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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Nov. 3)
Union decision to pull tentative deal throws high school sports season into turmoil
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

Cairine 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.

After 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.

While 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".

But, in a statement released Sunday night, Education Minister Laurel Broten said there had been no interference in local bargaining.

Under 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 measures.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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