The Halton Catholic District School Board is facing some serious repercussions from it’s decision not to fly the pride flag this June. On June 1st the Ontario Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the board, addressed to Chair Patrick Murphy as well as Education Director Pat Daly. In the letter the Commission took specific issue with the debate and ultimate refusal of the Board to fly the flag at its schools. While praising the Halton Catholic Board for taking action to promote safe spaces within schools, and to implement LGBTQ2S+ awareness for it’s staff, it stated “Nonetheless, the OHRC
Hamilton councillors face the challenge of voting on a $3.1 billion gift from the federal and provincial governments and vote for sleepy nap-time instead. Will the horn on the Hamilton’s political clown car wake them? Parp! Plus we look at LPAT being LPAT and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s intervention in the HCDSB Pride flag debate.
In our episode coinciding with the first day of Pride Month, we talk to Hannah, Annie and their high school teacher Caitlin Grieve, about their successful efforts to have three Rainbow Crosswalks installed in Oakville. We are also joined by Whitney Ross, one of the co-leads of Pflag Halton, to discuss the implications of HCDSB’s Pride Flag controversy, and the changes still needed to build a tolerant society.
In this week’s 905 round-up, Joel and Roland discuss the backstory to Bratina’s scheduled resignation, and how the anti-LRT lobby in Hamilton, despite their skill at losing elections where they put LRT front and centre, refuses to go away. But now anti-LRT Liberals like Bratina, Vito Sgro and Judi Partridge can’t turn to Donna Skelly and the PCs to do their dirty work, do they have a leg left to stand on?
Joel gives a full account of the HCDSB meeting on Monday where the motion to fly the Pride Flag was ‘compromised’ out of existence among a campaign of obstructionism and delay and time-wasting by the anti-flag trustees.
Later in the show, Joel shares what it’s like to get the vaccine, and we talk some more about paid sick days.
In the aftermath of the Halton Catholic School Board’s decision to not raise the PRIDE flag at it’s schools in June, there appears to be a growing rebellion against the decision. In the 24 hours after the decision to not fly the flag came down, a number of Halton Catholic teachers, schools and agencies have taken to Twitter to post messages of reaffirmation that the LGBTQ+ community is welcomed. More and more schools and teachers appear to be adding posts as the days go on.
In anticipation of tonight’s special board meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, parents in favour of the motion to raise the PRIDE flag at it’s schools have mobilized support on social media. The Halton Catholic Board postponed the decision from last week’s agenda, when Trustees failed to vote to extend the meeting to permit a vote on the motion. The board has scheduled a special meeting to be held tonight to discuss the motion and vote on it. The motion as put forward by Trustee Brenda Agnew, after initially being proposed by HCDSB student Nicole Hotchkiss, would see
Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod are joined by Cindy Cosentino, who recently retired after 32 years as a teacher in Hamilton and Halton school boards teaching science and math. Cindy shares her concerns, and the concerns of many of her colleagues, at what is being asked of teachers as children head back to school, and we explore the many unanswered questions about how the province’s plan can be implemented safely. Is the provincial plan ultimately more about protecting the economy than the interests and safety of children, parents and teachers?