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May21,2013 To: LizSandals OntarioMinisterofEducation minister.edu@ontario.ca KathleenWynne PremierofOntario premier@ontario.ca cc: MainstreamLGBTQandnonLGBTQMedia MembersofthePublicbywayofourwebsite

DearHons.LizSandalsandKathleenWynne, GivenThat Followingthe2012enactmentofBill13,theAcceptingSchoolsAct,theOntario EducationActnowstatesthat: 303.1(1)Everyschoolboardshallsupportpupilswhowanttoestablishandlead activitiesandorganizationsthatpromoteasafeandinclusivelearning environment,theacceptanceofandrespectforothersandthecreation ofapositiveschoolclimate,including (d)activitiesororganizationsthatpromotetheawarenessandunderstandingof, andrespectforpeopleofallsexualorientationsandgenderidentities, includingorganizationswiththenamegaystraightallianceoranothername. AndThat FollowingtheenactmentofBill13,theOntarioEducationActnowstatesthat: 303.1(2)Forgreatercertainty,neithertheboardnortheprincipalshallrefusetoallow apupiltousethenamegaystraightallianceorasimilarnameforan organizationdescribedinclause(1)(d). AndThat FollowingtheenactmentofBill13,theOntarioEducationActnowstatesthat: 303.1(5)Aboardshallcomplywiththissectioninawaythatdoesnotadversely affectanyrightofapupilguaranteedbytheCanadianCharterofRights andFreedoms.

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Thelatterofwhichincludes,amongotherthings: freedomofthought,belief,opinion,andexpression freedomofpeacefulassemblyand freedomofassociation AndThat Bill13was,accordingtothePreamble,enactedbecausethePeopleofOntario andtheLegislativeAssemblyofOntariobelievethat: [A]llstudentsshouldfeelsafeatschoolanddeserveapositiveschoolclimate thatisinclusiveandaccepting,regardlessofrace,ancestry,placeoforigin, colour,ethnicorigin,citizenship,creed,sex,sexualorientation,genderidentity, genderexpression,age,maritalstatus,familystatusordisability andthat [S]tudentsneedtobeequippedwiththeknowledge,skills,attitudeandvalues toengagetheworldandotherscritically,whichmeansdevelopingacritical consciousnessthatallowsthemtotakeactiononmakingtheirschoolsand communitiesmoreequitableandinclusiveforallpeople,includingLGBTTIQ (lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender,transsexual,twospirited,intersex,queer andquestioning)people WEQUESTION WhatistheMinistryofEducationandtheGovernmentofOntariopreparedtodoif,asthe TorontoCatholicDistrictSchoolBoardmightdoattheirMay23BoardMeeting:*aschool boardpassesamotionthatspecificallybansLGBTTIQaffirmingstudentgroups? Werequestaresponseatyourearliestconvenience,

NickMul QueerOntarioChair OnbehalfoftheQueerOntarioSteeringCommittee


*SeeItem10(a)oftheTCDSB'sMay23rd,2013MeetingAgenda,availableontheTCDSBwebsiteat: http://www.tcdsb.org/Board/TrusteesoftheBoard/boardmeeting/Pages/Board,May23,2013.aspx

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