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Minutes of Council Meetings

Minutes of the Council Meeting of the Ontario College of Teachers held on June 4, 2004 in the Council Chambers, 6th Floor, 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Call to Order/Welcome

2. Agenda

3. Minutes

4. Address by Minister of Education — Gerard Kennedy

5. Business Arising

6. Chair’s Introductory Remarks

7. Registrar’s Report

8. Committee Reports

9. Correspondence

10. New Business

11. Notices of Motion

12. Next Regular Meeting

13. Adjournment

Present: Bernard J. Adam, Paul Brazeau, Donald Cattani, Ernie Checkeris, Janet Cornwall, Ted Coulson, Patrick Daly, Suzanne De Froy, Rosemary Fontaine, Normand Fortin, Gordon Hough, Nancy Hutcheson (Vice-Chair), Martin Kings, Marilyn A. Laframboise (Chair), Elayne McDermid, Karen Mitchell, Iain Munro, Janet Ouellette, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Jennifer Pitt, Patrick Slack, Rick Victor, Anne Vinet-Roy, Hilda Watkins, Lila Mae (Lou) Watson, W. Douglas Wilson (Registrar)

Regrets: Harry Mulvale

Presiding Officers: George Merrett, Douglas McCarthy

Guests: The Honourable Gerard Kennedy, Minister of Education (from 9:05 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), Lisa Feld (Stitt Feld Handy) (from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), Caroline Zayid (McCarthy Tétrault)

Staff: Margaret Aubé, Kim Bauer, Audrey Cartile, Rosemary Gannon, Myrtle Herzenberg, Richard Lewko, Brian McGowan, Charlie Morrison, Lynda Palazzi, Josie Peretti, Katherin Platt

1. Call to Order/Welcome

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

The Presiding Officer noted the changes to the revised agenda and referenced the documents to be distributed.

It was noted that Steering was comprised of Nancy Hutcheson and Patrick Daly.

2. Agenda (GC20040604-68)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the revised Agenda for the June 4, 2004 Council meeting be approved.

3. Minutes

3.1 Meeting, March 25-26, 2004 (GC20040604-69)

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the March 25-26, 2004 Council Meeting be approved.

3.2 Special Meeting — May 31, 2004 (GC20040604-71)

It was noted that as much advance notice will be given for special meetings.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That the Minutes of the May 31, 2004 Special Meeting of Council be approved.

4. Address by Minister of Education — Gerard Kennedy - Timed Item - 9:05 a.m.

The Chair introduced the Minister of Education, the Honourable Gerard Kennedy, who addressed Council. A question and answer session followed his address. Nancy Hutcheson, Vice-Chair, thanked the Minister.

5. Business Arising

Douglas McCarthy assumed the position of Presiding Officer.

5.1 External Review of Dispute Resolution re: Sexual Abuse(GC20040604-73, -107) — Timed Item — 10:00 a.m.

The Deputy Registrar, Brian McGowan, introduced Lisa Feld of Stitt Feld Handy.

The Report on the External Review of Dispute Resolution re: Sexual Abuse was received.

Lisa Feld presented her report and answered questions. The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, thanked Lisa Feld for her presentation.

Lisa Feld left the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint an ad hoc committee to examine closely the findings of the external review of use of the Dispute Resolution Program and report to the December 9-10, 2004 Council meeting. This Committee would be made up of chairs of Investigation, Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees with support from the Registrar.

5.2 Status Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance (GC20040604-74)

Nancy Hutcheson, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance, spoke to the report and answered questions.

It was requested that the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance be provided to Council members in their Council package 10 days prior to the September 30-October 1, 2004 Council meeting.

It was requested that a list of presenters to the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance be included in the report to the September 30-October 1, 2004 Council meeting.

The Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee provided budget information for the work done by the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance.

It was requested that the dates and locations for the June meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance would be distributed to Council members and would be noted on the College Web Site.

6. Chair’s Introductory Remarks

At the conclusion of the report by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance, the Presiding Officer invited the Chair of Council, Marilyn Laframboise, to complete her opening remarks.

The Chair noted that the bulletin board in the Members’ Lounge contained information on the retirement of former Chair of Council, Larry Capstick.

The Chair welcomed Lyn Voorhees, Executive Secretary to the Chair and Council, back to the College after her surgery and recognized the work done by Adelia Da Silva in Lyn’s absence.

The Chair informed Council members that Douglas Wilson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, had been presented with the Niagara University's 2004 Administrator of the Year award and congratulated him on the birth of his first grandchild.

7. Registrar’s Report (GC20040604-75)

The Registrar’s Report was received. The Registrar, W. Douglas Wilson, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8. Committee Reports

George Merrett assumed the position of Presiding Officer.

Two additional documents were distributed to Council members: Ad Hoc Committee on College Governance — Dates and Locations (GC20040604-109) and a memo from Patrick Daly, Chair, Finance Committee on Pre-Budget Briefing Sessions (GC20040604-82, attachment 1).

8.1 Executive/Chair’s Report (GC20040604-76)

The report of the Executive Committee/Chair was received. The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the report and answered questions.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Patrick Daly as Chair of the Finance Committee.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council appoint Jennifer Pitt as Chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee.

The Chair advised members that numerous petitions had been received from Federation members re the membership fee.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council receive the Ontario Teachers’ Federation petitions delivered to the Chair of Council on June 3, 2004 requesting a refund of the portion of the 2004 fee paid to the College to cover expenses associated with the Professional Learning Program ($35) and a reduction to the 2005 fee of at least $35.

