Stephen Lecce

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Stephen Lecce told : “More people, more emergency and front-line workers will need support in this province,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The trend is problematic, and we have to take this seriously,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Given the extension, we think it is reasonable to extend that free service for another two weeks and to expand it to include more front-line workers within our economy and within our society,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We recognize as this elementary school closure is extended that more people, more front-line workers will need support," External link

CBC Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “More people, more emergency and front-line workers will need support in this province,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The trend is problematic, and we have to take this seriously,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Given the extension, we think it is reasonable to extend that free service for another two weeks and to expand it to include more front-line workers within our economy and within our society,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We recognize as this elementary school closure is extended that more people, more front-line workers will need support," External link

CBC Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our commitment is to get them back as soon as it is safe," External link

cp24 Friday, January 8, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Learning must continue, even during a pandemic,” External link

680news Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We believe so strongly that schools are essential to the well-being, mental health and development of a child, and therefore, must be safeguarded at all costs to ensure they can remain open for safe in-class instruction,” External link

cp24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "we will continue to follow the advice of the chief medical officer of health and medical experts to guide decision-making and to keep students safe" External link

CBC Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "we will continue to follow the advice of the chief medical officer of health and medical experts to guide decision-making and to keep students safe" External link

CBC Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We believe so strongly that schools are essential to the well-being, mental health, and development of a child, and therefore, must be safeguarded at all costs to ensure they can remain open for safe in-class instruction,” “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 percent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19” External link

680news Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 per cent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19,” External link

barrie Monday, January 4, 2021 11:40:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 per cent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19,” External link

barrie Monday, January 4, 2021 2:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “To ensure a better learning experience, every teacher in this province received mandatory training on remote learning, before the school year started,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, January 4, 2021 6:16:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce ajouté : «Des experts médicaux éminents ont clairement indiqué que les écoles ne sont pas une source dans la transmission communautaire croissante [de la COVID-19]» External link

journaldemontreal Monday, January 4, 2021 2:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re building upon that by extending the program to include, for the first time, parents and guardians of high school children, with the aim of helping even more Ontario families during these challenging times,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “School boards were directed by me to ensure for those kids, the most vulnerable kids, special education children from the special education community that need to be in school, that they will be allowed to get back into school during that period of closure,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The public health environment in Ontario continues to evolve rapidly. The government is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, including recent trends in hospitalizations and intensive care unit patients," External link

barrie Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The public health environment in Ontario continues to evolve rapidly. The government is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, including recent trends in hospitalizations and intensive care unit patients,” “We encourage boards to continue to ensure that students and families are provided the resources required to successfully participate in remote learning” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity, whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

cp24 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “we’re very cognizant of these learning gaps. We’re seeing that phenomena globally. Our priority as a province and as a ministry is to ensure that we put in place the programs and supports, particularly for at-risk communities” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, December 5, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Eileen de Villa ) : “That is the authority that should be making these decisions,” “In that case, Toronto Public Health, Dr. [Vinita] Dube, Dr. [Eileen] de Villa, have provided context for why the school remains open and they’re really best positioned to provide that scientific advice, not politicians” External link

citynews-ca Friday, December 4, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

barrie Friday, December 4, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

cp24 Friday, December 4, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think it should be noted that the principal within the school had communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast, right?” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The fact that hundreds of students and staff have gotten tested in this school in conjunction with the local public health unit, I think underscores that the plan in place is working hard to mitigate any further spread,” “This morning, including the data points from Thorncliffe, 99.9 per cent of Ontario students are COVID-free and that continues to underscore the importance of following public health advice and it really I think demonstrates the importance of keeping schools open, which is our plan for 2021” External link

barrie Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The fact that hundreds of students and staff have gotten tested in this school in conjunction with the local public health unit, I think underscores that the plan in place is working hard to mitigate any further spread,” “This morning, including the data points from Thorncliffe, 99.9 per cent of Ontario students are COVID-free and that continues to underscore the importance of following public health advice and it really I think demonstrates the importance of keeping schools open, which is our plan for 2021” External link

cp24 Monday, November 30, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “COVID-19 has imposed many costs on families in this province, which is why we are again providing financial support directly in the pockets of working parents,” “Our priority remains keeping schools safe and open, and supporting families every step of the way through this incredible challenge” External link

