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Minutes of Council Meetings

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers held on November 8-9, 2001 in the Council Chambers, 6th Floor, 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto.

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Minutes

4. Business Arising

5. Registrar's Report

6. Committee Reports

7. New Business

8. Address by Minister of Education — Timed Item

9. Committee Reports (continued)

10. Correspondence

11. New Business (continued)

12. Next Meeting

13. Adjournment

SESSION I

Date: November 8, 2001

Present: Bernard J. Adam, Samy Appadurai, Guill Archambault, Jackie Breithaupt, Douglas Brown, Sterling Campbell, Larry M. Capstick (Chair), Doug Carter, Ernie Checkeris, Janet Cornwall (via teleconference at 1:20 p.m.), Patrick Daly, Karl Dean, Margaret Dempsey, Jerry DeQuetteville, Solette N. Gelberg, Audrey Hadfield, Nancy Hutcheson, Martin Kings, Marilyn Laframboise (Vice-Chair), Diane Leblovic, Mark Lefebvre, Dick Malowney, Elayne McDermid, Karen Mitchell, Larry Mongeon, Harry Mulvale, Iain Munroe, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Rich Prophet, Frances Thorne, J.W. (Joe) Atkinson (Registrar)

Regrets: David Somer

Presiding Officer: George Merrett

Guests: Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault)

Staff: Peter Alexander, Margaret Aubé, Myrtle Herzenberg, Richard Lewko, Judith Mathieu, Charlie Morrison, Patrick O’Neill, Lynda Palazzi, Katherin Platt, Carol Springer, W. Douglas Wilson

1. Call to Order/Welcome

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

1.1 Recognition of the Events of September 11, 2001 and Remembrance DayTimed Item - (GC20011108-187)

The Chair, Larry M. Capstick, advised that, on behalf of Council, he had written a letter of sympathy marking the tragic events of September 11, 2001 to Dr. Charles Mackey, Executive Co-ordinator of the Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department.

As well, comments marking Remembrance Day were made. A moment of silence was observed.

2. Approval of Agenda (GC20011108-134)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the revised Agenda for the November 8-9, 2001 meeting.

3. Minutes

3.1 June 7-8, 2001 Meeting (GC20011108-135)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Minutes of the June 7-8, 2001 Council meeting.

3.2 In Camera Sessions, June 7-8, 2001 (GC20011108-137C)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Minutes of the In Camera sessions of the June 7-8, 2001 Council meeting.

3.3 Special Meeting, June 21, 2001 (GC20011108-138)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Minutes of the June 21, 2001 Special Meeting of Council.

3.4 Special Meeting, August 13, 2001 (GC20011118-140)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Minutes of the August 13, 2001 Special Meeting of Council as corrected.

4. Business Arising

4.1 The Student Protection Act 2001 - Amendments to OCTA/96 in Response to the Robins Report (GC20011118-142, 143, 144)

Richard Lewko, Executive Co-ordinator, spoke to the report. He provided a clause-by-clause analysis of the Student Protection Act, 2001 (Bill 101), and the submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Social Policy. A question and answer session followed.

4.2 Teacher Supply and Demand Consultation (GC20011118-145, 146)

The Registrar spoke to the report. A question and answer session followed.

It was moved by Steering, "That Council approve the recommendations contained in the Teacher Supply and Demand Consultation report, as follows: That

1. The Registrar forward the report to the Ministers of Education and of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Deans of Education and the participant stakeholder groups;

2. The College meet with the Minister of Education to review the recommendations contained in the summary of discussion from the Special Meeting of Council held on May 4, 2001 and recommended approaches to the eight areas identified in this report;

3. The Registrar co-ordinate a conference(s) with appropriate stakeholders to develop coordinated and collaborative action plans to implement activities from each of the areas identified in the reports; and

4. The College seek Ministry funding for appropriate initiatives in 2002.."

Harry Mulvale recommended a friendly amendment regarding point 4, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council approve the following friendly amendment to point 4 of the motion: That the word "Ministry" be substituted by the word "Ministries", to read:

4. The College seek funding from Ministries for appropriate initiatives in 2002.

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

CARRIED,

"That Council approve the recommendations contained in the Teacher Supply and Demand Consultation report, as follows: That

1. The Registrar forward the report to the Ministers of Education and of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Deans of Education and the participant stakeholder groups;

2. The College meet with the Minister of Education to review the recommendations contained in the summary of discussion from the Special Meeting of Council held on May 4, 2001 and recommended approaches to the eight areas identified in this report;

3. The Registrar co-ordinate a conference(s) with appropriate stakeholders to develop coordinated and collaborative action plans to implement activities from each of the areas identified in the reports; and

4. The College seek funding from Ministries for appropriate initiatives in 2002.

4.3 Roster of Panellists — Proposed Bylaw Amendments (GC20011118-147, 148)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve amendments to the Bylaws of the College as follows:

The Bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers are amended by adding the following section:

“Section 33 — Roster of Panellists

33.01 Members of a roster of panellists described in Section 17 (3) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act shall be either current or former members of Council, or a person appointed under Section 17 (4) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.

