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.
At its meeting March 2–3, 2017, college council:
- appointed and welcomed new council member Claudia Patenaude-Daniels, OCT, as the representative for the French-language Roman Catholic Board Secondary position;
- congratulated Brian Beal for being named the recipient of the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association Distinguished Leadership Award for 2017;
- received a public presentation on the “Process for Remediation for Teachers” from Catherine Zacal;
- received a public presentation on “Proposed College Bylaw Amendments” from Mike Foulds, president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, on behalf of its affiliates;
- received a report from the Public Interest Committee, including:
- an analysis of the results of a survey of independent schools regarding certification as an employment requirement, and protocols and practices for disciplinary matters;
- *approved amendments to Regulation 293/00 — Election of Council Members relating to election procedures to enhance member participation in the election and clarify nomination eligibility;
- approved amendments to Regulation 72/97 — General re Council Member Interim Suspension Provisions to include complaints against Council members regarding failure to disclose conflicts of interest and breaches of the oath/affirmation;
- agreed to increase the membership size of the Discipline and Fitness to Practise committees to 17 with nine elected members and eight appointed members;
- **decided against putting transcripts of reprimands received in person by members on the public register; and
- **made changes to update the public register, including:
- removing referral notations once a notice of motion has been posted to the register;
- removing disciplinary decisions from the public register and the College’s decision database after three years, with the exception of revocations and suspensions.
*Amendments to Regulation 293/00 — Election of Council Members
Changes to the regulation will make the election and nomination process for Council much easier for future elections. These amendments to the regulation would mean:
- a streamlined ballot allowing members to vote for candidates in the systems where they work;
- all provincial school authorities will be recognized as eligible employers;
- vacant positions will be filled at Council’s first business meeting following the inaugural meeting;
- an appointment to fill a vacant elected Council position as a result of the election process will be made by both elected and appointed Council members, consistent with the filling of other elected Council vacancies;
- additional nomination and eligibility requirements — a person who has served six consecutive years on Council will be ineligible for further nomination to Council for a period of three consecutive years; and
- former College employees will be prohibited from seeking election to the College Council for at least 12 months following the conclusion of their employment and if they have not served on Council for at least three consecutive years.
**Protecting Students Act — Member’s Public Register Bylaw Amendments
Council’s amendments to bylaws means updates will be made to the public register as disciplinary matters progress. For example, when a case is referred to the Discipline Committee a notation will be placed on the public register, and when a Notice of Hearing is issued, it will also be posted.