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Petitioning Director of Education, HCDSB Michael Pautler and 9 others

Tell the Halton Catholic District School Board: Recognize Gay-Straight Alliances

Ontario's Ministry of Education promotes the idea of Gay-Straight Alliances in Canadian schools. The Ministry encourages GSAs as a tool to fight homophobia. It also recognizes the impact that a GSA can have in building bridges between all students. And yet, despite this, one Catholic School Board just isn't buying it. Welcome to Halton Region!

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) has previously banned GSAs in their schools. Several board members believe they are harmful, with board members even comparing gay-straight alliances to Nazi groups or sex clubs. 

According to its website, the school board serves 29,000 students in a variety of suburbs - Milton, Halton Hills, Burlington, Oakville. And none of those students are taught tolerance.

Indeed, a new policy by the Halton Catholic District School Board only allows for student groups to form to discuss broad "equity" principles, and these groups cannot have the word "gay" in their title. The policy has led one school board member to say: "I’m really worried we went from revoking a ban on GSAs to banning the word 'gay.'"

Send the Halton Catholic District School Board a message that LGBT students deserve a policy that allows them to form gay-straight alliances, and a policy that recognizes their existence.


This petition was delivered to:
  • Director of Education, HCDSB
    Michael Pautler
  • Trustee
    Paul Marai
  • Trustee
    Anthony Danko
  • Trustee
    Arlene Iantomasi
  • Trustee
    Alice Anne LeMay
  • Trustee
    John Mark Rowe
  • Trustee
    Diane Rabenda
  • Trustee
    John Morrison
  • Trustee
    Jane Michael
  • Trustee
    Ed Viana

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