33.02 The Registrar shall develop procedures for maintaining a list of members of the roster.

33.03 The Registrar shall provide appropriate training and orientation for members of the roster before such members perform duties or exercise powers under the Ontario College of Teachers Act.

33.04 A member of the roster for the Investigation Committee may not be on the roster for the Discipline Committee or the roster for the Fitness to Practise Committee.

33.05 Members of the roster shall, in the performance of their duties, comply with the provisions of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the regulations made under the Act and the bylaws of the College.

33.06 The Council shall disqualify a member of the roster from sitting on panels if the member:

(a) is found by the Discipline Committee to be guilty of professional misconduct or to be incompetent

(b) is found by the Fitness to Practise Committee to be incapacitated

(c) fails, without cause, to attend a hearing of a panel of a committee for which he or she has been selected.

33.07 A member of the roster who is the subject of a proceeding before the Discipline Committee or the Fitness to Practise Committee as a result of a referral under section 26 or 29 of the Act is suspended from the roster and any panel pending the outcome of the proceeding.”

5. Registrar's Report (GC20011108-149, 150)

J.W. (Joe) Atkinson spoke to the report and answered questions. The College advertisement "Remarkable Canadians talk about their remarkable teachers - UNESCO's World Teachers' Day" in recognition of UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, was circulated to Council members.

The Registrar informed the members of the following staff appointments: Margaret Aubé, Professional Affairs Co-ordinator; Charlie Morrison, Manager, Policy and Research; Rick Chambers, Manager, Professional Learning Program.

The Registrar spoke to the events of September 11, 2001 and noted that new security provisions would be put in place in the building.

5.1 Professional Learning Program

The Registrar spoke to the Professional Learning Appendix of his report (GC20011108-149). A lengthy discussion and question and answer period followed.

5.2 Registrar's Letter to Susan Langley re Board of Governors, Ontario Teachers’ Federation (GC20011108-150)

The correspondence was noted.

6. Committee Reports

6.1 Executive Committee/Chair’s Report (GC20011108-151, 159)

The Chair, Larry M. Capstick, spoke to the report.

6.2 Investigation Committee (GC20011108-152,186)

The Chair, Harry Mulvale, spoke to the report and answered questions. The Registrar advised that he would work with the Investigations and Hearings Co-ordinator to bring clarity to the report with respect to the number of ongoing cases under investigation.

6.3 Discipline Committee (GC20011108-153)

The Chair, Mark Lefebvre, spoke to the report and answered questions.

The meeting recessed at 5:30 p.m.

SESSION II

Date: November 9, 2001

Present: Bernard J. Adam, Samy Appadurai, Guill Archambault, Jackie Breithaupt, Douglas Brown, Sterling Campbell, Larry M. Capstick (Chair), Doug Carter, Ernie Checkeris, Janet Cornwall (via teleconference), Patrick Daly, Karl Dean, Margaret Dempsey, Jerry DeQuetteville, Solette N. Gelberg, Audrey Hadfield, Nancy Hutcheson, Martin Kings, Marilyn Laframboise (Vice-Chair), Diane Leblovic, Mark Lefebvre, Dick Malowney, Elayne McDermid, Karen Mitchell, Larry Mongeon, Harry Mulvale, Iain Munroe, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Rich Prophet, Frances Thorne, J.W. (Joe) Atkinson (Registrar)

Regrets: David Somer

Presiding Officer: George Merrett

Guests: Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault), The Honourable Janet Ecker (Minister of Education), Aryeh Gitterman, (Executive Director, Ontario Teacher Testing Project)

Staff: Peter Alexander, Margaret Aubé, Myrtle Herzenberg, Richard Lewko, Judith Mathieu, Charlie Morrison, Patrick O’Neill, Lynda Palazzi, Katherin Platt, Carol Springer, W. Douglas Wilson

The meeting resumed at 9:05 a.m.

6. Committee Reports (continued)

6.4 Fitness to Practise Report (GC20011108-154)

The Chair, Margaret Dempsey, spoke to the report.

6.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20011108-155, 156)

The Chair, Doug Carter, spoke to the report.

6.6 Finance Committee (GC20011108-157, 158)

The Chair, Solette N. Gelberg, spoke to the report and answered questions.

