Voting begins today and runs through Thursday for faculty members at Ontario’s colleges who must decide whether to accept the latest
contract offer or continue a strike that’s now into its fifth week.Some 12-thousand college professors, instructors, counsellors and
librarians have been off the job since October 15th, leaving about half a million students out of class. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union — which represents the striking faculty — says the offer contains serious concessions that were not agreed to.
The council representing the 24 colleges says if the contract offer is accepted, students could be back in the classroom as early
as next Tuesday.
A 19-year-old driver was slapped with an automatic seven-day licence suspension after Ottawa police say he was caught doing almost 100 kilometres over the speed limit. Constable Phil Kane tweeted yesterday that a young driver was caught going 177 kilometres per hour on a road which has a posted speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour. Driving at 50 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit is considered stunt driving, which brings a fine of at least two-thousand dollars for a first-time conviction.
The Montfort Hospital is expressing concern about the Salvation Army’s proposal for a new shelter project on Montreal Road. The Hospital says it doesn’t believe the Salvation Army’s plan fits with the City’s housing strategy. In a letter addressed to Planning Committee Chair Councillor Jan Harder and Salvation Army National Advisory Board Chairman Andrew Lennox, it says the project does not respect the city’s Housing First Program that is supposed to put people living on the street into shelters or affordable housing. The Hospital also feels the plan would not contribute to the Francophone culture of the area.