Hamilton teacher Richard Taylor charged in Rutherford double homicide


The son of Carla Rutherford, killed with her husband, Alan Rutherford, in a horrific fire intentionally set in their bedroom, has been charged in their murders.

Richard Taylor is charged with two counts of first degree murder. He is expected to appear in court later Thursday.

We believe the fire was intentionally set,” Staff Sgt. Steve Bereziuk told the Spectator in September. “And it was done with the intention of killing them.

“Right now, we are focusing on one individual and that person is aware. And they have been co-operative.”

Richard Taylor is the oldest of Carla’s children, and grew up in the Greening Court rancher with his parents and younger brother. Property records show Carla and her first husband, whom her son Richard was named after, bought the home in 1981.

Taylor is a teacher, listed as the library, physical education and health teacher at Hess Street School in Hamilton. Last year he was listed as teaching Grades 2/3.

His profile on the Ontario College of Teachers shows he was in good standing and earned a bachelor of arts from McMaster University in 1998 before getting a bachelor of science in education from Medaille College in New York.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board spokesperson Shawn McKillop said Taylor has been “reassigned effective immediately.” Any other questions were referred to Hamilton police.

Property records show he owns a home in Oakville with his wife, whose social media profile shows two children.

Carla and her first husband divorced and she remarried Alan Rutherford, who has two adult daughters from a prior marriage. The couple met while working at a Hamilton Health Science lab and married 11 years ago.

Bereziuk previously said the blended family got along well.

Richard Taylor and his younger brother started a custom Muskoka chair company using baseball bats in the design in 2015. They made the chairs out of Taylor’s Oakville home. The brother is a chiropractor in Toronto.

This past June, weeks before the arson homicides, the Huntsville Forester published an interview with the brothers where they spoke about starting the business after their mom threatened to toss their collection of old baseball bats collecting dust in their childhood home.

The article says Richard goes by “Rich” and is a “respected elementary school teacher in Hamilton.” They were on summer vacation in Haliburton when they hashed out their custom Muskoka chair business plan — Taylor Bros. Chair Co. The company has been successful, including donating four custom stools for a Toronto Blue Jays’ Jays Care Foundation auction. They had their picture taken on the field at Rogers Centre.

But in that interview Richard said the best part of the business was spending time with his brother.

“That was part of the attraction for starting this company,” says Rich. “At the very least, we could get together more often and chat, have a beer. It also gives us an excuse to get the families together and hang out. It’s great.”

Alan and Carla Rutherford were a well-like retired couple known in the neighbourhood for being out walking their two chocolate brown labradors — the dogs escaped the blaze.

Alan was a runner and Carla a talented quiltmaker who donated her quilts for fundraising. They were both longtime members and volunteers with the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.

After their deaths there was an outpouring from the community sharing memories of the couple.

In September, Bereziuk said police were exploring the possibility that the arson was contracted out.

The Rutherfords had “no apparent enemies” beyond perhaps “that inner circle,” he said at the time.

Hamilton police are expected to provide an update on the case at 2 p.m.


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Former teacher facing 27 sex charges dating to 1970s and 1980s


A 66-year-old Halifax man who worked as both a teacher and a volunteer coach is facing 27 charges in relation to alleged sexual assaults against more than a dozen youths in the 1970s and 1980s in the Halifax area.

Police began an investigation in October 2016 after several people came forward and reported being sexually assaulted decades ago, Halifax Regional Police said in a news release.

Investigators arrested Michael Patrick McNutt without incident at a home in Halifax Wednesday morning. 

He’s facing 14 counts of gross indecency and 13 counts of indecent assault — the charge that was in effect in the Criminal Code at the time of the alleged offences.

Police said the 13 victims were youths at the time they were allegedly assaulted. They said McNutt, who worked as both a teacher and a volunteer coach, was in a position of trust. Police said they will not release any other details to protect the identity of the victims.

McNutt appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Thursday. He was released on $1,500 bail with the following conditions: no contact with males under the age of 18 and to maintain a distance of more than 10 metres from schools, parks, community centres or places where youths may be. 

His next court date is Feb. 27.

Police said they anticipate laying more charges against McNutt and encourage any other victims to come forward. 

