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MINUTES

Council Meeting

Council Chambers, 15th Floor,

101 Bloor Street West, Toronto

March 1, 2018

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on March 1, 2017 in the Council Chambers, 15th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda and Approval of Preparation Time

3. Conflict of Interest

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, December 7, 2017

6. Registrar's Report

6.1 Report

6.2 Financial Report as at December 31, 2017

6.3 Amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act Relating to Sexual Abuse (In Camera)

7. Address by Minister of Education

8. Public Presentations

8.1 Introducing D.C.P. School Gardening as a Schedule C, in-service, additional qualifications course

9. New Business

9.1 Resignation of Council member Jennifer Stewart

10. Chair's Report

10.1 Report

11. Committee Reports

11.1 Investigation Committee

11.2 Discipline Committee

11.3 Fitness to Practise Committee

12. New Business

12.1 Bylaws - Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 33.01 re: College Members on Roster

13. Committee Reports (Continued)

13.1 Executive Committee

13.2 Registration Appeals Committee

13.3 Finance Committee

13.4 Standards of Practice and Education Committee

13.5 Accreditation Committee

13.6 Accreditation Appeal Committee

13.7 Human Resources Committee

13.8 Editorial Board

13.9 Governance Committee

13.10 Quality Assurance Committee

14. Correspondence

15. Notices of Motion

16. Next Meeting(s) of Council

17. Adjournment

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on March 1, 2018 in the Council Chambers, 15th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Present : Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Jean-Luc Bernard, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Michael Salvatori, OCT (Registrar); Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Regrets: Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; Wes Vickers, OCT; Ronna Warsh

Guests: Minister of Education, The Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris

Presiding

Officers: Lori Lukinuk

Staff: Kim Bauer; Chantal Bélisle, OCT; Tan Crombie; Roch Gallien, OCT; Joe Jamieson, OCT (Deputy Registrar); Richard Lewko; Charlie Morrison; Naomi Shopland; Fred Towers; Linda Zaks-Walker, OCT

1. Call to Order/Welcome

The Presiding Officer, Lori Lukinuk, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and welcomed all present.

Lori informed members that two placemats were available for members' information:

  • The College's Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities
  • College Council Parliamentary Procedural Tips

The Chair opened the meeting by acknowledging that the land on which the Council members gathered is the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

The Chair welcomed all Council members, staff and individuals seated in the public gallery to the meeting. She also welcomed the new Executive Assistant to the Chair and Council, Cynthia Liberbaum, and thanked Christene Duncan for all her work in the role.

The Chair introduced two new Council members, Marlène Marwah and Michelle Miner Seal, who were recently appointed by the Public Appointments Secretariat for three-year terms. She also noted that Marie Claude Yaacov's term was concluding, and thanked her for all her work over the last few years.

It was noted that Myreille Loubert and Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad comprised the Steering Committee.

2. Agenda and Approval of Preparation Time (GC20180301-01)

It was moved by Steering, and it was unanimously

CARRIED,

That the Agenda for the March 1, 2018 Council meeting be approved.

It was agreed that Council members would be entitled to a full day of preparation time.

3. Conflict of Interest

No conflicts were declared.

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, December 7, 2018 (GC20180301-02)

The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on December 7, 2017 were approved by unanimous consent with the following amendments:

· Page 4, Item 1. Call to Order/Welcome, paragraph 3 - the word "appointed" has been removed.

· Page 5, Item 4.1 College Budget and Finance public presentation. Title of President of Ontario Teachers Federation added after Chris Cowley's name.

5. Business Arising

There were no business arising items.

6. Registrar's Report

6.1 Report (GC20180301-04)

The Registrar's Report was received. The Registrar spoke to the report and responded to questions.

He highlighted the following:

· Nova Scotia Education System Administrative Review

· An update on various College-wide initiatives to support the four Strategic Priorities.

· The appointment of a new Fairness Commissioner of Ontario

It was requested that Council hear the Financial Report prior to moving in-camera for the discussion on the amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act Relating to Sexual Abuse. There were no objections from members of Council.

