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Ontario Combatting Bullying in Schools

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Ontario Combatting Bullying in Schools through Student Survey

New initiative aimed at improving student safety and wellbeing

February 26, 2020 9:30 A.M.

Ministry of Education

 TORONTO — Today, on Pink Shirt Day, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the launch of an online survey to hear from students, parents and guardians and school staff about their experiences with bullying in Ontario schools. 

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 21% of Ontario students in Grades 7-12 have reported being bullied at school. This new survey seeks to gain a better understanding of the issue, ideas on how to better prevent and report bullying and new ways to make schools safer.

"Bullying is far too common in our playgrounds, schools and communities across Ontario," said Minister Lecce. "That is why our government is taking decisive action to ensure every person regardless of their faith, heritage, orientation, race or income, is protected and respected. Every child deserves to learn in a safe and inclusive school, that is why we are empowering students to have a voice."

"In order to prevent bullying in our schools, we need to be aware of what's happening at the classroom level," said MPP Christina Mitas. "The online survey will help us better understand the ways in which bullying manifests in classroom settings. This will assist us in framing the problem and designing more effective programs - ones that will keep our children safe."

Students, parents and guardians and school staff are encouraged to participate in the survey, which is posted at https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-bullying-ontario-schools and Information for Parents/Guardians about Ontario's Survey on Bullying is also available online

Quick Facts

  • In November 2019, the government announced five new initiatives to combat bullying in schools, including the student survey, as well as:
    • The assignment of Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre and former teacher, to advise the Minister on education matters with a focus on bullying prevention;
    • Training for educators in anti-bullying and de-escalation techniques;
    • A review of school reporting practices on bullying; and
    • A review of the definition of bullying in ministry policies to ensure it reflects the realities of today.
  • The government has updated the Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 to now include mandatory learning about online safety in all grades, including learning about cyberbullying, cyber security and privacy. Students also learn how to build and support healthy relationships, and develop skills to identify, prevent, and resolve issues that may lead to bullying. Implementation of the updated curriculum began in September 2019.
  • The government has invested $3.18 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year towards various programs, partnerships and services that help to promote a positive school climate, support healthy relationships, build empathy and address bullying and cyberbullying.
  • In October, Ontario announced an investment of nearly $40 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year to advance student mental health in partnership with education groups. It also committed to permanently fund approximately 180 frontline mental health workers in secondary schools.
  • Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new mental health and addictions services and expand existing programs.

Additional Resources

Dutton Dunwich Community Survey

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is in the process of developing a Community Development Tool Kit to support and enhance the Municipality’s communities.

As part of this initiative, Elgin County is working with the Municipality and the Dutton Dunwich Economic Development Committee to undertake a Resident’s Survey to gauge people’s opinions and perceptions of the community and in particular the local retail environment. The survey is one tool being used to accomplish this task.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and share your perspectives, insights and ideas. Your input matters!

The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and results will be presented in an aggregated format only.

Residents will also be receiving a copy of the survey in the mail in the next couple of weeks.

We encourage all business owners to complete the business directory form included with the survey which to assist the Municipality in compiling a business directory.

Thank you!

Dutton Dunwich ReLEAF Program and the LTVCA Tree Planting Program

Help us achieve our goal to plant 4000 trees in 2020!

That’s only 1 tree per person!

Native tree species will be available for purchase for $1.25 each at the Sons of Scotland Park Pavillion in the Spring of 2020.
Plant your trees either on your own private property or choose from one of our preselected public land sites.

The aim of this program is to expand our healthy tree canopy and productive ecosystem while providing many vital benefits to residents

  • Prevents soil erosion and storm water runoff
  • Cleans the air and helps you breathe
  • Provides shade in the hot summer and shelter from cold winter winds, saving you money on heating and cooling costs
  • Helps decrease noise pollution
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Attracts birds and wildlife
  • Good for your mental & physical health, trees are proven to reduce stress and anxiety
  • They feed us, many trees produce nuts and berries that are edible
  • It’s an investment in our community for future generations to enjoy!

Keep Dutton Dunwich Beautiful, Love Where You Live!

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Tree Planting Program

If you have unused or unproductive land over 1 acre there may be funding opportunities available to you!

Block plantations or windbreaks with a minimum area of 1 acre/600 trees may be eligible for funding for trees and planting services. The average cost per tree is $1.36.  Minimum order of 10 seedlings/species with limited availability for certain species. Deadline to order trees is March 15, 2020.

