PC leader says he supports the curriculum.
The Scarborough-Rouge River race was won by city councillor Raymond Cho.
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I have never seen -- in my humble observation -- a politician flip-flopping the way the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader has done, where at one point he sends a letter about a major proposal if elected and then reversing his position 180 degrees a few days later.
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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.
To keep our children safe and healthy, we teach them never to run with scissors. We put bike helmets on them. We ensure they floss. We make them eat broccoli and try to limit the sweets. Isn't it equally important that they are well-informed about sexual health?
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"This curriculum is an opportunity for Muslim families to have mutual, two-way dialogue about values, relationships, marriage and sexuality."
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Alyson Schafer addresses parents' concerns and explains why the sex-ed changes are good for our kids.
The backlash against Ontario's new health curriculum has left many people confused. Is it radical? Are fundamental parental and religious rights being undermined? All parents want to protect their children, but opponents of sex education are inadvertently doing the opposite. Denying children accurate and inclusive information about their bodies, human relationships and sexuality is not protective; it is irresponsible. Without such information, children are unable to care for themselves and grow into healthy and responsible adults.
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Farrah Marfatia, principal of the Maingate Islamic Academy in Mississauga, has written a guide, "How to talk to your Muslim child about topics in the Ontario Ministry of Education's Health Education Curriculum, 2015." She believes that from her "Islamic" perspective the curriculum is not age appropriate and is concerned about "how" she would teach it to her own children.
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The Ontario premier says vandalism is not civil protest.
Ontario's education minister says parents who are still opposed to the province's new sex-ed curriculum being taught in public schools this year can pull their kids from class -- which is precisely wh...
The start of the school year won't be entirely problem-free.
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And that includes sexting, same-sex marriage and more.
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What I love about Dr. Jess O'Reilly is her passion for sexual education, her commitment to equality and inclusivity and how accessible she is. She's the cool friend you can come to with questions and she doesn't make you feel stupid for asking.
Tessa and Lia's grade 8 project led to a viral petition, meeting Ontario's Premier and including consent in sex-ed. Just like they asked.
Controversial changes to curriculum about the birds and the bees has parents in Ontario buzzing. I interviewed Dr. Jess O'Reilly, a sexologist from Toronto, on the topic. Dr. Jess says it is important to understand that comprehensive sex education doesn't hasten sexual experimentation.
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The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.
"It's just the basic rules of consent... I don't really get why they could be opposed to that."
Ten-year-old Hannah used to love going to school but now the Ontario fourth grader is too scared to return and her mother Nicola can't blame her. On Monday, Hannah experienced the second of two incidents of bullying with a disturbingly sexual tone. Hannah's mother spoke to the school principal, and although the boy admitted to the incident, as far as she knows no further action was taken by the school. As of Wednesday, Nicola's calls to the superintendent and her school trustee had not been returned, and the principal did not respond to a request for comment for this post.
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Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton are 11, and hoping to start Canada's first Catholic elementary school Gay-Straight Alliance club.
TORONTO - Rob Ford says Ontario's new sexual-education curriculum makes him "absolutely sick."The controversial former mayor of Toronto made his comments in an interview with The Rebel, an outlet run...
A cabinet minister who said something racist or homophobic would almost certainly be fired. The same should hold true for a shadow cabinet member. If the Conservatives at Queen's Park are serious about being a queer-friendly party, symbolism and slacktivism will not cut it. They should discipline MPP Monte McNaughton for his repeated homophobia, and for breaking caucus policy, which is ostensibly in favour of the new sex-ed curriculum. It is important to note that McNaughton is no backbencher; he has the critic portfolio of international trade. He should be striped of his critic portfolio.
Over the past week in Ontario, thousands of students have been taken out of school by their parents as a protest against Ontario's new sex ed curriculum. In response, proponents of the new curriculum...
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TORONTO - Some parents opposed to Ontario's new sex education curriculum are expected to pull their kids out of school again today as part of a protest that seemed to gain traction in Toronto.The Toro...
TORONTO - The Ontario government has updated the province's sexual-education curriculum, a move that's been applauded by some and opposed by others. Here are five things to know about the new program:...
TORONTO - A parent-led campaign to keep children home from class in protest of Ontario's new sexual-education curriculum gained early traction on Monday as the province's largest school board reported...
TORONTO - A group of Ontario parents is threatening to pull their kids out of school this week, in protest of the province's new sex-education curriculum.A Facebook group called "Parents & Students on...
Does your Grade 7 children need to know about anal sex? Do you want their gym teacher to be the one to teach them? Seems this is the hot debate in Ontario's Legislative Assembly and in faith communiti...
TORONTO - The premier of Ontario says parents opposed to the province's updated sex-ed curriculum will "have to agree to disagree" with her government on the new document, which some critics argue is...
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So what do your kids call genitals? That's the question we recently posed to our readers on Facebook, and we loved each and every answer. Apparently the majority of our Facebook community subscribes t...
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Ontario Premier Wynne ascended to power by winning over the small clique of Liberal Party members who can afford leadership conference fees and travel expenses. Both Ontario women and LGBT communities rejoiced at this opportunity to have, for the first time, one their own at the seat of power. People of colour and hijab-wearing Muslim-Canadian women face acute harassment that falls outside the sort explicitly described in Wynne's plan. As a candidate, Wynne reached out to visible minorities on her way to the mountain top. Then she forgot about them.
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