2013 CEPA-ACPÉ Conference

The 2013 CEPA Conference was held on June 9-12, in Wakefield, Quebec. The hosts of the 2013 conferences were the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and L’Association des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO). Conference Directors were Nicole Beauchamp (AEFO) and Francine Filion (CTF).

Educational sessions included the following:

From Mainframe to Mobile
What to do when desktop publishing migrates to laptop, tablet and smartphone? As our members demand greater connectivity, we content creators need to adapt to multiple platforms to effectively blend graphics, text, video and interactive media.

This session was a structured discussion about the difficulties, solutions and experiences that organizations face.

Bring your stories and your best practices!

Best Practices for Building Membership Support Through Social Media
Randy Banderob, OSSTF

Inside Canadian Politics and Where Labour Organizations Stand in the Public Eye

Richard Cléroux, an award-winning journalist and columnist, has been covering Parliament Hill for decades and knows politics—and politicians—inside and out.

Bilingual and bicultural, Richard will be speaking about his experiences and observations of the general political climate with an emphasis on the state of labour unions in Canada.

Richard currently freelances for several specialty publications and radio stations. Be prepared to ask questions—Richard is a riveting storyteller.

Bill C-377 from a Politician’s Perspective
Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), Bill C-377 passed in the House of Commons in December 2012 and at the time of this writing was with a Senate Review Committee. The bill would require all unions and employee organizations to provide the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the details of all transactions of $5,000 or more, the salaries and benefits of senior union officials, and a detailed breakdown of spending on political and lobbying activities. The information would be publicly posted on the CRA website. Unions and teacher associations across the country are bracing for ideological battles with the federal government. Are they inevitable? How can we can prepare our organizations?

Alexandre Boulerice was elected to the House of Commons in the 2011 election and is the NDP member of parliament for Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, in Montreal. He has been his party’s lead on the charge against the Harper government’s Bill C-377 as well as a host of other labour-related issues.

Emerging Member Issues and Campaigns Results
Pan-Canadian exchange of information and discussion.