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'Pride' to push for modern sex-ed

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Representatives of Borderland Pride will appear before the Rainy River District School Board at its regular meeting tonight to encourage trustees to stand up for a modern, inclusive sex-ed curriculum.

The presentation follows an Aug. 22 directive from the minister of education to scrap the 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum.

Much of the “interim” curriculum put in place by the minister is drawn from content that is more than 20 years old, and is silent on key issues facing students in 2018.

For instance, the interim curriculum is mum on topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and it does not cover critical issues such as online safety and consent.

There also are outstanding questions about the interim curriculum's compliance with the Education Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Borderland Pride has tabled a memorandum and summary slide deck with the secretary of the board.

The memorandum outlines the issues with the minister's approach and recommends specific steps the local board can take to protect modern, inclusive health and physical

education and abide by their obligations to students.

Numerous other school boards across the province, including in Northern Ontario, already have spoken out in support of the 2015 curriculum.

Tonight's meeting will take place at the board office starting at 7 p.m.

An appearance before the Northwest Catholic District School Board has been requested.

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