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2012-11-30 08:33:42

Broten won't say whether she'll force teachers back to work Read.

Broten won't say whether she'll force teachers back to work Read.

Ontario's governing Liberals say they're ready to respond to the threat of province-wide strikes by elementary teachers, but won't say when or if they'll force them back to work. The province has the power under a controversial new law to stop strikes by teachers and lockouts, but Education Minister Laurel Broten won't say whether she'll employ that legislative hammer -- just that she has it in her arsenal. 

Elementary teachers in a legal strike position are expected to walk off the job next month, escalating their job action just withdrawing from administrative duties. The hope of negotiated settlements to end the labour strife in Ontario schools is growing dimmer, as the union representing public high school teachers also broke off all negotiations with school boards until further notice. Parents will get 72-hours notice of strikes in elementary schools, said a president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. It froze the wages of most teachers and cut benefits, such as cutting sick days in half and stopping teachers from banking them to be cashed out at retirement. Broten said she hasn't rejected any of the local deals reached by the union and school boards. She issued a statement later on Thursday to say "at this point, my ministry has reviewed and deemed workable all of the tentative agreements that have been submitted." She also encourage the union to take those tentative agreements to ratification votes.

http://www.cp24.com/news/broten-won-t-say-whether-she-ll-force-teachers-back-to-work-1.1058767

by JIHAE KWON


2012-11-08 07:44:19

In historic votes, Approving same-sex marriage

In historic votes, Approving same-sex marriage by popular vote

With Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana. 
Maine's referendum on same-sex marriage marked the first time that gay-rights supporters put the issue to a popular vote. They collected enough signatures over the summer to schedule the vote, hoping to reverse the outcome of a 2009 referendum that quashed a gay-marriage law enacted by the Legislature. In both Maryland and Washington, gay-marriage laws were approved by lawmakers and signed by the governors earlier this year, but opponents gathered enough signatures to challenge the laws...

http://www.cp24.com/world/in-historic-votes-maine-maryland-back-same-sex-marriage-washington-colorado-ok-legal-pot-1.1027834#ixzz2BYLRhDRF

by JIHAE KWON


2012-10-22 09:34:08

Ontario, RIM team up to help laid-off staff

Ontario, RIM team up to help laid-off staff

The Ontario government is teaming up with R.I.M(Research In Motion Ltd.) to help laid-off workers in the city. Out of these companies that will cut their staff, the hot potato is The BlackBerry maker by announcing their cutting plan. Most of staff are from Waterloo where the firm's global headquarters is located. Let we see how will Ontario government and R.I.M be able to resolve this problem.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/08/13/toronto-ontario-government-research-in-motion.html

by BO CHANG JEON


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