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Minutes of Council Meetings

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on June 7, 2007 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. Correspondence

10. New Business

11. Notices of Motion

12. Next Meetings of Council

13. Adjournment

Present: Danny Anckle, Gabrielle Blais, Paul Brazeau, Don Cattani (Chair), Brian Doubleday (until 2:30 p.m.), Cynthia Farrar, Dean Favero, Laura Featherstone, Rosemary Fontaine, Nick Forte, Helen Fox, Brent Hamelin, Gordon Hough, Garry Humphreys, Annilee Jarvis (Vice-Chair), Peter Joong, Andrew Kane, Anne Marie Levesque, Lynne Mastin, Bill Matheson, Heather Nagy, Jacques Pavesi, Ijaz Rauf, Tanya Roberts, Amin Saab, Pauline Smart, Tianna Travaglini-Babic, Jacques Tremblay, John Tucker (until 4:05 p.m.), Henry Tyndorf, Hanno Weinberger, John Wells, Sharon Young Kipp, Brian P. McGowan (Registrar)

Regrets: Ruth Ann Penny, Susan Robertson, Don Watson

Presiding Officers: George Merrett, Peter Lipman

Legal Counsel: Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault)

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Kim Bauer, Myrtle Herzenberg, Joe Jamieson, Richard Lewko, Charlie Morrison, Lise Roy-Kolbusz (Deputy Registrar), Michael Salvatori, David Tallo, Linda Zaks-Walker

1. Call to Order/Welcome

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

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

It was noted that Annilee Jarvis and Andrew Kane comprised the Steering Committee.

The Chair, Don Cattani, welcomed Ijaz Rauf to his first Council meeting. He noted that Cyril Ménard had resigned from Council.

2. Agenda (GC20070607-71, Revised)

It was agreed to amend the Agenda by the addition of the following item under New Business: Teachers’ Network Website.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the revised Agenda for the June 7, 2007 Council meeting be approved as amended.

3. Conflict of Interest

The Registrar spoke to this item. He noted that the Conflict of Interest Regulation had not been filed yet but that the item Conflict of Interest would be on all future agendas. No conflicts were declared.

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, March 1, 2007 (GC20070607-72)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on March 1, 2007 be approved.

4.2 In Camera Meeting, March 1, 2007 (GC20070607-74C)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the In Camera session of the Council Meeting held on March 1, 2007 be approved.

4.3 Special Meeting, April 12, 2007 (GC20070607-75)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on April 12, 2007 be approved.

5. Business Arising

5.1 Amendments to Regulation 184/97(GC20070607-77, 78, -79 revised, -80, 117C, -118)

The Registrar noted that the Amendments to Regulation 184/97 had been the subject of discussion at the two and a half hour Council Briefing session that morning.

The Registrar spoke to the amendments to Regulation 184/97 and provided a page-by-page review of the Regulation. He noted that the regulation captured nine of the recommendations from Council to the Minister of Education: Five recommendations dealt with the schedules and four with the training of teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the proposed amendments to Regulation 184/97, Teachers Qualifications relating to the Schedules and Teaching Qualifications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as outlined in document GC200070607-117C.

6. Registrar’s Report

6.1 Report (GC20070607-81)

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

He informed Council members that Margaret Aubé had taken an internal secondment to head up the work of the Teachers’ Qualifications Review. He welcomed Joe Jamieson as the new Professional Affairs Coordinator. He informed Council members that Francine Dutrisac had been appointed to the position of French Language Services Coordinator for two years effective August 15, 2007.

He advised Council members that Teach in Ontario had received funding from the Ontario government for an additional year.

He noted that World Teachers’ Day was on October 5, 2007 and recommended that the College recognize the day with a newspaper advertisement buy similar to those of previous years.

He reminded Council members of the pre-budget briefing sessions during the summer: June 27th, July 19th and August 1st.

7. Chair’s Report

7.1 Report (GC20070607-82)

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

He thanked those members who had sent condolences to him after the death of his father-in-law.

8. Committee Reports

8.1 Executive Committee (GC20070607-83)

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

The Chair noted that the Council Member Travel Policy would be an item on the October 2007 Council agenda.

8.2 Investigation Committee (GC20070607-84, -85)

The reports of the Investigation Committee were received. The Chair, Paul Brazeau, spoke to the reports.

8.3 Discipline Committee (GC20070607-86, -87, -113)

The reports of the Discipline Committee were received. The Chair, Jacques Tremblay, spoke to the reports. He noted that the motion in the report would be withdrawn in favour of the one recommended by the Executive Committee.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council amend Section 4.1 (Preparation Time Compensation) of the Guidelines for the Compensation of Elected Members of Council, Roster Members, Members at Large and Institutional Nominees to include pre-hearing panels, panels considering motions and special circumstances pertaining to the work of the Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees.

The Chair of Council noted that the Registrar had undertaken to study and report to the October 1-2, 2007 Council Meeting on the Guidelines for the Compensation of Elected Members of Council.

8.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20070607-88, -114, -115)

The reports of the Fitness to Practise Committee were received. The Chair, Rosemary Fontaine, spoke to the reports and noted that the motion contained in the report was redundant as the motion had been dealt with under the previous item.

8.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20070607-89, -90)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Chair, Dean Favero, spoke to the reports.

8.6 Finance Committee (GC20070607-91)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The Chair, Andrew Kane, spoke to the report.

8.6.1 Financial Report — April 2007(GC20070607-92)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report for the period ended April 30, 2007 was received.

8.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee(GC20070607-93, -112)

The reports of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee were received. The Chair, Nick Forte, spoke to the reports. He noted that two notices of motion would be read into the Minutes (see page 8).

