It is wrong that I find myself unable to remain asleep through a Saturday night because I am so panicked by my “to-do” list at this time of year. This list consists of the following acronyms: TIENET [Technology for Improving Education Network], IPP [Individualized Program Plan], AIO [Annual Individual Outcome], SIO [Specific Individual Outcome], and PPT [Program Planning Team]. With the new expectations as outlined by the Minister’s action plan, it is more daunting than ever before. I know I am not alone in feeling haunted by my “to-do” list. Like all teachers, I pride myself on doing my job to the best of my ability – but with a lack of prep time, unrealistic expectations, managing family time (a term I use loosely as there is very little time for any quality family time as of late), lack of sleep, incredible stress – something has to give. I am concerned about myself and my colleagues remaining healthy – we are most certainly at risk for any number of illnesses. I worry about our collective well-being. So, I am voting YES to the strike vote on October 25. I owe it to my students, I owe it to my colleagues, I owe it to my family and I damned well owe it to myself.