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Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on June 8, 2006 in the Council Chambers, 6th Floor, 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda

3. Minutes

4. Council New Business

5. Registrar’s Report

6. Committee Reports

7. Next Meeting

8. Committee Reports (Continued)

9. Correspondence

10. New Business

11. Committee Reports (Continued)

12. New Business (Continued)

13. Notices of Motion

14. Next Meetings of Council

15. Adjournment

Present: Danny Anckle, Gabrielle Blais, Paul Brazeau, Donald Cattani, Ted Coulson, Suzanne De Froy, Nick Forte, Gordon Hough, Nancy Hutcheson (Vice-Chair), Marilyn A. Laframboise (Chair), Anne Marie Levesque, Lynne Mastin, Bill Matheson, Iain Munro, Janet Ouellette, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Jennifer Pitt (from 1:00 p.m.), Howard Ramcharan, Amin Saab, Pauline Smart, Jacques Tremblay, Anne Vinet-Roy, Eileen Walker, Hilda Watkins (by teleconference until 11:15 a.m.), Don Watson, W. Douglas Wilson (Registrar)

Regrets: Rosemary Fontaine, Garry Humphreys, Andrew Kane, Gail Lilley

Presiding Officers: George Merrett, Douglas McCarthy

Legal Counsel: Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault)

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Myrtle Herzenberg, Richard Lewko, Brian McGowan (Deputy Registrar), Charlie Morrison, Josie Peretti, Katherin Platt, Lise Roy-Kolbusz, Michael Salvatori, Linda Zaks-Walker

1. Call to Order/Welcome

The Presiding Officer, Douglas McCarthy, called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. and welcomed all present.

The Presiding Officer noted the revisions to the Agenda and the materials to be distributed.

It was noted that Steering was comprised of Nancy Hutcheson and Amin Saab.

The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, noted that the Minister of Education had been invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Council but had declined, as her schedule did not permit her to do so at this time.

A period of silence was observed in memory of Rosemary Fontaine’s mother and a colleague of Jennifer Pitt’s who had suddenly passed away the previous evening.

The Chair requested that Council members continue to hold the July 6, 2006 date for a possible special meeting of Council. She also reminded Council members that former Council members would be attending the Council dinner that evening.

It was agreed that a roll call vote would not be used for approving the Agenda and Minutes.

2. Agenda (GC20060608-61, Revised)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the revised Agenda for the June 8-9, 2006 Council meeting be approved.

3. Minutes

3.1 Meeting, March 30-31, 2006 (GC20060608-62)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the March 30-31, 2006 Council Meeting be approved.

3.2 Special Meeting, May 18, 2006 (GC20060608-64)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the May 18, 2006 Special Meeting of Council be approved.

4. Council New Business

4.1 Teachers’ Qualifications Review (TQR)

The Deputy Registrar provided an update on the Council briefing session held the previous day. He invited members to raise further questions or issues with respect to the review.

The Chair requested that a continuation of the briefing session take place after the Council meeting the following day.

4.2 Bill 78 and Proposed Regulatory Amendments Update (GC20060608-98C, 99C, 100C)

The Registrar informed Council members that Bill 78 had received Royal Assent (June 1, 2006). He noted the documents that contained the amendments to Regulations 184/97, 72/97 and 293/00. He referred Council members to the attachment to document GC20060608-100C, which contained final amendments to Regulation 293/00 since Council last reviewed the amendments at the May 18, 2006 meeting. A brief question and answer session followed.

5. Registrar’s Report (GC20060608-66)

The Registrar’s Report was received. The Registrar, W. Douglas Wilson, spoke to the report.

He reported that a number of College staff had participated in a workshop on “Building Intercultural Competence”. Laraine Kaminsky of Graybridge Malkam, an Ottawa-based consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural employment training, had conducted the workshop.

He informed Council members that Peter Grimett of the Simon Fraser University and Frank Echols of the University of British Columbia would conduct the external review of the Accreditation Regulation. He noted that the report would come before the Accreditation Committee and Accreditation Appeal Committee before it was brought forward to Council for consideration.

