The Mackenzie Mustangs’ first high school football home game of the season has been cancelled in the wake of province-wide job action by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Members of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) began a work-to-rule campaign Monday morning.
As a result of the job action, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has cancelled all extracurricular activities for its students.
The Mustangs were scheduled to play Almonte District High School, which is part of the UCDSB, this Thursday in the first of only two home games in the final year of the football program.
Following the UCDSB’s decision to cancel extracurricular activities, the game has now been called off.
It’s not clear at this point if or when the game will be rescheduled.
The Mustangs are scheduled to play Arnprior District High School at home next Thursday, October 10, with kickoff at 12 noon.
That game will proceed as planned, pending further developments, as both schools are part of the Renfrew County District School Board.
This is expected to be the final year for the current Mustangs football program. The team is playing in a six-team league this season after Fellowes and Renfrew both opted not to field senior football teams this year.
Mackenzie, Arnprior and Almonte have joined three teams from the former Seaway League – Brockville, Gananoque and North Grenville – with each team playing a five-game schedule.
In their first two games, the Mustangs dominated their Seaway opponents, downing North Grenville 21-0 and Gananoque 34-8.