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Ted McMeekin
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WATERDOWN — By January 2008, all Ontario students will be learning more about the environment in the classroom, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced last week following receipt of the report from the Curriculum Council and the Working Group on Environmental Education.


“We need to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to tackle environmental issues,” said Wynne.  “That’s why we’re giving them better environmental education at every grade level.”


“I’m pleased that the government is acting immediately on our group’s recommendations,” said scientist and astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, chair of the Working Group on Environmental Education. “Ontario is taking important steps to help more students understand that their local actions affect the global community today and for generations to come.”


The McGuinty government is implementing the recommendations of the Curriculum Council to give students more environmental knowledge and give teachers the resources to build that knowledge. To do this, the government is:

  • Integrating environmental education into all subjects in all grades

  • Developing a new optional Grade 11 course focussed on environmental education

  • Increasing experiential learning opportunities for students

  • Creating and publishing an environmental education policy by the fall to ensure high quality and relevant learning

  • Establishing environmental education standards to be applied to current and future reviews of curriculum

  • Working more closely with community partners and other government ministries to enhance environmental education

  • Providing training and resource guides to teachers.


The working group’s report, Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future, is available on the ministry website at


“I was pleased to meet with the Curriculum Council early on in their mandate.  Both the Council and the Working Group have done some tremendous work and I applaud their efforts.  I think it’s vital for our future, as a province, that our young people have a solid understanding of environmental issues and factors affecting climate change,” said Ted McMeekin, M.P.P. for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education.


“Students, teachers, our community and our planet will benefit from these changes that this government is making to the Ontario curriculum,” said Dennis Thiessen, chair of the Curriculum Council. “This collaboration of education and community partners was a success. I look forward to the next opportunity to advise the minister on how to improve education so more students can excel.”


Today’s announcement is another example of how the McGuinty government is working with education and community partners to inspire students to fight climate change and become environmentally responsible citizens. Other recent initiatives include:

§         Supporting and expanding the capacity of community organizations, including EcoSchools and Evergreen, that work with students on environmental issues

§         As part of the government's Student Success Strategy, high schools will be offering a new environment major that allows students to focus on a future environmental career by completing a bundle of classroom courses, workplace experiences and industry certifications

§         Launching two websites — for secondary students and for elementary students — that explain the challenges facing our planet and how to take action to protect the environment

§         Holding a Clean Air and Climate Change artwork and essay contest for students that received almost 3,500 submissions.


“I have met with many students who are keen to learn more about the environment and ways they can help preserve and sustain it.  They genuinely want to make a difference; they’re keen and green.  This announcement will help equip them with the knowledge they need in order to be environmental leaders” added McMeekin.


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