to work-to-rule causes havoc with high school sports schedule
legislation to freeze teacher salaries for the next two
years and ban their right to strike will severly impact
the high school sports scene.
seems alnost certain that public board teachers will refuse
to volunteer for after-school programs including interscholastic
sports, which is causing havoc to traditional fall sports
like football, girls basketball and boys soccer.
National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association
is quick to point out that coaching is strictly a voluntary
endeavour and that teachers are in no way obligated to
while public board teachers have taken a common stand,
many Catholic board teachers say they plan to return to
the sidelines this year with the odd exception.
Peter Catholic High School teacher and senior boys football
head coach Jim Mick says they plan to sart their season
next week, although the final schedule won't be released
until Tuesday once the registration deadline has passed.
good reason for the difference in positions is the fact
that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
has a memorandum of understanding in place with the provincial
government that covers the next two years, while the Ontario
Secondary School Teachers Federation has no such agreement
Ontario French Catholic and public board teachers also
have a memorandum of understanding in place.
this means for public board high school students is likely
two years without sports and other after-school activities.
Not surprisinly the effected students are upset over the
turn of events. Many are holding impromptu demonstrations
to protest the situation.
same situation occurred in 1998 when the province's public
board high school teachers were embroiled in a bitter
contract dispute with the Harris government.
took years for sports programs at area public high schools
to recover and many students simply switched boards to
follow their athletic pursuits.
public board high schools are willing to field teams,
but only if parents or former students are willing to
come forward and step in to coach them. How many people
are willing to fill the void remains to be seen.
11 a.m., Sept. 14)
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