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Minutes of Council Meetings

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on March 29-30, 2012 in the Council Chambers, 15th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda

3. Conflict of Interest

4. Minutes

5. Registrar’s Report

6. Chair’s Report

7. Committee Reports

8. Correspondence

9. New Business

10. Notices of Motion

11. Business Arising

12. Next Meeting(s) of Council

13. Adjournment

Session 1: March 29, 2012

Present: Danny Anckle (from 1:30 p.m.), Alexander (Sandy) Bass, OCT, Shabnum Budhwani, Carlo Cappello, OCT, Marie-Louise Chartrand, Monique Châteauvert, Irene Dembek, OCT, Gale Dores, OCT, Marc Dubois, OCT, Monika Ferenczy, OCT, Nick Forte, OCT, Clyde Glasgow, Mel Greif (from 1:15 p.m.), Garry Humphreys, Allyn Janicki, OCT, Annilee Jarvis, OCT, Bill Kirkwood, Clint Lovell, OCT, Darlene Mead, OCT, Liz Papadopoulos, OCT, (Chair), Terry Price, OCT, Tanya Roberts, OCT, Susan Robertson, Robert Ryan, OCT, Mara Torcaso, OCT, Pauline Smart, John Tucker, Hanno Weinberger, OCT (from 1:15 p.m.), Sharon Young Kipp, OCT, Michael Salvatori, OCT, (Registrar)

Regrets: Rebecca Coulter, OCT, Martha Dutrizac, OCT, Dean Favero, OCT, Dobi-Dawn Frenette, Robert Gagné, Ruth Ann Penny, OCT, (Vice- Chair), Henry Tyndorf, OCT

Presiding Officers: Peter Lipman, OCT, Douglas McCarthy

Staff: Kim Bauer, Tan Crombie, Francine Dutrisac, OCT, Myrtle Herzenberg, Joe Jamieson, OCT, (Deputy Registrar), Michael Kaptein (from 1:35 pm to 1:55 p.m. and from 2:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Richard Lewko, Michelle Longlade, OCT, Charlie Morrison, Linda Zaks-Walker, OCT

1. Call to Order/Welcome

The Presiding Officer, Douglas McCarthy, called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. and welcomed all present.

The Chair welcomed John Tucker and Dobi-Dawn Frenette back to Council and noted that both members have had their terms extended by two years and three years respectively.

The Chair noted that the time to make written submissions to Mr LeSage on the College’s investigation and disciplinary procedures had been extended to noon on Monday, April 2, 2012.

Sharon Young Kipp advised members that funds raised during Council would be donated towards building a school in Haiti.

It was noted that Hanno Weinberger and Mel Greif comprised the Steering Committee.

2. Agenda (GC20120329-01)

It was moved by Terry Price, seconded by Garry Humphreys, and

CARRIED,

That the Agenda for the March 29-30, 2012 Council meeting be approved.

3. Conflict of Interest

No conflicts were declared.

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, December 8-9, 2011 (GC20120329-02)

It was noted that Dean Favero should not be included as being in attendance at the meeting.

It was moved by Robert Ryan, seconded by Annilee Jarvis, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on December 8-9, 2011 be approved as corrected.

4.2 Special Meeting, December 9, 2011 (GC20120329-04)

It was noted that Dean Favero should not be included as being in attendance at the meeting.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on December 9, 2011 be approved as corrected.

5. Registrar’s Report

5.1 Report (GC20120329-07)

The Registrar’s Report was received. The Registrar noted that the operational priority relating to the optimization of the new facilities would be removed from his future reports and would be replaced with the 2012 strategic priority to inspire public confidence in the profession through enhanced communication with the public.

The Registrar noted that work on the redevelopment of the College’s external web site had begun which would include a content management system to organize information posted to the site. He advised that the College had selected a design firm and had begun working with them to identify priorities for a new responsive web design with improved navigation.

The Registrar informed members that the College was in the process of developing a first employee engagement survey, which would be administered in late 2012. The survey is intended to capture employee feedback with respect to what engages them in their work and instills pride in the College and its work.

The Registrar advised members that Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner, would be the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of Members scheduled for June 7, 2012. The Registrar noted that he and the Chair would address the College membership, as would the Chairs of each of the College’s statutory committees.

The Registrar reported that new rooftop signs had been installed at 101 Bloor Street. He noted that the LED lights, aside from using significantly less electricity than other sign technology, were also delivering on the promised illumination.

The Registrar advised members that the College had purchased the domain name www.oct/oeeo.ca.

He also provided an overview of organizational statistics and information on the undertakings from the December 8-9, 2011 meeting of Council.