680news Monday, November 30, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The chief medical officer of health made a determination that at this time (an extended winter break) is not required,” “His belief is that our schools remain fundamentally safe, with 99.9 per cent of kids in the province COVID-19 free” External link

barrie Friday, November 27, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce responded : ”So, I ask the Minister, will he ensure Banting Memorial High School is assessed in the coming months, so its replacement will be properly considered in the spring round of funding announcements for new schools in Ontario?” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 27, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We can certainly work offline to better understand the needs of your community,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 27, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re excited about this launch and proud of this partnership” External link

4-traders Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are building upon our plan to protect students, staff, and families by expanding funding, testing, and training, along with interactive learning supports, to keep our schools open and safe,” “Expanding targeted testing will introduce a critical layer of prevention for schools in regions of the province that currently have a high number of active COVID-19 cases that will help ensure we continue to deliver safe and open schools for our kids” External link

680news Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents want the facts. Here’s a fact that I think would instill a level of confidence: if they knew that 99.95% of students are COVID-19-free, that 99.92% of staff are COVID-19-free, that 99.7% of staff have never had COVID-19,” External link

680news Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents want the facts. Here’s a fact that I think would instill a level of confidence: if they knew that 99.95% of students are COVID-19-free, that 99.92% of staff are COVID-19-free, that 99.7% of staff have never had COVID-19,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," "We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond" External link

barrie Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

ctvnews Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

680news Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:29:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the public health measures table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “An extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the public health measures table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “An extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond,” External link

cknw Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our focus remains protecting the progress we have made in our schools this fall, as we look to and plan for the new year, so that students can continue to go to school each and every day,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond” External link

ctvnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s safe schools plan has worked to keep students safe from COVID-19, while allowing them to continue their learning journey and resume safe social interactions with their friends and classmates,” External link

680news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond,” “As we safeguard the progress we’ve made in our schools, we will continue to closely monitor all indicators, trends and numbers to protect the safety of our children, their families and all frontline staff in Ontario’s schools” External link

680news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond” External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period out of class," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have to be prepared for this potential circumstance,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period out of class that allows for us to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year," External link

barrie Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period outside of class that allows to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The announcement we will unveil will be comprehensive and include a variety of elements, one of which can include something like an extended closure and online learning experience,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Jeffrey Orridge ) : “Mr. Orridge’s proven track record as a change agent and leader, coupled with his vast experience in business, non-profit sectors and the media make him the ideal person to fill this critical role,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Over the years TVO has developed a strong record, brand and history, and is well positioned to become Canada’s premier digital learning platform,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period outside of class that allows to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The announcement we will unveil will be comprehensive and include a variety of elements, one of which can include something like an extended closure and online learning experience,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “We have to do whatever it takes to protect the gains we've made in the ministry, within our education ecosystem,” External link

barrie Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “TVO plays a key role in encouraging Ontarians to be active and informed citizens through its thought-provoking media and services,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our Government is committed to supporting the success, safety, and student well-being of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous students,” “Working closely with Indigenous partners, we know this investment will ensure access to meaningful support, improve overall outcomes and increase graduation rates” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 13, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Through this investment and the collective efforts of our Indigenous education partners, we can work together in the best interests of Indigenous students to ensure their well-being and achievement,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 13, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I continue to be disturbed by the language used by this individual,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I have spoken out unequivocally and strongly against that trustee at Toronto Catholic, saying that it was unacceptable and urging the board to commission an investigation and we look forward to accountability for those students who have been offended by the comments made by that trustee,” External link

680news Tuesday, November 3, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “the minister reaffirmed this week his deep concern with the language that was used by this individual” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When there are these types of circumstances, it is obviously important for parents, for their accountability and for the safety of their kids, that the Ministry of Labour takes action, which they have done in this instance,” “In these instances it is obviously totally unacceptable and I can appreciate why that parent would be very displeased and that is why we are continuing to step up training and making sure that the health protocols are well known to every staff member in our school boards” External link

cp24 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This is an emergency. We need this to happen ASAP,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I just don't want to increase the anxiety of our students," External link