The Registrar informed Council members of two new French initiatives: (1) an initiative with the Ministry of Education to create a database of common terminology that could be used within the education community; and, (2) an initiative with Eduard Biot and Associates to conduct a focus group of French language members on the College’s French language publications.

A question and answer session followed.

It was agreed to provide Council members with the information relating to the legal challenge to the U.S. statute No Child Left Behind Act.

It was agreed to provide Council members with information relating to the cost and number of tickets purchased to the annual dinners of Ontario’s three main political parties.

6. Committee Reports

6.1 Chair’s/Executive Committee Report (GC20060608-67, -68)

The reports of the Chair/Executive Committee were received. The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the reports.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve that the issue of the campaign to promote public respect for the teaching profession be postponed to the next Council with the recommendation that the new Council establish an ad hoc committee which would bring forward to Council recommendations with regard to implementation of the ideas put forward in “Promoting Greater Public Respect for the Teaching Profession.”

Roll Call Vote:

For

Against

Danny Anckle

Gabrielle Blais

Paul Brazeau

Don Cattani

Ted Coulson

Suzanne De Froy

Nick Forte

Gordon Hough

Nancy Hutcheson

Marilyn Laframboise

Anne Marie Levesque

Lynne Mastin

Bill Matheson

Iain Munro

Janet Ouellette

Elizabeth Papadopoulos

Howard Ramcharan

Amin Saab

Pauline Smart

Jacques Tremblay

Anne Vinet-Roy

Eileen Walker

Hilda Watkins

Don Watson

For: 24

Against: 0

Absent: 5

6.2 Investigation Committee (GC20060608-69, -70)

The reports of the Investigation Committee were received. The Chair, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, spoke to the reports.

6.3 Discipline Committee (GC20060608-71, -72)

The reports of the Discipline Committee were received. The Chair, Ted Coulson, spoke to the reports and answered questions.

6.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20060608-73, -74)

It was agreed to copy and distribute the Overview of the Fitness to Practise Committee and to deal with the Fitness to Practise Committee reports after the copies were made.

6.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20060608-75)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Chair, Janet Ouellette, spoke to the report.

6.6 Finance Committee (GC20060608-76)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The Vice-Chair, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, spoke to the report and answered questions. She noted the Notice of Motion in the report that dealt with bylaw amendments as a result of changes to the Federal Goods and Services Tax.

6.6.1 Financial Report — April 2006 (GC20060608-77)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report for the period ended April 30, 2006 was received.

6.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee(GC20060608-78)

It was agreed to postpone receiving the report of the Standards of Practice Committee until Jennifer Pitt’s arrival at the meeting.

6.8 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20060608-73, -74) (Continued)

The reports of the Fitness to Practise Committee were received. The Chair, Don Cattani spoke to the reports and answered questions. He provided an overview of the mandate and hearing process of the Fitness to Practise Committee.

6.9 Accreditation Committee (GC20060608-79, -80)

The reports of the Accreditation Committee were received. The Chair, Iain Munro, spoke to the reports and answered questions.

6.10 Accreditation Appeal Committee

There was no report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee.

6.11 Human Resources Committee

The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, noted that the next meeting of the Human Resources Committee was scheduled for June 27, 2006.

6.12 Editorial Board (GC20060608-81, -82)

The reports of the Editorial Board were received. The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the report and answered questions.

George Merrett assumed the position of Presiding Officer.

7. Next Meeting

A discussion ensued about whether the Special Meeting of Council scheduled for June 12, 2006 could be held immediately following this Council meeting. It was noted that according to bylaw, section 3.04 (a), special meetings of Council may be called by the Chair or by any twelve (12) members of Council who deposit with the Registrar a written requisition for the meeting. It was also noted that according to bylaw, section 3.04(b), the requirement to give ten (10) days notice of a special meeting may be waived.

It was agreed to discuss this matter at the conclusion of the meeting.

8. Committee Reports (Continued)

8.1 Election Committee

The Chair, Gord Hough, reported that the next meeting of the Election Committee would be held on June 12, 2006 by teleconference to approve the revised voting procedures and to review the development of the voter’s list, election communications and the nomination form. The nomination form was being developed to contain the information required by regulation. He noted that the complete form would be published in the June special edition of Professional Speaking/Pour parler profession.

