Listening to the archive: Echoes of teacher solidarity

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[1] at the CTF-FCE, Dr. George G. Croskery (1948-1962), sit patiently with a century’s-worth

The long road to inclusion

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

Francophonie, trade unionism … and populism

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.

Revisiting the Winnipeg General Strike

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, a crucially important event in the history of our labour movement and our country. For over six weeks, Winnipeg was the site of one of the longest general strikes in Canadian history, one that would have a profound impact on

Ontario teachers are drawing on lessons from the 1990s to deal with a new government intent on cutting back

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,