Protect our youth! Demand disgraceful Mike Del Grande's resignation.

Protect our youth! Demand disgraceful Mike Del Grande's resignation.

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Nicole Richard
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During discussions to include specific dimensions of diversity protected under the Human Rights Code; gender identity, gender expression, family status and marital status within their Code of Conduct, as grounds upon which members of the Toronto Catholic District School Board community cannot be treated unfairly, Trustee Del Grande abused his platform speaking out of line, and should be removed from his seat as a result.

In a shocking and out of touch display of unprofessional conduct, Mike Del Grande drew parallels between our LGBT+ youth and many horrible criminal acts, listing terms including but not limited to pedophilia, cannibalism and rape, requesting to add these terms (that are not protected under the The Code) to try to make an outrageous “slippery slope” point. This appeared to be well received by none, other than possibly Trustee Lubinski and Tanuan, who both appeared to laugh at points, and Trustee Crawford who seconded the motion. This was ultimately ruled out of order and discarded.

At a previous meeting, Del Grande held up his hands in quotes referring to the LGBT+ community as a “trend” claiming he’s simply not “moderate” enough, in a condescending manner. Proving further that he is being flippant on this topic of protecting our marginalized youth and their families. He is a disgrace to our great education system!

Possible Violations

Trustee Del Grande may have grossly violated the Trustee's Code of Conduct by undermining the integrity and dignity of the office (see #2,3 and 4). Trustees are expected to treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially in disagreement.

Further, his actions contrast the Ontario Ministry of Education's Policy No.119, which states an equitable, inclusive education system is fundamental to achieving these core priorities: student achievement, reduced gaps in student achievement, and increased public confidence in publicly funded education.

Mike Del Grande is also a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and their Misconduct Regulations detail how he likely failed to maintain the standards of his membership. Section 18 reads: An act or omission that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. Additional OCT sections for consideration are 5, 7.2, 14, 18 and 19. Here are details for filing a complaint with OCT. We are hoping OCT will make a public statement condemning his actions.

As we have recently witnessed, Don Cherry was fired for making public remarks that were perceived as offensive. Although Mr. Cherry has been forgiven by many, this lesson tells us that our society is speaking out against leaders who abuse their platform as public officials, when they encourage divisiveness.

We are calling on a united public that supports inclusion through rejecting discriminatory behaviours and attitudes whenever possible, particularly within positions of leadership.