NDP Calls on Provincial Ombudsman to Look at Back to School Plan


The New Democrats in Ontario are asking the provincial ombudsman to review the government's back-to-school plan.

The party's education critic, Marit Stiles, says she wants Paul Dube to determine if measures are in place to meet safety standards recommended by experts.

Windsor West NDP MPP Lisa Gretzky says Dube understands it's a timely issue.

"It's really important for us to have an independent officer of the legislator look at the plan and really listen to all of the voices that need to be part of the conversation and to get that information out to the public about what this plan really is," says Gretzky.  "We're seeing so much contradictory information between what the government is saying about how safe it is to go back and how safe the plan is and what the reality is on the ground."

Gretzky adds it's important to have Dube look at the back to school plan

"The ombudsman is really good at what he does and understands the timely nature of it but really what should be happening in the meantime is for the government to be listening to all of the voices, all of the people that are telling them that this is not a safe plan," says Gretzky.   

Students head back to the classroom in one-week although both local English boards are staggering the start to help reduce possible transmission of the virus. 

- with files from AM800's Patty Handysides and Kathie McMann