Students Must Sing O Canada, School Board Rules

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Students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board will now be required to sing O Canada out loud instead of standing in silence while a pre-recorded version of the national anthem plays. (AFP/Getty Images) | AFP/Getty Images

Students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board will now be required to sing O Canada out loud instead of standing in silence while a pre-recorded version of the national anthem plays.

The school board passed the motion by a 7-3 vote at a meeting on Thursday evening.

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The motion was put forward by Ward 11 trustee Angela Kennedy who said the school board’s practice of playing a CD of the anthem over the PA system means students "listen rather than sing” the anthem.

Her motion states that students' failure to sing O Canada has been noticed at school graduations, celebrations, anniversaries and blessings.

“Veterans who have fought for our freedom would appreciate that students sing the words from the heart,” her motion reads.

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