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What kind of commitment is that?

During question period at Queen’s Park on June 8, 2016, Patrick Brown, Leader of the Ontario PC Party and PC Education Critic, asked Premier Wynne about her government’s commitment to the children of this province, given that her government has allowed $15-billion of disrepair to accumulate in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.

MPP Brown asked the Premier, “how many more years will students have to learn and teachers have to teach in our crumbling schools? We must do better. Will the Premier commit to that?” and cites Fix Our Schools several times as he lists specific examples of unacceptable disrepair that impacts students and teachers daily. 

In response to Premier Wynne and Minister Sandals, MPP Brown calls them out on the fact that their increases to education spending are simply not enough and surely not worth bragging about: “The Minister of Education brags that they have a $15 billion problem and they’re going to deal with 7% of it—some 7%. How about all those students in those schools where there’s mould and disrepair?

And goes on to ask Kathleen Wynne, “How can the Premier expect children to learn while they shiver and are forced to wear winter coats in the classroom? Will the Premier commit to dealing with the huge list, the backlog of $15 billion to fix our schools?

Fix Our Schools is thrilled to have this support. Thanks MPP Brown for raising awareness and increasing pressure!  We are now working with both the NDP and PC parties in this province on this issue, which is truly a non-partisan issue!. The children and adults in this province who spend their days in our publicly funded schools deserve better and Fix Our Schools is committed to knocking on every door to find solutions.

Letter to all federal parties: What will you invest in repairing & rebuilding Canadian public schools?

Fix Our Schools is sending the following letter to the Green, Liberal, NDP, and PC Parties of Canada; and to all Ontario federal candidates. Print it out to review with any federal canvassers that come knocking on your door or take it with you to a federal candidates debate.

To: The Green, Liberal, NDP and Conservative Parties of Canada

My son wore his winter coat at school this past winter because his classroom was twelve degrees Celsius.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident of disrepair in Canadian public schools:

  • In Vancouver, schools need approximately $1-billion of seismic upgrades to prevent collapse in case of earthquakes; and across British Columbia there are hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding maintenance in public schools.
  • In Ontario, all 72 public school boards have repair backlogs, for a total of over $15-billion of outstanding repairs – many of which are deemed “urgent” by the Province.
  • In Montreal, almost 40% of the 226 schools in one board were recently deemed to be in either an “excessive [or] advanced state of decay”.
  • In New Brunswick, two public schools had to be closed in 2010 because they were unsafe, forcing that provincial government to invest more in school buildings.

The 5-million children who attend Canadian public schools deserve better – as do the countless Canadian children who attend childcare programs in these same schools. Voters across the country consider their local public schools to be community hubs, and expect these buildings to be safe, well-maintained, and funded as critical social infrastructure.

Federal infrastructure money has been used for hockey arenas, curling rinks and gazebos. Surely, Canadians would agree that federal investment in school buildings is equally important? So, our question to the Federal parties is this:

How much federal infrastructure money would your party invest in repairing and rebuilding Canadian public school buildings – a critical part of our country’s infrastructure?

Kind regards,

Krista Wylie – Co-Founder, Fix Our Schools

www.fixourschools.ca: grassroots, non-partisan advocates for safe, well-maintained schools

NDP and PC education critics agree we need to fix our schools

Fix Our Schools met with both NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky and PC Education Critic Garfield Dunlop in recent weeks. Both education critics agreed the $14.7-billion issue of disrepair in public schools affects students and families across the province and must be addressed.

Lisa Gretzky recollected a school’s gym ceiling falling in during her tenure as a School Board Trustee in Windsor. Luckily, no students were injured in this incident but it underscores the importance of keeping public schools in a state of good repair.

The health, safety and achievement of students is impacted by the outstanding repairs and maintenance plaguing Ontario’s public schools.