Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.
Summary – June 3-4, 2010
At its June 3–4 meeting, College Council:
- recommended amending the Ontario College of Teachers Act to:
- provide for the disclosure of information that would otherwise be confidential to a body that governs the teaching profession inside or outside Ontario or to a police officer to aid an investigation undertaken with a view to a law enforcement proceeding or from which a law enforcement proceeding is likely to result
- make reinstatement or variation proceedings related to discipline matters open to the public unless there are compelling reasons not to
- hold reinstatement or variation proceedings in private if the original fitness to practise proceedings were held with the public excluded, unless the member requests that they be held publicly
- ensure that an appeal of a Discipline Committee or Fitness to Practise Committee order does not immediately or automatically become a stay of the order.
- supported including a new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Additional Qualification course in Schedule C to meet the needs of these groups in education settings
- approved a new fee of $860 for SOQP-PLAR applications; if after a preliminary evaluation the applicant does not qualify, the College will refund $640 of the fee
- accepted the College’s December 31, 2009 audited consolidated financial statements
- reappointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditors for the 2010 fiscal year
- approved asking the Election Committee to investigate increasing the size of Council to designate one or more elected or appointed positions for a First Nations, Métis, Inuit and/or French-language Council member through legislative and/or regulatory means
- approved an amendment to section 10 (3) of Regulation 293/00, Election of Council Members, to reduce the minimum number of nominators required for candidacy from 10 to two
- approved changes to the Council member travel policy
- approved the Intercontinental Hotel on Bloor Street as the College’s designated hotel provider for overnight stays in Toronto, effective November 1, 2010
- approved changes to Guidelines for the Compensation of Council Members, Roster Members, Members at Large and Institutional Nominees.