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The beginning of the new school year always brings promise and the opportunity for kids and families to settle into routines.  
This new school year will be especially important because of all the trials and tribulations kids and families have had to face during the pandemic. It is critically important that the current Progressive Conservative government does everything in its power to create learning environments that are safe in order to ensure that we don’t have another school year full of disruptions and disjointed learning for our kids.
The Manitoba NDP and myself, as the critic for K-12 education, are calling for the following to ensure we keep our schools safe and open throughout the school year:
• Hire more full-time teachers, substitutes, educational assistants, and clinicians, and reduce class sizes so kids can be safely distanced and get the one-on-one attention they deserve;
• Set up vaccine clinics in schools to ensure easy access and culturally-specific education for families;
• Hire more school clinicians and increase in-school mental health supports for students, families and school staff; 
• Create a province-wide standard for ventilation in schools and invest in HVAC upgrades and air purifiers to ensure classrooms are safe for children;
• Create a comprehensive, mandatory paid sick leave program so parents and caregivers don’t have to sacrifice a paycheque to stay home with kids who are self-isolating.
The day after Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced his intention to resign, I stood with NDP leader Wab Kinew and several of my colleagues outside the Legislature to demand the PC cabinet abandon Pallister’s harmful legislative agenda. 
With our legislative powers, we delayed five of the PCs bills this past spring, including Bill 64 – The Education Modernization Act, and since then a vocal majority of Manitobans have publicly criticized the bill and signed up to speak at committee in record numbers. 
Coming out of the pandemic, we need to focus all of our attention on ensuring kids are safe at school and that they have the necessary resources to recover from the effects the pandemic had on their learning, not partisan legislation that dismantles our public education system.
The Transcona constituency office has now fully re-opened. 
Feel free to drop by and say hello. We are located at 127 Regent Ave. West. If you need to get a hold of us, please do so by emailing nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or by calling 204-594-2025. 

The beginning of the new school year always brings promise and the opportunity for kids and families to settle into routines.  

This new school year will be especially important because of all the trials and tribulations kids and families have had to face during the pandemic. It is critically important that the current Progressive Conservative government does everything in its power to create learning environments that are safe in order to ensure that we don’t have another school year full of disruptions and disjointed learning for our kids.

The Manitoba NDP and myself, as the critic for K-12 education, are calling for the following to ensure we keep our schools safe and open throughout the school year:

• Hire more full-time teachers, substitutes, educational assistants, and clinicians, and reduce class sizes so kids can be safely distanced and get the one-on-one attention they deserve;

• Set up vaccine clinics in schools to ensure easy access and culturally-specific education for families;

• Hire more school clinicians and increase in-school mental health supports for students, families and school staff; 

• Create a province-wide standard for ventilation in schools and invest in HVAC upgrades and air purifiers to ensure classrooms are safe for children;

• Create a comprehensive, mandatory paid sick leave program so parents and caregivers don’t have to sacrifice a paycheque to stay home with kids who are self-isolating.

The day after Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced his intention to resign, I stood with NDP leader Wab Kinew and several of my colleagues outside the Legislature to demand the PC cabinet abandon Pallister’s harmful legislative agenda. 

With our legislative powers, we delayed five of the PCs bills this past spring, including Bill 64 – The Education Modernization Act, and since then a vocal majority of Manitobans have publicly criticized the bill and signed up to speak at committee in record numbers. 

Coming out of the pandemic, we need to focus all of our attention on ensuring kids are safe at school and that they have the necessary resources to recover from the effects the pandemic had on their learning, not partisan legislation that dismantles our public education system.

The Transcona constituency office has now fully re-opened. 

Feel free to drop by and say hello. We are located at 127 Regent Ave. West. If you need to get a hold of us, please do so by emailing nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or by calling 204-594-2025. 

Nello Altomare

Nello Altomare
Transcona constituency report

Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.

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