Good morning County.
I know that many of us have spent a very reflective weekend after hearing the news of the unspeakable tragedy out of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. As someone who has spent many, many hours travelling with young people on any number of occasions, this horrifying incident has touched me deeply. The loss of even one young person is one too many, but the sheer magnitude of this devastating accident has, I am sure, given many of us more than a moment’s pause over the past few days. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the families of the victims, and if you are interested in finding out more, follow this link. Read more
Good morning County! I hope you had a restful Easter weekend.
As a high school teacher, the Easter break was always fairly significant for me in that it marked the 2nd to last milestone on the way to the end of the year. It was always between the Easter break and the May long weekend when I found a nice long stretch of classroom time where I could get a good flow going with my students. It was also probably one of my busiest times of the year. Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your own “energy reserves” as best you can over the coming weeks. Read more
Good morning County. Happy Monday.
I know there has been lots of discussion around many a staff room table this past week about Bill 72 and the implications. Unfortunately, I still do not have a great deal of information to share with you, but will continue to monitor and pass along what I can.
As you are probably aware, there are a number of elections on-going at the present time. We have three awesome candidates vying for our one of our Provincial Executive positions, and they are Duncan Cameron, Shaun Doyle and Crystal Isert. We will be sending out lots of information about these three over the next few weeks leading up to the election, so stay tuned. Read more
Hello County, and welcome back.
We return to our classrooms today under a cloud, of sorts. The full impact of Bill 72 still remains to be determined, and as we move through the next few weeks, there are bound to be numerous questions around the impact this legislation will have on members. I have no new information, but will be passing on what I do find out as quickly as I can. Read more
Good morning county.
Obviously, lots has happened since the last time we spoke. The Liberal government has released the details of Bill 72, the Provincial Executive has decided to halt job action, and law amendments starts today.
May you live in interesting times, indeed. Read more
So, here we are, all waiting with bated breath for some announcement or news to let us know what happens next. Pretty stressful stuff, to be sure.
Considering all that has happened in the past few weeks, I do find myself taking some crazy pride in how quickly we were able to mobilize. Between the town halls, the petitions, the interviews and everything else, I dare say we broke some sort of record when it comes to spreading the word about our concerns around the Glaze report. Read more
I sent something out on Friday on this topic, but felt the message was worth repeating.
Many of you have already decided that you will be supporting the “Yes” vote. For some, however, I know the decision is much more difficult. Considering the potential ramifications, the talk of fines, and potential loss of pay, the idea of embarking on a second strike in less than a year is frightening, to say the least. Read more
A strike vote has been called for Tuesday, February 20. Regional information meetings about this vote are being held around the province today (Wednesday, February 14) and tomorrow (Thursday, February 14).
Meeting options for NSTU members in HRM include: Read more
The Halifax County Local would like to thank all parents and community members who attend the series of town hall meetings over the next several days to learn about the impact that implementing the Glaze Report is likely to have on our students and public schools.
We invite your comments and further questions. You are welcome to contact our presenters to do so: Read more
Good Morning County.
Many of you have had a chance by now to review the Glaze report, and to attend the NSTU information sessions. I have been sending out a few talking points, and hope that has been helpful. The NSTU is holding a town hall on Tuesday, which simply requires a phone, and will be yet another opportunity for you to ask questions. If you are in the system, you should have already received an information call on Friday to explain the process.
All three locals are hosting town hall events of their own to infom the public of our concerns. These include: Read more