A work-to-rule campaign in Ontario’s public schools is set to get underway today.

The unions representing the province’s elementary and high school teachers say members will stop performing some administrative work.

Those tasks include putting comments on report cards, attending certain meetings and participating in standardized testing.

The work-to-rule campaign comes as the unions continue tense contract negotiations with the Progressive Conservative government.

They say the campaign is necessary because of limited progress in the labour talks.

The Upper Canada District School Board says schools will remain open and classes will continue as scheduled. Child care and before and after school programming will not be impacted.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is warning parents and students to be prepared for some delays but that all classroom activities, extracurricular programs and extended day programs will continue as usual.


A man in his 60s has been seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash outside of Arnprior.

Renfrew County paramedics tell the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide that one vehicle hit a hydro pole on White Lake Road, and then was struck by the second vehicle, early yesterday morning.

The seriously injured driver had to be extricated from his vehicle and was rushed to hospital in Ottawa.

One person in the other vehicle had minor injuries.

Road conditions across the Ottawa Valley were icy at the time of the crash.


Some terrifying moments for some OC Transpo riders, overnight, when their bus got on the Queensway — headed into oncoming traffic.

A rider tweeted at OC Transpo just after midnight, to complain about that bus driver had gotten onto the highway, going into oncoming traffic.

Steven McGregor said that his bus driver was “confused” by detours.

OC Transpo says it was aware of the incident, and that supervisors and Ottawa police were sent to the scene to assist.

The transit service also apologized and pledged that there will be an investigation.


Kingston police say they’ll be announcing a new approach to responding to people in crisis.

They describe the approach as “coordinated” and “holistic,” and plan to make the announcement alongside a local mental health and addictions support service.

Details are expected at around 2 p-m.


Renters in Ottawa Gatineau are among the least-satisfied in the country, when it comes to affordability.

The 2018 Canadian housing survey, by Statistics Canada, found that 58 per cent of renters were satisfied with what they pay. Only renters in Vancouver and Toronto are less satisfied with the cost of their rent.

While renters don’t like what they pay, the survey found that both renters and homeowners are satisfied with where they live.

Ottawa-Gatineau households were the fourth-happiest with their neighbourhood in Canada. The capital region scored just below the national average.


The field of candidates for the Ontario Liberal leadership has one more — a local personal injury lawyer.

Brenda Hollingsworth, of the law firm Auger Hollingsworth, has announced her campaign.

Postmedia reports that the party still has to approve her candidacy.

The paper says that Hollingsworth has never run for elected office but was a campaign worker for the Liberal party at election time.

The other five candidates are former cabinet ministers Michael Soteau, Steven Del Duca and Mitzie Hunter, as well as former candidates Kate Graham and Alvin Tedjo.


Canadian farmers are descending on Ottawa this week to press for urgent action to end the Canadian National Railway strike now entering its second week.

Grain growers will hold an afternoon news conference to outline how the shutdown is impacting their industry, which is already struggling with a tough harvest.

And tomorrow, members of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture are expected on Parliament Hill to do the same.

About 32-hundred C-N workers, who have been without a contract since July 23rd, walked off the job last Tuseday over concerns about long hours, fatigue and dangerous working conditions.

Fertilizer company Nutrien has announced a two-week shutdown of its largest potash mine east of Regina and 550 layoffs because of the strike.

Agriculture groups, the Opposition Conservatives and western premiers have been among those demanding that the Trudeau government call the House of Commons back sooner than its December 5th start date to legislate C-N’s Teamsters union employees back to work.


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hosted an Edmonton meeting with the prime minister’s new deputy P-M to find some common ground with a region that shut out the Liberals in October’s federal election.

Chrystia Freeland, also named intergovernmental affairs minister in Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet, is touring the West to listen to concerns and find solutions on the region’s economic and energy issues, while balancing environmental objectives.

Kenney issued a statement saying he urged Freeland to take action on the C-N Rail strike.

He also wants fixed-date guarantee on completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would take more Alberta oil to the B-C coast for export abroad.

Freeland is to meet today with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe.


The Trump administration plans to appeal a judge’s order that former White House counsel Donald McGahn must appear before Congress.

If it stands, yesterday’s order could reinvigorate House Democrats’ demands that high-ranking officials answer their questions.

In the ruling, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote that not even the president’s closest aides who receive a subpoena from Congress can ignore or defy congressional compulsory process.


A senior United Nations official says countries have procrastinated for too long and should start making steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions immediately, or risk missing agreed targets for limiting global warming.

The head of the U-N Environment Program, Inger Andersen, says the world needs “quick wins” to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020.

Amid preparations for a global climate summit in Madrid next week, her agency published a report today showing the amount of planet-heating gases released into the atmosphere hit a new high last year.

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