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Ontario’s major education unions are all involved in rotating strikes and other actions. They protest delays in new contract negotiations and also govern- ment policy plans, which the unions say threaten Ontario’s education system. Last January 15, teachers, special educa- tion assistance staff, and other support workers set up picket lines in front of several schools in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, and also in front of the Cornwall office of SDG Progressive Conservative MPP Jim McDonell. It was the latest in a series of rotating picket line protests throughout the province, or- ganized by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF/FEESO), which represents secondary school teachers and special education staff in the French public and catholic school districts and in English public school districts. As of January 20, the Elementary Teach- ers Federation of Ontario (EFTO) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Associa- tion (OECTA) launched their job actions. One of the goals for all the unions is to press “The executive of the Glengarry-Prescott- Russell Liberal Association is deeply dis- appointed in the appointment of Amanda Simard,” stated the local Liberal riding association in an email to media. “The 12 members of the executive unanimously rejected the appointment of Mrs. Simard.” Jean-Marc Lalonde, a former MPP for the riding, who continues to be an ex officio member of the local association, criticized how party officials handled the decision to accept Simard into the ranks of the party. i8FQBSUJDVMBSMZEFQMPSFUIFGBDUUIBUUIJT decision was made in Toronto, by senior On- tario Liberal Party officials,” Lalonde stated in the notice, “without any local consultation or even notice to the GPRPLA. The ‘big Liberal family’ must include Glengarry-Prescott-Rus- TFMM8FUIFSFGPSFFYQFDUUIFOFYUMFBEFSPG the Ontario Liberal Party to commit unequivo- cally to an open and transparent nomination contest for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell for the 2022 election.” Local mayors Reaction from local mayors to Simard’s move, from being an Independent MPP to Liberal, ranged from indifferent to critical. Amanda Simard is now Glengarry- Prescott-Russell’s new Liberal MPP, but the welcome is not as warm in the riding as it was among her fellow Liberal MPPs at Queen’s Park.

Nicholas Fournier, DD Forgetting to smile

Life is busy. Finding time for ourselves is incredibly difficult and as we grow older, seems nearly impossible. Before you know it, your children are planning their retirement, and you have forgotten to take care of yourself; your health is the last thing on your mind, especially your dental health. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and smiled? Does your smile look worn-out or is it tilting to one side and looking uneven? How long have you had your dentures? Are they stained, cracked, repaired, worn down or have tartar and bacteria build-up? Prosthetic teeth wearers are encouraged to get regular check-ups to ensure that their oral health is optimal and check for any adverse effects. It may not be necessary to replace prosthetic teeth every five years but making sure that they are in good working order is essential. When patients put their oral health aside for too long, they may find it difficult to regain optimal oral health and the proper function of their prosthetic teeth. These few steps can guarantee an excellent smile for years to come. Here is a scenario. I often hear patients say that their dentures are comfortable and that they love them. I would usually agree to let things go since there are no problems, but the reality is that things could be deteriorating without patients realizing it. When this happens, the key is to begin regaining comfort and maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the issues caused by keeping your dentures in place for too long is that your teeth and bone begin to deteriorate and fade away leading to, among other things, a misshapen mouth. Once the damage is too foregone, it is difficult to bring your teeth and your jawbone back to their normal, healthy state. The normal wear and tear of the regular use of dentures, close to five years, is between 1 and 2 mm with up to 1 mm of bone loss, totalling almost half a centimetre. This has a detrimental impact on the shape and the function of a patient’s mouth; so much so, that regaining optimal health can be problematic. Remember, you must continually care for your smile so that it remains healthy and bright.The goal of a new smile is to restore your mouth’s natural biomechanics, regain optimal oral health and get back to smiling confidently. Don’t let your smile fade away; always ensure that oral health is at the top of your list, for you and your smile. The goal of prosthetic teeth is to restore the mouth’s biomechanics and keep our patients comfortable and happy, not to mention making sure that their smile is as natural as possible.

Amanda Simard est maintenant députée libérale à Queen’s Park après avoir été élue sous la bannière progressiste-conservatrice en juin 2018 (photo ci-dessus croquée le soir des élections). Son passage au Parti libéral ne fait pas l’unanimité au sein des instances libérales de Glengarry- Prescott-Russell qui déplorent ne pas avoir été consultés. —archives

“It’s her decision,” said Mayor François 4U"NPVSPG5IF/BUJPO.VOJDJQBMJUZ “It’s not going to make any difference to me,” said Mayor Robert Kirby of East Hawkesbury Township. “She wasn’t doing much for us before, but I wish her the best.” “I’m a little bit disappointed in her decision,” said Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin of Alfred-Plantagenet Township. “She was elected by the people of the riding as a Progressive Conservative candidate. It’s still four years that we don’t have a (government) ally in Toronto.” “She’s been Progressive Conservative,

she’s been Independent, and now Liberal, and she hasn’t accomplished much,” said Mayor Guy Desjardins of Clarence-Rockland. “Time will tell if she’s going to accomplish more than what she’s done so far.” Mayor Pierre Leroux of Russell Township is dealing with a matter involving a family member’s health and was not available to comment. Mayors Daniel Lafleur of Cas- selman, Paula Assaly of Hawkesbury, and /PSNBOE3JPQFMPG$IBNQMBJOXFSFPDDVQJFE with delegation meetings at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Toronto. at press time.


Les principaux syndicats de l’éducation de l’Ontario sont tous impliqués dans des grèves tournantes et d’autres actions de travail depuis le 20 janvier. Ils protestent contre les retards du gouvernement provincial dans les négociations de nouveaux contrats et aussi contre les plans de politique gouvernementale qui, selon les syndicats, menacent le système d’éducation de l’Ontario. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

the provincial government to respond to proposals at the bargaining table. The unions also want to increase public awareness of provincial government plans to reduce teaching and professional support staff, increase the number of students in classes, and other policy proposals which would result in less one-on-one time for teachers with students who need the extra attention, and no special support ser- vices available for students with learning difficulties. School districts urge parents of students

to do regular checks of their websites for updated information on whether there will be any school closures as a result of the rotating strikes. The provincial government has offered subsidies for parents who may need daycare or other child-minding service for Kindergarten and primary-grade students who end up staying home because of school closures during the job action. The govern- ment has received criticism for its subsidy offer from unions and some parents who say the money should go towards supporting provincial education programs.

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