VIDEOS: Super Tuesday: thousands of teachers on strike
Thousands of elementary students in eight Ontario school boards (including the province's largest) will have no classes today as their teachers stage one-day strikes.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says 35,000 teachers, including nearly 14,000 in Toronto, will be hitting the picket lines today. Other school boards to be hit by strikes today are Peel, Durham, Waterloo, Greater Essex, Grand Erie and Lambton Kent in southern Ontario and the Near North board in central Ontario.
The ETFO says the one-day strikes are to protest controversial legislation that gives the provincial government the power to end strikes and impose a collective agreement on the teachers. Federation president Sam Hammond says Education Minister Laurel Broten can end the rotating strikes by repealing Bill 115 and letting local bargaining proceed without interference.
Starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning, crowds will be demonstrating at the TDSB offices at Yonge St. and Sheppard, as well as at the Ministry of Education on Bay Street, south of Wellesley.
It doesn't stop there either, the Education Minister's office in Etobicoke will be a target as will liberal leadership candidates MPP's Eric Hoskins, Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne's offices.
Liberal MPP Soo Wong's Scarborough outpost is also named as a demonstration site.
If you're looking to get the kids busy for the day, here are some options:
- The ROM has a professionally supervised Kids Day for kids between the ages 5 to 14.
- Second City has a one-day Youth Improv Camp for students between grades 1-8.
- Art Days is taking place at the AGO which includes games and other activities.
- MLSE is offering free skating, hockey, basketball and soccer clinics at all practice facilities.
- Glenview Presbyterian Church is running a "strike camp" between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- The Chess Institute of Canada is holding a special one-day chess tournament at the Community Arts Centre in the Annex for kids in senior kindergarten to Grade 8.
- Scadding Court Community Centre will also be opening its doors to children affected by the strike on Tuesday.
- City-run swimming pools and skating rinks are open.
- Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp is promising "a fun-filled hands-on animal day" at its Leaside location
- The Young People's Theatre is offering a Pop up Drama School Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(some files by CP)