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Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on December 11-12, 2008 in the Council Chambers, 6th Floor, 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda

3. Conflict of Interest

4. Minutes

5. Business Arising

6. Registrar’s Report

7. Chair’s Report

8. Committee Reports

9. Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship Award

10. Committee Reports (Continued)

11. Correspondence

12. New Business

13. Notices of Motion

14. Next Meeting(s) of Council

15. Adjournment

Session 1: Thursday, December 11, 2008

Present: Danny Anckle, Madhu Bhardwaj, Paul Brazeau, Tammy Bush, Don Cattani (Chair), Monique Châteauvert, Brian Doubleday, Cynthia Farrar, Dean Favero, Laura Featherstone, Rosemary Fontaine, Nick Forte, Helen Fox, E. Clyde Glasgow, Mel Greif, Brent Hamelin, Gordon Hough, Garry Humphreys, Annilee Jarvis (Vice-Chair), Peter Joong, Bill Kirkwood, Anne Marie Levesque, Bill Matheson, Alison Morawek, Heather Nagy, Jacques Pavesi, Ruth Ann Penny (until 2:45 p.m.), Tanya Roberts, Susan Robertson, Pauline Smart, Jacques Tremblay, John Tucker, Henry Tyndorf, Hanno Weinberger (until 2:45 p.m.), Sharon Young Kipp, Brian P. McGowan (Registrar)

Regrets: Gabrielle Blais

Presiding Officers: Douglas McCarthy, Peter Lipman

Guests: Joseph W. Atkinson (from 4:45 p.m.), Valerie Hathaway-Warner (from 4:45 p.m.)

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Kim Bauer, Francine Dutrisac, Myrtle Herzenberg, Joe Jamieson, Richard Lewko, Michelle Longlade, Charlie Morrison, Katherin Platt, Lise Roy-Kolbusz (Deputy Registrar), Linda Zaks-Walker

1. Call to Order/Welcome

The Presiding Officer, Peter Lipman, called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. and welcomed all present.

The Presiding Officer noted the documents distributed at the meeting.

It was noted that Annilee Jarvis and John Tucker comprised the Steering Committee.

2. Agenda (GC20081211-204)

It was agreed to delete the following items from the agenda:

  • Item 10.3 Ad Hoc Committee re Review of College Resources and Activities under New Business from the Agenda
  • Item 10.4 Letters of Permission

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the revised Agenda for the December 11-12, 2008 Council meeting be approved as amended.

3. Conflict of Interest

No conflicts were declared.

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, September 25-26, 2008 (GC20081211-205)

It was noted that the designation, Minister of Education, should precede Kathleen Wynne’s name on page 1 of the Minutes and that it should read “educated” and not “education” on page 4 of the Minutes under Registrar’s Report.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on September 25-26, 2008 be approved as corrected.

4.2 Special Meeting, September 26, 2008 (GC20081211-207)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held on September 26, 2008 be approved.

4.3 Special Meeting, November 7, 2008 (GC20081211-209)

It was noted that Gabrielle Blais had not attended this meeting.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held on November 7, 2008 be approved as corrected.

4.4 Meeting, In Camera Session, November 7, 2008(GC20081211-211C)

It was noted that Gabrielle Blais had not attended this meeting.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the in camera session of the Council Meeting held on November 7, 2008 be approved as corrected.

5. Business Arising

5.1 College Mandate (GC20081211-212)

The report of the College Mandate was received. The Registrar spoke to the report and answered questions. He noted that the mandate was not static but evolutionary and contextual and that the duty to serve and protect the public interest in carrying out the objects had not changed since its establishment. He noted that six significant factors affected the implementation of the College’s mandate:

  • Regulatory Responsibilities;
  • Administrative Obligations;
  • Curriculum and Education Policy;
  • Professional Self-Regulation;
  • Social and Demographic Developments; and
  • Labour Mobility.

The Registrar thanked Jacquie Lord, Policy Analyst, Policy and Research Unit, for the work she had done in preparing the report on the College’s mandate.

