UPDATE: Wynne: Commitment to future bargaining bringing back sports, clubs
After months of darkened gyms & empty sports fields after class, it looks like public high school students are about to get their extracurricular activities back.
On Friday, The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation voted to recommend that their members "suspend their political action" against the government.
Many OSSTF members have refused to coach sports teams or to moderate clubs in protest of Bill 115 & the contracts that were eventually forced on them.
The Premier called it a "very good day for young people in the province". Kathleen Wynne acknowledged that some teachers may opt not to pick up extracurriculars again, but she thinks "the vast majority" will.
Does the stand down by high school teachers mean their elementary counterparts will do the same? Wynne says the government has had talks with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario with commitments that mirror those made to OSSTF.
ETFO President Sam Hammond has vowed to revisit their stance on extracurriculars by next Friday.
Wynne insists the government didn't make any concessions to convince OSSTF to end its protest, other than agree to work with teachers &school boards on a new collective bargaining process for the next time to help fix a "fractured" relationship.
But the Progressive Conservatives aren't convinced. Education critic Lisa MacLeod points out Wynne talked mostly in vague terms about process, rather than what concessions might've been made to the union.