When I recently began working as a Researcher and Policy Analyst at the CTF-FCE, I was thrilled to find a sizeable library and archive in the middle of the office. The eight unassuming stacks, named after the first full-time Secretary-Treasurer at the CTF-FCE, Dr. George G. Croskery (1948-1962), sit patiently with a century’s-worth
In January 2019, an article by Caroline Alphonso appeared in the Globe and Mail, titled, “Educating Grayson: Are inclusive classrooms failing students?”. Her article generated extensive commentary as well as response pieces from the public. In relaying the story of a seven-year-old child, Grayson Kahn, who had been excluded from
The mandate of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) calls on us “to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.” In practice this means that in addition to presenting historical information on human rights, we are tasked with
Do you speak French? In Canada, close to 10 million* Francophones and francophiles can answer yes to that question. What about when you ask Franco-Ontarians if they can speak French? They’ll answer yes, of course. But behind that yes, you may very well sense something more: a deep and legitimate indignation.
It was a tumultuous end to 2018 for teachers in Ontario. In June, Ontarians elected a majority Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford. The new government immediately began implementing changes in the education sector, by repealing the health and physical education curriculum, launching public consultations on curriculum and pedagogy,
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994 was the first “trade agreement” that incorporated services as an element of international trade. As such, it was both a symbol of the dangers of commodifying services such as education and an institutional structure to enforce harmonization of both rules and