Educational staff rally at Thompson's Blyth office - Feb. 14, 2019
BY DENNY SCOTT
District 8 Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Educational Support Staff (ESS) from the Avon-Maitland District School Board, alongside other educational professionals, held a demonstration outside of Huron-Bruce MPP and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson’s office in Blyth last week.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the ESS and their volunteers held up signs and flags in protest of potential cuts to the education system under Premier Doug Ford.
“We’re fearful Ford will cut education,” said ESS President Dayna Lambier, though she admitted the funding isn’t perfect. “We lack staff to keep students and other staff safe. We’re fearful budgets will be cut, staff lost and people hurt.”
Lambier said that violence in schools is increasing daily, and the cuts are having an impact on all levels of education from elementary school through to college and universities.
“We’re informing the Minister of Education that we don’t want her to make cuts,” she said. “Students are the future of Ontario.”
The Citizen reached out to the Minister’s office, but Thompson was unable to comment on the rally before press time.