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3 - Ignace Driftwood, April 17, 2013

ing Centre (GLC), and a student from GLC, gave Trustees an inside look into how Restorative Practices are being used in schools to manage conflict and tensions by focusing on repairing harm and strengthening relationships. Restorative Circles in particular, is one approach the school has found to have a

OFSC Trail Riding finished for this Season Snowmobilers are being warned to stay off of area OFSC Prescribed snowmobile trails effective immediately as the snowmobile season has come to an end. These trails are now reported as “Unavailable� ( Red) on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide at www.ofsc.on.ca because area clubs have stopped regular grooming operations, and signs and stakes are being removed and gates and fences closed. Snowmobilers are also advised that rapidly deteriorating snow and ice conditions due to spring thaw make snowmobiling extremely hazardous anywhere. Roads and road crossings are now generally bare and the ice on all waterways is melted, melting or unstable. The public is also reminded that an OFSC snowmobile trail on private land reported as “Unavailable� means that access to that trail is also prohibited for any other users or persons for all other

From Queen’s Park By sarah Campbell, mPP kenora-rainy river

Mining act amendments could promote job growth On April 11 MPPs debated Bill 43, an amendment to the Mining Act intended to promote Ontario jobs. While it did not propose sweeping changes, the Bill would have created transparency in the system that could be used to promote economic development and job growth in the mining sector. The bill changed only one word in the Act - a provision that ensured ‘all minerals mined in Ontario must be treated and refined in Canada’ would instead read that ‘all minerals mined in Ontario must be treated and refined in Ontario.’ The Act currently- and would still- allow for exceptions to be granted by the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. The only difference being that the Minister would have to explain and defend his or her decision to allow processing outside of

seasons, without the specific prior permission of the landowner. “On behalf of our clubs and volunteers, I want to thank all of the landowners who have generously allowed the use of their property for an OFSC snowmobile trail this winter.� We also appreciate the support of the many snowmobilers who bought trail permits to help pay their share of the cost of trail operations for the past season. A very special thanks is also extended to all of the club volunteers who donated their services to assist the Ignace Otters Snowmobile Club in providing a successful season of snowmobiling. Although the winter is over and spring is in the air, snowmobiling has become a year round business, so many volunteers will start immediately to plan and prepare for next winter. If you are interested in helping out, please call Sue Bond 9342851.

Ontario. This would force the government to publicly acknowledge policy and infrastructure shortcomings that renders the province at a competitive disadvantage. It would, at the same time, provide Ontarians with an important opportunity to address these challenges and provide for better longterm planning that can lead to successful job growth strategies. Critics of the bill call it a protectionist measure, however, changing the word ‘Canada’ to ‘Ontario’ is hardly revolutionary. The only protectionist part of this bill was the decision of Liberals and Conservatives to vote in favour of protecting themselves from future scrutiny and accountability. Decisions such as the Conservatives’ failed attempts to privatize our electricity systemwhich created an unruly bureaucracy that adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of electricityand the Liberals’ Green Energy Act, have driven electricity prices through the roof and have made us uncompetitive. When granting exemptions to other countries such as China, there are dozens of market factors in play, such as the low cost of labour, longer working days, fewer employee benefits, lower environmental standards,

and lower energy prices. Most of these variables are relatively stable between provinces, the key differences being policy and infrastructure decisions that governments do not want to be held accountable for. This includes the considerable difference between the 8.69 cents per kWh industrial electricity rate in Ontario, opposed to 4.56 cents per kWh rate in Quebec. This is part of the reason Timmins is losing 700 good paying jobs as Xstrata Copper shuts down its operations in our province in favour of Quebec. I believe that as the owners of these minerals and these resources, the people of Ontario, and Northerners in particular, deserve to be major beneficiaries of this wealth. I understand that we may not be able to process each and every mineral in Ontario, but I believe government should be required to tell us why they need to be shipped elsewhere and acknowledge what we can do better in the future to ensure we maximize the value-added benefits. These minerals belong to all of us. As shareholders of the Province of Ontario we deserve to maximize our dividends in the form of jobs and prosperity in all areas of this province.

Initiative (SCWI) is a cooperative effort between school boards and colleges. Through the SCWI, projects have been developed to provide dual credit programs for secondary students that assist them in the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and successful transition to college and/or apprenticeship programs. In the past three years, dual credit programs in our schools have increased to the maximum participation level that the province will fund, and students in the programs have expressed their appreciation and excitement for the opportunities the programs provide, including the potential to earn one secondary and one college credit at the same time. Al Wray, Safe and Supportive Schools Coordinator, presented the Safe and Supportive Schools update. Since 2007, there

have been many significant intervention and progressive measures introduced in our schools to ensure we are providing students and staff with a supportive, positive and accepting learning environment. One of those initiatives, Restorative Practices, has had a dramatic effect on our suspension rates and more specifically, repeated suspension rates. Suspension rates are down from more than 1600 suspensions during the 2005- 06 school year to just over 200 during the 2011- 12 school year. The success of the use of Restorative Practices can be attributed to effective and consistent focus by staff to mitigate factors and repair harm done. By the end of the 2011- 12 school year, every staff member in our schools was trained in the use of Restorative Practices. Dean Carrie, Superintendent of Business, presented

the Valleyview Pu b lic S ch ool Cap ital Project Update. At the February Board meeting, administration shared plans for a new capital project at Valleyview P ublic S chool in Kenora. At that time, the plans included the construction of two new Kindergarten classrooms and a new gymnasium for the school. Unfortunately, although no new capital funding would be needed from the Ministry of Education to complete the project, and the Board had already set aside the funds for the Valleyview project out of the Boards accumulated surplus, the Ministry of Education did not approve the gymnasium addition. As a result, we will continue with the construction of two new Kindergarten classrooms at Valleyview Public School for the fall of 2013. ***

Ignace Council 2012 Remuneration and Expenses Council Position Remuneration Per Diem Travel Expenses Lee Kennard Mayor $10,000.00 $2,580.00 $7,898.71 Larry Fraser Deputy Mayor $6,720.00 $1,500.00 $3,051.68 Kim Baigrie Councillor $6,000.00 $480.00 $1,629.42 Chicki Pesola Councillor $6,000.00 $120.00 $2,308.61 Alan Graver Councillor $6,000.00 $480.00 $1,021.65 *Mayor Kennard suggested Councillors’ benefits should also be made public.

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Trustees met at Golden Learning C entre P ublic School on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, for a regular board meeting. The April Seeds for the Future – Celebrating our Stars presentation titled ‘Restorative Practices in Action’ was received by Trustees. Debra Geary, Principal of Golden Learn-

positive impact in classrooms. The circles are used to enhance relationships in the classroom by providing students with an opportunity to talk about issues that are on their mind or even just for getting to know each other better. Richard Hodgkinson, Alternative Learning Coordinator, along with secondary students from Red Lake District High School and Dryden High School, presented the School College Work Initiative report. The School College Work

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