« They want victims to know they will not be judged, and will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect throughout the entire investigative process, » Const. John MacLeod said in the news release.


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Class size, teacher hiring part of new education consultations, leaving one teachers union wary


Class sizes and hiring rules could be in for changes under the Ford government, which has just launched consultations with education unions and trustee associations.

However, the head of Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario called the talks “concerning and disturbing.”

Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.  (Jim Rankin / Toronto Star)

The government began discussions with teacher unions on Wednesday by “highlighting the $15-billion deficit, the need to reduce that deficit and … leading to potential cuts in education,” said ETFO president Sam Hammond.

“Make no mistake, they are talking about removing” class-size caps in elementary school and especially for full-day kindergarten.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement that the government is “modernizing the way we fund education in a responsible manner and we are eager to hear the innovative ideas of educators and sector partners.”

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Also up for discussion is the rule known as “Regulation 274” — the bane of principals and school boards that argue they can’t hire the best fit for any position because the rules force them to choose supply teachers with the most seniority for long-term and permanent positions.

Put in place to curb nepotism and liked by the unions, it has nonetheless caused troubles for members who lose seniority as they move from board to board.

Minister of Education Lisa Thompson during question period in the Ontario Legislature, July 18, 2018.
Minister of Education Lisa Thompson during question period in the Ontario Legislature, July 18, 2018.  (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)

Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, struck a more conciliatory tone than his elementary counterpart, saying “We are absolutely prepared to engage in consultation with this government and can offer, as we have in the past, solutions to some outstanding problems with the hiring regulation.

“Understandably, we remain committed to protecting locally negotiated class size limits that respond to local circumstances and support student achievement as well as the staff complement that provides for excellent and unique programming around the province.”

Kristin Rushowy is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow her on Twitter: @krushowy


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Teacher Strike Eats: ‘Strike Tacos,’ Delivery Pizza, and Bagged Lunches Fuel a West Virginia Walkout | Healthyish


Earlier this year, teachers across the state of West Virginia left their classrooms and went to the State Capitol Building to demand better wages and healthcare for all public employees. After nine days standing and holding signs on highways in bitter February weather, the teachers won a five-percent pay increase from the state legislators. Jessica Salfia, a public school teacher at Spring Mills High School in Berkley County, West Virginia, says that she and the teachers couldn’t have kept going without the steady arrival of gift packages, pizzas, and what became known lovingly as “strike tacos” from supporters locally and across the country.

Since the West Virginia teachers returned to their classrooms, similar statewide strikes have happened in Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Salfia has been a public educator for 15 years and is one of the editors of 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers Strike, an oral history of the strike published by Belt Publishing. Here Salfia talks about how the West Virginia teachers’ strike was fed. – Brooke Shuman

That first night of the strike, my friend and I drove to Charleston, West Virginia and spent the first two days at the Capitol, lobbying. That was exciting. I learned a lot about what legislators know and don’t know about the struggle of the public educator. I learned a lot about how legislation works, which the whole public needs to take a course in because I think we’d get a lot more done if we all were as engaged as the West Virginia Public Employees were then. I’ve never been more inspired by my fellow West Virginians, by my fellow teachers. I don’t know if I’ll ever see anything like it again.


Photo courtesy of Jessica Salfia

A sign at the West Virginia teachers’ strike.

A lot of legislators, when it looked like we were for-sure going to be walking out, began using lunch and food as a weapon to vilify educators. They said, ”If teachers leave their classrooms, kids aren’t going to eat.” Our local delegate published an op-ed in the Berkeley County paper leading up to the strike that said, « Teachers are threatening to strike against our students, » which was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. ​People don’t realize that, in schools every day, teachers are feeding kids that need fed. They’re putting clothes on the backs of kids who need clothes. They’re going on home visits. They’re buying school supplies for kids who don’t have it. So if we’re not gonna take care of our teachers, then those kids are not gonna get taken care of.

Local school boards issued ads in the paper and sent out emails saying they would accept food donations. Then teachers converged on those locations to pack a grab-and-go-style lunch. They had such an overwhelming response to the first couple calls for donated food. It was all day on the picket line and then an evening of lunch packing somewhere. The packing of the lunches was first an act of love but also an act of strategy because it sent a clear message to both the public and the legislators that this was not about leaving our students behind.

