Two Toronto Catholic school trustees move to get rid of gay-straight alliances – The Globe and Mail.
Two Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees are looking to eliminate Gay Straight Alliances from the city’s Catholic Schools.
Trustee Garry Tanuan, who represents Ward 8 Scarborough, will introduce a motion at a May 23 board meeting that [...]
In light of what happened to Savita in Ireland, some of us have been reading up on Catholic ‘Health Care’ in Ontario…
Below is a list of the 29 Catholic health providers in Ontario, and here is a link to their ‘Framework for Ethical Discernment’
It is an interesting, and somewhat disturbing read.
This letter has been sent to OHS via HAO, and can be read in it’s entirety at RThainLTEOneSchoolSystem, where you may also contact the author.
This letter was sent to the Ottawa Citizen & Montreal Gazette.
Received July 21 2012. When the Quiet Revolution broke the Roman Catholic Church’s stranglehold on Quebec society, many advances [...]
Notify This! Vatican Bungles Response to Sexual Ethics Book | Sexuality/Gender | Religion Dispatches.
(great article – a comprehensive discussion, suggest reading it all..m)
If Margaret A. Farley’s fine theo-ethical work causes “grave harm to the faithful,” Catholics live very graced lives. War, poverty, ecocide, racism, colonialism, sex and gender injustices of all sorts come [...]
Not Satisfied With Attacking Nuns, Catholic Bishops Go After Girl Scouts | Gender | AlterNet.
Not Satisfied With Attacking Nuns, Catholic Bishops Go After Girl Scouts
First the nuns, now the Girl Scouts: It would be comical if the goal were not so pernicious and the outcome so damaging.
June 4, 2012 | [...]
Ontario tightens Bill 13 so school boards can’t reject GSAs.
Ontario Education minister Laurel Broten called a news conference May 25 to announce that she is removing the ambiguity by tightening up the language in the Liberals’ Accepting Schools Act to ensure Catholic school boards can not refuse students who want to form a gay-straight [...]
UPDATE: Duelling Queen’s Park protests planned over GSAs.
Just got this notice, so the protest was March 29 – Ryerson students now joining. group of religious parents will protest the Accepting Schools Act, Bill 13, at Queen’s Park March 29. Across the lawn, a group of queer activists will also protest, calling on the government to [...]
UK Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage. [this controversy is heating up again across the pond..] LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday.
The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the [...]
New Humanist (Rationalist Association) – discussing humanism, rationalism, atheism and free thought.
UK Christians are not “persecuted”, says England’s top Catholic
The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols, has responded to the recent debates over “militant secularism” by saying that he does not believe Christians in Britain [...]
Funding for Ontario’s Catholic schools under fire in court challenge – Parentcentral.ca.
Ontario should claw back funding to Catholic elementary schools and eliminate all financial support for Catholic secondary schools, says a court challenge launched by a Toronto woman.
Reva Landau, who filed the case in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice in December, says in [...]
Challenging publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario. (thanks to Kevin for posting this on FB!)
Lawyer files new case arguing current structure is discriminatory, by Andrea Houston
Ontario Catholic students fighting for equality in schools are closely watching a constitutional challenge against the publicly funded Catholic education system that was recently launched by a Toronto [...]
Pope attacks atheism at Assisi inter-faith meeting; Italian freethinkers reply that “he has a bad conscience” | IHEU.
The Vatican made a big publicity push out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal initiative to invite atheists to this week’s interfaith dialogue at Assisi, Italy. It was supposed to be a day of reflection and dialogue, but [...]
Hypocrisy on discrimination – thestar.com.
(cross posted from HC Canada Facebook page)
Embrace the rainbow, Editorial June 11
The editorial about Roman Catholic school boards banning gay-straight alliances in schools stated that “the province has ordered an end to discrimination.” How ironic. The province of Ontario currently funds Roman Catholic school boards to the exclusion [...]
Time to abolish separate Catholic school boards : This MagazinE.
The propriety of the Catholic school system was up for debate recently when the Halton Catholic District School Board banned gay-straight alliances because, as the chair Alice Anne LeMay said, such student groups are “not within the teachings of the Catholic Church.” An investigation by [...]
Humanist Toronto: Conference: One School System Network | End public funding of religious schools in Ontario.
An important conference will take place at the end of May. This conference is of prime interest to the public, teachers, teacher’s unions, school boards and all those involved with education in Ontario.
TEAR DOWN THE WALL – ONE [...]
Get Involved | One School System Network.
Here is the new website for ONE SCHOOL SYSTEM, and information on how individuals, groups, and humanist organizations can get involved. They also advocate contacting Public School Trustees, and groups affected by public school closings and cut-backs and job-losses.
Election Readiness | Priests for Life Canada.
This website was brought to our attention by Peter, a Board member, who wrote the letter (quoted in part below) in response. Here are 3 ‘planks’ from Priests for Life… who say they are not telling us how to vote, but tell you to ask these questions of [...]
Statement from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
The past few months have seen a great deal of discussion about the rights of students to form Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) or other explicitly gay positive clubs in their schools. This is part of a larger discussion about students’ fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of [...]
Objections to sectarian headcount in Northern Ireland. The BHA campaign over the Census count in the UK has led to people talking about religion as ‘cultural identity’, and the discussions have been interesting. As much of religious identity everywhere in the world, including in developed countries, is connected with cultural, tribal, geographical or historical identity [...]
Petition: Tell Ontario’s Ministry of Education: Taxpayers Should Not Be Funding Homophobic Schools . (brought to our attention by HAT)
The gay news source Xtra! reports that all 29 Catholic School Boards in Ontario effectively ban the forming of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). Some may claim this is just religious freedom, but in Ontario, Catholic schools [...]