A question and answer session followed.

Concern was expressed that much of the election process would occur during the summer months when teachers were on vacation. It was noted that although Bill 78 had received Royal Assent, the Election Regulation still needed to be filed and the election process could not begin until the filing of the Regulation.

8.2 Nomination Committee (GC20060608-83)

The report of the Nomination Committee was received. The Chair, Nancy Hutcheson spoke to the report.

8.3 Quality Assurance Committee

There was no report of the Quality Assurance Committee.

9. Correspondence (GC20060608-84-91, -96, -105)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter to the Chair of Council from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration re Internationally Trained Professionals (GC20060608-84)
  • Letter of Congratulations and request for a meeting date from the Chair of Council to the New Minister and Minister’s Response (GC20060608-85)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council re Bill 78 (GC20060608-86)
  • Letter from the Chair of Council to the Minister of Education re Bill 78 and Related Regulatory Amendments (GC20060608-87)
  • Letter from the Chair of Council to the Minister of Education re Outstanding Issues (GC20060608-88)
  • Letter from the Registrar to the Minister of Education re Invitation to Annual Meeting of Council (GC20060608-89)
  • Letter from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Legislative Assembly of Ontario to the Chair of Council re contribution to deliberations (GC20060608-90)
  • Letter from the Chair of Council to the Minister of Education re Bill 78 and Related Regulatory Amendments from the Chair of Council (GC20060608-91)
  • Letter to Auditor from the French Language Services Coordinator (GC20060608-96)
  • Ontario College of Teachers 2005 Annual Report (GC20060608-105)

10. New Business

10.1 Bylaw Amendment — Section 32 — Professional and Ethical Standards (GC20060608-92)

It was agreed to postpone consideration of Bylaw Amendment — Section 32 — Professional and Ethical Standards until Jennifer Pitt’s arrival at the meeting.

10.2 Bylaw Amendment — Section 18 — College Publication (GC20060608-93)

It was moved by Marilyn Laframboise, Chair, Editorial Board, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve that section 18.01 of the College bylaws be amended by the addition of the words “at least” so that the section will read:

The College shall distribute an official publication of the Council to members in good standing at least four (4) times a year.

10.3 Confirmation of Finance Committee Chair

The Registrar reported that the Chair’s position on the Finance Committee had become vacant when Norm Fortin’s term of office ended on May 13, 2006.

It was moved by Elizabeth Papadopoulos, seconded by Howard Ramcharan, and

CARRIED,

That Council confirm the appointment of Andrew Kane as Chair of the Finance Committee.

10.4 Review of Position of Full-Time Chair

It was moved by Gord Hough, seconded by Paul Brazeau, and

CARRIED,

That the following motion be considered at this time:

That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee be appointed to conduct a review of the role description, time commitment and compensation package of the full-time Chair and report to the September 2006 Council meeting.

It was agreed to add “of five members, three elected and two appointed” after the words “Ad Hoc Committee”, as a friendly amendment. It was also agreed to substitute the word “establish” for “appointed” as a friendly amendment.

It was moved by Gord Hough, seconded by Nancy Hutcheson, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve that an Ad Hoc Committee of five members, three elected and two appointed, be established to conduct a review of the role description, time commitment and compensation package of the full-time chair and report to the September 2006 Council meeting.

George Merrett assumed the position of Presiding Officer.

The following documents were distributed to Council members:

  • News Release/Communiqué from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, “McGuinty government introduces legislation to break down barriers for newcomers — Proposed Legislation to Help more Newcomers Work in Regulated professions (GC20060608-106)
  • Backgrounder/Document d’information from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Fair Access to Regulation Professions Act, 2006, “Cornerstone of the Plan for Newcomer Success” (GC20060608-107)
  • Constitutional Challenge to No Child Left Behind Act — Status (GC20060608-108)

The Registrar reported that he had received a written request signed by 13 members of Council for a Special Meeting of Council to be convened immediately following adjournment of the June 8-9, 2006 Council meeting to deal with the Notice of Motion — Bylaw Amendments — Section 22 — Application and Evaluation Fees and Section 23 — Other Fees and Penalties (GC20060608-109).

