TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage C.M.,
O.ONT., Q.C., has been commissioned by the Ontario College of Teachers
to review the regulatory body's investigation and disciplinary
procedures and outcomes and dispute resolution program.
"We regularly ask independent experts to review key aspects of the
College's practices to ensure that we continue to serve the public
interest effectively," says College Registrar Michael Salvatori, OCT.
"The College has a critical responsibility to protect the public
interest and the safety of Ontario students."
In 2002, the College released its advice to all Ontario certified
teachers in a professional advisory, Professional Misconduct Related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.
"It is prudent and timely to review the currency and relevance of the
advice, and of our practices and procedures across the College's entire
investigation and disciplinary mandate," said Salvatori.
"This independent review by the College is very timely, as British
Columbia's government is reviewing the mandate and operations of the BC
College of Teachers, the only other regulatory body for teachers in
Canada," says College Chair Liz Papadopoulos, OCT. "This will be an
excellent opportunity for us to reflect on our practices as well and
see where we can improve.''
Patrick J. LeSage has presided over some of Canada's most publicized and
complex cases. He has served on a number of commissions and has
conducted reviews including that of Ontario's police complaints system
and of the Canadian military justice provisions of the National Defence Act.
He is a former Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was
made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the
Ontario justice system and for his ongoing dedication to public
service. In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Order of Ontario.
The College has asked Mr. LeSage to complete his review by May 31, 2012.
His report will be made public by the College of Teachers.
The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates the
profession of teaching in the public interest. It sets standards of
practice and ethical standards, conducts investigations and
disciplinary hearings and accredits teacher education programs
affecting its more than 230,000 members in publicly funded schools and
institutions across Ontario. The College is the largest self-regulatory
body in Canada.
SOURCE Ontario College of Teachers
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