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48 GOVERNING OURSELVES Professionally Speaking September 2021 R ecent amendments to the Ontario College of Teachers Act require that information about "any current or previous criminal proceedings involving a member that are relevant to [their] member- ship" be placed on the College's public register. The Transition Supervisory Officer has proposed a supporting regulation to the Minister of Education. Once approved, it will require that new information that the College is made aware of appear on the public register. This includes: • any finding of guilt against a member under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substan- ces Act, or equivalent legislation in any jurisdiction if relevant to membership, as determined by the Registrar; • pending or existing charges against a member under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Sub- stances Act, or equivalent legis- lation in any jurisdiction if relevant to membership, as determined by the Registrar; and • sentencing orders, orders that impose restrictions or conditions, orders pertaining to custody, bail, or release conditions, under- takings or peace bonds, and appeal information, if any, with respect to the findings of guilt or charges noted above (and if determined by the Registrar to be relevant to membership). Information would be removed from the public register if the Registrar determines it is no longer applicable or relevant to member- ship — for example, if findings of guilt are reversed on appeal or the member receives a pardon/record suspension on the member's written request. PS Criminal Proceedings to be Placed on Public Register International Recognition for Professionally Speaking T his past year, the College's publication, Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profes- sion, was recognized with eight awards — at home and abroad — for writing and design. The National Magazine Awards: B2B, presented by the National Media Awards Foundation, recog- nized the publication with two honours. Professionally Speaking won Silver for Best Department for Remarkable Teacher and Pour parler profession picked up a Silver for Best Photograph (Pratiques exem- plaires, March 2020). As well, Professionally Speaking received six Tabbie Awards this year, winning: Gold for Best Focus/Profile Article: Great Teaching; Bronze for Best Department: Tech Class; and honourable mentions for Best Single Issue: Professional Boundaries (December 2020), Best Feature Article: Supporting Student Success (September 2020), Best How-To Article: Tech Class (December 2020), and Best Front Cover Photography: Professional Boundaries. The Tabbie Awards, presented by TABPI (Trade Association Business Publications International), recog- nize editorial and visual excellence in English-language trade, associ- ation and business magazines worldwide. This year's contest featured nominations from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. PS Stakeholder Consultation Guides Implementation of College Changes I n May, the College sought input from its members and other stakeholders on the implementa- tion of changes recently made to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, including strengthening student protections and the modernization of the College's governance structure. The consultation was conducted through online surveys and reached more than 1,000 members in English and French, in addition to stakeholder groups from both the regulatory and education sectors. The survey questions focused on: • governance reform, including key attributes and core competencies of Council, committee and roster appointees, conflicts of interests, and diversity of participants; • a new sexual abuse prevention education program for College members and applicants and, in particular, program delivery and reporting member completion; and • mandatory reporting requirements for members who have been charged or found guilty of an offence, including bail conditions or other restrictions. Engaging a variety of groups and experts provides the College with a diverse set of views on key elements to help guide policy direction and program implementation. PS

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