“When one person’s human rights are violated, it erodes the value and strength of all human rights.”
This discriminatory motion, passed Wednesday night by a subcommittee of Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees, is disturbing and distressing. All publicly funded school boards’ policies and practices governing the conduct of students and staff must abide by the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and should also reflect the values of Ontarians. Ontario is a diverse and inclusive province and it is our responsibility to protect and defend human rights. When one person’s human rights are violated, it erodes the value and strength of all human rights. It is my expectation that at its December 5 meeting, TCDSB’s full board demonstrate that Ontario’s largest Catholic school board embraces and defends the human rights of all persons, including by prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, marital status and family status.