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Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on March 1, 2007 in the Council Chambers, 6th Floor, 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda

3. Committee Reports

4. Minutes

5. Council New Business

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. Committee Reports

14. Adjournment

Present: Gabrielle Blais, Paul Brazeau, Don Cattani (Chair), Brian Doubleday, Cynthia Farrar (from 1:30 p.m.), Dean Favero, Laura Featherstone, Rosemary Fontaine, Nick Forte, Helen Fox (until 3:00 p.m.), Brent Hamelin, Gordon Hough, Garry Humphreys, Annilee Jarvis (Vice-Chair), Peter Joong (from 1:30 p.m.), Andrew Kane, Michael Lesperance, Anne Marie Levesque, Lynne Mastin, Bill Matheson, Heather Nagy, Jacques Pavesi, Ruth Ann Penny (until 2:30 p.m.), Tanya Roberts, Amin Saab, Pauline Smart, Tianna Travaglini-Babic, Jacques Tremblay, John Tucker, Henry Tyndorf, Don Watson, Hanno Weinberger, John Wells, Sharon Young Kipp, Brian P. McGowan (Registrar)

Regrets: Danny Anckle

Presiding Officers: George Merrett, Douglas McCarthy

Legal Counsel: David Leonard (McCarthy Tétrault) (from 2:00 p.m.), Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault)(until 3:00 p.m.)

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Kim Bauer, Peter Brown (from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.), Linda Genesi-Williams (in place of Michael Salvatori), Myrtle Herzenberg, Richard Lewko, Charlie Morrison, Lise Roy-Kolbusz (Acting Deputy Registrar), David Tallo, Linda Zaks-Walker

1. Call to Order/Welcome

The Presiding Officer, George Merrett, called the meeting to order at 1:00 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 Anne Marie Levesque back to Council after her recent illness and noted that she had been reappointed to Council for a two-year term as of January 1, 2007.

2. Agenda (GC20070301-1, Revised)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the revised Agenda for the March 1, 2007 Council meeting be approved.

3. Committee Reports

3.1 Nomination Committee Report (GC20070301-34, -35)

The report of the Nomination Committee was received. The Chair, Laura Featherstone, spoke to the report. She noted that the committee had selected Cynthia Farrar as the candidate to fill the vacancy for the Northeast Ontario Full-Time Council position. She provided biographical information of Cynthia Farrar to Council members.

It was moved by Laura Featherstone, Chair, Nomination Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Cynthia Farrar to fill the Council vacancy in the Northeast Ontario Full-Time position.

Cynthia Farrar joined the meeting at 1:30 p.m. after she had taken the oath of office.

The Chair of Council welcomed Cynthia Farrar to the meeting.

4. Minutes

4.1 Meeting, November 9, 2006 (GC20070301-2)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the November 9, 2006 Council Meeting be approved.

5. Council New Business

5.1 Council Strategic Planning (GC20070301-4)

The Registrar noted that this was an item of business referred from the previous Council for this Council’s consideration.

Council determined not to take further action relating to Council Strategic Planning.

5.2 Public Promotion of the Teaching Profession (GC20070301-5, -6)

The Registrar noted that this was an item of business referred from the previous Council for this Council’s consideration.

It was moved by Steering, “That Council establish an Ad Hoc Committee to bring forward recommendations to promote greater public respect for the teaching profession.”

It was moved by Don Watson, seconded by Annilee Jarvis, but it was

LOST,

That the motion be amended by adding after the word “profession”, “provide it with expert staff support, expect it to identify and assess ways that this can be achieved, giving consideration to potential costs, benefits and disadvantages and ask for results to be reported at the October 2007 Council meeting”.

A vote was taken on the main motion, but it was

LOST,

That Council establish an Ad Hoc Committee to bring forward recommendations to promote greater public respect for the teaching profession.

5.3 Teachers’ Qualifications Review (TQR) — report to Education Sector (GC20070301-7)

The Registrar noted those groups which had received a copy of Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow — the Final Report 2006.

5.4 External Review of Job Descriptions for Registrar, Deputy Registrar and Chair of Council — Status Report (GC20070301-8)

The Registrar provided an update on the external review report.

The Committee noted that the six-month timeline for Council’s receipt of the Report of the External Review provided insufficient time and would need to be extended.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council extend the reporting of the External Review of Job Descriptions for the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and Chair of Council to the December 2007 Council Meeting.

6. Registrar’s Report

6.1 Report (GC20070301-9)

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

6.2 Dual Credit Programs (GC20070301-9, attachment 1)

The Registrar spoke to the Dual Credit Program issue (GC20070301-9, attachment 1). He noted that the Deputy Minister of Education provided policy direction for the 2006-07 school-year for dual credit programs of the School-College-Work initiative and for the recording of credits earned by secondary school students. Three types of dual credit delivery models will be recognized according to the Ministry. Members were concerned with Model C, (credits delivered by college instructors), and requested the Chair of Council correspond with the Minister of Education on this matter.

6.3 The Public Register (GC20070301-10)

The report on the Ontario College of Teachers’ Public Register was received. The Registrar spoke to the report and answered questions.

6.4 Annual Review of French-Language Services (GC20070301-11, -56)

The Annual Review of French-Language Services report was received. An English and French PowerPoint slide presentation document was distributed to members. The Acting Deputy Registrar, Lise Roy-Kolbusz, spoke to the slide presentation. A question and answer session followed.

