Alberta Teachers’ Association won’t follow Ontario’s lead in calling for renaming of schools


Though some Ontario teachers want a prominent Canadian figure’s name stripped from schools, it seems the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) is not taking the same stance.

ATA president, Greg Jeffery, told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen the motion to remove John A. Macdonald’s name in Ontario is not something that would happen here.

“We do not have a position in our book that would mirror that of the elementary teachers of Ontario,” Jeffery said. “All of our policies are passed at our annual general meeting. Nothing has come up… it is not a position of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.”

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) wants Macdonald’s name removed from schools, saying it believes it creates an unsafe environment for kids to learn in.

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