After all negotiations failed, a final contract offer was rejected by vote, and over 5 weeks of missed classes, Ontario college students will finally be returning to school this week.
A debate took place early Friday afternoon at Queen's Park regarding the back-to-work legislation Premier Kathleen Wynne tabled Thursday afternoon, a last resort effort made by the Ontario government to reopen Ontario college classrooms to students and forcibly end the strike.
Soon after Wynne introduced the bill, the NDP quickly shot it down, leading to a nearly weekend-long debate. Wynne's back-to-work bill would have required classes to resume Monday, as Ontario legislation allows bills with the unanimous consent of all parties to be fast-tracked.
But since the NDP rejected Wynne's proposed bill, a debate was expedited today, wherein the parties met to discuss the back-to-work legislation and come to a solution, which we're happy to say, they did.
Wynne does have a majority government, meaning that she would have ultimately been able to ensure that the legislation passed regardless the NDP's position on the matter.
And now that the strike has forcibly been brought to an end, student can expect their colleges from across the province to announce their back-to-school schedule. Hundreds of thousands of students are expected to return to Ontario colleges this Tuesday.
With the back-to-work bill passed, Wynne now has some "serious questions" for the OPSEU and College Employer Council about why the strike went on for as long as it did in the first place.
If you can't wait for a celebrity spotting while he's filming in Ontario this summer, there are a bunch of Zac Efron movies on Netflix Canada to hold you over and make sure you are super familiar with the actor before he arrives.
Efron is set to star in the upcoming film Firestarter, based on the Stephen King book, which is filming in Hamilton from May 25 to July 21 of this year, according to Ontario Creates.
To prepare yourself, here are seven movies and one mini-series on Netflix which feature the former High School Musical star.
Why You Need To Watch It: If you love true crime this one is for you! Zac Efron plays infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in this drama, which is based on a true story. The plot follow's Bundy's romance and relationship with a single mom named Liz.
Why You Need To Watch It: For this movie, the Franco brothers teamed up to tell the story of making the cult film The Room. The star-studded affair features Zac Efron as one of the actor characters and so many other big names like Seth Rogen and Alison Brie.
Why You Need To Watch It: If you're looking for a light-hearted comedy to take your mind off things, look no further. Zac Efron and Robert De Niro road tripping and getting into all sorts of trouble is a perfect weekend watch.
Why You Need To Watch It: This is one of those films that has so many celebrities in it and follows a bunch of intercepting storylines all taking place, you guessed it, on New Year's Eve. For Zac Efron's part, his character is on a mission to help Michelle Pfeiffer's character complete all her resolutions before the year is over.
Why You Need To Watch It: This flick from 2009 is the ultimate Zac Efron throwback to a time when he was still rocking that long bangs look that was super popular back then. Plus the plot involves a major time vortex, which is always fun!
Why You Need To Watch It: This movie remake of the iconic musical fell right in the middle of Zac Efron's High School Musical era and features him playing teen heartthrob Link Larkin with lots of singing and dancing to enjoy.
Why You Need To Watch It: While this one isn't a movie, this Netflix Original mini-series shows Zac Efron in his own life, travelling the world, experiencing different cultures, and finding healthy and sustainable ways to live.
Today, the market continues to look different from even its very recent past too, as the once constantly bustling spot feels significantly quiet, clearly a result of the pandemic and stay-at-home order currently in effect.