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Ontario Minister of Education urges teacher's unions to get back to table ahead of next week's walk-out

All four of Ontario's teacher's unions will stage a province wide strike on Friday, February 21 unless a deal is made with the government.
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Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce speaks to teachers before giving remarks, in Toronto, on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (FILE/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Ontario's four teachers' unions, representing nearly 200,000 teachers and workers, will be staging a one-day strike on Friday, February 21 as protests against the Ford government's recent cuts and changes to education continues.

Negotiations between the provincial government and the unions came to a halt over issues such as increased class sizes, introduction of mandatory e-learning and funding for special education.

The upcoming strike would leave nearly two million students out of the classroom. 

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce thinks that the continued job action is not in the best interest of the children.

"I think the strikes are having a negative impact on kids," Lecce said. "I think it's unacceptable that the teachers' unions would escalate knowing that there is a viable pathway to a deal, through private mediation."

Lecce also thinks that parents are getting fed up with the continued strikes and  he hopes to come to a resolution with the teachers' unions soon.


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