Loading articles...

Inside the escalating war over Ontario’s classrooms

Teachers of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario wave to honking cars as they participate in a full withdrawal of services strike in Toronto on Monday, January 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

In today’s Big Story podcast, every day this week, thousands of Ontario students will be out of school. Rotating one-day strikes will hit every school board in the province in the biggest escalation yet of a labour war that’s been raging for almost six months. At issue? Class size, salaries, mandatory E-Learning, and other issues on which the teachers and the provincial government share no common ground.

So how long can this go on? What’s behind the latest tactics, both by teachers and the government? Who’s winning the battle for the hearts and minds of parents across Ontario? And is there any hope of a happy ending?

GUEST: Cynthia Mulligan, Queen’s Park Reporter, CityNews

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify

You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.