CBC Monday, October 19, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

globalnews Monday, October 19, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority. It did not serve our students well, in fact it undermined the quality of teaching,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority and that did not serve our students well. In fact, it undermined the quality of teaching in many cases," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our classrooms simply do not reflect our province, and that is a problem,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, October 16, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Thousands of educators continue to be hired. To keep our schools safe, we need to give our principals the latitude to get it done,” “We have an issue with supply. We cannot find teachers. Some schools have had to send in non-qualified educators to essentially watch the class. We cannot allow that to happen” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

ctvnews Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

barrie Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’m very happy to celebrate 109 years of the National Day of Taiwan and our shared values and our enduring relationship underpinned by freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our priority as we enter the flu season is to ensure our schools take every preventative measure possible to ensure students and staff remain safe," External link

mondaq Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're going to be looking at how we can improve the safety of children so that there's no more examples, so that there's no more victims," "Especially for the young man cited in Hamilton and for so many others in the province that feel isolated as a consequence of not having those supports in place" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we had that flexibility built in, we could bundle the prep time, we could start it earlier, at the end of the day, thus relieving the home room teacher to take their prep time. This could have been avoided,” External link

680news Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Now we know the flu season, the second wave is upon us,” “This province is ready to bolster our planning, and to strengthen safety in those targeted schools” External link

barrie Monday, October 5, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have an obligation to our young people, to our society, to our working parents, to the mental health of our kids to keep them in school,” External link

680news Monday, October 5, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will look to refine our systems and practices to make sure it is evidence informed and ultimately reflects the reality on the ground," External link

barrie Friday, September 25, 2020 1:54:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and seek public health advice,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents deserve to know what we know,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, September 11, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is the most cautious, safe and comprehensive in the country, fully funded and fully informed by leading medical leaders to ensure we reduce the risk, support positive mental health, and improve the safety of all students and staff," External link

mondaq Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we continue to follow public health advice ... I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

timescolonist Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we continue to follow public health advice … I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "The singular concern I am noting is that increasing number of cases in our community," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "There's a few variables public health officials and the (Chief Medical Officer of Health) would consider in that respect," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have focused on ensuring that the schools on the ground have the full complement of resources, of PPE [personal protective equipment], hand sanitizer. They are what’s called intensely staffed. Meaning more custodial cleaning, more staffing, more distancing,” External link

cp24 Monday, September 7, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Anything that is not easy to disinfect, easy to wipe, has been removed, most educators have already done that, and that’s based on the health and safety protocol really trying to minimize transmission,” External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

CBC Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

ctvnews Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “what we can guarantee is that every school board, who is the one who’s delivering education in the province, every school board has the resources to ensure distancing” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every school year there are timetabling issues,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is investing up to $1 billion in new money to ensure that school boards have the ability to increase distancing, and look to innovative options, including using outdoor spaces… (and) the province will continue to give school boards those resources,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The difference this year is that it's happened a bit earlier because we want to make sure we are ready for September," "And we don't have parents walking in with children, to the extent possible, in September. We really want to mitigate that for the purposes of contact management and tracing and to ensure distancing" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “I know many provinces around the country, some of them have staggered or delayed their starts (to the school year). We’re able to, next week, start to reopen schools safely with a plan that has been fully supported and endorsed by the Chief Officer Medical of Health” External link

680news Monday, August 31, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

CBC Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 28, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

cp24 Friday, August 28, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These jobs played an essential role keeping the provincial economy running, and they pay well,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home, and I know that's going to be challenging," External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "In the area of ventilation the province recently announced an additional $50 million," "On an annual basis, every single year, under this government we're allocating $1.4 billion in maintenance and renewal funding" External link

CBC Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home and I know that’s going to be challenging" External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting priorities like more cleaning, physical distancing, testing, and hiring of staff to ensure a safe reopening of our schools this September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re also providing $50 million dollars to respond to the second wave and/or the flu pandemic, having an immediate ability of the province to respond to school boards’ needs with money and resources when those challenges arrive,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : "We all just want to ensure we follow the public health advice and give the school board those additional few days to get it right," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been very clear, we will be there,” “We have procured masks...we have provided that funding for them and we will continue to be there for them, for our bus drivers, for our schools, educators and staff” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “And we’ve actually told boards, we’ve signaled to boards well before we announced the $50 million for ventilation, to get going and get their HVAC systems upgraded with the best mobile filtration units for those portables required for those older classrooms…,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

cknw Friday, August 21, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 21, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have put the money in place $40 million for just one year. A one-time investment for the coming year to make sure buses are constantly cleaned and the points of contact are constantly cleaned,” External link

barrie Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community," External link

