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
Nov 182012

On Thursday, November 15, I gave a presentation (with a little help from Jean-Paul Fossey, QPAT Executive Assistant) concerning online privacy at the Canadian Teachers’ National Staff Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. As many of my colleagues know, I am a passionate advocate of the potential of educational technology when integrated in the classroom. However, the use of technology is a double-edged sword and the message that I wanted to convey was that there is an inherent danger for teachers who allow their private lives to become public since it may impact on their professional lives. Teachers must be especially careful when using email and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to view my presentation, you can see it here. Otherwise, I strongly recommend the excellent CTF Cybertips resource.

-Ray Venables

Sep 302012

In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day to commemorate the joint UNESCO and International Labour Organization’s (ILO) signing of the Recommendations Concerning the Status of Teachers.

World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. On October 5, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day along with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and over 100 countries worldwide to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

Visit the UNESCO site here, to send an e-card to a teacher.

Feb 252012

In the light of recent developments, Education International (EI) has decided to issue a new appeal calling on its member organizations to urge the Bahraini authorities to immediately release on bail Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), whose health condition is deteriorating.
In partnership with LabourStart, EI launched a new online campaign that has already generated over 7000 messages since 26 January. We call on you to take action now on the LabouStart website and to give visibility to the campaign by recommending it on your website and your Facebook account:

Apr 102011

Left to right: Jean-Paul Fossey, QPAT; Ray Venables, ESTA President; Sarah Adair, QPAT

The ESTA Board of Directors extended its meeting to allow for some special presentations by QPAT Executive Assistants Jean-Paul Fossey and Sarah Adair. The meeting, which was extended by one day to allow for the presentations, took place on April 7, 8 and 9 in Matane. Presentations were given on numerous topics such as the pension plan, the pan-Canadian scores (i.e. PISA and PCAP), the CTF-sponsored Imagine Action program, and the École Verte Brundtland program (a.k.a. Brundtland Green Establishment program). The Board of Directors meeting was well-attended — especially considering that its members sacrificed their Saturday to attend this worthwhile meeting. Thank you to ESTA Board members for your interest and participation and thank you to QPAT for your expertise and support!

May 092010

On May 6 and 7, QPAT held its Annual General Meeting (a.k.a. Provincial Council) in Point-Claire. Representing ESTA were Nelson Roussy, 1st vice-president, and myself. Gordon Dell, ESTA past president, was also there as a QPAT executive board member.

The meeting began with the “big guns” as Serge Laurendeau, QPAT president, introduced three representatives from our Common Front partners: Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation; Manon Bernard, President of the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignemnet (FSE); and Réjean Parent, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ).

I was very happy to meet with 111 representatives from the various locals that makeup QPAT. It was a very productive meeting and I feel that these meetings bring us all a little closer. Solidarity!