Catholic Schools

Who Gets To Decide Who You Are?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

If an event, program, or institution is created to support a specific group of people, who determines the membership in and the rules to be followed by that group? Does it matter whether the group identifies itself as disadvantaged? What if others see the group as privileged?

It's Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic Schools

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

When the right of a tax-funded separate Catholic school system was put into the constitution back in 1867, it was a way of protecting the religious, cultural and language rights of the minority French (who were predominantly Catholic) from the majority English (who were predominantly Protestant) at a time when all schooling was church-run. We now live in a multicultural country based on equality and yet somehow in three provinces it's still considered kosher that one religious group gets tax-funded schooling but not Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, Hindus, etc. It's the dictionary definition of privilege.

'Sherlock' Prentice: Grand Master Politician?

Todd Herron | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Alberta
Todd Herron

I think the big win is that Prentice has shifted everyone's focus away from an unproductive and damaging debate to something far more important: creating an education system that is a genuinely "welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment". He doesn't want the hostility of the gay/anti-gay debate the adults are having to filter down to the children, where it has already caused real and tragic harm.

Why Did This Ottawa School Principal Stop Kids From Discussing Equality and Gay Rights?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Seventy per cent of students hear, "That's so gay" every day in school; 48 per cent reported hearing words like "faggot" or "dyke" every day; 58 per cent of straight students reported that they find homophobic comments upsetting; 64 per cent of LGBTQ students and 61 per cent of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they felt unsafe in school.

Ontario's Education System Needs Innovation Now

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

When businesses are in financial trouble, they find ways to innovate, reduce costs, and come out more competitive than they were before the trouble started. Can we apply that thinking to Ontario's Education system? Can we be innovative, eliminate costly duplication, and create a better school system in the process?

This Catholic School Kid Thinks Public Funding Needs to Stop

Davide Mastracci | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

Should students at Catholic schools who are not Catholic be allowed to exempt themselves from Catholic related courses and activities? The answer is clearly yes. I am a product of the Catholic system of education, and I do not believe it deserves to continue in Ontario any longer. In a supposedly multicultural society, it is insulting for the government to fund and prefer the teachings of one specific group. The ever-changing makeup of Canadian society means that we are no longer a "Judeo-Christian" nation if we ever were, and so, we cannot give preference to a faith simply because we have a tradition of doing so

'These Beliefs Are Being Funded With My Tax Dollars'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Funding Catholic schools and not those of other faiths equates to giving them a privilege others don't enjoy, Ontario government lawyers agr...

Gay-Straight Alliances in Catholic Schools: A Matter of Rights

Justin Beach | Posted 11.16.2011 | Canada
Justin Beach

Those who oppose rights for gays will claim religious freedom and they are, in fact, entitled to it. Ultimately the question of gay-straight alliances in Catholic schools is not about religion or sexuality. It is about the right to feel safe in publicly-funded schools and in their own skin.

Which Ontario Candidate Will Dare Address Separate School Funding?

Alexandre Brassard, Ph.D | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada
Alexandre Brassard, Ph.D

Administrative efficiency, human rights, respect for minorities and the integration of immigrants are all good reasons to put an end to religious segregation. Yet for politicians, the question remains taboo. We're in the early days of the provincial election campaign, and leaders are avoiding the subject like the plague.

Catholic Schools Banning Gay-Straight Alliances: The Buck Stops Here... Literally

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 11.06.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The Catholic school boards take our taxpayer money and use that to create environments that disregard the rights and values that bind us together as a province and nation. As long as we're the ones footing the bill for your little 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve' sideshow, there is no debate.