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Council Chambers, 15th Floor
101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
December 7, 2017

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on December 7, 2017 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. Public Presentations.

5. Minutes.

5.1 Meeting, September 27, 2017.

5.2 In Camera Meeting, September 27, 2017.

5.3 Special Meeting, November 28, 2017.

6. Business Arising.

7. Registrar's Report

8. Chair's Report

8.1 Report

9. Committee Reports.

9.1 Executive Committee.

9.2 Investigation Committee.

9.3 Discipline Committee.

9.4 Fitness to Practise Committee.

9.5 Registration Appeals Committee.

9.6 Finance Committee.

9.6.1 2018 Budget

9.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee.

9.8 Accreditation Committee.

9.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee.

9.10 Human Resources Committee.

9.11 Editorial Board.

9.12 Governance Committee.

9.13 Quality Assurance Committee.

10. Correspondence.

11. New Business.

11.1 Amendments to Section 25 of the College Bylaws re: technological qualifications for initial certification on certificate of qualification and registration.

11.2 Amendments to Section 24 of the College Bylaws re: removal of name history on the College public register - gender identity.

11.3 Proposed revision to Standard Procedures of Council and the Executive Committee: Speaking time for motion movers.

11.4 Date of May 2018 Council Meeting.

13. Next Meeting(s) of Council

14. Adjournment

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on December 7, 2017 in the Council Chambers, 15th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Present : Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; 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; Richard Michaud, OCT; 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; Wes Vickers, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov;

Regrets: Jean-Luc Bernard, OCT; Brigitte Bidal-Piquette, OCT; Jennifer Stewart, OCT; Ronna Warsh

Guests: Ric Murray

Presiding

Officers: Dave Bennett, 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, Dave Bennett, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and welcomed all present.

He 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 welcomed all Council members, staff and individuals seated in the public gallery to the meeting. She also shared a short video compilation of messages from members.

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

2. Agenda and Approval of Preparation Time (GC20171207-86)

It was moved by Steering, and it was

CARRIED,

That the Agenda for the December 7, 2017 Council meeting be approved.

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

3. Conflict of Interest

No conflicts were declared.

4. Public Presentations

4.1 College Budget and Finance (GC20171207-120)

(Timed Item: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:10 a.m.)

· Chris Cowley, OCT, President, Ontario Teachers' Federation

The President of Ontario Teachers' Federation, Chris Cowley, OCT, addressed Council on the proposed fee increase for College members.

A question and answer session followed the presentation.

The Presiding Officer thanked Chris Cowley, OCT for his presentation.

4.2 New Opportunities for Council Representation (GC20171207-87, 119)

(Timed Item: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m.)

· Bill Steer, OCT

Bill Steer, OCT made a presentation on new opportunities for Council representation.

A question and answer session followed the presentation.

The Presiding Officer thanked Bill Steer, OCT for his presentation.

5. Minutes

5.1 Meeting, September 27, 2017 (GC20171207-88)

The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on September 27, 2017 were approved by unanimous consent.

5.2 In Camera Meeting, September 27, 2017 (GC20171207-90C)

The Minutes of the In Camera Council Meeting held on September 27, 2017 were approved by unanimous consent.

5.3 Special Meeting, November 28, 2017 (GC20171207-117)

The Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on November 28, 2017 were approved by unanimous consent.

6. Business Arising

There were no business arising items.

7. Registrar's Report (GC20171207-91)

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

He highlighted the following:

· Regulatory development is continuing with a cross-College work group focused on several provisions under the Protecting Students Act

· The development of a protocol with the French Language Services Commission to address complaints made with respect to the College's provision of services in French

· Changes being implemented with respect to equal treatment without discrimination around gender identity information and all College forms.

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

7.1 Financial Report as at September 30, 2017 (GC20170927-61)

The Ontario College of Teachers' Financial Report as at September 30, 2017 was received. The Controller, Fred Towers, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8. Chair's Report

8.1 Report (GC20171207-93)

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

She highlighted:

· An outline of various outreach activities across the province she had the pleasure to participate in, including numerous interactive Faculty of Education presentations

· Visiting international delegations keen on learning more about the college and structure

· An update on the election regional information sessions

· Her attendance at a Master Class in Professional Regulation that considered best practices in the evaluation of regulatory performance and Board/Council effectiveness

· An update on the roll-out for the Professional Advisory on Bullying

· An update on the election regional information sessions

9. Committee Reports

9.1 Executive Committee

There was no report of the Executive Committee. The Chair, Angela De Palma confirmed the committee was meeting on December 8, 2017.

9.2 Investigation Committee (GC20171207-95)

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

9.3 Discipline Committee (GC20171207-96)

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

9.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20171207-97)

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

9.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20171207-98)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Chair,
Brian Beal, spoke to the report.