11. Committee Reports (Continued)

11.1 Standards of Practice and Education Committee (GC20060608-78)

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

The Chair reported that multi-media resources had been developed to support the revised Standards and invited Council members to a sample viewing of a DVD clip in the 5th Floor Conference Room immediately following adjournment of the meeting.

12. New Business (Continued)

12.1 Bylaw Amendment — Section 32 — Professional and Ethical Standards (GC20060608-92)

The Chair, Jennifer Pitt, spoke to bylaw amendment Section 32 — Professional and Ethical Standards.

It was moved by Jennifer Pitt, Chair, Standards of Practice and Education Committee, and

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY,

That Council approve that Section 32.01 of the bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers be amended to read:

32.01 The following are hereby prescribed as standards of practice for the teaching profession:

(a) Commitment to Students and Student Learning

Members are dedicated in their care and commitment to students. They treat students equitably and with respect and are sensitive to factors that influence individual student learning. Members facilitate the development of students as contributing citizens of Canadian society.

(b) Professional Knowledge

Members strive to be current in their professional knowledge and recognize its relationship to practice. They understand and reflect on student development, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum, ethics, educational research and related policies and legislation to inform professional judgment in practice.

(c) Professional Practice

Members apply professional knowledge and experience to promote student learning. They use appropriate pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, resources and technology in planning for and responding to the needs of individual students and learning communities. Members refine their professional practice through ongoing inquiry, dialogue and reflection.

(d) Leadership in Learning Communities

Members promote and participate in the creation of collaborative, safe and supportive learning communities. They recognize their shared responsibilities and their leadership roles in order to facilitate student success. Members maintain and uphold the principles of the ethical standards in these learning communities.

(e) Ongoing Professional Learning

Members recognize that a commitment to ongoing professional learning is integral to effective practice and to student learning. Professional practice and self-directed learning are informed by experience, research, collaboration and knowledge.

It was moved by Jennifer Pitt, Chair, Standards of Practice and Education Committee, and

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY,

That Council approve that Section 32.02 of the bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers be amended to read:

32.02 The following are hereby prescribed as the ethical standards for the teaching profession:

(a) Care

The ethical standard of Care includes compassion, acceptance, interest and insight for developing students’ potential. Members express their commitment to students’ well being and learning through positive influence, professional judgment and empathy in practice.

(b) Respect

Intrinsic to the ethical standard of Respect is trust and fair-mindedness. Members honour human dignity, emotional wellness and cognitive development. In their professional practice, they model respect for spiritual and cultural values, social justice, confidentiality, freedom, democracy and the environment.

(c) Trust

The ethical standard of Trust embodies fairness, openness and honesty. Members’ professional relationships with students, colleagues, parents, guardians and the public are based on trust.

(d) Integrity

Honesty, reliability and moral action are embodied in the ethical standard of Integrity. Continual reflection assists members in exercising integrity in their professional commitments and responsibilities.

Standards of Practice and Education Committee members and staff that supported that committee were thanked for their contribution in revising the professional and ethical standards.

13. Notices of Motion

The following Notice of Motion was read into the Minutes. It was received for consideration at the special meeting of Council immediately following adjournment of the June 8-9, 2006 Council Meeting.

13.1 Bylaw Amendments — Section 22 — Application and Evaluation Fees and Section 23 — Other Fees and Penalties (GC20060608-97)

Moved by the Elizabeth Papadopoulos, seconded by Amin Saab

That Council approve that Section 22 (Application and Evaluation Fees) and Section 23 (Other Fees and Penalties) of the bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers be amended by addition, substitution and deletion effective July 1, 2006 so that the sections would read:

Section 22 — Application and Evaluation Fees

22.01 The application and evaluation fees described in this section of the bylaws are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

22.02 A person who submits an application for a certificate of registration shall pay, for the consideration by the Registrar of the application under section 18 of the Act, an application fee of $123.

