Archives for: February 2015

02/04/15

Permalink 07:36:44 am, by mleslie Email , 68 words, 132 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Poor air quality in Toronto schools could impair learning environment

February 3, 2015 - Many Toronto classrooms have elevated carbon dioxide levels, according to Toronto District School Board documents obtained by CTV News. Experts generally recommend avoiding indoor CO2 concentrations above 1000 parts per million, with one study even showing drops in certain cognitive abilities at that threshold. But data shows that more than 40 per cent of schools tested in Toronto have registered above that ceiling within the past five years.

Permalink 07:34:29 am, by mleslie Email , 114 words, 114 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Star editorial: Toronto school board must trim surplus schools

Haven’t we seen this movie before? Once again, Toronto’s beleaguered public school board is under pressure to close half-empty schools. Once again, emotions are running high as school trustees and parents’ groups decry the potential loss of educational resources. And once again, the kids take a back seat to jockeying among the grown-ups.

It’s a tired old tale, and it’s high time for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to stop this latest chapter from being as crammed with unnecessary drama as so many of the previous ones. The board needs to stop ducking the issue and come up with a plan to better align its space with its budget.

02/03/15

Permalink 07:55:47 am, by mleslie Email , 153 words, 118 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Tory wants a say in sale of Toronto school board schools

Toronto, ON - February 3, 2015 (The Globe and Mail subscription) - Mayor John Tory wants the city to be “meaningfully consulted” before any decisions are made about the sale of surplus schools by the Toronto District School Board.

In a two-page letter sent to board chair Shaun Chen on Monday, Mr. Tory is critical of what he describes as a “polarized” debate over the fate of Toronto schools, although he is careful not to lay blame.

“I am not sure the way it appears to be unfolding is leading to either a fully informed conversation or a good decision making environment,” reads a draft of the letter obtained by The Globe and Mail.

Mr. Tory says opinion appears to be split between those that never want a school sold, and those that want every property sold that does not meet provincial enrolment numbers. The most productive way forward, “lies somewhere in between,” he writes.

Toronto and Area Information Updates

Many Toronto schools are badly in need of energy retrofit, major maintenance and facility renewal. In some school communities additions are required and sometimes a new building. Currently, these projects are undertaken under the Province of Ontario's "Good Places to Learn" programme, in partnerships or special purpose organizations like the Toronto Lands Corporation.

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