In response to a question about the number of staff participating in the French- language classes offered at the College, the Registrar informed members that 39 staff members attended French-language classes twice a week.

5.2 Financial Report — December 31, 2011 (GC20120329-08)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report as at December 31, 2011 was received. The Deputy Registrar, Joe Jamieson, spoke to the report and responded to questions of the report.

5.3 Financial Report — February 29, 2012 (GC20120329-09)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report as at February 29, 2012 was received. The Deputy Registrar, Joe Jamieson, spoke to the report and responded to questions of the report.

6. Chair’s Report

6.1 Report (GC20120329-10)

The Chair’s Report was received. The Chair, Liz Papadopoulos, spoke to the report.

7. Committee Reports

7.1 Executive Committee (GC20120329-11)

The report of the Executive Committee was received. The Chair, Liz Papadopoulos, spoke to the report.

She noted that the committee had met just prior to Council to confirm the appointments of Darlene Mead, OCT, and Marie-Louise Chartrand to the Accreditation Appeal Committee for the purpose of establishing a French panel review.

7.2 Investigation Committee (GC20120329-12)

The report of the Investigation Committee was received. The Chair, Nick Forte, spoke to the report.

7.3 Discipline Committee (GC20120329-13)

The report of the Discipline Committee was received. The Chair, Darlene Mead, spoke to the report.

7.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20120329-14)

The report of the Fitness to Practise Committee was received. The Chair, Hanno Weinberger, spoke to the report.

7.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20120329-15)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Vice-Chair, Marc Dubois, spoke to the report and welcomed Susan Robertson to the committee.

7.6 Finance Committee (GC20120329-16, 17)

The reports of the Finance Committee were received. The Acting Chair, Garry Humphreys, spoke to the reports and responded to questions of the reports.

He noted an error in the Finance Committee report (GC20120329-16) which inadvertently listed John Tucker as a member instead of Pauline Smart.

The ancillary observation from the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on the 2010 audit was presented to Council.

7.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee (GC20120329-18)

The report of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee was received. The Chair, Sharon Young Kipp, spoke to the report and responded to questions of the report.

7.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20120329-19)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received. The Vice-Chair, Bill Kirkwood spoke to the report.

7.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee

The Chair, John Tucker, noted that the committee would be meeting the following day after the adjournment of Council. There was no report from the committee.

7.10 Human Resources Committee (GC20120329-20)

The report of the Human Resources Committee was received. The Chair, Mel Greif, spoke to the report.

7.11 Editorial Board (GC20120329-21)

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

7.12 Election Committee (GC20120329-22)

The report of the Election Committee was received. The Chair, Mel Greif, spoke to the report. The Chair welcomed new committee members Marie-Louise Chartrand and Gale Dores to the committee.

It was noted that 5,438 votes had been cast to date.

Peter Lipman assumed the role of presiding officer at this time.

7.13 Nomination Committee (GC20120329-23)

The report of the Nomination Committee was received. The Chair, Danny Anckle, spoke to the report.

It was moved by Danny Anckle, Chair of the Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

1. That Council appoint Garry Humphreys as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

2. That Council appoint Garry Humphreys to the Executive Committee.

7.14 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20120329-24)

The report of the Quality Assurance Committee was received. The Chair, Clyde Glasgow, spoke to the report.

8. Correspondence (GC20120329-25 - 33)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter from Minister of Education re Per Diem Rates for Appointed Members of Council (GC20120329-25)
  • Letter of Invitation to the Minister of Education to address Council – March 2012 meeting and the scheduler’s acknowledgement (GC20120329-26)
  • Letter from the Ontario Teachers’ Federation re Publication of Discipline Committee Decisions and the College’s response (GC20120329-27)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education re designated Council appointed positions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) and an additional French-speaking member (GC20120329-28)
  • Letter of Invitation to the Minister of Education to attend College golf tournament (GC20120329-29)
  • Letter from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association re LeSage review consultations and the College’s response (GC20120329-30)
  • Letter from the Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers’ Federation re LeSage review consultations and the College’s response (GC20120329-31)
  • Letter from the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens re LeSage review consultations and the College’s response (GC20120329-32)
  • Letter of Invitation to the Minister of Education to address Council – June 2012 meeting (GC20120329-33)

9. New Business

9.1 Regulatory Bodies — Variances to Budget Lines (Notice of Motion) (GC20120329-34)

Terry Price requested that no motion be put forward on this matter.

9.2 6th Council Member Orientation Process (Notice of Motion) (GC20120329-35)

Sharon Young Kipp requested that no motion be put forward on this matter.