8.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20070607-94, -95)

The reports of the Accreditation Committee were received. The Chair, Gord Hough, spoke to the reports and answered questions. He thanked Margaret Aubé for her support to the committee.

8.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee (GC20070607-96)

The report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee was received. The Vice-Chair, John Tucker, spoke to the report.

Peter Lipman assumed the role of Presiding Officer.

8.10 Human Resources Committee (GC20070607-97, -98)

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

It was moved by Paul Brazeau, Chair, Human Resources Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the conversion of nine long term temporary positions to the regular College staff complement effective July 1, 2007 as recommended by the Registrar in GC20070607-97, attachment 1: Temporary Staff Conversion Review.

8.11 Editorial Board (GC20070607-99, -100)

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

It was moved by Annilee Jarvis, Chair, Editorial Board, and

CARRIED,

That Council amend Section 4.1 (Preparation Time Compensation) of the Guidelines for the Compensation of Elected Members of Council, Roster Members, Members at Large and Institutional Nominees to include the Editorial Board.

8.12 Election Committee

The Chair, Tanya Roberts, provided a verbal update and noted that the Election Committee had directed College staff to conduct focus group research with College members to determine the reasons for low voter turnout in the 2006 Council election. She noted that the next meeting of the Election Committee was scheduled to take place on September 17, 2007.

8.13 Nomination Committee (GC20070607-101)

The report of the Nomination Committee was received. The Chair, Laura Featherstone, spoke to the report and answered questions.

It was noted that six appointed members’ terms of office expire on June 13, 2007.

8.14 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20070607-102)

The report of the Quality Assurance Committee was received. The Chair, Sharon Young Kipp, spoke to the report and answered questions.

9. Correspondence (GC20070607-103, - 104, -105, -106, -116)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council re Dual Credit Programs (GC20070607-103)
  • Letter to the Chair of Council from Emily Noble, President, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario re the Teachers’ Network and the Chair’s Response (GC20070607-104)
  • Letter to the Registrar from Rhonda Kimberley -Young, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Teachers’ Federation re the Teachers’ Network and the Registrar’s Response (GC20070607-105)
  • Letter to the Chair of Council from Donna Marie Kennedy, President, Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association re the Teachers’ Network and the Chair’s Response (C20070607-106)
  • Correspondence from Council member, Cyril Ménard, re resignation from Council (C20070607-116)

10. New Business

10.1 Guidelines for the Provision of Personal Computers for Council Members (C20070607-107, -108)

The Deputy Registrar spoke to the Guidelines for the Provision of Personal Computers for Council Members and answered questions.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Guidelines for the Provision of Personal Computers for Council Members as outlined in document GC20070607-107.

10.2 Teacher Supply and Demand (Oversupply)(C20070607-109)

The Teacher Supply report was received. The Registrar spoke to Teacher Supply and Demand (Oversupply) and answered questions.

10.3 Teachers’ Network

It was moved by Cynthia Farrar, seconded by Sharon Young-Kipp, but it was

LOST,

That Council consider the following motion at this time:

That the Teachers’ Network Website be temporarily suspended and an ad hoc Committee of Council be struck to analyze the site and bring forward recommendations to the Council by December 2007. This Committee should include the Council Chair, two appointed members and two elected members.

It was moved by John Wells, seconded by Sharon Young-Kipp, and

CARRIED,

That Council consider the following motion at this time:

That Council direct the Chair and Registrar to meet with OTF and the Affiliates in order to discuss concerns with the Teachers’ Network.

It was moved by John Wells, seconded by Sharon Young-Kipp, and

CARRIED,

That Council direct the Chair and Registrar to meet with OTF and the Affiliates in order to discuss concerns with the Teachers’ Network.

10.4 World Teachers’ Day

It was moved by Annilee Jarvis, seconded by Andrew Kane, and

CARRIED,

That Council consider the following motion at this time:

That Council support a newspaper campaign to promote the teaching profession and the Ethical Standards on World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2007.

It was agreed to add the following words after campaign “not to exceed $150,000” as a friendly amendment.

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

CARRIED,

That Council support a newspaper campaign not to exceed $150,000 to promote the teaching profession and the Ethical Standards on World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2007.

10.5 Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (GC20070607-119C)

The Registrar informed Council members that a consequential motion was required that related to the amendments to Regulation 184/97.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the proposed amendment to Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, as outlined in document GC20070607-119C.

11. Notices of Motion

The following notices of motion were read into the Minutes for consideration at the October 1-2, 2007 Council Meeting:

11.1 Standards of Practice

Moved by Nick Forte, Chair, Standards of Practice and Education Committee

That Council approve that the French version of bylaw 32:01 (d) Leadership in Learning Communities be amended by addition, by inserting the word “sécuritaire” (safe) to read:

32:01 (d) Les membres encouragent la création de communautés d’apprentissage dans un milieu sécuritaire où règnent collaboration et appui, et y participent.

11.2 Standards of Practice

Moved by Nick Forte, Chair, Standards of Practice and Education Committee

That Council approve that bylaw 32.02 (b) Respect be amended by substituting the word “are” for the word “is” to read:

32.02. The following are hereby prescribed as the ethical standards for the teaching profession: Intrinsic to the ethical standard of Respect are trust and fair-mindedness.

12. Next Meetings of Council

  • October 1-2, 2007
  • October 1, 2007 (evening) Annual Meeting of Members

14. Adjournment

It was noted that it was Lynne Mastin’s last meeting of Council. The Chair thanked her for her contribution to education and to the College.

The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Signed: Chair, Don Cattani

Signed: Registrar, Brian P. McGowan

Dated:

Dated:

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