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A Letter to Justice LeSage about the Ontario College of Teachers

Some of you may be aware that we have been following the case of Ontario teacher Jim Black. Jim spoke out about the Ontario College of Teachers reinstating of teacher with criminal records – records that involved sex with minors. He did this before most people knew it was a problem, and he was punished by the OCT for his effort. Last year, however, public outcry became loud enough that the government forced the OCT to conduct an independent inquiry of its mandate and functions (read a fuller explanation of his role on the OCT website).

We put together a letter for Mr. LeSage and sent it to him directly – avoiding the filter of the OCT. In the past, the OCT has prevented us from commenting on Mr. Black’s case in their magazine, Professionally Speaking.

Besides the letter below, I also encourage you to read the summary of Mr. Black’s case on our Cases and Issues page.

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7 February 2012

Hon. Patrick J. LeSage CM, OOnt, QC
1 First Canadian Place
100 King Street West , Suite 1600
Toronto ON  M5X 1G5

Re: Ontario College of Teachers review of investigation and disciplinary procedures and outcomes and dispute resolution program

Dear Mr.… Read the rest

Ontario’s experiment with self-regulating teachers is not going well

Today I want to comment on an Ontario issue. The Toronto Star has started a series on the teaching in Ontario (see the list below). In particular, it is focussing on the profession’s self-regulating body, the Ontario College of Teachers.

This is an issue close to me as I remain in good standing with the College, despite being out of teaching for number of years. It’s also close to me because one of the key members in our organization, Jim Black, was persecuted by the College for exposing the very thing the Star is covering – that is, the secrecy behind the disciplinary process and the tendency to allow abusive and exploitative teachers back into the classroom.

We attempted to intervene in his case, but were either rebuffed or ignored (see the case summary on our website).

We also attempted to alarm the Minister of Education, Leona Dombrowsky, about the reprisal and the underlying problem, but were rebuffed with a letter stating that there wasn’t anything she could do as the College has autonomy in the disciplinary process. This makes the (probably manufactured) outrage expressed by Premier Dalton McGuinty galling to us.

Just as galling is the response of the College’s Registrar, Michael Salvatori.… Read the rest

Our letter to the Ontario Ombudsman, about accountability in Ontario schools

Below you will find the text of our letter to André Marin, the Ontario Ombudsman, expressing our concerns about the way the Ontario College of Teachers has handled its mandate to police the profession, and how it treated Jim Black, a whistleblower who spoke out against the reinstatement of sexual offenders.

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27 May 2011

André Marin
Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario
Bell Trinity Square
483 Bay Street, 10th Floor, South Tower
Toronto, ON  M5G 2C9

Dear Mr. Marin,

I am the Secretary and a founding member of Canadians for Accountability. Canadians for Accountability is Canada’s first truly national whistleblower organization. It was formed by a group of grassroots whistleblowers and accountability activists and was incorporated as a non-profit in 2008. Our mission is to advance integrity and accountability and helping and advocating for whistleblowers throughout Canadian society. Allan Cutler, the whistleblower of the Sponsorship Scandal, is our President.

As a whistleblower and an Ontario Certified Teacher, I am writing to you in the hope that your speech at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers will address the important issue of whistleblower protection.

As you are probably aware, in Canada remains a dangerous endeavour requiring a tremendous amount of courage and resolve.… Read the rest