6. Registrar’s Report

6.1 Report (GC20081211-213)

The Registrar’s Report was received. The Registrar, Brian P. McGowan, spoke to the report and answered questions.

He noted that an on-line web seminar (via webinar) had taken place to provide information on amendments to Regulation 184/97 with respect to supervisory officers’ qualifications. He noted that this was a cost-effective way of providing information to stakeholders.

The Registrar advised Council members that a new controller would be joining the staff in the new year.

6.1.1 Ontario’s Aboriginal Population and Education Context: An Overview (GC20081211-213, Attachment 1)

It was noted that the report “Ontario’s Aboriginal Population and Education Context: An Overview” had been presented at the briefing session prior to the Council meeting.

6.1.2 Margaret Wilson Library: Operation and Expenses (GC20081211-213, Attachment 2)

The Report to Council on the “Margaret Wilson Library: Operation and Expenses” was received. The Registrar spoke to the report and answered questions. The Registrar noted that the report had been prepared as a result of a Notice of Motion that had been presented at the previous Council meeting.

A question and answer session followed the presentation of the Registrar’s reports.

The Registrar agreed that he would look at the name history of members on the public registry.

It was agreed to extend the question period of the Registrar’s report to receive an additional question from a member.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council move into an in camera session with members of Council, the Presiding Officers and the Registrar present.

Council moved into an in camera session at 2:40 p.m. and moved out of the in camera session at 2:45 p.m.

7. Chair’s Report

Douglas McCarthy assumed the role of Presiding Officer.

7.1 Report (GC20081211-214, -245)

The report of the Chair was received. The Chair, Don Cattani, spoke to the report and answered questions.

The Chair noted that the third Council had passed a motion creating full-time release for the Chair of Council and that the fourth Council was asked to conduct a review of the position prior to the end of its term of office.

It was moved by Steering, “That Council approve that the Executive Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.”

It was moved by Anne Marie Levesque, seconded by Laura Featherstone, “That the motion be amended by substituting “Ad Hoc Committee” for “Executive Committee”, to read: “That Council approve that the Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.”

It was agreed to substitute the word “the” prior to Ad Hoc Committee with the word “an”, as a friendly amendment, to read: “That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.”

It was moved by Bill Matheson, seconded by Helen Fox, but it was

LOST,

That the motion be amended by the addition of “and Vice-Chair position”, to read:

That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position and Vice-Chair position and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.

It was moved Helen Fox by, seconded by Anne Marie Levesque, That the motion be amended by the addition of “in consultation with full Council through a facilitated dialogue” to read: That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position in consultation with full Council through a facilitated dialogue and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.

It was moved by Brent Hamelin, seconded by Tanya Roberts, and

CARRIED,

That the question be put re the amendments to the motion on the Full-Time Chair.

A vote was taken on the amendment motion as amended, and it was

LOST,

That the motion be amended by the addition of “in consultation with full Council through a facilitated dialogue” to read:

That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position in consultation with full Council through a facilitated dialogue and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee conduct a review of the Full-Time Chair position and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting.

8. Committee Reports

8.1 Executive Committee (GC20081211-215)

The Executive Committee report was received. The Chair, Don Cattani, spoke to the report.

8.2 Investigation Committee (GC20081211-216)

The report of the Investigation Committee was received. The Chair, Paul Brazeau, spoke to the report.

8.3 Discipline Committee (GC20081211-217, -218)

The reports of the Discipline Committee were received. The Chair, Jacques Tremblay, spoke to the reports.

8.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20081211-219, -220)

The reports of the Fitness to Practise Committee were received. The Chair, Rosemary Fontaine, spoke to the reports.

8.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20081211-221)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Chair, Dean Favero, spoke to the report and welcomed Monique Châteauvert to the Registration Appeals Committee.

8.6 Finance Committee (GC20081211-222)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The Chair, John Tucker, spoke to the report. He noted that Cynthia Farrar had been acclaimed as the Vice-Chair of the committee. He thanked Acting Controller, Jim Wilbee, for the work he had done.