Lori Lukinuk assumed the role of Presiding Officer at this time

9.6 Finance Committee (GC20171207-99)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The Chair, Shannon, Marcus, spoke to the report.

9.6.1 2018 Budget (GC20171207-99, Attachment 1-2)

( Timed Item: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:45 a.m.)

The Controller, Fred Towers, reviewed the 2018 Budget with Council page by page. The committee Chair, the Deputy Registrar and Controller responded to questions.

A lengthy debate ensued.

Moved by Shannon Marcus, Chair of the Finance Committee, but it was

LOST,

With an interest in stabilizing fees, the Finance Committee recommends Council approve the proposed 2018 operating budget with a fee increase of $28 effective Jan 1, 2018. The Finance Committee also recommends the restriction of cash sufficient to payout the College mortgage in full in the fiscal year 2020.

eScribe vote:

For: Brian Beal, OCT; Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shannon Marcus, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Vicki Shannon, OCT

Against: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Result

For : 11

Against :16

Abstain: 3

Absent: 4

The Finance Committee requested a 10-minute recess. There were no objections to the recess.

A vote of two-thirds majority was passed to put another motion on the floor.

Moved by Shannon Marcus, Chair of the Finance Committee, and it was

CARRIED

That the Finance Committee motion be considered.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thèrése Hokayem; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against: Jane Ishibashi

Result

For : 27

Against : 1

Abstain: 2

Absent: 4

Moved by Shannon Marcus, Chair of the Finance Committee, and it was

CARRIED

The Finance Committee recommends Council approve the proposed 2018 operating budget with an unchanged fee of $150 by offsetting operating budget pressures with a restricted cash draw.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Marie-Claude Yaacov

Against: Jane Ishibashi; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; Tom Potter; Wes Vickers, OCT

Result

For : 24

Against : 4

Abstain: 2

Absent: 4

9.7 Standards of Practice and Education Committee (GC20171207-100, 114 )

The reports of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee were received. The Chair, Ravi Vethamany, spoke to the reports.

9.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20171207-101)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received. The Chair, Nicole van Woudenberg, spoke to the report.

9.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee

There was no report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee.

9.10 Human Resources Committee (GC20171207-102)

The report of the Human Resources Committee was received. The Chair, Wes Vickers, spoke to the report

9.11 Editorial Board (GC20171207-103)

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

Dave Bennett assumed the role of Presiding Officer at this time.

9.12 Governance Committee (GC20171207-104)

The report of the Governance Committee was received. The Chair, Matthew Kavanagh spoke to the report and responded to questions.

It was moved by Matthew Kavanagh, Chair of the Governance Committee, and CARRIED,

That Council endorse the process for renewing the College's strategic priorities to reflect evolving business environments and needs.

A discussion on the wording of the motion ensued.

Lori Lukinuk assumed the role of Presiding Officer at this time.

It was moved by Anthony Samchek, seconded by Ann Ciaschini, and it was

WITHDRAWN,

That the motion be amended by striking the word "business" and replacing it "regulatory".

There was no objection to the withdrawal of the motion.

It was moved by Ann Ciaschini, seconded by Anthony Samchek, and it was

CARRIED,

That the motion be amended by striking "to reflect evolving business environments and needs."

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT

Result

For : 25

Against : 0

Abstain: 1

Absent: 8

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

CARRIED,

That Council endorse the process for renewing the College's strategic priorities.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT

Result

For : 24

Against : 0

Abstain: 2

Absent: 8

9.13 Quality Assurance Committee (GC20171207-105)

The report of the Quality Assurance Committee was received. The Chair, Robert Ryan, spoke to the report and answered questions.

10. Correspondence

10.1 Letter to the Minister of Education re: Public Appointments to

Council and the Public Interest Committee (GC20171207- 106)

10.2 Letter to the Minister of Education re: Child, Youth and Family

Services Act, 2017 Amendments (GC20171207-107)

10.3 Letter of Acknowledgment from the Minister of Education re: Removal of requirement that applicant hold certification at the time of application from Canadian jurisdiction (GC20171207-108)

10.4 Letter from OSSTF/FEESO re: fee increase (GC20171207-118)

11. New Business

11.1 Amendments to Section 25 of the College Bylaws re: technological qualifications for initial certification on certificate of qualification and registration (GC20171207-109)

The briefing note on amendments to the College bylaws was received and Michael Salvatori, Registrar and CEO spoke to the topic. Linda Zaks Walker, Director of Membership Services provided further context.

