A protest about educational budget cuts is taking place in Parry Sound.

Members of various teachers unions will be gathering at the office of Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm.

The rally is to send a message to Miller that cutting education budgets will have big effects on students in the Near North board.

“Especially those in Northern and rural areas, really rely on our public education institutions and what they offer to serve our communities and serve the needs of all of our students,” said Glen Hodgson, President of the Near North Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation.

He also mentioned that over the course of his experience in the public education system, new governments that come into power hire more people and coordinators and ministry staff to implement initiatives. He says he’s not sure those initiatives are as meaningful as getting a teacher or a support staff person in a classroom.

“I would suggest they look at the very top and not at our classrooms and our frontline workers,” Hodgson said. “Traditionally when they talk about cutbacks, it seems as though they go after my members, support staff, the secretaries and custodial staff as their first target. I would suggest that those are the people that are the most vital in our public education system and should be the last ones that they would be targeting.”

The rally takes place at Norm Miller’s constituency office at 16 James Street in Parry Sound. There will be a rally at his Bracebridge office and protests will be taking place around the province.


(with files from Nicole Reis)