8.6.1 Financial Report — October 2008 (GC20081211-224)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report for the period ended October 31, 2008 was received.

8.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee(GC20081211-225)

The report of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee was received. The Chair, Nick Forte, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20081211-226)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received. The Chair, Gord Hough, spoke to the report. He welcomed Pauline Smart to the Accreditation Committee.

He provided a verbal report on the Accreditation meeting that had taken place prior to the Council meeting that day to appoint a panel for Nipissing University.

8.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee

There was no report at this time.

8.10 Human Resources Committee (GC20081211-227)

The report of the Human Resources Committee was received. The Chair, Paul Brazeau, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8.11 Editorial Board (GC20081211-228)

The report of the Editorial Board was received. The Chair, Annilee Jarvis, spoke to the report and answered questions.

The Registrar agreed to write to the Arrowsmith School with respect to usage of the College’s wordmark associated with the cover page of Professional Speaking in an advertisement to promote itself.

8.12 Election Committee

The Chair, Tanya Roberts, provided a verbal update on the meeting that had taken place prior to Council to review candidate questions for the 2009 election. She noted that there was an appointed member vacancy on the committee.

9. Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship Award

(Timed Item: December 11, 2008, 4:45 p.m.)

The Chair, Don Cattani, welcomed former Registrar, Joe Atkinson, the award recipient, Valerie Hathaway-Warner, her children, Victoria and Douglas, and her friend Calla, to the Council meeting.

He stated that the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship, named for the second Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, provided $2,000 to a student accepted into one of Ontario’s consecutive or concurrent programs proceeding to their final year who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and community involvement.

Joseph W. (Joe) Atkinson noted that the purpose of the Scholarship is tosupport excellence in teacher education through the awarding of scholarships, bursaries and prizes to assist in the education of teachers or those wishing to become teachers. He noted the achievements of the recipient, a student of York University, Faculty of Education, and declared Valerie Hathaway-Warner the recipient of the 2008-2009 Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship.

Joseph W. (Joe) Atkinson presented the recipient with the scholarship award.

Valerie Hathaway-Warner addressed Council and thanked them for choosing her as the recipient of the award.

10. Committee Reports (Continued)

10.1 Nomination Committee Report

There was no report at this time. The Chair, Laura Featherstone, noted that the Nomination Committee would be meeting in the new year to fill committee member vacancies and to select members for the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Full-Time Chair. She advised that the committee would also be meeting on February 6, 2009.

10.2 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20081211-229, -230)

The report of the Quality Assurance Committee was received. The Chair, Sharon Young Kipp, spoke to the report and noted that Cynthia Farrar had been acclaimed the Vice-Chair of the committee.

It was agreed that Council would resume at 9:30 a.m. the following day.

The meeting recessed at 5:00 p.m.

Session 2: Friday: December 12, 2008

Present: Danny Anckle, Madhu Bhardwaj, Paul Brazeau, Tammy Bush, Don Cattani (Chair), Monique Châteauvert, Brian Doubleday, Cynthia Farrar, Dean Favero, Laura Featherstone, Rosemary Fontaine, Nick Forte, Helen Fox, E. Clyde Glasgow, Mel Greif, Brent Hamelin, Gordon Hough, Garry Humphreys, Annilee Jarvis (Vice-Chair), Peter Joong, Bill Kirkwood, Anne Marie Levesque, Bill Matheson, Alison Morawek, Heather Nagy, Tanya Roberts, Susan Robertson, Pauline Smart, Jacques Tremblay, John Tucker, Henry Tyndorf, Hanno Weinberger, Sharon Young Kipp, Brian P. McGowan (Registrar)

Regrets: Gabrielle Blais, Jacques Pavesi, Ruth Ann Penny

Presiding Officers: Douglas McCarthy, Peter Lipman

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Kim Bauer, Francine Dutrisac, Myrtle Herzenberg, Joe Jamieson, Richard Lewko, Michelle Longlade, Charlie Morrison, Katherin Platt, Lise Roy-Kolbusz (Deputy Registrar), Linda Zaks-Walker

The meeting resumed at 9:30 a.m.