10. Notices of Motion

The following Notice of Motion was read into the Minutes for consideration at the June 7-8, 2012 Council Meeting:

10.1 College Bylaws — Amendment to Section 25 — Contents of the Register

Moved by Michael Salvatori, Registrar:

That Council approve an amendment to section 25.01(b) of the bylaws by the addition of the following:

vi) in the case of a decision of the Discipline Committee, a hyperlink to the decision that is contained on the College’s website.

Allyn Janicki was congratulated for completing her M. Ed. at Nipissing University.

Clint Lovell reported on a fund-raising project for taking students to Vimy-Ridge. He was raising funds by selling Vimy-Ridge pins.

The meeting recessed at 3:55 p.m.

Session 2: March 30, 2012

Present: Danny Anckle, Alexander (Sandy) Bass, OCT, Carlo Cappello, OCT, Marie-Louise Chartrand, Monique Châteauvert, Irene Dembek, OCT, Gale Dores, OCT, Marc Dubois, OCT, Monika Ferenczy, OCT, Nick Forte, OCT, Clyde Glasgow, Mel Greif, Garry Humphreys, Allyn Janicki, OCT, Annilee Jarvis, OCT, Bill Kirkwood, Clint Lovell, OCT, Darlene Mead, OCT, Liz Papadopoulos, OCT, (Chair), Ruth Ann Penny, OCT, (Vice-Chair), Terry Price, OCT, Tanya Roberts, OCT, Susan Robertson, Robert Ryan, OCT, Mara Torcaso, OCT, Pauline Smart, John Tucker, Henry Tyndorf, OCT, Hanno Weinberger, OCT, Sharon Young Kipp, OCT, Michael Salvatori, OCT, (Registrar)

Regrets: Shabnum Budhwani, Rebecca Coulter, OCT, Martha Dutrizac, OCT, Dean Favero, OCT, Dobi-Dawn Frenette, Robert Gagné,

Presiding Officers: Peter Lipman, OCT, Douglas McCarthy

Staff: Kim Bauer, Tan Crombie, Francine Dutrisac, OCT, Myrtle Herzenberg, Joe Jamieson, OCT, (Deputy Registrar), Richard Lewko, Michelle Longlade, OCT, Charlie Morrison, Linda Zaks-Walker, OCT

The meeting resumed at 9:05 a.m.

Peter Lipman assumed the role of Presiding Officer.

The Chair circulated information on work that had been discussed at the Early Learning and Child Care Advisory Group on February 6, 2012: Proposal to Redirect Current Child Care Funding to Increase Service and Meet the Needs of a Changing Early Learning and Child Care System and information on “Transforming Early Learning & Care” (Regional Municipality of Waterloo).

The Chair encouraged Council members to participate in the College’s charity golf tournament on July 5, 2012 and noted that the funds raised at the tournament would be applied to the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship.

11. Business Arising

11.1 Establishment of Two New Scholarships or Awards (GC20120329-06)

(Timed Item: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.)

The Chair advised members that the Executive Committee had considered the revised report at their meeting on March 1, 2012 and had endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

The report on the Establishment of Two New Scholarships or Awards was received. Ruth Ann Penny, Chair of the Scholarship Sub-Committee spoke to the report and responded to questions of the report.

It was moved by Liz Papadopoulos, Chair of the Executive Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve:

1. The establishment of two new scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

2. That the Executive Committee be directed to establish the criteria for the two new scholarships.

3. That the College continue and enhance the current fundraising activities for the scholarship program.

4. That the College engage in fundraising activities that will lead to a self-sustainable scholarship program.

5. That the Executive Committee be tasked with the responsibility for the administration of the scholarship program and the recipient selection process.

6. That the College streamline application processes and criteria to keep administrative costs at a minimum.

7. That the Executive Committee include discussions about the scholarship program on the agendas of scheduled Executive meetings.

8. That the College further explore new marketing initiatives for the scholarship program.

12. Next Meeting(s) of Council

  • Optional Council Member Briefing Session, June 6, 2012
  • Annual Meeting of Members, June 7, 2012
  • June 7-8, 2012

13. Adjournment

It was noted that a Special Meeting of the Accreditation Appeal Committee would take place immediately following adjournment of the Council meeting.

The Chair wished good luck to all members participating in the Council elections.

Sharon Young Kipp noted that at least $430 had been raised towards funding a school in Haiti.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

Signed:
Chair, Liz Papadopoulos, OCT

Dated:

Signed:
Registrar, Michael Salvatori, OCT

Dated:

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