mayor of Saugeen Shores; local teachers and support staff. 

The forum is being held Tuesday night 7pm at the Bruce County Museum in Southampton starting at 7.  

All members of the public are encouraged to attend. 


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