Teachers feeling pressures of Ontario’s work-driven society

TORONTO - The average full-time elementary school teacher in Ontario’s Catholic system is putting in a 55.7-hour work week, and what counts as a part-time teaching job averages 36.8 hours per week, according to a new study commissioned by the teachers’ union.

Social justice commitment marked Kennedy’s stay at OECTA

TORONTO - Special education, religion and history teacher Donna Marie Kennedy is leaving her current job as president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association with the conviction that social justice is the cornerstone of her union’s existence.

Conservative promises school funding will be election issue

Education Minister Kathleen WynneTORONTO - Which religious traditions get support from publicly funded schools is going to be an issue in Ontario’s Oct. 10 election, promises Ontario Progressive Conservative education critic Frank Klees.

New chancellor at St. Jerome’s

St. Jerome’s University has appointed Dr. Peter Naus as its next chancellor.

Toronto schools embrace EcoSchools program

ecoschoolTORONTO - Anna Zappone stands less than four feet tall holding a beach-ball sized model of the Earth and its atmosphere. She’s no scientist, yet. But she’s figured out a thing or two about global climate change.

Book ban lifted

snowcederMISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The award-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is back on school shelves for Catholic students in Dufferin-Peel west of Toronto.

Changes on the way for high school chaplains

TORONTO - As Ontario’s high school chaplains try to figure out a new name for their job that fits canon law, they’re also making a bid for some respect. And they’re starting to get it from the province’s bishops.

Priestly presence diluted, but Basilians still on campus

TORONTO - When the Basilian Fathers let slip that they won’t be appointing any more of their men to positions at Saskatoon’s St. Thomas More College it was no great shock to anyone in the Catholic education community. You can’t appoint men who don’t exist.

Celebrating a century of hockey at St. Mike’s

torontostmichaelsmajors2TORONTO - For many, Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School is known as one of the finest all-boys Basilian high schools in Canada. But for others, who may not know a rosary from a rose garden, the St. Mike’s name means just one thing: hockey.

Dufferin-Peel Catholic board to review Snow Falling on Cedars

snowcederTORONTO - David Guterson’s award-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars has been pulled from school library shelves in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board after a parent complained about its sexual content.

Cup fever for Catholic schools

CFLTORONTO - Students within the Toronto Catholic District School Board will be learning more about the history of the Canadian Football League through a program in conjunction with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.