Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition

Women’s March Canada is deeply disappointed with the announcement by the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, to roll back Ontario’s modernized sexual health education curriculum ahead of the upcoming school year. Ontario’s children and youth deserve access to health and physical education information that ensures their safety and aligns with the realities of our rapidly changing world.

sexed-curriculum_socialmedia.pngTo the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

WHEREAS

The revised 2015 health curriculum has been extensively researched and is the most progressive and up-to-date in Ontario’s history. There is no other curriculum in the province that has benefited from nearly a decade of input from both experts in the field and thousands of parents.

The repeal of the current Ontario curriculum for Grades 1-8 in Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Revised) means:

  • Ontario students will no longer be taught the concept of ‘consent.’ The word consent appears ZERO times in the 1998 health curriculum. Given the rate of sexual violence against women in Ontario, this is completely unacceptable.
  • There will be zero discussion on gender identity or same-sex relationships.
  • Students will not learn about issues around gender-based violence, sexual harassment, homophobia, the social impacts of puberty, sexting, cyberbullying or protecting yourself from online predators. There have been 78 women and girls killed in Canada so far this year and most of them were in Ontario.

Curriculum Documents

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised)

We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

  1. Immediately reinstate the revised 2015 health curriculum;
  2. Provide a clear and transparent plan for additional consultations including a timeline for consultations;
  3. Provide a clear and transparent plan for how the initial consultations will be incorporated into any revisions proposed by the Ford Government;
  4. If a new curriculum document is to be made and presented, please indicate where and how it will address the following topics included in the 2015 revision: consent; sexting; cyberbullying; LGBTQ2S; body parts; and other information to help young people advocate for their own health and safety.

Resources

http://pressprogress.ca/homophobic-preacher-tells-social-conservatives-doug-ford-will-repeal-sex-education/

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/11/ontario-students-will-be-taught-the-old-sex-ed-curriculum-when-they-go-back-to-school-education-minister-says.html

https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/08/school-board-group-urges-doug-ford-to-keep-the-sex-ed-curriculum.html

https://www.thestar.com/life/opinion/2018/03/15/sex-ed-curriculum-offers-details-doug-ford-is-so-far-unwilling-to-give.html

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-plans-1.4742523

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-curriculum-5-things-to-know-1.3059951

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-s-new-sex-ed-curriculum-the-most-up-to-date-in-the-country-1.2969654

https://nationalpost.com/news/group-says-78-women-girls-killed-across-canada-in-last-six-months

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Sheri Sekhon
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Carmen Giancarlo
Janette Diebel
Andrew DeMarco
Melissa Johnson
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  • Valerie Skomash
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-18 00:26:13 -0400
    Sign the petition: Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition #SexEd #onted #onpoli #SexEdSavesLives #consentmatters
  • Jasmine Kerslake
    signed 2018-07-17 20:48:02 -0400
  • Sheri Sekhon
    signed 2018-07-17 19:06:25 -0400
  • Randall Barkman
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:58:14 -0400
  • Marianne Sawchuk
    signed via 2018-07-17 17:27:05 -0400
  • Katy G
    signed 2018-07-17 14:14:42 -0400
  • Stephanie Lalonde
    signed via 2018-07-17 11:13:45 -0400
  • Carmen Giancarlo
    signed 2018-07-17 11:07:24 -0400
  • Janette Diebel
    signed via 2018-07-17 10:03:57 -0400
  • Aeron MacHattie
    signed 2018-07-17 09:21:19 -0400
  • Andrew DeMarco
    signed via 2018-07-17 07:45:01 -0400
  • Olivia Yu
    signed 2018-07-17 01:49:04 -0400
  • Melissa Johnson
    signed via 2018-07-16 23:36:40 -0400
  • June Holmes
    signed via 2018-07-16 23:29:47 -0400
    Never go backwards!
  • Alyssa Lagana
    signed via 2018-07-16 22:35:58 -0400
  • Rakave Kandiah
    signed via 2018-07-16 22:01:10 -0400
  • Dustin Baldwin
    signed via 2018-07-16 21:52:41 -0400
  • Dwayne Toscano
    signed via 2018-07-16 21:47:13 -0400
  • Miralem Mrkonjic
    signed 2018-07-16 21:31:39 -0400
  • Suzanne Kennedy
    signed 2018-07-16 21:22:40 -0400
  • Abbie Kingsbury
    signed 2018-07-16 21:09:44 -0400
  • matt brazier
    signed via 2018-07-16 20:56:13 -0400
  • Nathan Wilcox
    signed via 2018-07-16 20:23:16 -0400
  • Robert Aiken
    signed 2018-07-16 20:10:48 -0400
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  • Shannon Scodnick
    signed via 2018-07-16 19:54:13 -0400
  • Leelee Macdonell
    signed via 2018-07-16 19:24:07 -0400
  • Sarah Whitton
    signed 2018-07-16 17:43:53 -0400
  • Reinie Jackson
    signed via 2018-07-16 17:24:55 -0400
  • Jessica Rowen
    signed via 2018-07-16 17:07:50 -0400
    Reverting back to the old curriculum, that doesn’t include teaching anything around consent and has no reference to the internet and the abuse that can happen on there, is irresponsible and absolutely unconscionable.
  • Trevor Grant
    signed via 2018-07-16 17:01:47 -0400