9:30 a.m., Nov. 3)
decision to pull tentative deal throws high school sports
season into turmoil
decision by the Ontario Seconday School Teachers Federation
to pull a tentative deal with the Ottawa-Carleton District
School Board off the table, comes as crushing news to
students at area public board high schools who were looking
forward to resuming their high school sports schedule.
Wilson, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Gloucester High School
had all notified the National Capital Secondary School
Athletic Association of their intent to register teams
in basketball and hockey.
refusing to ratify the deal with the OCDSB, the OSSTF
ordered its members to begin mandatory work-to-rule action
starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning.
some teams like
the Gloucester senior boys basketball team will stay intact
through the use non-teacher volunteer coaches, other teams
will have to go back to the showers.
Students at the local public board high schools were optimistic
that their after school extra-curricular activities would
return back to normal after the board reached a tentatiuve
deal with its teachers last week, but the provincial union
refused to ratify the deal citing "ministerial interference".
in a statement released Sunday night, Education Minister
Laurel Broten said there had been no interference in local
the work-to-rule action teachers won't be attending meetings,
administering standardized tests, supervising beyond classroom
time, or meeting with parents after school among other
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