OSSTF REPLIES TO YNN
TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - "Claims that the Youth News Network (YNN) programming
has been approved by an 'independent, self-regulated advisory body'
is pure marketing and not a legitimate review," said Earl Manners,
president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. Manners
was responding to YNN's claim of approval by an 'independent Educational
"It is truly a shame that this company will stoop to this kind of self-promotion to make a buck. When dollars, not kids, are the bottom line, this is what we can expect," continued Manners. When OSSTF contacted a spokesperson for the agency referred to in the YNN release, OSSTF was informed that Scott Conrod, the chairperson of the Educational Advisory Council, formed the supposedly independent advisory council at the request of YNN. Members of the council came from schools that already have YNN projects underway and had their travel expenses covered by YNN to attend meetings of the 'self-regulatory advisory body.'
"This is a desperate attempt by YNN to obtain some sort of
legitimacy in the face of mounting opposition. OSSTF will continue to oppose YNN's presence in Ontario's schools. This kind of announcement only confirms to what extent this company will go to achieve their bottom line," concluded Manners.
OSSTF/FEESO founded in 1919, has 50,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors and many others in education.
For further information: Earl Manners, OSSTF President, (416) 751-8300, 1-800-267-7867
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