Canada Potential bus driver strike could hit Toronto schools

08:25  30 november  2017
08:25  30 november  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refund

  Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refund Students who quit college because of strike can get tuition refundThe aid for full-time domestic and international students will cover unexpected costs such as child care, rebooked train and bus tickets and January rent.

Twenty-eight schools at both the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board could be without bus service Thursday morning.

Twenty-eight schools at both the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board could be without bus service Thursday morning.


Both the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board said in separate statements on their websites that they won’t be able to arrange for alternative drivers if First Student Canada drivers go on strike.© Colin McConnell Both the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board said in separate statements on their websites that they won’t be able to arrange for alternative drivers if First Student Canada drivers go on strike.

A potential strike by school bus drivers in the Greater Toronto Area could affect tens of thousands of students across the region, and leave riders at 28 Toronto schools without transportation on Thursday morning.

Contract negotiations between First Student Canada, which provides school bus drivers across the GTA, and Unifor, a union representing workers at the bus company, are expected to continue up until midnight Wednesday.

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School bus drivers in the Markham area could strike at the beginning of November if their union can 't reach a new deal with local school boards, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) warned parents on Monday.

Close to 30 schools in Toronto will be affected if school bus drivers in Durham Region go on strike Thursday. Several schools in the Durham public and Catholic school boards will also be impacted by the potential bus strike .

Unifor has said it will strike at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning if a fair contract isn’t reached.

“School bus drivers deserve decent wages and working conditions and we’re not willing to settle for less from First Student,” said Debbie Montgomery, president of the union local, in a statement issued last week.

The Toronto District School Board said nine of its schools could be affected by the strike, while 19 Toronto Catholic District School Board schools could be without buses.

Both boards said in separate statements on their websites that they won’t be able to arrange for alternative drivers if First Student drivers go on strike.

6 donation bins stolen from Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa .
The charity, which offers mentoring programs to at-risk youth, says six clothing donation boxes disappeared from five locations Thursday morning. Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, said their driver alerted the organization to the missing bins while doing his morning pick up rounds."It's a little disheartening, you have someone stealing from a charity at this time of year," Ingram said.The boxes were taken from four Catholic schools in Kanata and Manotick, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion branch on Stittsville Main Street. The schools were:- All Saints Catholic High School.

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