A teenager comes out to his family and his parents spend the night yelling, crying and blaming their child for being gay. They take their child to a “doctor” that claims he can make their child straight. This teenager is enrolled in a Gay Conversion Therapy program against his will and constantly told that he is immoral and evil. He will experience shame, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. No matter how much ...more »
Unemployment is way too high, and there are far too many new/young teachers in the group. Similarly, many Pension Plans (including the Teachers' Fund) are on an unsustainable path and will need to be modified through a combination of higher premiums, lower benefits, and/or higher retirement ages. To help with all of the above, retired teachers should not be offered; nor be allowed to accept any part-time position, full-time ...more »
Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility are becoming more commonplace. A discussion needs to occur to figure out how we can best support these students, and what resources, programs and funding can be made available to support schools with students in crisis.
Special education needs have increased dramatically in the last few years. More and more students with Autism are entering the school system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to support these students the way they deserve to be supported. I would like to see policies and funding examined to ensure that these students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled to receive.
Currently, students in high school only take half a credit on civics education. Civics education and training students to be active, engaged citizens should be a full credit course.
In an effort to be transparent and in light of various tragedies that have occurred, there needs to be an independent investigation process when complaints are made within this sector.
It is now the 21st century and Ontario remains to be the only province where this is not an option.
This policy would seek to allow youth to pre-register to vote upon the age of 15, and making the voter registration a part of the Ontario grade 10 civics course, to increase the level of engagement and attachment youth would have in the democratic process before they vote upon turning 18. Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18, and there there is a positive correlation ...more »
Mental Health services and education in the province of Ontario need to be examined and improved. Youth suffering from intense mental health problems are not being served as they need to be. Wait lists for assistance are extensive, help lines are inadequate, and knowledge about what services do exist is limited. The system itself appears to be evaluated based on how many youth it serves, rather than on how many youth ...more »
Currently, the OTG does not apply to students who have graduated from high school more than 4 years ago, which makes going to school for mature students or students requiring to take a 5th year much less appealing due to financial reasons as these students are not able to get the 30% off tuition that others are. There should be a change made to the OTG to allow mature students or students who graduated high school over ...more »
Recent graduates face enormous challenge of finding decent jobs. They could use some help. However, OSAP begins charging high interests 6 months after graduation. Instead of assisting graduates in beginning their new careers OSAP creates additional fiscal pressure. This financial burden forces graduates to sacrifice professional career for the sake of quick employment opportunity in order to keep OSAP debt and interests ...more »
The average school in Ontario sits on a relatively large track of land as is typically has no tall buildings close by. I would like to see the roofs of schools used as a platform for solar panels and or wind energy support. The power could be used for the schools daily needs and given that 2 months out of the year the schools are essentially vacant the power could be sold to the grid further reducing the costs to the ...more »
Schools need to be looked at... We are the adults of the future ahead, if you want a good future, look at the children. I am a grade 11 student and I feel strong about my school. I love going to school, but we need more money to invest in things worth while for the school. New sporting equipment, new software for the computers, maybe an air conditioner for those EXTREMELY HOT days... it is hard to focus when we are down ...more »