Are props due to McGuinty? I hate to do it, but this does sounds like a very positive move forward.
Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending the province's new sex education curriculum against accusations from "family values" groups that it exposes young children to inappropriate material.
Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, said Ontario's revamped sex education curriculum will teach 11-year-olds about oral and anal sex and eight-year-olds about sexual orientation and identity.
As mentioned in this babble thread, Pride Toronto was considering a censorship policy to prohibit groups like Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from participating in the annual parade and dyke march.
Pride Toronto has since backed down due to community backlash, but a leaked letter now reveals that the policy emerged as a result of pressure from City Councillor Kyle Rae:
Free speech is to be encouraged, but free speech of this nature is not in keeping with the expression of Pride. (link)
The Mark S. Bonham, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto in conjunction with Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE, Toronto District School Board, Equitable and Inclusive Schools
Presents: Beyond Its Elementary: Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Elementary Schools
A panel of educators, parents and researchers discuss how to talk about gender, sex and sexual orientation with children in schools
A resource fair will follow with materials for parents and educators
Date: Thursday, April 8
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Place: OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's transparently meant to avoid a repeat of last year's controversy over Queers Against Israeli Apartheid but the implications go far beyond that. Everyone's message will now need to be pre-approved with no clue as to what the criteria are.