Peter Lipman assumed the role of Presiding Officer.

11. Correspondence (GC20081211-231 to -236 and GC20081211-244)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter to the Minister of Education re Public Appointee Vacancy and Response (GC20081211-231)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education re Professional Designation for Members of the Ontario College of Teachers (GC20081211-232)
  • Letter to Minister of Education re Proposed Regulation on Registration Standards, Practices and Procedures (GC20081211-233)
  • Letter to Minister of Education re amendments to Regulation 184/97, Teachers Qualifications (GC20081211-234)
  • Letter from AEFO re Letters of Permission and Response (GC20081211-235)
  • Letter to Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario re October 2008 article in “Voice” re College Mandate (GC20081211-236)
  • Letter to Minister of Education re the 2009 Council Election (GC20081211-244)

12. New Business

12.1 Margaret Wilson Library: Operation and Expenses (GC20081211-237, -238)

Rosemary Fontaine requested that her motion relating to the operation and expenses of the Margaret Wilson Librarybe withdrawn as the Registrar had provided the requested information in his report to Council.

12.2 Professional Designation for Retired Members(GC20081211-239, -240)

It was moved by Paul Brazeau, seconded by Bill Kirkwood, “That Council approve that members of the College whose status appears on the Registry as “retired” have the right to retain their designation “OCT” provided that the addendum “(ret)” is attached. This privilege would come into effect concurrently with the activation of the designation.”

It was moved by Sharon Young Kipp, Chair, Quality Assurance Committee, “That the following motion be referred to the Quality Assurance Committee for study and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting:

That Council approve that members of the College whose status appears on the Registry as “retired” have the right to retain their designation “OCT” provided that the addendum “(ret)” is attached. This privilege would come into effect concurrently with the activation of the designation.”

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve that the referral motion be amended to include the French designation EAO and the French equivalent of ret. to read:

That the following motion be referred to the Quality Assurance Committee for study and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting:

That Council approve that members of the College whose status appears on the Registry as “retired” have the right to retain their designation “OCT/EAO” provided that the addendum “(ret)/(àla retraite)” is attached. This privilege would come into effect concurrently with the activation of the designation.

A vote was taken on the amended referral motion, and it was

CARRIED,

That the following motion be referred to the Quality Assurance Committee for study and report to the March 26-27, 2009 Council meeting:

That Council approve that members of the College whose status appears on the Registry as “retired” have the right to retain their designation “OCT/EAO” provided that the addendum “(ret)/(àla retraite)” is attached. This privilege would come into effect concurrently with the activation of the designation.

12.3 Ad Hoc Committee re Review of College Resources and Activities (GC20081211-241, -242)

This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

12.4 Letters of Permission (GC20081211-243)

This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

12.5 Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Strategy to Enhance the Quality of College Relationships with College Members and College Partners

The Chair, Hanno Weinberger, reported that the committee had met with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and would meet on January 20, 2009 to review information received from stakeholders and consider next steps.

13. Notices of Motion

There were no notices of motion.

14. Next Meeting(s) of Council

  • January 29, 2009 (Special Meeting via Teleconference)
  • March 26-27, 2009

15. Adjournment

Laura Featherstone advised Council members that the form for Ad Hoc Committee membership was on CouncilNet. She invited Council members to complete the form if they were interested in serving on the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Full-Time Chair Position. She noted that the membership of the Ad Hoc Committee would consist of seven members; four elected and three appointed members. Council members were invited to submit their applications by January 5th. The Nomination Committee will meet on January 9, 2009 to make recommendations on the membership of this ad hoc committee to the Executive Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.

Signed: Chair, Don Cattani

Signed: Registrar, Brian P. McGowan

Dated:

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