OFSAA (the Ontario Federation of Secondary Athletic Associations) announced yesterday that it would be cancelling day two of the high school Nordic ski championships in downtown Huntsville due to the province-wide teachers’ strike.
In a media release issued on Feb. 14, the organization said, “We have been assessing this situation as it relates to the feasibility of the Championship. At this time, we are announcing that the individual distance races will proceed as scheduled on Thursday, February 20. Due to the strike, the team sprint relays on Friday, February 21 have been cancelled. There will be no competition on that day.”
The event banquet, which was to be held on Thursday evening at Deerhurst Resort, has also been cancelled. Instead, the awards ceremony will take place at Arrowhead Provincial Park following the final race of the day.
Members of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) will all strike on February 21. The strike will include close to 200,000 teachers and education workers across the province.
The inaugural Huntsville SnowFest, hosted by the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, had events scheduled for Friday evening on Main Street. As a result of the OFSAA cancellation, snow will not be trucked into downtown Huntsville and spread along Main Street until Friday evening, according to HLOBCC executive director Kelly Haywood. The SnowFest activities that had been planned for Friday evening will now take place on Saturday instead. The Muskoka Fatbike Race, organized by the Huntsville Mountain Bike Association, will proceed on Saturday as scheduled.
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