Weston Community Invited to School Walk-in June 6th

On June 6th, around 8:30am, community members are invited to schools in the area for a community Walk-In to protest the cuts to education put forth by the Ford Government.

This walk-in is taking place at schools across the city, including those in Weston, who will be among the most severely impacted by Ford’s cuts to education. There are over 250 schools registered already, with several in our area, including Weston C.I., Pelmo Park, Weston Memorial JPS, and C. R. Marchant Middle School. Their information on their website states that they are “ calling for a reinvestment in our schools, children, and communities” through community building.

Already, petitions have been made to protest these cuts, the main one for music courses being cut at Weston C.I. but this is the first big step towards a change. One Weston resident commented on the cuts by saying “I like the idea of e-learning courses being incorporated into the curriculum, but not until grade eleven and twelve. They help teach independence and resourcefulness, which are essential in post-secondary education but this cannot come at the cost of jobs and quality of learning,” while another resident commented “this does not consider students with learning disabilities or those who do not have access to internet in their homes. This is a great idea.”

If you would like to join these groups tomorrow morning, see their website here to find a school that is registered near you and make your voice heard. Their links also include more information on their initiative.

A flyer from the school walk in information page.

Author: Katherine Collier

Katherine is a fourth year student at York University's School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Her family has been a part of the Weston community for over forty years. Weston is an integral part of her identity, and she would not have it any other way. Katherine is studying to become a secondary music teacher, and as such, many of her articles will focus on children and their future in our community. She has been writing for The Artichoke Magazine at York University for the past three years and is taking on the role of Assistant Editor for it this year.