CBC Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : "What we are asking unions to do is provide maximum flexibility for boards to enable them to teach a child for the entire duration of the day," External link

mondaq Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:55:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We want all of that time to be used, to the extent humanely possible for learning. And we think parents expect that. And we stand with them on that,” External link

barrie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, August 17, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," "Kids in Grade 1 to 12 must receive a minimum of 75 per cent of live, synchronous learning each day" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "We put a $40 million, one-time investment to make sure buses are constantly cleaned so we reduce any risk to families and to their children," External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says ( about David Walliams ) : "Dr. David Williams has fully endorsed the plan to re-open schools," "Together as province we will overcome the challenge and kids will be in school" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These are the rainy day funds,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When combined with previous announcements over the past few weeks, school boards will be able to access over $900 million in funding this year,” “This is in addition to the increases in Grants for Student Needs” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : “This funding can be applied to local priorities of each board, based on the immediate needs on the ground to prepare for the start of school,” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are taking action to ensure live, synchronous learning is improved, providing parents with consistency and a timetable to mirror the in-class experience,” “In order for remote learning to be successful, we are urging unions to embrace this form of learning that parents expect and students deserve” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’ll work with boards if they think they need a tad more time,” “There’s an overall broader imperative to get the kids back into class – we know for their wellness and their development and their mental health – but we’re going to be flexible, we’re going to be reasonable, we’re going to be evidence-based” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

simcoe Friday, August 14, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," External link

barrie Friday, August 14, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 14, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Friday, August 14, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is a living document. It is responding to needs on the ground," External link

CBC Friday, August 14, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re doing everything we can to follow the evidence, the science and the emerging advice of our public health agencies, to put in layers of prevention,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is leading in virtually every element,” External link

ottawacitizen Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “We’ve already provided guidance to school boards in the context of using the full footprint of their schools — their gymnasiums and cafeterias” “Ultimately, we’ve encouraged them to be innovative and look for solutions within the context of utilizing spaces in their schools and many of them are doing that as we speak,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put funding in place to enable more hiring. We encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that," External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The plan is a living document that will respond to emerging evidence," "We’ve put funding in place to enable more hiring, we encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that" External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’ve put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment. We’re also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe, which is our obligation,” External link

theepochtimes Friday, August 7, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used … to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 7, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “As well, it can be used in this period of time for any offsets if capacity was limited, as it has been over the summer, to make up those dollars and really help these operators get through the worst of it as capacity is low,” External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This plan informed by those experts called for … layers of prevention looking at every single way we can de-risk the circumstance,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 7, 2020 4:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

cp24 Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

cknw Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT



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Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “Folks, there is proof in the pudding before the Christmas holidays ... we saw positivity rates of three per cent. Now, the information I received as of late yesterday afternoon, that has jumped (by) 116 per cent,” “It just goes to show you the education plan that Minister (Stephen) Lecce put out there was working. As soon as we went through Christmas, everyone got together,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, January 8, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “Before the Christmas holiday we saw positivity rates of three per cent (among students) and now the information I received as of late yesterday afternoon is that has jumped 116 per cent, let me repeat that 116 per cent,” “It just goes to show you the education plan that (Education) Minister (Stephen) Lecce put out there was working but as soon as we went through Christmas everyone got together and now nearly one in every five children under the age of 13 are testing positive” External link

cp24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I understand why parents are anxious, I’m anxious, I called the minister (of education) the other day four times. I’m on to (Stephen Lecce) like an 800-pound gorilla, we’re all over it,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 7, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

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Stephen Lecce told : “More people, more emergency and front-line workers will need support in this province,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The trend is problematic, and we have to take this seriously,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Given the extension, we think it is reasonable to extend that free service for another two weeks and to expand it to include more front-line workers within our economy and within our society,” External link

barrie Monday, January 11, 2021 6:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We recognize as this elementary school closure is extended that more people, more front-line workers will need support," External link

