Ford government redesigns Ontario driver’s license cards to combat identity theft
In the words of Dwight Schrute,
“Identity theft is not a joke.”
The Ford government is taking extra steps to combat fraud and identity theft with its new redesign of Ontario driver’s license cards. The last time the cards were updated was 12 years ago.
According to Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, this change is long overdue as the industry standard is five.
The Canadian Press reports that the government will nix the blue and green and will go with a card that is mostly blue with the redesigned trillium logo.
Additionally, the province’s new redesigned license plates will be available in February 2020 once the current supply of plates has been exhausted.
What do you think of the change? Let us know in the comments.
High school teachers in Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike, according to CTV News.
After a vote in Toronto, 95 percent of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) voted in favour, thus providing an “overwhelming” mandate to carry out strike action.
Alongside teachers, the union also represents education workers who also voted strongly in favour of a strike.
The OSSTF now has to send a five-day notice stating when the strike will begin. After this, they will be in a legal position to stage a strike.
Elementary school teachers and Catholic school board teachers are also expected to threaten strike action.
Disclosure: Tanya Granic Allen is a former Ontario PC leadership candidate in the last race in which Ford won. She also ran in the last Ontario provincial election as a PC candidate until Ford decided she could no longer run for the party after the Liberals pushed a video of her speaking about sex-ed and gay marriage in the context of a previous Marxist-Yugoslav Communist regime.
The Ford “conservative” government is continuing its bullying of Ontario Catholic schools into adopting the full program of neo-Marxist, gender ideology–the very same gender ideology that Pope Francis condemned as “demonic” and comparable to “the educational policies of Hitler.”
Last week in a vote of eight to four, the Toronto Catholic District School Board voted to add “gender identity” into the Board’s code of conduct. This flies directly in the face of Catholic moral teaching on sexuality.
The vote was taken to comply with the Ford Government’s diktat, known as “Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 128.”. PPM 128 demanded gender theory be adopted into all schools’ codes of conduct which will affect disciplining of students as well as practices for hiring teachers.
PPM 128 is most offensive for Catholic schools because they enjoy constitutional protection against anti-religious ideology that other school boards do not. Section 93 of the Constitution Act,1867, as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantee that Ontario Catholics have a right to run their own schools and teach the Catholic faith in those schools.
As Pope Francis has pointed out, gender ideology contravenes Catholic moral teaching. But it is also contrary to natural law. For those who might be behind the times, gender ideology is the unscientific, ideological theory that there are many more genders beyond male and female. Sometimes there are six gender identities, sometimes seventy-two gender identities or even a “limitless” number. Gender ideology promotes the fiction that gender is merely a social construct. In other words, if a man declares himself to be a woman well, then, he is a woman.
When some brave Toronto Catholic school trustees offered resistance to PPM 128, a letter was issued from the Government’s Ontario Human Rights Commission demanding board action on gender ideology. When further resistance was met, Ford sent his Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, to insist that the Catholic school board buckle to Ford’s gender ideology policy. As Minister Lecce put it, “My message to the board is quite clear. My expectation is that every child irrespective of their differences can see themselves reflected in schools and more importantly that they will adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
Ultimately, several trustees caved in to pressure from Doug Ford’s minions including Lecce and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Shame on them. But, also, shame on Doug Ford and his new ideology! Kathleen Wynne must be so proud of him!
Am I surprised? Not in the least. Ford’s procession has been steady and swift to worship at the altar of gender ideology he now promotes with the same zeal and gusto as Kathleen Wynne. During the leadership campaign that made him Ontario PC Leader, Doug Ford said he was against this nonsense. Rightly, he condemned gender identity theory, calling it “Liberal ideology” and promised to stop forcing it on Ontario schools, parents and students, especially in the sex-ed curriculum.
However, almost immediately upon becoming Premier, Ford flip-flopped on this promise. Within days of his swearing in as Premier, Ford’s first Education Minister promised that “gender identity” and “gender
ideology” would remain in the new Ford curriculum.
Now that he is Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford is pursuing gender ideology with the zeal of a convert. He is forcing his new beliefs on the Ontario public starting with bullying Ontario school boards, both Catholic and public.
In November 2018, at the Ontario PC policy convention, I sponsored a resolution that condemned gender ideology and called on the Ford government to stop forcing it on Ontario students. This resolution was passed by over two-thirds of the party delegates present. Ford’s initial reaction was stupefied speechlessness, but, two days later, he sputtered, “I’m not moving forward with that. It’s done,” and he dismissed the resolution.
Then, in court proceedings earlier this year, Ford government lawyers re-affirmed that all the controversial topics of Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum, including gender theory, can still be taught in Ontario schools. In March, the Education Minister re-confirmed that gender ideology would remain in the Ford sex-ed school curriculum. And remain it did!
Now, a full seven years after the words “gender identity” and “gender expression” were added to the Ontario Human Rights Act, it has fallen to the “conservative” Premier Doug Ford to crack the whip and force gender ideology into the code of conduct of Ontario’s school boards. Even, the Catholic ones.
