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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sask Bulletin

By his own admission, Randy Schmaltz couldn’t have predicted some of the twists and turns in PreK-12 education in the province since he became Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation in April.

Perhaps the provincial budget, with its significant cuts to education that all but coincided with his appointment, should have given him a portent of what was in store. Since then there hasn’t been much time to breathe.

However, Schmaltz found time for a year-end interview recently in which he was quite expansive when contemplating how the challenges of education fit into the overall societal picture in Saskatchewan.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sask Bulletin

Regardless of their political stripe, four leadership candidates from the province’s two major political parties were understandably all too well aware they were addressing a theatre full of teachers.

The setting was the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association convention, and the participants featured two of the Saskatchewan Party candidates who aspire to be the next Premier as well as, in an earlier session, the two New Democratic Party leadership hopefuls.

Although there were enough nuances to offer some degree of separation, there was still unanimous agreement on matters that should have found a receptive ear among teachers.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sask Bulletin

MOOSOMIN – Oftentimes educators will tell you that their career path was all but chosen when they were students themselves.

Jeff St. Onge most assuredly doesn’t fit into that category. Come to think of it, there isn’t really one category that adequately fits. Seemingly, there is little this man cannot do, or has not done in his varied and often circuitous series of adventures.

By no means is that to suggest education isn’t paramount in his mind. As one who entered the profession a little late, he still recalls that decision as the best one he ever made. He added “that’s probably why I place such a high value on education because it changed my life in a huge way.”

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Release

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze today applauded Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson for highlighting two issues important in education. Volume 2 of the 2017 Report of the Provincial Auditor to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan highlighted a growing concern for teachers in this province and across Canada – safe schools.

“Students, teachers, support staff and parents all need to know measures are in place to ensure their safety,” Maze said.

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Friday, November 24, 2017
News Release

The 13,500-member Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation today expressed its deep disappointment with what are clearly government leaks this week of confidential information exchanged during talks on a new collective agreement.

“Based on the nature of the information released, it is clearly evident this came from the other side of the negotiating table,” STF President Patrick Maze said. “This behaviour is deeply disappointing, given both sides had agreed early on to keep bargaining proposals confidential.”

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