CBC Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “More people, more emergency and front-line workers will need support in this province,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The trend is problematic, and we have to take this seriously,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Given the extension, we think it is reasonable to extend that free service for another two weeks and to expand it to include more front-line workers within our economy and within our society,” External link

cp24 Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We recognize as this elementary school closure is extended that more people, more front-line workers will need support," External link

CBC Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:02:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our commitment is to get them back as soon as it is safe," External link

cp24 Friday, January 8, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Learning must continue, even during a pandemic,” External link

680news Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We believe so strongly that schools are essential to the well-being, mental health and development of a child, and therefore, must be safeguarded at all costs to ensure they can remain open for safe in-class instruction,” External link

cp24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "we will continue to follow the advice of the chief medical officer of health and medical experts to guide decision-making and to keep students safe" External link

CBC Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "we will continue to follow the advice of the chief medical officer of health and medical experts to guide decision-making and to keep students safe" External link

CBC Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We believe so strongly that schools are essential to the well-being, mental health, and development of a child, and therefore, must be safeguarded at all costs to ensure they can remain open for safe in-class instruction,” “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 percent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19” External link

680news Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 per cent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19,” External link

barrie Monday, January 4, 2021 11:40:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of 10 schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64 per cent of students have not reported a case of COVID-19,” External link

barrie Monday, January 4, 2021 2:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce wrote : “To ensure a better learning experience, every teacher in this province received mandatory training on remote learning, before the school year started,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, January 4, 2021 6:16:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce ajouté : «Des experts médicaux éminents ont clairement indiqué que les écoles ne sont pas une source dans la transmission communautaire croissante [de la COVID-19]» External link

journaldemontreal Monday, January 4, 2021 2:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re building upon that by extending the program to include, for the first time, parents and guardians of high school children, with the aim of helping even more Ontario families during these challenging times,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “School boards were directed by me to ensure for those kids, the most vulnerable kids, special education children from the special education community that need to be in school, that they will be allowed to get back into school during that period of closure,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The public health environment in Ontario continues to evolve rapidly. The government is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, including recent trends in hospitalizations and intensive care unit patients," External link

barrie Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The public health environment in Ontario continues to evolve rapidly. The government is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, including recent trends in hospitalizations and intensive care unit patients,” “We encourage boards to continue to ensure that students and families are provided the resources required to successfully participate in remote learning” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity, whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

cp24 Monday, December 7, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “we’re very cognizant of these learning gaps. We’re seeing that phenomena globally. Our priority as a province and as a ministry is to ensure that we put in place the programs and supports, particularly for at-risk communities” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, December 5, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Eileen de Villa ) : “That is the authority that should be making these decisions,” “In that case, Toronto Public Health, Dr. [Vinita] Dube, Dr. [Eileen] de Villa, have provided context for why the school remains open and they’re really best positioned to provide that scientific advice, not politicians” External link

citynews-ca Friday, December 4, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

barrie Friday, December 4, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The principal within this school has communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast. In the community, it is roughly 16 per cent positivity whereas in the school it is roughly four per cent,” External link

cp24 Friday, December 4, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think it should be noted that the principal within the school had communicated that the positivity rate compared from the community to the school is quite vast, right?” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The fact that hundreds of students and staff have gotten tested in this school in conjunction with the local public health unit, I think underscores that the plan in place is working hard to mitigate any further spread,” “This morning, including the data points from Thorncliffe, 99.9 per cent of Ontario students are COVID-free and that continues to underscore the importance of following public health advice and it really I think demonstrates the importance of keeping schools open, which is our plan for 2021” External link

barrie Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:35:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The fact that hundreds of students and staff have gotten tested in this school in conjunction with the local public health unit, I think underscores that the plan in place is working hard to mitigate any further spread,” “This morning, including the data points from Thorncliffe, 99.9 per cent of Ontario students are COVID-free and that continues to underscore the importance of following public health advice and it really I think demonstrates the importance of keeping schools open, which is our plan for 2021” External link

cp24 Monday, November 30, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “COVID-19 has imposed many costs on families in this province, which is why we are again providing financial support directly in the pockets of working parents,” “Our priority remains keeping schools safe and open, and supporting families every step of the way through this incredible challenge” External link

