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Sports cancelled at Le Relais and PRSSAA, modifications for SDGAA and EOSSAA

The tumultuous 2019-20 high school year recently saw sports league participation curtailed by the French Catholic board (Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien) affecting student-athletes at Alexandria’s Le Relais and Cornwall’s La Citadelle.

Among the sports underway at École secondaire catholique Le Relais was boys basketball, under coach Eric Crête. When the season came to an end, les Rapides had a 2-2 record for senior and were 1-3 for junior.

Le Relais is a member of the Prescott-Russell athletics association which proceeded to cancel all league sports.

La Citadelle is a member of the SD&G association which continued to play, though there were schedule modifications. Les Patriotes were forced to cancel all of their teams, though, and pull out of league action.

The SDGAA has regularly modified schedules to respond to strike days and bus cancellations, as all regular seasons were completed. Some sports, such as boys basketball and girls volleyball, have also finished their league playoffs.

EOSSAA, the overseeing high school sports body for Eastern Ontario, has modified its schedule for competitions, and current dates are subject to change.

EOSSAA announcement
EOSSAA announcement

For Le Relais, one of the biggest sports is their boys hockey team and participation at the annual Tournoi Franco Ontarien. This year, that’s all on hold as well, pending successful teacher union contract negotiations with the provincial government.

There have also been schedule and event changes at the OFSAA level.

All winter sports, through provincial championships, are slated to wrap up by early next month, before the scheduled March Break.

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UCDSB cancels high school sports citing CUPE work-to-rule

Abruptly on Monday, the Upper Canada District School Board announced a cessation of all sports, along with other extra-curricular activities, field trips, and community use of school facilities, citing work-to-rule job action taking by educational support staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The English public school board is the only local board to date to take such action.

According to the board’s announcement, “CUPE represents several UCDSB employee groups including educational assistants (EAs), early childhood educators (ECEs), custodial/maintenance staff, clerical staff (including school office staff), library workers, and information technology staff.”

The statement goes on to say that schools remain open and classes continue as scheduled. The explanation in cancelling everything beyond regular classes is “to ensure the safety and proper supervision of students.”

Our core mission is to educate students in a safe environment. We are confident that even under this work-to-rule campaign, your child will remain safe in our schools and their learning will not be interrupted.

Please know that this job action is in response to the status of bargaining at the provincial level and affects school boards across Ontario. Locally, we are engaged in bargaining with all employee groups and conversations are progressing.

UCDSB press release – 2019/09/29

Disruption to the school year wasn’t unexpected, given the approach the Doug Ford Conservative government has taken to education, teachers, and associated unions. In addition to CUPE, unions representing teachers, including ETFO and OSSTF, could take workplace action in the weeks ahead, though bargaining for new contracts is said to be continuing. A good summary of the status of these matters can be found here.

Getting back to the local sports scene, high school football convenor Mitch Zappitelli officially announced on Monday that all scheduled games “involving Glengarry, Tagwi, and CCVS will be postponed.” The Gaels were 1-1 in action thus far, while the Warriors had yet to play, with their previously slated contests already postponed for other reasons. The Raiders were 0-1.

Glengarry Gaels club president Ian Parent took to the club’s Facebook page, announcing, “Our scheduled game for Friday, October 4 [versus CCVS] will be postponed, and practices for this week have been cancelled. We are hoping for a quick resolution and are following the situation closely.”

The impact isn’t just on students, as the Township of South Glengarry has announced the cancellation of its pickleball and badminton programs at Char-Lan District High School “until further notice.”

The understanding is that the UCDSB cancellations are, at this time, on a week-to-week basis.

UCDSB logo

Update: The UCDSB posted a Letter to Parents late this afternoon, explaining the board’s rationale. The document can be viewed in its entirety here.

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