Program Process:

August - March
Initial Site Vist - To discuss potential species options, area where tree seedlings will be planted and potential funding incentives if applicable.
March - April
Site Preparation - is key for planting sites for survival and success rates. Mowing, Spraying,Tilling.
May - June
Planting of Trees - machine and hand planting of tree seedlings by LTVCA staff or landowner.
Summer Months
Site Tending - mowing/spraying around trees to help promote growth and eliminate competition.
Other Programs Available through LTVCA:
Wetland Restoration requires a 1:3 ratio of surface water to upland habitat. This means a 1 acre pond, would need 3 acres of upland habitat to create a suitable ecological system that will function properly. Landowners who qualify may be eligible for funding. Not all sites are suitable. 
Prairie Grass funding is available for stream buffers, bank stabilization, pollinator habitat and warm season pastures.

More Information on LTVCA programs  or contact 519-354-7310 Environmental Project Coordinator - Greg Van Every x. 229 or Stewardship Outreach Specialist - Amanda Blain x. 234


Summer Employment Opportunities Program.

The Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) program provides up to 5,000 students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through supervised summer employment in the Ontario Public Service.

These positions enable students across the province to gain valuable work experience and develop skills which are transferable to the labour market. Positions for summer 2020 will be posted on February 10, 2020 with six different closing dates between February 28 and April 3More Information 

Coronavirus - Provincial and Public Health Updates

To help educate Ontarians about the 2019 novel coronavirus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the province has launched a dedicated web page.  The Southwestern Public Health Unit also has the latest information on it's website

There will also be regular updates provided to the media and key stakeholders to ensure the public is fully informed which we will continue to post. 

Notice - Surplus Property for Sale

The Municipality has declared the following property surplus;  and is for sale:

  • 183/185 Currie Road, Dutton

Offers are being accepted up to Wednesday February 12, at Noon. 

For further information please contact:

Mike Brady
Sutton Group Preferred Realty Inc, Brokerage
176 Currie Road, Dutton ON  N0L 1J0

Telephone:  519-871-1952


PUBLIC NOTICE - Request for Municipal Heritage Committee Members

Council of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is requesting letters of intention from interested residents for two new additional members to the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Heritage Committee. The Committee will advise Council on municipal heritage matters.

If you wish to be considered as a member of the Municipal Heritage Committee please submit your letter of intention stating the following: 1) your heritage education or training; 2) your heritage employment or volunteer experience; 3) your passion and interest in municipal heritage conservation; and, 4) your commitment to municipal initiatives.

PLEASE SUBMIT your letter of intention, in writing to be appointed by Council to the Municipal Heritage Committee by no later than Friday, February 7th, 2020 at noon to the Municipal Office, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON N0L 1J0 or by email to Tracey Pillon-Abbs, Planner at planning@duttondunwich.on.ca.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the municipal heritage committee is available at www.duttondunwich.on.ca, or Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON.

Dated at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, this 8th day of January 2020.


News Release Ontario Puts Teeth Into Animal Welfare System

Stronger penalties and more inspectors will keep animals safer

TORONTO —  Today, Ontario passed legislation that will better protect animals from abuse and neglect by implementing the first provincial government-based animal welfare enforcement system. Once in force, Ontario will have the strongest penalties in Canada for people who violate the new law. 

"I am proud to say we have followed through on our commitment to deliver a modern animal welfare system," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Ontario is now a leader in Canada when it comes to protecting animals, especially when it comes to penalties for offenders."

The new system comes into force on January 1, 2020 and will improve animal welfare across the province by:

  • Implementing a new enforcement model, including provincial inspectors to provide province-wide coverage, and inspectors with specialized expertise in livestock, zoos, aquariums and equines 
  • Updating prohibitions and obligations, such as barring the return of dog fighting equipment to a person convicted of an offence as well as increasing penalties for offences 
  • Enabling inspectors to enter motor vehicles to help pets in critical distress in extreme weather conditions
  • Establishing new oversight provisions of inspectors that offer increased transparency and accountability, as well as a one-window complaints mechanism for the public
  • Establishing a multi-disciplinary advisory table made up of a wide range of experts, including veterinarians, agriculture representatives, academics, animal advocates and others to provide ongoing advice to the ministry. 

"Ontario is setting the bar for other provinces when it comes to a modern animal welfare system," said Parliamentary Assistant Christine Hogarth. "Our government has said how committed we are to the well-being of animals and we have proven our commitment by passing this new legislation."

This new animal welfare system was developed based on input from municipalities, police, industry, technical experts, veterinarian organizations, advocacy organizations, and the public. The government will continue to work with partners to ensure the best protection and support for animals.


  • Concerns about animal distress or abuse can be reported to the Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625).
  • Nearly 17,000 people responded to a public survey earlier this year asking how animal welfare in Ontario could be improved.
  • After more than 100 years enforcing the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act, the OSPCA stopped providing enforcement services as of June 28, 2019.
  • In June, the government passed the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019, a temporary measure to keep animals safe during the transition to the new animal welfare model.



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