Thursday, December 8, 2016

York parents demand accused trustee step down

Parents and community groups are urging a York Region trustee to step down while the board investigates allegations she used a racial slur while referring to a black parent.

Some are even calling on the education minister to intervene at the troubled board, which has been plagued with accusations in recent months that it does not properly deal with incidents of racism or Islamophobia.

“I’m disturbed. I’m shocked. I’m appalled,” said Shernett Martin of the Vaughan African Canadian Association — which recently launched a human rights complaint against the board alongside the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “They need to clean house at the York Region District School Board.”

And if the allegations against longtime Trustee Nancy Elgie are true, “the fact that somebody with her position and influence could feel so comfortable in the presence of colleagues to utter that word — it’s frightening.”

In the meantime, she said, Elgie should step aside, and if not, the board or education ministry needs to force her.  (more...)


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