Douglas McCarthy assumed the role of Presiding Officer.

7. Chair’s Report

7.1 Report (GC20070301-12)

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

8. Committee Reports (Continued)

8.1 Executive Committee (GC20070301-13)

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

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council direct the Chair of Council to write to the Minister of Education expressing concern with option “C” as a model for dual credit delivery while expressing support for the principles of the dual credit initiative (GC20070301-9, attachment 1).

8.2 Investigation Committee (GC20070301-14, -15)

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

8.3 Discipline Committee (GC20070301-16, -17)

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

8.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20070301-18, -19, -20)

The reports of the Fitness to Practise Committee were received. The Chair, Rosemary Fontaine, spoke to the reports.

It was moved by Rosemary Fontaine, Chair, Fitness to Practise Committee, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the establishment of a roster of panelists for the Fitness to Practise Committee.

8.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20070301-21)

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

8.6 Finance Committee (GC20070301-22, -23)

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

A comparative study table “Ontario Regulatory Bodies — 2007 Comparison” (GC20070301-23) was distributed to Council members. The table compared the fees paid by members of regulatory bodies in relation to the number of members and the number of staff of those organizations.

8.6.1 Unaudited Financial Report — December 31, 2006 (GC20070301-24, revised)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report for the period ended December 31, 2006 was received.

8.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee(GC20070301-25)

The report of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee was received. The Chair, Nick Forte, spoke to the report.

8.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20070301-26)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received. The Chair, Gord Hough, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee (GC20070301-28)

The report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee was received. The Chair, Brian Doubleday, spoke to the report.

8.10 Editorial Board (GC20070301-32)

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

8.11 Election Committee (GC20070301-33)

The report of the Election Committee was received. The Chair, Tanya Roberts, spoke to the report.

8.12 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20070301-36)

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

9. Correspondence (GC20070301-37 to -46, -53 to -55)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council re Bill 52 (GC20070301-37)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council and the Registrar re Presentation to Standing Committee re Bill 52 (GC20070301-38)
  • Letter to the Chair of Council from the Minister of Education re appointed member vacancies on Council (GC20070301-39)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council re Public Appointments to Council (GC20070301-40, revised)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Chair of Council and the Registrar re the Accreditation Regulation Review (GC20070301-41)
  • Letter from the Minister of Justice to the Chair of Council re Bill C-22, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (age of protection) (GC20070301-42)
  • Letter from the Minister of Education to the Chair of Council and the Registrar re Ontario Regulation 184/97, Teachers’ Qualifications (GC20070301-43)
  • Letter to the Chair of Council and the Registrar from the Minister of Education re Peer Review (GC20070301-44)
  • Letter from the Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Teachers’ Federation, to the Chair of Council about a Survey of Teachers Who Leave the Profession (GC20070301-45)
  • Letter from the Minister of Education to Partnership Table Members and Registrar’s Memo to Council Members re Supervisory Officers and Directors Qualified in Other Provinces or Territories (GC20070301-46)
  • Letter from Council member, Michael Lesperance, re resignation from Council (GC20070301-53)
  • Letter to the Minister of Education from the Registrar re Michael Lesperance’s resignation from Council (GC20070301-54)
  • Letter to Niagara Falls, MPP, from the Registrar re Transparency in Public Matters Act, 2004 (Bill 123) (GC20070301-55)

10. New Business

10.1 Revised 2006-2009 Executive Committee and Council Meeting Schedule (GC20070301-47, -48)

The Registrar spoke to the revisions to the 2006-2009 Executive Committee and Council meeting schedule.

It was moved by Brent Hamelin, seconded by Pauline Smart, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the revised schedule of 2006-2009 Council and Executive Committee meeting dates (GC20070301-47, attachment 1) with the following revised dates:

Executive Committee Meeting: September 10-11, 2007

Council Meeting: October 1-2, 2007

Annual Meeting of Members: October 1, 2007 (evening)

Council Meeting - December 4-5, 2007.

10.2 Proxy Voting (GC20070301-49, -50)

The Presiding Officer ruled the motion coming out of the Executive Committee Review memo (GC20070301-50) out of order. He noted that Proxy voting was not permitted under Robert’s Rules of Order, nor was it part of the Standard Procedures of Council and the Executive Committee.

The motion was not considered.

11. Notices of Motion

There were no notices of motion.

12. Next Meetings of Council

  • April 12, 2007 - Special Meeting of Council
  • June 7-8, 2007 — Annual Meeting of Council

It was requested that there be an immediate change to the agenda.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve an immediate change to the Agenda so that the Human Resources Committee Report be considered.

13. Committee Reports (Continued)

13.1 Human Resources Committee (GC20070301-29, -30C)

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

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council move into an in camera session with members of Council and the Registrar present.

Council moved into an in camera session at 5:00 p.m.

Council moved out of the in camera session at 5:10 p.m.

The Chair reported that the following motion had been passed during the in camera session:

That Council appoint Lise Roy-Kolbusz as Deputy Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers.

The Chair congratulated Lise Roy-Kolbusz on her appointment as Deputy Registrar.

The Chair thanked Michael Lesperance for his contribution to Council.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Signed: Chair, Don Cattani

Signed: Registrar, Brian P. McGowan

Dated:

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