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Ontario gvmt may pressure Catholic board to pass policy expelling students for 'homophobia'

A Catholic school board in Ontario voted 4-3 last week after a heated debate against amending policy that would grant school administration powers to suspend or expel students who engage in "unacceptable" behaviors of "homophobia... and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation." The province's education minister has now taken the board to task for failing to pass the amendment, stating that since the province has "strengthened the requirements" for school boards regarding inclusivity and diversity, she will personally contact the board to "discuss this matter."

The Halton Catholic District School Board's Code of Conduct policy has been amended four times in the past six years as the Liberal government presses its "inclusivity" agenda. Amended in January last year, the policy includes the following "standards of behavior" for students regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation:

- Students must "promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including pupils of any…gender expression, gender identity,, or sexual orientation."

- Students must "respect and treat others fairly, regardless of... gender, gender expression, gender identity,... or sexual orientation."

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