May 04, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals has her hands full, trying to deal with striking teachers and protesting parents.

Only about 100 students at Thorncliffe Park Public School turned up for class today, the other 12-hundred were absent, with the approval of their parents. The parents are protesting the provincial plan to revise sex-ed curriculum in Ontario.

Thorncliffe Park school, which is widely recognized as having a large Muslim population.
A Facebook campaign  is calling on parents to keep their kids home this week to protest the curriculum changes.

On the labour front…

More than 70,000 Ontario high school students are out of class today as a result of teacher strikes at three school boards.

Teachers in Peel Region hit the picket lines Monday after talks to avert a strike failed to reach a deal.

Teacher strikes are also ongoing in Rainbow District, encompassing Sudbury and its surrounding regions, and in Durham Region, where 24,000 students have been kept from class since April 20.

This is the first round of negotiations since the province brought in a new bargaining system, with both local and provincial talks monetary issues are being handled centrally.

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