Thursday, December 8, 2016

York board probing trustee over alleged racial slur

The York Region public school board is investigating accusations that a trustee referred to a black parent as a “n-----” in front of others after a public meeting, the Star has learned.

The board is already reeling from a string of controversies. This latest allegation comes as it struggles with numerous complaints of racism and Islamophobia — and criticism from Ontario’s education minister, who had previously demanded a report on how it is handling parents’ concerns.

“We are aware of the allegation and at a staff level have brought in a third party to conduct an independent investigation (into the alleged slur),” education director J. Philip Parappally said in an email. “Racism of any kind is not acceptable, and we have policies and procedures in place in the event allegations of this nature are made by anyone affiliated with the board, attending our schools or working for the board. This includes trustees.”

However, he also said that “to ensure fairness and impartiality,” the board will not comment on the probe, conducted by outside legal counsel, until it is completed — likely before the end of the year.

While the board has not named the trustee in question, several sources confirmed it is Nancy Elgie, 82, who has been on the board since 2000.  (more...)

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