Those first days, there was a line that wrapped out across the Capitol grounds and you had security walking down the line saying, « You’re at two hours. You’re at three hours, » to get in. So once you got in you didn’t want to get back out. You didn’t want to leave because maintaining presence in the Capitol was so important to keeping pressure on legislators, and so those pizzas, that food that got delivered to the Capitol, was critical to keeping teachers present and keeping pressure on the legislation. I would say there were hundreds of pizzas delivered from all over the country to the picket line. I know pizzas got delivered from California, from Wisconsin, from neighboring states. I think I cried every day over food. I have never seen support in the form of food in such a way.

We were right outside this little Mexican restaurant called Cinco de Mayo; it’s in the strip mall, and someone stopped by, a parent, and went in and purchased like $200 worth of tacos. They’re so good. And so here comes the guy who owns Cinco de Mayo out with these giant pans and you could just hear this hush come over the crowd, like, « Are those strike tacos? » Another day these two teachers from Michigan took the time to ship a six-pack of beer with a sweet little note inside of it that just said, « Hey, you guys are crushing it. Stay strong, keep going.”

And just the knowledge that so many teachers, not just in West Virginia but all over the country, were watching our fight for respect and for healthcare—it was just so important to see that recognition come in the form of food. And I mean, it was cold. It rained really hard. It spit snow. The weather was not good. And that’s something that made that food that people brought over so special, because when you’re cold and tired and someone shows up with hot coffee and hot soup … that is love in its most pure form, in my opinion.


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French immersion class hasn’t had a French teacher for 3 weeks


An Abbotsford, B.C., mother says her daughter’s French immersion class has been without a teacher for three weeks.

Jolene Hill says her daughter, who is in a Grade 4 class at École Sandy Hill Elementary, told her during the second week of term that her teacher was moving away.

She hasn’t been taught any French since, Hill says.

« We were told that they were working on the situation, and I honestly thought it would just be a few days, » she said.

« Unless you are in it, you really have no idea of the gravity of the situation, » she added, speaking to the provincewide shortage of French teachers.

The B.C. government has acknowledged the shortage, and reiterated that they are addressing the issue.

« It’s an issue the previous government failed to address, » a statement from the B.C. Ministry of Education said.

« We are working with school districts to fix the problem and recruit more French-speaking teachers. »

Recruitment efforts

In April, the ministry sent a delegation to Europe in the hopes of signing government-to-government agreements with France, Belgium and the Netherlands to promote teacher mobility and exchanges.

The province says that effort yielded 14 French teachers who are currently certified and an additional 13 applications for certification that are currently being processed.

The province has also begun investing directly in universities to create an additional 74 seats for French teacher education programs across B.C.​

But at this point, Hill says families and students are frustrated.

« The children are confused. They’re nine and 10 years old. They keep being told there’ll be a teacher soon but I think they’re starting to get discouraged, » she said.

With files from The Early Edition


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Almost 30 years ago, a teacher saved this B.C. woman’s life. Today, she can thank him


Almost 30 years ago, Jackie Norman walked into Fred Worsfold’s classroom in Edmonton.

She was 24 but barely an adult, a single mother of two children who came from a history of intergenerational trauma.

“I was desolate, uneducated and lost,” she told Global News. “I lacked life skills and I didn’t know how to live.”

Norman thought she had hit her life’s lowest point, so much so that she didn’t feel “worthy” enough to walk through a mall by herself. But she had two reasons to keep going.

“If I didn’t get an education, [my two children] were going to experience what I had been living with. I couldn’t live with that.”

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She heard about a personal development program at Alberta Vocational College and took a chance. “It was really scary,” she continued.

“I was at a time in my life where to even talk to someone one-on-one was very difficult because I was illiterate and had very low self-esteem.”

Worsfold ended up saving her life. Not only did he teach her the basics of reading, writing and communication, but he gave her something she didn’t think she could get in a classroom: self-confidence.

(Fred Worsfold (top row, first from the left) and Jackie Norman (top row, third from the left). 

“I listened and I soaked up everything that he taught me, he had so much knowledge and energy and passion when I was in his class… he made you feel like you belonged,” she continued.

“There was a personal relationship that he gave to us as his students, and it felt like I was important and somebody cared.”