680news Monday, November 30, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The chief medical officer of health made a determination that at this time (an extended winter break) is not required,” “His belief is that our schools remain fundamentally safe, with 99.9 per cent of kids in the province COVID-19 free” External link

barrie Friday, November 27, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce responded : ”So, I ask the Minister, will he ensure Banting Memorial High School is assessed in the coming months, so its replacement will be properly considered in the spring round of funding announcements for new schools in Ontario?” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 27, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We can certainly work offline to better understand the needs of your community,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 27, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re excited about this launch and proud of this partnership” External link

4-traders Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are building upon our plan to protect students, staff, and families by expanding funding, testing, and training, along with interactive learning supports, to keep our schools open and safe,” “Expanding targeted testing will introduce a critical layer of prevention for schools in regions of the province that currently have a high number of active COVID-19 cases that will help ensure we continue to deliver safe and open schools for our kids” External link

680news Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:27:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents want the facts. Here’s a fact that I think would instill a level of confidence: if they knew that 99.95% of students are COVID-19-free, that 99.92% of staff are COVID-19-free, that 99.7% of staff have never had COVID-19,” External link

680news Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents want the facts. Here’s a fact that I think would instill a level of confidence: if they knew that 99.95% of students are COVID-19-free, that 99.92% of staff are COVID-19-free, that 99.7% of staff have never had COVID-19,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," "We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond" External link

barrie Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

ctvnews Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Sending strength and prayers to TCDSB,” External link

680news Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:29:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the public health measures table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “An extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the public health measures table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “An extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond,” External link

cknw Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our focus remains protecting the progress we have made in our schools this fall, as we look to and plan for the new year, so that students can continue to go to school each and every day,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond” External link

ctvnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : "We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario's strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s safe schools plan has worked to keep students safe from COVID-19, while allowing them to continue their learning journey and resume safe social interactions with their friends and classmates,” External link

680news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond,” “As we safeguard the progress we’ve made in our schools, we will continue to closely monitor all indicators, trends and numbers to protect the safety of our children, their families and all frontline staff in Ontario’s schools” External link

680news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the chief medical officer of health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” “We are fully committed to building upon our national leading plan to keep kids learning and safe. We will continue to consider any option and take decisive action to ensure we deliver on this shared priority of keeping schools open in January and beyond” External link

barrie Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Table ) : “We have consulted with the Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period out of class," External link

CBC Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have to be prepared for this potential circumstance,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period out of class that allows for us to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year," External link

barrie Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period outside of class that allows to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The announcement we will unveil will be comprehensive and include a variety of elements, one of which can include something like an extended closure and online learning experience,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Jeffrey Orridge ) : “Mr. Orridge’s proven track record as a change agent and leader, coupled with his vast experience in business, non-profit sectors and the media make him the ideal person to fill this critical role,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Over the years TVO has developed a strong record, brand and history, and is well positioned to become Canada’s premier digital learning platform,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “I am seriously looking at solutions that may include some period outside of class that allows to protect the gains we made in this province going into the second year,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The announcement we will unveil will be comprehensive and include a variety of elements, one of which can include something like an extended closure and online learning experience,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “We have to do whatever it takes to protect the gains we've made in the ministry, within our education ecosystem,” External link

barrie Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “TVO plays a key role in encouraging Ontarians to be active and informed citizens through its thought-provoking media and services,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our Government is committed to supporting the success, safety, and student well-being of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous students,” “Working closely with Indigenous partners, we know this investment will ensure access to meaningful support, improve overall outcomes and increase graduation rates” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 13, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Through this investment and the collective efforts of our Indigenous education partners, we can work together in the best interests of Indigenous students to ensure their well-being and achievement,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 13, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I continue to be disturbed by the language used by this individual,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I have spoken out unequivocally and strongly against that trustee at Toronto Catholic, saying that it was unacceptable and urging the board to commission an investigation and we look forward to accountability for those students who have been offended by the comments made by that trustee,” External link

680news Tuesday, November 3, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “the minister reaffirmed this week his deep concern with the language that was used by this individual” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When there are these types of circumstances, it is obviously important for parents, for their accountability and for the safety of their kids, that the Ministry of Labour takes action, which they have done in this instance,” “In these instances it is obviously totally unacceptable and I can appreciate why that parent would be very displeased and that is why we are continuing to step up training and making sure that the health protocols are well known to every staff member in our school boards” External link

cp24 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This is an emergency. We need this to happen ASAP,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I just don't want to increase the anxiety of our students," External link

