Ontario provincial government moves to enact law to end college teacher strike


"It's very distressing to see the NDP be so disrespectful of students that they won't even pass the legislation, that they're. blocking the return to classes", Matthews told reporters after Saturday's legislative session.

But the NDP blocked a government attempt to table the bill after the normally scheduled time period for introducing legislation this evening.

With student leaders watching from above, the Liberals and New Democrats traded barbs during the 21 minutes Ontario's legislature sat on Friday.

More than half a million students have missed a month of classes since the strike involving 12,000 staff members from 24 colleges across the province began.

Following the results of the vote, Wynne said she'd meet with college and union representatives to discuss how to "resolve this situation immediately and get students back to class where they belong".

"I definitely feel relieved", says nursing student Laurel Cotaras, "It felt it was ongoing and I'm happy someone is finally stepping in and making progress".

Hu Zhengtao, an worldwide student from China attending George Brown College to study business and marketing, said the labour disruption has thrown his plans to graduate in December and return home into serious doubt.

Turco says a task force could be established that will work to move more full-time faculty in the system.

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Wynne said that once the back-to-work legislation is passed, she will have "serious questions" to ask about how the strike stretched on for as long as it did in the first place.

"Not being able to be in the classroom, to be surrounded by your peers all the time, it's caused a lot of frustration and stress", said Ellison, a business administration student at Algonquin College. "They have to focus on students".

According to CBC, schools affected by the strike "have started to roll out revised schedules and policies to accommodate students facing financial costs due to the strike". "We've got a lot of really important work we need to do to try to revitalize and revamp the way we do education in this province". "They're understandably anxious about how they will make up the lost time as colleges release back-to-school plans that include extending the semester right up to Christmas".

"The colleges' bargaining team has not received any request from the provincially appointed mediator about bargaining this weekend", he said in a written statement.

Matthews also said that the semester can still be salvaged.

"The Liberals ought to be ashamed of themselves", said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, after sitting in the gallery during Friday's session at Queen's Park.

Vanessa Sampson is a mother of three trying to weather the uncertainty, and while she has her personal support worker diploma to fall back on, she's not working right now because she had meant to focus on school full-time.