We're now on the sprint to the finish line in the school year with just a few weeks to go. Bike to School week was actively celebrated in many schools across the GTA, and Bike Month continues. Toronto City Council has just approved a plan to double the cycling budget to $16M over 10 years to put in place a new cycling grid that could see 525 km of bike routes across the city. Next Monday, City Council debates a major new road safety plan that includes measures to increase pedestrian road safety in the vicinity of schools. Here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, our many discussions about active transportation to school have positioned our school communities to develop our students into street-savvy early adopters as Toronto transitions to the healthier multi-transportation-mode city envisioned by city leaders.
My last Ward Council meeting in May saw a lively audience discussion of ways in which school communities could work to make streets safer for children as well as make schools more environmentally sustainable. Again we are leading the way into the future in light of the Climate Change Action Plan announced by the Premier recently.
At TDSB's latest Health and Mental Well-Being Committee, Dr. Linda Rothman of the Hospital for Sick Children presented her five years of research into the elements of street design and driver behaviour that present risks to children walking to school (more below). This research is so compelling that I'm bringing it to City of Toronto councillors and staff at a joint committee later in June.
Twenty-first century learning skills need to go beyond the classroom into the community just as our students do. We are preparing them for life in a very different world than the one that we have known in the past. Everyone will need to be a global citizen and active living/sustainability will be the watchwords as we take measures to mitigate climate change, decrease obesity, support our local economies and reduce our carbon footprints. I'm proud to say the TDSB is an emerging leader in this.
In this issue:
Local Education News and Updates
- James S. Bell Sports/Wellness Academy to receive City funds for outdoor track
- Norseman addition: construction update
- Etienne Brule Grade 5 boys win regional soccer championship
- TDSB summer school e-learning now open
- Karen Kain School of the Arts offering arts-based summer courses
News and Updates from TDSB's Education Centre
- Programs Committee: schools to acknowledge Indigenous traditional lands daily
- Trustees unanimously sign petition asking province to Indigenize curriculum
- Update on TDSB Learning Centres
- Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy
- Update on Lyme Disease
- School active travel and road safety research
- Upcoming child and youth mental health conference
- French as a Second Language update and FSLAC newsletter
- Parent survey from SEAC
News and Updates from Queen's Park
- New Minister of Education announced: Mitzie Hunter
In our Community
- Party in the Park June 14 2016
- SEYA leadership camp in July, August
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