CBC Monday, October 19, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

globalnews Monday, October 19, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority. It did not serve our students well, in fact it undermined the quality of teaching,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority and that did not serve our students well. In fact, it undermined the quality of teaching in many cases," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our classrooms simply do not reflect our province, and that is a problem,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, October 16, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Thousands of educators continue to be hired. To keep our schools safe, we need to give our principals the latitude to get it done,” “We have an issue with supply. We cannot find teachers. Some schools have had to send in non-qualified educators to essentially watch the class. We cannot allow that to happen” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

ctvnews Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

barrie Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’m very happy to celebrate 109 years of the National Day of Taiwan and our shared values and our enduring relationship underpinned by freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our priority as we enter the flu season is to ensure our schools take every preventative measure possible to ensure students and staff remain safe," External link

mondaq Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're going to be looking at how we can improve the safety of children so that there's no more examples, so that there's no more victims," "Especially for the young man cited in Hamilton and for so many others in the province that feel isolated as a consequence of not having those supports in place" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we had that flexibility built in, we could bundle the prep time, we could start it earlier, at the end of the day, thus relieving the home room teacher to take their prep time. This could have been avoided,” External link

680news Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Now we know the flu season, the second wave is upon us,” “This province is ready to bolster our planning, and to strengthen safety in those targeted schools” External link

barrie Monday, October 5, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have an obligation to our young people, to our society, to our working parents, to the mental health of our kids to keep them in school,” External link

680news Monday, October 5, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will look to refine our systems and practices to make sure it is evidence informed and ultimately reflects the reality on the ground," External link

barrie Friday, September 25, 2020 1:54:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and seek public health advice,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents deserve to know what we know,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, September 11, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is the most cautious, safe and comprehensive in the country, fully funded and fully informed by leading medical leaders to ensure we reduce the risk, support positive mental health, and improve the safety of all students and staff," External link

mondaq Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we continue to follow public health advice ... I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

timescolonist Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we continue to follow public health advice … I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "The singular concern I am noting is that increasing number of cases in our community," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "There's a few variables public health officials and the (Chief Medical Officer of Health) would consider in that respect," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have focused on ensuring that the schools on the ground have the full complement of resources, of PPE [personal protective equipment], hand sanitizer. They are what’s called intensely staffed. Meaning more custodial cleaning, more staffing, more distancing,” External link

cp24 Monday, September 7, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Anything that is not easy to disinfect, easy to wipe, has been removed, most educators have already done that, and that’s based on the health and safety protocol really trying to minimize transmission,” External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

CBC Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

ctvnews Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “what we can guarantee is that every school board, who is the one who’s delivering education in the province, every school board has the resources to ensure distancing” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every school year there are timetabling issues,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is investing up to $1 billion in new money to ensure that school boards have the ability to increase distancing, and look to innovative options, including using outdoor spaces… (and) the province will continue to give school boards those resources,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The difference this year is that it's happened a bit earlier because we want to make sure we are ready for September," "And we don't have parents walking in with children, to the extent possible, in September. We really want to mitigate that for the purposes of contact management and tracing and to ensure distancing" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “I know many provinces around the country, some of them have staggered or delayed their starts (to the school year). We’re able to, next week, start to reopen schools safely with a plan that has been fully supported and endorsed by the Chief Officer Medical of Health” External link

680news Monday, August 31, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

CBC Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 28, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

cp24 Friday, August 28, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These jobs played an essential role keeping the provincial economy running, and they pay well,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home, and I know that's going to be challenging," External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "In the area of ventilation the province recently announced an additional $50 million," "On an annual basis, every single year, under this government we're allocating $1.4 billion in maintenance and renewal funding" External link

