The case of two teachers who were disciplined after their principal took screenshots of their private comments about a colleague has forced the Supreme Court of Canada to consider if teachers have a constitutional right to privacy at school.
The country’s highest court heard arguments on Wednesday about whether school boards act on behalf of the government — and if so, whether teachers have a constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure at work.
“School boards are fundamental to this country and school boards deserve Charter protection across the country,” said Howard Goldblatt, lawyer for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, a teachers' union.
The constitution gives provinces the responsibility for education. Everything they do “must be viewed as being under the scope of the Charter,” he said.
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