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Friday, 24 May 2013

Toronto Catholic School GSA Ban Defeated!

The TCDSB board of trustees voted 7 to 4 against a proposed GSA ban after much angst and heated debate among the community members in attendance to make their deputations, both pro and con. The low point of the evening was when the student presenters from the various school GSA's started to cry over some of the accusations being made. It was not an evening for the young or faint of heart.


Trustees voting for the motion to ban the Bill 13 mandated GSA's were trustees Tanuan [mover]  Delgrande [seconder], Pottoni and Kennedy. I'd estimate about two thirds of the visitor gallery were supporters of the motion and one third against, from the amount of clapping, yelling and jeering going on. Nasty, very nasty.  

I made sure to sit at both sides of the divided board room to see and hear first hand what was going on. I took copious notes. I will try to make some sense of them later when I write my full report. It was a long gruelling evening. I'm home and it's midnight. Off to bed. More later ......

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