CBC Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home and I know that’s going to be challenging" External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting priorities like more cleaning, physical distancing, testing, and hiring of staff to ensure a safe reopening of our schools this September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re also providing $50 million dollars to respond to the second wave and/or the flu pandemic, having an immediate ability of the province to respond to school boards’ needs with money and resources when those challenges arrive,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : "We all just want to ensure we follow the public health advice and give the school board those additional few days to get it right," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been very clear, we will be there,” “We have procured masks...we have provided that funding for them and we will continue to be there for them, for our bus drivers, for our schools, educators and staff” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “And we’ve actually told boards, we’ve signaled to boards well before we announced the $50 million for ventilation, to get going and get their HVAC systems upgraded with the best mobile filtration units for those portables required for those older classrooms…,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

cknw Friday, August 21, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 21, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have put the money in place $40 million for just one year. A one-time investment for the coming year to make sure buses are constantly cleaned and the points of contact are constantly cleaned,” External link

barrie Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community," External link

CBC Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : "What we are asking unions to do is provide maximum flexibility for boards to enable them to teach a child for the entire duration of the day," External link

mondaq Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:55:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We want all of that time to be used, to the extent humanely possible for learning. And we think parents expect that. And we stand with them on that,” External link

barrie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, August 17, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," "Kids in Grade 1 to 12 must receive a minimum of 75 per cent of live, synchronous learning each day" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "We put a $40 million, one-time investment to make sure buses are constantly cleaned so we reduce any risk to families and to their children," External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says ( about David Walliams ) : "Dr. David Williams has fully endorsed the plan to re-open schools," "Together as province we will overcome the challenge and kids will be in school" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These are the rainy day funds,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When combined with previous announcements over the past few weeks, school boards will be able to access over $900 million in funding this year,” “This is in addition to the increases in Grants for Student Needs” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : “This funding can be applied to local priorities of each board, based on the immediate needs on the ground to prepare for the start of school,” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are taking action to ensure live, synchronous learning is improved, providing parents with consistency and a timetable to mirror the in-class experience,” “In order for remote learning to be successful, we are urging unions to embrace this form of learning that parents expect and students deserve” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’ll work with boards if they think they need a tad more time,” “There’s an overall broader imperative to get the kids back into class – we know for their wellness and their development and their mental health – but we’re going to be flexible, we’re going to be reasonable, we’re going to be evidence-based” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

simcoe Friday, August 14, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," External link

barrie Friday, August 14, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 14, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Friday, August 14, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is a living document. It is responding to needs on the ground," External link

CBC Friday, August 14, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re doing everything we can to follow the evidence, the science and the emerging advice of our public health agencies, to put in layers of prevention,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is leading in virtually every element,” External link

ottawacitizen Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “We’ve already provided guidance to school boards in the context of using the full footprint of their schools — their gymnasiums and cafeterias” “Ultimately, we’ve encouraged them to be innovative and look for solutions within the context of utilizing spaces in their schools and many of them are doing that as we speak,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put funding in place to enable more hiring. We encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that," External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The plan is a living document that will respond to emerging evidence," "We’ve put funding in place to enable more hiring, we encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that" External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’ve put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment. We’re also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe, which is our obligation,” External link

theepochtimes Friday, August 7, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used … to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 7, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “As well, it can be used in this period of time for any offsets if capacity was limited, as it has been over the summer, to make up those dollars and really help these operators get through the worst of it as capacity is low,” External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This plan informed by those experts called for … layers of prevention looking at every single way we can de-risk the circumstance,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 7, 2020 4:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

cp24 Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

cknw Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
spokesman100.00%EN03/10/201510/03/2015
Names Lang Count
Stephen LecceEN83.33%
Stephen LecceFR16.67%


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Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “Folks, there is proof in the pudding before the Christmas holidays ... we saw positivity rates of three per cent. Now, the information I received as of late yesterday afternoon, that has jumped (by) 116 per cent,” “It just goes to show you the education plan that Minister (Stephen) Lecce put out there was working. As soon as we went through Christmas, everyone got together,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, January 8, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “Before the Christmas holiday we saw positivity rates of three per cent (among students) and now the information I received as of late yesterday afternoon is that has jumped 116 per cent, let me repeat that 116 per cent,” “It just goes to show you the education plan that (Education) Minister (Stephen) Lecce put out there was working but as soon as we went through Christmas everyone got together and now nearly one in every five children under the age of 13 are testing positive” External link

cp24 Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:25:00 PM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I understand why parents are anxious, I’m anxious, I called the minister (of education) the other day four times. I’m on to (Stephen Lecce) like an 800-pound gorilla, we’re all over it,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 7, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT