Nov 102016

Today is the last day of the Public Consultation on Educational Success. The survey is seeking opinions to help students achieve their full potential, the mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success and developing a favourable context for student learning, personal development and success. Those interested in taking part must do so online today:

Oct 272016

Dear Eastern Shores Teachers Association Members,

One of our goals for this school year is to provide you with pertinent and useful information and we want to communicate it to you in a more efficient way.  This is why we are asking you to sign up to our e-mail mailing list at the following address: (You can also find the link or by clicking on the MailChimp mailing list icon on our website.)

Our objective is to allow us to communicate with you in a more direct fashion without having to go through the school board’s server with union information.  This information is sometimes confidential.

Rest assured that the information you provide to us will remain completely confidential and internal. We guarantee that you will not be bombarded on a daily basis, only when the need arises.

Thank you for your trust and participation in this initiative.


Ray Venables

Jun 202016

The 2015-2020 collective agreement between QPAT and the CPNCA was signed June 16, 2016.

It provides for retroactivity on salary.

This retroactivity will be paid before September 30, 2016 for those employed during the 2015-2016 school year. Those who only worked during the 2014-2015 school year will be paid retroactivity fifteen days after those who worked the 2015-2016 school year are paid.


La convention collective 2015-2020 liant l’APEQ et le CPNCA a été signée le 16 juin 2016.

Elle prévoit une rétroactivité sur les clauses salariales.

Cette rétroactivité sera payée avant le 30 septembre 2016 pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2014-2015 seulement la rétroactivité sera payée dans les 15 jours suivant le paiement des personnes à l’emploi en 2015-2016.

Feb 212015

Ray Venables, President, was accompanied by nine teachers from three schools (St. Patrick’s, Evergreen and SPDS) to the Council of Commissioners’ meeting in New Carlisle. This was possible because these three schools had pedagogical days and the Council meetings are always held during the workday; other schools were not invited because it would disrupt the students’ instruction time and it would be too costly. Ray congratulated the new and returning Commissioners and wished them the best during their mandate.

During question period, Ray focused on the provincial negotiations and explained that the employer’s demands will endanger the quality of education in ESSB since money is being withdrawn for student services. Let’s not forget that the Reform has not improved the dropout rates for boys nor for students with special needs; Quebec ranks #1 in the country and #2 in the world in math; and ESSB’s results have been steadily improving during the last four years. Ray asked the Commissioners two questions: 1) Does ESSB agree with the employer’s offer to reduce services to students? 2) What will ESSB do to ensure the quality education system considering that there could be less money spent in the classroom? Ray invited ESSB, on behalf of ESTA, to join the teachers’ group to avoid a catastrophe but received no firm commitment. The answers were nuanced and teachers were told that discussions were taking place elsewhere behind closed doors.

The Gaspe SPEC was present for the meeting, so make sure to buy your newspaper this week for the full story!

Nov 282014

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 10.57.05 PMJoin me at the Refuse Austerity! demonstration on Saturday, November 29th

Only in large numbers can we show the Government our determination to reject its austerity measures, reforms and laws that threaten the quality and accessibility of our public services. Specifically as teachers, these measures have an impact on our upcoming contract negotiations.

I encourage you to come join me tomorrow. The quality of our public services are at stake.

Here are the details:

Start: Place du Canada @1:00 pm
End: Close to 2001 McGill College, office of the Premier

QPAT members will meet at Dorchester Square on the corner of René-Lévesque and Peel between 12 and 1 p.m. There will be several groups present, so make sure to look out for the QPAT flags near this area. The march begins at 1 p.m.

For more info, visit

Looking forward to seeing you there!

In solidarity,

Ray Venables
ESTA President


Joignez-vous à moi lors de la manifestation Refusons l’austérité!, demain le samedi 29 novembre

Ce n’est qu’en nous unissant en grand nombre que nous pourrons montrer au gouvernement notre détermination à rejeter ses mesures, réformes et loi d’austérité qui menacent la qualité et l’accessibilité de nos services publics. Plus particulièrement, à titre d’enseignantes et d’enseignants, ces mesures ont un impact sur les négociations imminentes de la convention collective.

Je vous encourageons à vous joindre à moi demain. La qualité de nos services publics est en jeu.

Voici les détails :

Départ : Place du Canada à 13 h
Arrivée : Près du 2001, avenue McGill College, bureau du premier ministre

Les membres de l’APEQ se rencontreront au square Dorchester, à l’angle de René-Lévesque et de Peel (voir la carte ci-jointe) entre 12 h et 13 h. Comme il y aura plusieurs groupes présents, repérez les drapeaux de l’APEQ pour nous retrouver. La marche débutera à 13 h.

Pour en savoir plus, visitez le site

J’espère vous y voir!


Ray Venables

Aug 212013

I am posting an email from Kelli-Ann Macdonald of CTF concerning an urgent call to action. Please consider signing the petition to show your concern and support for our colleagues in Greece. (I would like to wish Mr. Richard Godfinch, QPAT President, a special thank you for sharing this information with ESTA.)

Ray Venables

From: “Kelli-Ann McDonald” <>
Subject: Urgent Action Appeal-Greece – Appel d’action urgente-Grèce
Date: 15 August, 2013 2:31:31 PM EDT
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation calls on its Member organizations toprotest against the planned suspension and dismissal of Greek teachers.
La Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants prie ses Membres de protester contre la suspension et le licenciement planifiés d’enseignantes et d’enseignants grecs.
Additional information and the petition can be found on the following EI link:
De l’information supplémentaire et une pétition se trouvent sur le site de l’IE, à l’adresse suivante :
We also encourage you to sign and give visibility to the petition condemning the above.
Nous vous prions également de signer la pétition condamnant ces mesures et de lui donner de la visibilité.


Dianne Woloschuk
President / Présidente
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4300
Dr. Calvin Fraser
Secretary General / Secrétaire général
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4301
Dec 142012

We at ESTA are all deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible and tragic events that took place Friday, December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We extend our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and have the Sandy Hook School Community in our thoughts.

Aug 142012

The Eastern Shores Teachers Association would like to extend its condolences to Commissioner Marc Deslaurier’s family and friends. Marc was an active participant in English education in Québec and, more specifically, with the Eastern Shores School Board. Marc represented his ward of Baie-Comeau and the English community with passion and sincerity. Pleases visit CBC radio’s website here or read ESSB’s announcement here.