6.7 Accreditation Committee (GC20011108-160)

The Chair, Frances Thorne, spoke to the report.

6.8 Standards of Practice and Education Committee(GC20011108-161, 183)

The Chair, Diane Leblovic, spoke to the report.

6.9 Human Resources Committee (GC20011108-162)

The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the report.

6.10 Editorial Board (GC20011108-163, 164)

The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the report.

6.11 Election Committee (GC20011108-165)

The Chair, Doug Carter, spoke to the report and answered questions.

6.12 Nomination Committee (GC20011108-166, 167)

The Chair, Dick Malowney, spoke to the report and answered questions.

6.12.1 Professional Learning Committee Appointments of Members at Large

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Martha Barrett and Debi Homuth as the two College members at large to the Professional Learning Committee.

6.12.2 Appointments to Council Committees

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Audrey Hadfield to fill the elected vacancy on the Standards of Practice and Education Committee.

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, "That Council appoint the following members to serve on the Finance Committee for a one-year term renewable: Patrick Daly(a); Solette N. Gelberg (a); Audrey Hadfield (e); Marilyn Laframboise (e); Dick Malwoney (e)."

It was moved by Karl Dean, seconded by Douglas Brown, and

CARRIED,

That the motion be amended and that Council appoint Elizabeth Papadopoulos instead of Audrey Hadfield to the Finance Committee.

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

CARRIED,

That Council appoint the following members to serve on the Finance Committee for a one-year term renewable:

Patrick Daly(a)

Solette Gelberg (a)

Elizabeth Papadopoulos (e)

Marilyn Laframboise (e)

Dick Malowney (e).

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, "That Council appoint the following members to serve on the Accreditation Committee for a one-year term renewable: Sterling Campbell (e); Larry Capstick (e); Jerry DeQuetteville (e); Rich Prophet (e); Elayne McDermid (a); Larry Mongeon (a); Elizabeth Papadopoulos (e); David Somer (a); Francis Thorne (a)

It was moved by Karl Dean, seconded by Doug Brown, and

CARRIED,

That the motion be amended and that Council appoint Iain Munroe instead of Elizabeth Papadopoulos to the Accreditation Committee.

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

CARRIED,

That Council appoint the following members to serve on the Accreditation Committee for a one-year term renewable:

Sterling Campbell (e)

Larry Capstick (e)

Jerry DeQuetteville (e)

Rich Prophet (e)

Elayne McDermid (a)

Larry Mongeon (a)

Iain Munro (e)

David Somer (a)

Francis Thorne (a).

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint the following members to serve on the Standards of Practice and Education Committee for a one-year term renewable:

Ernie Checkeris (a)

Margaret Dempsey (e)

Karl Dean (e)

Audrey Hadfield (e)

Nancy Hutcheson (e)

Martin Kings (a)

Diane Leblovic (a)

Karen Mitchell (a)

Harry Mulvale (e).

6.13 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20011108-168)

The Chair, Sterling Campbell, spoke to the report.

7. New Business

7.1 Notice of Council Meetings (GC20011108-171, 172)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the recommendations regarding Notice of Council Meetings as outlined in the report (GC20011108-171):

That

  1. The College continue to notify members of the public and members of the College of Council meetings through the calendar section of Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession and by posting notices of upcoming meetings on the College web site;
  2. The College purchase one advertisement per year to advise members of the public and members of the College of the regularly scheduled Council meetings for the year;
  3. The paid advertisement indicate that any additional meetings will be posted on the College web site; and
  4. The College utilize the funds saved on more efficient methods of promoting public awareness of the College.

8. Address by Minister of Education — Timed Item - 9:30 a.m.

The Minister of Education, The Honourable Janet Ecker, addressed Council. A question and answer period followed. Marilyn Laframboise, Vice-Chair, thanked the Minister for her address to Council.

9. Committee Reports (continued)

9.1 Nomination Committee (continued)

9.1.1 Appointment of Chairs to Council Committees

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Solette N. Gelberg as Chair of the Finance Committee.

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Frances Thorne as Chair of the Accreditation Committee.

It was moved by Dick Malowney, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Diane Leblovic as Chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee.

10. Correspondence (GC20011108-169, 170, 182)

The correspondence was noted.

11. New Business (continued)

11.1 Standard Procedures for Committees (GC20011108-173, 174)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the proposed Standard Procedures for Committees, Subcommittees and Work Groups (GC20011108-173).

12. Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on February 28 — March 1, 2002.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 p.m.

Signed: Chair, Larry M. Capstick

Signed: Registrar and Chief Executive
Officer, J.W. (Joe) Atkinson

Dated

Dated

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