Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wynne's Poison Pill: Them’s (in)fightin’ words

Let's you and him fight!



These were among the descriptive words hurled by Halton Catholic District School Board Chair Jane Michael when a fellow trustee suggested an interview she recently gave to a Toronto reporter was conduct unbecoming her position at the board.

Tuesday’s school board meeting quickly disintegrated into a back and forth of trustees being hyper-critical of each others’ actions in recent weeks.

It was behaviour one would hope not to see in a classroom — or even the schoolyard.

It all stemmed from what was thought to be a simple housekeeping matter involving strengthening policies for school boards to remain safe and inclusive places of learning.

Under provincial statute, “gender identity and gender expression are now included as prohibited grounds of discrimination,” according to Education Minister Liz Sandals.

School boards across the province had been instructed to update their discipline and safety policies to reflect upgraded language found in the Education Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Halton’s Catholic board had been working on updating its policy since February of this year.  (more...)

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