It was moved by Steering, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council approve that section 25.01 of the bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers be amended by addition as follows:

25.01 In addition to the information prescribed by section 23 of the Act, the register shall contain:

(…)

  1. any certificate, diploma or advanced diploma granted to the applicant at the time of certification related to their technological education qualifications;
  1. any acceptable work experience and competence demonstrated by the applicant at the time of certification related to their technological education qualifications;

This bylaw change will be effective the day the associated regulatory amendments to O. Reg. 176/10 come into effect.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Shanlee Linton, CT; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; 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; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT

Result

For : 28

Against : 0

Abstain: 1

Absent: 7

11.2 Amendments to Section 24 of the College Bylaws re: removal of name history on the College public register - gender identity (GC20171207-110)

The briefing note on the amendments to Section 24 of the College Bylaws was received. Linda Zaks Walker, Director of Membership Services spoke to the topic and responded to questions.

It was moved by Steering, and it was

CARRIED,

That Council replace section 24.05 of the College's by-laws with the following clause:

24.05 Notwithstanding anything in the Act, regulations or bylaws, the Registrar may permit a different name or former name to appear on the Register, upon the request of the member when:

1) it is necessary for personal safety.

2) the former name is inconsistent with the gender identity of the member.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; 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; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT, Marie-Claude Yaacov

Result

For : 30

Against : 0

Abstain: 0

Absent: 4

11.3 Proposed revision to Standard Procedures of Council and the Executive Committee: Speaking time for motion movers (GC20171207-111)

A briefing note on the proposed revision to the Standard Procedures of Council and the Executive Committee was received. Michael Salvatori, Registrar spoke to the topic and answered questions.

It was moved by Steering, and it was

CARRIED ,

That Council amend the Standard Procedures of Council and the Executive Committee section 2.25.2 Debate by addition to read as follows:

(…)

The mover of a motion has the right to speak first in the debate with the time limit of five minutes during the first opportunity .

(…)

11.4 Date of May 2018 Council Meeting

At the December 1-2, 2016 Council meeting a motion was carried to change the June 7-8, 2018 Council meeting dates to May 29-30, 2018.

The Chair of Council noted that the EQAO testing for Grade 3 and Grade 6 is scheduled to occur between May 22, 2018 - June 4, 2018, thus limiting some Council member's ability to attend the Council meeting. Council members were asked by the Chair of Council to consider if they would like to revert the date of the Council meeting back to June 7-8, 2017, noting also that June 7, 2017 is the provincial election.

A vote of two-thirds majority was passed to put a motion on the floor.

That Council consider the motion on a new meeting date.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Brian Beal, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; 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; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT,

Result

For : 29

Against : 0

Abstain: 1

Absent: 4

It was moved by Angela De Palma and seconded by Myreille Loubert, and it was

CARRIED

That the June meeting of Council occur on June 7-8, 2018.

eScribe vote:

For: Pier-Olivier Arsenault, OCT; Ann Ciaschini, OCT; Angela De Palma, OCT, (Chair); Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad; Susan E. Elliott-Johns, OCT; Tim Gernstein, OCT; Marie-Thérèse Hokayem; Godwin Ifedi; Jane Ishibashi; Jacqueline Karsemeyer, OCT; Matthew Kavanagh, OCT; James Knopp; Colleen Landers; Myreille Loubert, OCT, (Vice-Chair); Shannon Marcus, OCT; Richard Michaud, OCT; Sara Nouini, OCT; Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT; Bill Petrie; Tom Potter; Robert Ryan, OCT; Anthony Samchek, OCT; Vicki Shannon, OCT; Stéphane Vallée, OCT; Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT; Ravi Vethamany, OCT

Against: Brian Beal, OCT; Shanlee Linton, OCT; Wes Vickers, OCT

Result

For : 26

Against : 3

Abstain: 1

Absent: 4

12. Notices of Motion

The following Notices of Motion was read into the Minutes for consideration at the March 1-2, 2018 Council Meeting

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

Moved by Steering:

That Council replace section 24.05 of the College's by-laws with the following clause:

24.05 Notwithstanding anything in the Act, regulations or bylaws, the Registrar may permit a different name or former name to appear on the Register, upon the request of the member when:

1) it is necessary for personal safety;

2) the former name is inconsistent with the gender identity of the member

Where a member requests the removal of a name or a former name, the member shall provide the Registrar with a written request which includes evidence satisfactory to the Registrar to confirm the basis for the request.

12.2 Amendments to Section 25 of the College Bylaws re: technological qualifications for initial certifications on certificate of qualifications and registration

Moved by Steering:

That Council amend section 33.01 of the College's by-laws 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.

13. Next Meeting(s) of Council

· March 1-2, 2018

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Signed:

Chair, Angela De Palma, OCT

Signed:

Registrar, Michael Salvatori, OCT

Dated:

Dated:

 

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