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The editorial advising teachers on how they should respond to the government’s actions continues to reinforce the fundamental lack of respect for educators and fails to honestly acknowledge how ill-conceived public policy has impacted morale and goodwill. No one knows more than teachers what extra-curricular activities contribute to their students’ lives or to the creation of dynamic and healthy teaching and learning cultures. To be placed in this position by cynical political tactics such as repealing Bill 115 after it has been used to undermine collective bargaining is excruciating.
Maria Vamvalis, Toronto
Bill 115 has been passed and like it or not it is now law. When this all started, I was sympathetic for the teachers, but now it’s time to move on. If they or their union are planning any illegal walkouts or strikes, they should be fined and fined heavily. The only real losers here are the kids and their parents. If the teachers are unhappy, they can always vote the Liberals out.
Gary Slippoy, Toronto
The Liberal government took away my bargaining rights, cut my pay, stole my banked sick days, and demonized me. Yet I will still continue to perform my professional duties to the best of my ability. But do extra? Star, you are dreaming. You supported all of the above. You were happy to cut the deficit on our backs. So do not try to play the guilt card. We are way past that.
Max Williams, Brampton