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Ontario; the province of innovation

Ontario has a responsibility to herself to ensure that the Province and its people are prepared for the future, to both embrace it and to shape it, through the development of an innovation society.

Innovation in technology, or anything, cannot readily be proscribed but is instead the positive by-product of context and conditions.
While society through its governments may create short bursts of research, development,... more »

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School Bus Tracking GPS System for Parents, Students, School Administration

How many times has a student missed their school bus ?
Mom, dad, parent, guardian I need a ride to school, again.
Or do they just stay home? Or walk?
An app to track school bus would engage our social media savvy students to be aware of bus location, almost never miss a ride again.
An app to track school bus would let school administration & parent/guardian know when a school trip bus was actually returning to school.... more »

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A Mandatory Comparative Religion Course to Graduate High School

I have long advocated that public high school students in Ontario be required to take a comparative religion class. Such a class
would expose students to various world religions and their teachings. Once exposed, they will be in a position to compare religions. Since many public school students come from religious homes, this means they would be exposed to religions different from their own. This exposure would provide... more »

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Redirect EQAO Testing Funds

It is time to get rid of this destructive vestige of the Harris government of the late 1990s. It was implemented to:
a) fool Ontarians into thinking that the government was "doing something to improve education". This is a red herring. A one day test does not improve education. In fact, this type of standardized testing has caused significant harm over the last two decades.
b) follow the path that had been set in... more »

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Teaching Computer Coding alongside Math in Elementary Schools

To bring future generation of Ontarians to the forefront of the world of technology and innovation, we need to rethink how to teach Math to our kids in elementary schools. When teaching math is mixed with simple coding and use of software, it helps bring life and excitement to the study of mathematics in a time when everyone of our kids holds a phone capable of just doing that. This will have upward positive effect in... more »

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Early education

The government is currently making a mess of the early childcare and education sector. In beefing up regulations in the licensed childcare area, the government is making it impossible for child care centre operators to provide affordable care. The problem is over-regulation, with rules and regulations for the smallest things, many of which do not impact the health or safety of the children (but are “nice to have”).
As... more »

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Trades and apprenticeships

We should promote the November 14th Fall Economic Statement announcement that added the "Red Seal" label to five new trades and apprenticeships, and continue to add to the list of expanded "Red Seal" trades to further support both apprentices and employers (ie. https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/11/ontario-implementing-plan-to-create-fairness-and-opportunity.html)

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Education for a changing world

We need to bring in a new order in education. Our children are learning in a way that worked decades ago but does not work any longer. Critical thinking skills are vital. We need to stop teaching children memorization (you can look anything up now on Google). We need to teach them how to think as opposed to what to think. We need to stop dividing education into subjects but have one dynamic class in which kids learn... more »

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Life-skills Math Course

Offering a course, or series of courses, for students enroll in a Life Skills Math course during high school. The course could be offered as an option with content would covering such things as banking, budgeting , taxes , shopping credit cards , Loans, mortgages, rent, utilities, cooking, and so on. Presently the applied and academic courses that student take as part of their OSSD does not cover this type of content.... more »

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Solve skills shortages - increase training and admissions instead of relying on immigration

Ontario spends a lot to educate our kids and anyone who wants to gets skills or education.

Yet we seems to have shortages of certain skills or training that never get addressed - we do not have enough doctors, but there is no shortage of people who want to become doctors, instead the shortage is because of the lack of slots in medical degree programs and in hospital internships needed for a license.

The federal immigration... more »

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Investments in Trades Pathways

To align investment (capital and personnel) in the expansion of the trades pathways in education in order to:
a) assist student with making good career choices that will align with job availability
b) align with the needs in employment sectors
c) allow for salary and other supports such as retraining of older adults as businesses restructure to meet the changing local, national and international economic needs
d) allow... more »

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Declare education an essential service

Education should be a basic human right for every Ontarian, not a bargaining chip for negotiation.

The government took a huge step forward this year with the new Ontario Student Grant taking effect and making post-secondary education accessible to all, regardless of income. This is the next logical step forward to avoiding a public education crisis at every level, elementary, secondary and post-secondary. We need to... more »

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Strike limitations

Have mandatory standards while work stoppages are in effect so that students are not overly harmed. Such minimums could include content releases on schedule, email correspondence with students and financial assistance for all students.

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