6.2 Financial Report as at December 31, 2017 (GC20180301-05)

The Ontario College of Teachers' Financial Report as at December 31, 2017 was received. The Deputy Registrar, Joe Jamieson, spoke to the report and answered questions.

Council returned to the previous item on the amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act Relating to Sexual Abuse.

6.3 Amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act Relating to Sexual Abuse (In Camera) (GC20180301-04C, Attachment 1)

It was moved by Steering, and by a show of hands was

CARRIED,

That Council move into an in camera session with Council members, members of senior leadership team, parliamentary speaker and Council support staff only.

Council moved into an in camera session at 9:25 a.m. and moved out of the in camera session at 12:15 p.m. for the address by the Minister of Education, lunch, and the public presentation timed item.

7. Address by Minister of Education

(Timed Item: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.)

The Chair welcomed and introduced the Minister of Education, the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, who addressed Council and thanked members for their work and their commitment to education. She congratulated the College on developing procedures that were transparent, accountable, fair and inclusive to ensure the safety and protection of students and for promoting teacher professionalism. The Minister acknowledged Council's concerns about the lengthy timelines surrounding government appointments to Council. She also shared the government's plan on addressing sexual abuse and professional misconduct in the education system.

A question and answer session ensued.

The Vice-Chair, Myreille Loubert, thanked the Minister for addressing Council members.

8. Public Presentations

8.1 Introducing D.C.P. School Gardening as a Schedule C, in-service, additional qualifications course (GC20180301-23)

(Timed Item: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:35 p.m.)

  • Leila Mireskandari, Founder and Director, Kids' Growing City

Leila Mireskandari made a presentation on introducing D.C.P School gardening as a Schedule C, in-service, additional qualifications course.

A question and answer session followed the presentation.

The item will be referred to the Standards of Practice and Education Committee for their consideration.

Council resumed the in camera session on the Amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act Relating to Sexual Abuse at 2:11 p.m.

Council concluded the in camera session at 3:15 p.m..

It was requested that the Council members move straight to the New Business matter of the resignation of Council member Jennifer Stewart before proceeding with any further reports. There were no objections from the Council members.

9. New Business

9.1 Resignation of Council member Jennifer Stewart (GC20180301-22)

The Chair shared with Council the news that elected Council member Jennifer Stewart, OCT resigned her position as Council member effective February 6, 2018. Her resignation left one elected member vacancy which Council could either choose to fill or not, until the end of the 7th Council.

A discussion, and a question and answer period ensued.

It was moved by Steering, and it was

LOST,

That Council approve filling the Southcentral region part-time-full-time elected Council position vacancy until June 30, 2018

eScribe vote:

For: Ravi Vethamany, OCT

Against: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Susan Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Result

For : 1

Against :25

Abstain: 0

Absent: 9

10. Chair's Report

10.1 Report (GC20180301-06)

The Chair's Report was received. The Chair, Angela De Palma, spoke to her report and responded to questions.

She highlighted:

· Her participation in various outreach activities and speaking engagements

· An update on the 2018 College Council Election

· Her professional development activities

· Her collaborative meetings with members of the 7th Council to receive feedback in order to ease transition to the 8 th Council

11. Committee Reports

11.1 Investigation Committee (GC20180301-08)

The report of the Investigation Committee was received. The Chair, Robert Ryan, spoke to the report.

11.2 Discipline Committee (GC20180301-09)

The report of the Discipline Committee was received. The Chair, Vicki Shannon, spoke to the report.

11.3 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20180301-10)

The report of the Fitness to Practise Committee was received. The Chair, Shanlee Linton, spoke to the report.

As the Investigation, Discipline, and Fitness to Practise Committees were all bringing forth the same motion as listed under the New Business item 11.1, the Chairs of the three committees requested that Council address the item at the same time as the committee reports. There were no objections from the Council members.

12. New Business (Continued)

12.1 Bylaws - Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 33.01 re: College Members on Roster (GC20180301-21)

The chairs of the Investigation, Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees spoke to the proposed amendments to the College Bylaws and answered questions from members.