Jackie Norman in Fred Worsfold’s classroom. 

Today, Norman is an Indigenous youth engagement worker with the Burnaby School District in B.C. She takes Worsfold’s lessons and tries to apply them in her own classrooms. 

We all know teachers like this

In August, Global News asked Canadians to share stories about their favourite teachers; not only the people who were good at their jobs but the educators who went above and beyond for students inside and outside the classroom. For the first time in decades, Norman was able to thank Worsfold for giving her a second chance at life. 

READ MORE: Is there a Canadian teacher who changed your life? Tell us about them

Worsfold, now 72, spent decades teaching adults in classrooms and even in a prison in Calgary. He now lives in a seniors’ home in Smiths Fall, Ont., a small town about an hour away from Ottawa.

A few years ago, Worsfold suffered a brain injury and lost his ability to read. But despite this, he still goes through binders of thank-you letters from his students that he’s received over the years.

Fred Worsfold with his sister Barb Smail in Smiths Falls, Ont. 

When he got the opportunity to hear from one of them — Norman — he recognized her right away.

“She looks almost the same,” he told Global News. “This goes back to my memory of how great that was… it made my life.”

His sister, Barb Smail, told Global News that when Worsfold was in school himself, there were too many teachers who never spent time listening to students. During that time, he made the decision to become a teacher, allowing himself to know his students differently.

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He recalled the first day of class, over the last few decades, where he would ask students in the class to speak first or ask him questions.

“That’s how our first class [would] be before I said anything… and they loved it.”

Advice for teachers

Worsfold said if he had advice for teachers today, it’s to not only ask students questions, but to be willing to listen. “Don’t just do all the talking.” He also valued the importance of volunteering, and he’d sometimes work for 12 hours a day just to make sure his students got the best education.

“It didn’t matter to me how much I got paid — the work mattered to me. If the students liked it or not, how can we fix it?”

Smail said when she would attend some of her brother’s classes, he was known as the “rebel” teacher. “He would dress in jeans, a shirt and cowboy boots,” she said. “Fred would bring motivational speakers into his class to help the students.”

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Today, Norman keeps her own set of memories from her time with Worsfold, a scrapbook with photos and letters from her time under his wing. She has a Christmas card, school photos and even a recommendation letter he wrote for her. She is forever grateful.

The significance of how important it is to be that genuine, down-to-earth person working with students… it can change a person’s life and it can make them want to live.” 

— With files from Abigail Bimman of Ottawa


© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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Laval University bans teacher student relationships – Montreal


Laval University is unrolling a new sexual violence policy that includes a ban on intimate relationships between teachers and their students.

The university’s policy also includes the creation of a centre dedicated to preventing sexual violence and mandatory training for students, teachers and staff.

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The measures announced Friday conform to new provincial legislation that requires all schools to have a sexual violence policy in place by Sept. 2019.

The university was thrown into the spotlight in late 2016 when a string of break-ins and sexual assaults in one of its residences led to calls to action and a vigil in support of the victims.

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A former student eventually pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2017, a study conducted by the university found that four out of 10 students reported having experienced sexual violence, with most incidents occurring at a party or social event.

Laval University says in a news release that relationships between students and staff will not be banned in cases where there is no professional or teaching relationship between the two.


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Edmonton refugee, teacher on shortlist for Governor General’s Literary Award


An Edmonton student and his teacher are still in disbelief after learning the pair has been nominated for one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.

Refugee Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, 17, and his former ESL teacher Winnie Yeung are on the shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for their novel Homes: A Refugee Story.

“I didn’t really get it in the beginning. I asked some teachers. I asked Miss Winnie, what’s going on? I asked my social teacher. He’s the one who actually helped me understand.

“I was really shocked,” Abu Bakr said.

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The Edmonton teen has come a long way from his hometown of Basra, Iraq. His family decided to leave Iraq after violence and moved to Homs, Syria shortly before the civil war broke out.

“After six months maybe, the war started in Syria. Things got a little bit different,” he said.

“We were praying at the mosque. By the end of prayer, there’s was a shooting at the mosque.”

The book was published by Freehand Books.

Julia Wong/Global News

In 2014, Abu Bakr’s family arrived in Canada as refugees and he admits that many things were a culture shock.

