A one day strike by Ottawa Public Elementary School teachers culminated late this afternoon in a huge union rally at the Nepean Sportsplex.

The strike forced the closure of 117 public schools throughout the city. The strike left parents scrambling to arrange last minute child care plans. Community centres, daycares, local gyms and even the Rink of Dreams were busy with kids and families. And while classes will resume tomorrow, the union says this may not be the end of the education labour strife in Ontario.

“If the Minister imposes the collective agreement, my members voted 92 per cent in favour of a one day political protest,” warned Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

The one day province-wide rotating strikes will continue on Thursday when teachers at the Renfrew County Board will hit the picket lines.

CTV’s Joanne Schnurr has an extensive report at 6 pm.