This morning's news: police Tasered a man at Pearson Airport, 250 nurses will be laid off, and high school teachers might be going on strike.
Video footage from Pearson Airport apparently shows police Tasering a man attempting to board a flight without a ticket. The title of the video, uploaded to YouTube, says the unnamed man was trying to “forcefully board” a Turkish Airlines flight. In the video, he’s holding a suitcase and standing still, though not moving away from the door. What, if anything, the officers and man are saying is impossible to hear, but 20 seconds in there’s a loud bang and the man screams and falls to the ground.
More than 250 nurses across the province will be laid off, with more being shuffled from their current roles into community care. The governing Liberal party is downplaying the significance of these cuts, calling them part of the “normal ebb and flow” of workplace economies. The NDP, though, isn’t so sure. “There are reductions in health care,” said NDP MPP Peter Tabuns. “Health-care budgets have been frozen for hospitals for the last three years and, as we all know, prices go up and if your budget is frozen you have to cut the services you provide.” Places where nursing positions will be cut include Newmarket, Sarnia, and London.
Seven school boards across the province might be on strike in the next several weeks, and two, Halton and Lakehead, are already into a mandatory 17-day countdown that could see them strike starting April 17 if an agreement with the province isn’t reached. The other five boards are Peel, Durham, Ottawa-Carleton, Rainbow (Sudbury), and Waterloo. If they do go on strike, it would take the form of a “full withdrawal of services,” according to Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation president Paul Elliott. The teachers have been working without a contract since last August, and due to new provincial passed last spring they have to negotiate as a group on some items, but board-by-board on others. While board-level negotiations are underway, the province has not yet sat down to negotiate with the union on the larger items. Elliott said this was due to “unnecessary delays,” and referred to the Liberals’ governing economic philosophy as the “failed dogma of austerity.” The possible strike comes just weeks after teaching assistants and graduate students at both York and the University of Toronto successfully struck for better pay, and as faculty at British Columbia’s Capilano University are on strike.