He met Yeung as a Grade 9 student and she asked him what his wish was.

“I told her I want to be like Ronaldo, the soccer player. She laughed and said, ‘Okay, what else?’ That’s when I told her my new secret wish – that I wanted to share my story so that my Grade 9 classmates understand what was actually happening in Iraq and Syria,” Abu Bakr said.

“I felt like people don’t know much about back home, Syria and Iraq, especially some friends in Grade 9.

“They asked me if we have schools in Syria, if the trees are the same or the neighbourhoods are the same.”

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What started as a speech became a short story and then a novel, with Abu Bakr as the storyteller and Yeung as the writer. Names of chapters include “Where did the sun go?” “My first massacre” and “Enroute to Canada.”

“For this lovely young man to say that I want to share my story — that just taps into something,” Yeung said.

“I believe in the power of storytelling and how that connects us to our community.”

Yeung interviewed Abu Bakr, his parents and siblings and their extended family for the novel, which is her first book.

“Stringing together this family’s narrative into this book, I feel so honoured and privileged to be allowed such access into their life,” she said.

“I wanted to highlight that, in no way, has Abu Bakr ever carried himself as a victim of war. He’s always just Abu Bakr; he’s warm, he’s funny and he’s always made this effort to just be really, really present in his life.

“He didn’t really carry all those awful things with him as a victim – he was a survivor and he was strong and that’s really what I wanted to honour in the book.”

Yeung said she never envisioned being nominated for a Governor General’s award.

“It has been just the most humbling and strange experience. I’m still completely shocked and it hasn’t really hit home what’s really happened yet,” she said.

READ MORE: Syrian refugee finds success and a new home in Calgary

Abu Bakr said the literary nomination has also taken his family off-guard as well.

“My family was also shocked about how people would like to hear about us and how people are thinking about the book and our story,” he said.

The pair said the experience has changed them and they hope the book does that for readers.

“We are the very same to each other,” Abu Bakr said.

“There’s not a big difference. We’ve got the same stories, the same feelings and the human sense, the connection between each other.”

The winners of the Governor General Literary Awards will be announced Oct. 30.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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Teacher Tools: Setting Goals & Tracking Student Progress – EnglishCentral: The Official Blog


Please use this post as a guide as you create your syllabus and use our teacher tools to set goals for students and track their progress through our reports:

Students get “Learn Progress” for any word they successfully complete in learn mode or in a vocab quiz. This allows teachers to set word study goals that cover both the word typing cloze activity in Learning Mode as well as the definition matching quiz in Quiz Mode.

Because our hope is to help students retain knowledge of the words they are studying in their long-term memory, Time Interval Learning in MyWords will continue to drive how words are studied on EnglishCentral. Students can make progress on words only after the applicable time interval has elapsed.


Therefore, Time Interval Learning constraints prevents a student, for instance, from getting credit for studying the same word five times in one day. On the other hand, it does give students credit for learning the same word after the applicable time interval has lapsed. In this way, the system encourages review and multiple exposure to words.


Speak Lines

In March 2017, we settled on Spoken Lines as the key metric for setting speaking goals and measuring student’s speaking progress.  We count only unique lines, so while students are encouraged to speak lines multiple times to improve their video speaking grade, only the final instance of the line will be counted towards their line goal. We recommend setting a goal of 50 lines per week (this is now the default), which is equivalent to approximately one hour of study time. You can, of course, increase or decrease the number of lines for the goal, depending on the needs of your students or your curriculum.

Speaking Grades

To assessing student’s speaking ability, rather than just quanity of student’s speaking output, we recommend teachers use Speaking Grades (A to F).    Teachers can see grades for a single video or across all final lines spoken by the student over any defined period of time.  Note, we count only the last attempt the student made on a line towards the calculated overall grade

Teachers that are using our Premium GoLive! Product that include 1:1 tutoring (“GoLive!) can now set goals for numbers of tutor sessions in the Teacher Tools.  Note this only applies to teachers who are using our Premium Product (see Plans for more details). For most teachers using our Academic Product, they will not see any setting for GoLive! in the goal setting interface.

Student progress is now fully available on their Android or IOS mobile devices.    Students can see their progress on their “My Classes” home from the main menu on their apps.


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