Wednesday, December 7, 2016

College of teachers finds Chris Spence guilty of professional misconduct

Chris Spence, whose soaring star as an educator crashed four years ago amid accusations of plagiarism, has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers.

The brief decision from the college’s disciplinary committee was posted on its website.

After considering evidence and submissions presented at a hearing in October, “the facts support a finding of professional misconduct,” the committee said in its decision.

The decision noted that Spence represented himself and did not attend the hearing. “Written reasons for this decision will follow,” the committee said.

Spence did not reply to an email requesting comment.

Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird said the board declined comment.

The decision, dated Nov. 11, comes almost four years after the education community was rocked by the plagiarism scandal, which began with accusations that he had cribbed passages for an opinion piece he wrote for the Star in January 2013.  (more...)

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York school board elects new chair after allegations of racism, Islamophobia

Loralea Carruthers was voted in as the new chairwoman
After months of controversy involving allegations of Islamophobia and systemic racism, the York Regional District School Board (YRDSB) voted in a new board chair Monday night.

Loralea Carruthers, trustee for East Gwillimbury and Whitchurch-Stouffville, will replace former chairwoman Anna DeBartolo.

The move comes less than two weeks after Ontario's education minister demanded an action plan from the board on how it plans to address the allegations.

In a letter addressed to all YRDSB trustees, Mitzie Hunter said she continues to "have concerns" about how the board is addressing the problems "and, therefore, am making a specific request for information about the current issues and plans for how the board will move forward to address and resolve them."  (more...)

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Police warned before fight involving parent near Aurora high school

Police were warned that a fight was going to happen but were unable to stop a brawl involving a parent that erupted near an Aurora high school on Friday afternoon.

York regional police said Tuesday that while officers attended Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, they did not see any evidence of a fight.

The fight took place at Briar Nine Park near Cardinal Carter around 3 p.m. on Friday. It was captured on video. The videos were first shown in a CityNews exclusive on Monday.

Four students from that video have now been identified, York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) spokesperson Sonia Gallo said Tuesday. Those four students have been asked to stay home, but are not suspended, after the fight.

Police said Tuesday that they believe a student from Cardinal Carter and a student from St. Theresa Lisieux Catholic High School were involved in the fight.

Gallo said that the parent involved in the fight is the father of a Cardinal Carter student, and his son is one of the four who have been asked to stay home. To her knowledge, the child is not a victim of bullying.  (more...)

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It takes a village to trash a parent

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Riot at area Catholic high school: Parent assaulted

York Regional police and the York Catholic District School Board are investigating after disturbing videos were posted online that appear to show a parent in the midst of a bloody high school brawl.

One of the videos shows two teens exchanging furious punches while the parent and other youths surround them. When a student starts to taunt the parent, he winds up and appears to throw a punch at the teen, sparking a secondary scuffle.

A second video shows a group of youths surrounding the same parent, first in a wooded area, and then on a residential street where they swarm him with kicks and punches. By the time the attack is finished the man is bleeding profusely from the face and appears disoriented as he gets into a parked vehicle.

It’s not yet clear what sparked the melees on Friday at Briar Nine Park near Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, but police say they are aware of the videos and charges could be laid.  (more...)

We sold them "safe schools".

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Cult that Stole Children -- Inside The Family

An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its survivors still bear today.

Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and damaged. She was also incredibly dangerous. Convinced she was a living god, Hamilton-Byrne headed an apocalyptic sect dubbed The Family, which was prominent in Melbourne through the 60s and 70s. With her husband Bill, she acquired numerous children - some through adoption scams, some born to cult members - and raised them as her own. Isolated from the outside world, the children were dressed in matching outfits, had identically dyed blonde hair, and were allegedly beaten, starved and injected with LSD. Taught that Hamilton-Byrne was both their mother and the messiah, the children were eventually rescued during a police raid in the mid 80s, but their trauma had only just begun.

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Israel becoming 'safe haven for paedophiles' with laws that allow any Jews to legally return, activists claim

Activists fear Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles thanks to the country’s unique Law of Return for the world’s Jewish people.

A Jewish person from anywhere across the globe can be fast-tracked for citizenship in Israel, as well as their spouse, children and grandchildren.

An 1954 amendment to the law bans "a person with a criminal past, likely to endanger public welfare” but campaigners say sex abusers are slipping through the net.

“Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles due to the unique opportunity available to all Jews from anywhere in the world to immigrate there,” said child abuse survivor Manny Waks, founder of child sex abuse advocacy group Kol V'Oz, speaking to The Independent.  (more...)

Norwegian politician faces trafficking charge in massive paedophilia case

A former politician for the Labour Party has been charged with human traficking in connection with last week’s police break-up of a massive online paedophilia ring.

The 40-something man has been in police custody since October 12th on charges that he ordered the sexual abuse of minors in the Philippines. Those sexual assaults were live-streamed to the man’s computer in Norway.

Police said that the man is connected to ‘Operation Dark Room’, a major police action carried out last week that revealed a number of atrocities against children as young as infancy. It is believed to be one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in Norway’s history.

Norwegian police filed charges against 51 individuals involved in the grotesque paedophilia ring, but would not say which individual now faces the human traficking charge.   (more...)