It was moved by the Vicki Shannon, Robert Ryan, and Shanlee Linton, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council amend section 33.01 of the College's bylaws with the following addition [addition underlined]:

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, a member of the College in good standing, or a person appointed under Section 17 (4) of the Ontario College of Teachers Act

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Susan Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against: Jane Ishibashi; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT

Result

For : 24

Against :2

Abstain: 0

Absent: 9

13. Committee Reports (Continued)

13.1 Executive Committee (GC20180301-07)

The report of the Executive Committee was received. The Chair, Angela De Palma spoke to the report and responded to questions.

Council received and reviewed the newly revised public presentation guidelines supplementary to the committee report. The Chair spoke to the document.

It was moved by Angela De Palma, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Revised Public Presentation Guidelines as outlined in document GC20180301-07, Attachment 1.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Susan Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against:

Result

For : 26

Against : 0

Abstain: 1

Absent: 8

Council also received and reviewed the newly revised professional development policy supplementary to the committee report. The Chair spoke to the document.

It was moved by Angela De Palma, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Professional Development Policy as outlined in document GC20180301-07, Attachment 2.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Susan Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against:

Result

For : 26

Against : 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 9

13.2 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20180301-11)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received.

13.3 Finance Committee (GC20180301-12)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The motion associated with the report was deferred and will be brought forward at the June 7, 2018 Council meeting.

13.4 Standards of Practice and Education Committee (GC20180301-13)

The Report of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee was received. The Chair, Ravi Vethamany spoke to the report and responded to questions.

It was moved by Ravi Vethamany, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council recommend to the Minister of Education that:

1. the name of the Classroom Management, Additional Qualification course be changed to The Learning Environment in Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

2. the name of the Inclusive Classroom , Additional Qualification course be changed to Equitable and Inclusive Schools in Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

3. that the French name of the Health and Physical Education , Grades 7 and 8 /Santé et éducation physique - 7e et 8e année Additional Qualification Course be changed to Éducation Physique et Santé- 7e et 8e année i n Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation to align with the title of the French curriculum guideline

4. the French name of the Pre-School Education for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing/Education préscolaire des élèves sourds ou malentendants Additional Qualification Course be changed to Éducation préscolaire: Qualification additionnelle en surdité in Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

5. A Supervisory Officer's Development Course Additional Qualification be added to the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

6. the name of the Supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students : Guidance and Counselling, Additional Qualification course be changed to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students: Counselling and Support in Schedule D of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

7. the Teaching Students with Communication Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Additional Qualification course be revoked in Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

8. a new Teaching Students with Communication Needs ( Autism Spectrum Disorders) Additional Qualification course be enacted in Schedule D of the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation

9. the French name of the Teaching Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing/ Enseigner aux élèves Sourds ou Malentendants Additional Qualification Program be changed to Qualification additionnelle en surdité in the Teachers' Qualifications Regulation.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brigitte Bidal Piquette, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Susan Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Marlène Marwah; Richard Michaud, OCT; Michelle Miner-Seal; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against:

Result

For : 26

Against : 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 9

13.5 Accreditation Committee (GC20180301-14)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received.

13.6 Accreditation Appeal Committee

There was no report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee.

13.7 Human Resources Committee (GC20180301-15)

There was no report of the Human Resources Committee.

13.8 Editorial Board (GC20180301-15)

The report of the Editorial Board was received.

13.9 Governance Committee (GC20180301-16)

The report of the Governance Committee was received. The motion associated with the report was deferred and will be brought forward at the June 7, 2018 Council meeting.

13.10 Quality Assurance Committee

There was no report of the Quality Assurance Committee.

14. Correspondence

The following pieces of Correspondence were received for information:

· Letter of congratulations and invitation to address Council to the newly appointed Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris (GC20180301- 17)

· Letter from the Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris to stakeholders (GC20180301-18)

· Letter to Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Ontario Chapter (GC20180301-19)

· Letter of Invitation to the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, to Address Council (GC20180301-20)

15. Notices of Motion

There were no notices of motion.

16. Next Meeting(s) of Council

  • June 7, 2018

17. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

Signed:

Chair, Angela De Palma, OCT

Signed:

Registrar, Michael Salvatori, OCT

Dated:

Dated:

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