22.03 Where consideration of an application for registration involves an evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications obtained outside Ontario, the applicant shall pay an evaluation fee of $222 in addition to the application fee.

Section 23 — Other Fees and Penalties

23.01 The fees and penalties described in this section of the bylaws are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

23.02 A member who fails to pay an annual fee within 60 days of the Registrar's notice referred to in section 21.05 shall pay a late payment penalty of $24 in addition to the annual fee.

23.03 A person whose certification of registration was suspended shall pay, for the removal of the suspension, a reinstatement fee of $79.

23.04 A person whose certificate of registration was revoked shall pay, for the issuance of a new certificate of registration, a reinstatement fee of $99.

23.05 A person who requests a review by the Registration Appeals Committee in accordance with section 20(4) or 22(2) of the Act shall pay a registration review fee of $99.

23.06 In the event of the loss or destruction of a certificate of qualification and registration, the member shall pay a fee of $49 for the issuance of a duplicate certificate.

23.07 A member who requests a duplicate of any other document issued by the College with respect to that member shall pay a fee of $24, for the issuance of that duplicate.

23.08 A member who requests a statement of good standing, shall pay a fee of $24 for the issuance of the statement.

23.09 The Registrar may charge a fee for anything he or she is required or authorized to do under the Act or the regulations, and except where fees for those things are prescribed, the fee charged shall be set by the Registrar.

23.10 That the application fee for the initial accreditation of programs of professional education and additions to programs of professional education be based on a one-time travel cost of $231.81 per person, and a daily per diem of $222.90 per person for the number of days needed to conduct a review.

23.11 That the renewal fee for application for the accreditation of programs of professional education be based on a one-time travel cost of $231.81 per person, and a daily per diem of $222.90 for the number of days needed to conduct a site visit.

23.12 That the application fee for accreditation of an additional qualification listed in Regulation 184/97 including Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) and the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) be $99.06.

23.13 That the renewal fee for application for accreditation of an additional qualification listed in Regulation 184/97 including Principal‘s Qualification Program (PQP) and the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) be $99.06.

23.14 Accreditation Appeal Fees

(a) A provider of a program of professional education or a program of additional qualification who submits a Notice of Appeal under subsection 41(1) of Ontario Regulation 347/02 shall pay an appeal fee in an amount:

(i) equal to the fee paid by the provider for the accreditation of that program, and

(ii) in the case of a program of professional education that

(A) was denied accreditation, or

(B) was granted accreditation with conditions, or

(C) had its accreditation revoked,

and where the provider has requested a hearing, the appeal fee shall include an additional amount of $26,500.

(b) Fees must be paid in full by the provider to the College at the time of application for appeal.

(c)

(i) Refunds under this subsection must be paid by the College to the provider at the time of the decision of the accreditation appeal.

(ii) In the case of an appeal of a program of professional education, the College shall refund fees to the provider where the cost of the site visit and/or panel review for the appeal was less than that required for the original accreditation.

(iii) In the event of a successful appeal the College shall refund the appeal fee charged to the provider in the following cases:

(A) where an accreditation decision to deny accredit appealed, and the appeal results in the granting or confirming of accreditation,

(B) where an accreditation decision to deny accreditation is appealed, and the appeal results in the granting or confirming of accreditation, with one or more conditions,

(C) where an accreditation decision to grant accreditation with one or more conditions is appealed, and the appeal results in removal of all conditions.

14. Next Meetings of Council

  • June 8, 2006, Special Meeting of Council to replace the scheduled teleconference meeting on June 12, 2006
  • June 9, 2006 from 9:00 a.m.: Continuation of the Teachers’ Qualifications Review (TQR) Council Briefing Session
  • June 12, 2006 Special Meeting of Council — Cancelled.
  • July 6, 2006 from 11a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Tentatively scheduled). Council members were requested to hold this date.
  • September 28-29, 2006
  • September 30, 2006, Annual Meeting of Members

15. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

Signed: Chair, Marilyn A. Laframboise

Signed: Registrar, W. Douglas Wilson

Dated:

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