8.2 Investigation Committee (GC20040604-77, -78)

The reports of the Investigation Committee were received. The Vice-Chair, Iain Munro, spoke to the reports.

8.3 Discipline Committee (GC20040604-79 Revised)

The report of the Discipline Committee was received. The Chair, Bernard Adam, spoke to the report.

8.4 Fitness to Practise Committee (GC20040604-80 Revised)

The report of the Fitness to Practise Committee was received. The Chair, Lou Watson, spoke to the report.

8.5 Registration Appeals Committee (GC20040604-81)

The report of the Registration Appeals Committee was received. The Chair, Janet Ouellette, spoke to the report.

8.6 Finance Committee (GC20040604-82)

The report of the Finance Committee was received. The Chair, Patrick Daly, spoke to the report and answered questions. Members received a memo on the Pre-Budget Briefing Sessions (GC20040604-82, attachment 1).

8.6.1 Council Member Travel Policy (GC20040604-83, -84)

Patrick Daly spoke to the revisions made to the Council Member Travel Policy. A question and answer session followed.

It was moved by Steering, and

CARRIED,

That Council approve the Council Member Travel Policy (GC20040604-83) as amended.

8.6.2 Financial Statements — April 2004 (GC20040604-85)

The Ontario College of Teachers Financial Report for the period ended April 30, 2004 was received.

It was moved by Ted Coulson, seconded by Gordon Hough, and

CARRIED,

That the Finance Committee examine the mechanism for refunding the portion of the 2004 fee paid by members of the Ontario College of Teachers to cover the expenses associated with the Professional Learning Program ($35.00) and report to the September 30-October 1, 2004 Council meeting.

8.7 Standards of Practice and Education

The Chair, Jennifer Pitt, provided a verbal report of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee session held on May 14, 2004 and the meeting held that morning, June 4, 2004. She advised Council members that the next meeting of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee would be held on October 8, 2004.

8.8 Accreditation Committee (GC20040604-86)

The report of the Accreditation Committee was received. The Chair, Rick Victor, spoke to the report and answered questions. He advised that Lou Watson and Martin Kings had recently been appointed to the Accreditation Committee.

8.9 Accreditation Appeal Committee (GC20040604-87)

The report of the Accreditation Appeal Committee was received. The Chair, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, spoke to the report and answered questions.

8.10 Human Resources Committee (GC20040604-88)

The report of the Human Resources Committee was received. The Chair, Marilyn Laframboise, spoke to the report.

8.11 Editorial Board (GC20040604-89)

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

8.12 Election Committee (GC20040604-90)

The report of the Election Committee was received. The Chair, Gord Hough, spoke to the report and answered questions. He noted that Elizabeth Papadopoulos had been elected Vice-Chair of the Committee.

8.13 Nomination

The Chair, Nancy Hutcheson, reminded members that Council had received the Nomination Committee Report at their May 31, 2004 meeting. She noted that the Minister of Education in his address to Council had indicated that he would appoint members to Council in the near future.

8.14 Quality Assurance

There was no report at this time. The Chair, Paul Brazeau, reported that the committee was scheduled to meet on June 24, 2004.

9. Correspondence (GC20040604-92, -93, -94, -95, -102, -103, -104, -105, -106, -108, -109)

The following items of correspondence were received for information:

  • Letter to Minister of Education re Council’s Response to Revitalizing the College — Fall 2004 Timeline (GC20040604-92)
  • Memo to Members of Council re Ad Hoc Committee Membership Revitalizing the Ontario College of Teachers (GC20040604-93)
  • Letter to Minister of Education re Letters of Permission (GC20040604-94)
  • Correspondence between the Minister of Education and the Registrar re the Professional Learning Program Cancellation Act, 2004 (GC20040604-95)
  • Correspondence between the Registrar and a Member re the Status on Public Register (GC20040604-102)
  • Correspondence between OECTA President and Chair (GC20040604-103)
  • Correspondence between OSSTF President and Chair (GC20040604-104)
  • Correspondence between OTF President and Chair (GC20040604-105)
  • Correspondence to the Chair from the OTF President re Delivery of Petitions (GC20040604-106)
  • Sample letter to the Chair from a Member re the PLP fee & Chair’s Response (GC20040604-108)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Governance — Dates and Locations (GC20040604-109)

10. New Business

There were no items of New Business.

11. Notices of Motion

The following notices of motions were read into the Minutes for consideration at the September 30-October 1, 2004 Council Meeting:

11.1 Bylaw Amendment — Section 30 re Witness Signature on Applicant Declaration Form (GC20040604-96)

Moved by Steering

That Council approve that section 30.02(i) of the bylaws of the Ontario College of Teachers be amended by substitution as follows:

(i) an applicant declaration and criminal record declaration which the applicant shall complete

10.2 Ontario Teachers Qualifying Test

Moved by Suzanne De Froy, seconded by Iain Munro

That Council recommend to the Minister of Education that the design and implementation of the Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test for graduates of accredited Faculties of Education be assigned to the accredited Faculties of Education.

10.3 Ontario College of Teachers 2005 Membership Fee

Moved by Don Cattani, seconded by Hilda Watkins

That the Ontario College of Teachers fee for 2005 be reduced by a minimum of $35.00 so that the fee shall be no more than $104.00.

12. Next Regular Meeting

  • September 30 — October 1, 2004

Committee Chairs were requested not to schedule meetings for the morning of September 30th or the afternoon of October 1st.

13. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

Signed: Chair, Marilyn Laframboise

Signed: Registrar, W. Douglas Wilson

Dated:

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