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Ontario teachers’ union goes to court to fight Doug Ford’s repeal of sex-ed curriculum, ‘snitch line’

September 05, 2018

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario challenges repeal of sex-ed curriculum and snitch line

The Globe and Mail reports on ETFO’s challenge to the Ford government’s repeal of the 2015 sex education curriculum and its establishment of a snitch line for people to complain about teachers.

As the Globe notes, ETFO has filed an application for judicial review in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in which it argues that the Ford government has acted unreasonably and infringed on the rights of educators under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to express themselves freely.

“The government has intentionally restricted the expressive freedom of teachers, prohibiting them from fulfilling their role as educators and preventing them from communicating accurate information, critical to student health, safety, development and participation in a modern, diverse and pluralistic society,” Mr. Goldblatt said.

A group of parents and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are also challenging the repeal of the 2015 sex education curriculum. Asked about that case, Howard Goldblatt said ETFO “will likely co-ordinate with CCLA’s application.”

Read the Globe article here.

You can also watch ETFO’s press conference here.


Howard Goldblatt

Practice Areas

Appeals & Judicial Review, Constitutional Law