Who could have predicted that Ford would be an even bigger flip-flopper than former PC leader Patrick Brown? Even more shocking, who could have anticipated that Ford would move to the left of the neo-Marxist former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne? Doug Ford’s new positioning as a devout worshipper at the altar of political correctness has not yet bottomed out. How far will he go?
Wynne’s anti-religious bigotry, coupled with her ideological contempt for parental rights, has been well-documented. Beyond gender ideology and her sex-ed curriculum there were several other pieces of anti-parent, anti-religion legislation which passed under her watch–all of which have remained on the books, strictly enforced by Doug Ford.
The question remains: Why? Why is Doug Ford behaving like a bigot against all religious people? Why is he so determined to force this neo-Marxist gender ideology on the students and teachers and parents of Ontario?
Premier Ford, we await your answer.
Ontario parents could be in for a strike.
The union representing school teachers across Ontario elementary schools are ready to begin work to rule job action as early as November 26th.
Work to rule action involves following the exact wording of contracts, which in many cases exclude vast tasks required to keep a school functioning.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.
Ninety-eight percent of union members voted for work to rule.
“Our goal is to turn up the heat on Premier Ford and his education minister, Stephen Lecce,” said Sam Hammond, ETFO president, in a news release.
“It’s critical that they finally come to contract talks prepared to address the real issues of concern: more supports for students with special needs, the protection of Ontario’s Kindergarten program and critical issues like addressing violence in schools.”
For many parents, the Catholic school system has been a safe haven for their children to escape the public school system’s sex-ed indoctrination. One of the primary reasons parents are grateful for this system is the consistency in the Catholic system’s doctrine and unwavering commitment to keeping comprehensive sex education out of their school’s curriculum.
In Ontario, however, news just came out that the provincial government headed by Premier Doug Ford, who won the Ontario PC party’s leadership race back in 2018 thanks to parental rights advocate and fellow leadership contender, Tanya Granic Allen, has flip-flopped yet again on this profile. During the 2018 Ontario PC leadership race, Ford took on the same talking points as Granic Allen to win the position, saying “Wynne (the former Liberal Ontario Premiere) has failed our kids” and vowed to scrap and replace the Liberal sex education curriculum once elected.
He also pledged to bring back the pre-Wynne sex-ed until a new curriculum had been crafted. Ford said the curriculum would be “age-appropriate.” a promise that appears to have not just fallen by the wayside, but has been completely and intentionally ignored.
To add context, the construction of Wynne’s curriculum was headed up by her deputy Education Minister, Benjamin Levin, who pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on three charges of child pornography. Levin was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2015 for not only possessing child pornography, but for creating it, as well as counselling others to commit sexual assault. Levin also took part in having inappropriate online chat groups with minors.
The sex-ed that Levin championed is the same sex-ed that Premier Doug Ford has decided to keep. Not only has the Ontario government turned its back on their promise to Ontario’s parents and their kids, but they have now requested that terms such as “gender expression”, “family status”, “marital status”, and “gender identity” be added to the prohibited grounds of discrimination contained in the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Code of Conduct. These additions were exposed by the parental rights group of Ontario, PAFE.
These language additions may not seem like anything consequential, but that’s because we haven’t seen or heard of the ramifications of implementing such policies in Canada. So, here’s an example for you of what Ontario families are going to be facing; in 2015, Fairfax County in Virginia, USA, cast a vote to include the expression “gender identity” into the Fairfax County school system’s non-discrimination policy. This addition opened the door for boys to go into the girls’ washrooms and change in their change rooms.
Or look at what’s already started in the grade schools of Burnaby, B.C. One video, titled “Trans Qmunity kindergarten Ad,” shows the type of indoctrination that is already happening in parts of Canada.
The video features children singing about a genderless world, how they’re taught that gender doesn’t exist, and are taught to use their pronouns when introducing themselves. All of this from “teachers” who show themselves sketching the faces of infamous serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Richard Ramirez. (Skip to 1:22)
It’s not surprising that trans groups target schools because of the innocence and impressionability of children. Many groups claim these policies need implementation in the name of inclusion and as an anti-bullying measure. Groups push to have “transgender theory” taught, boys to compete in girls sports, drag queens perform provocative dances for kids, as well as head up their storytime. The issue in Fairfax County, as well as in Ontario, isn’t having biological boys use the girl’s washrooms, but it is the government exercising its strong arm. This is about power and politics, not children and their futures.
Parents don’t send their kids to school to get indoctrinated, but educated. That’s part of the reason hundreds of parents in Fairfax County filled the room where this policy addition was being voted on, many shouting just to be heard by the board, their angst undeniable. The video that recorded the meeting shows the chairman of the board threatening to kick out the parents, slamming his gavel several times to shut them up.
There was only one woman on the board that voted against the policy while the sponsor said that parents were standing on the wrong side of history. Parents know their children better than any government bureaucrat. It’s shameful for such a statement to be made.
Adopting these types of policies doesn’t just infringe on children’s privacy, but cancels teachers’ freedom of speech, puts lies into kids heads that some people are born into the wrong body, allows boys to compete in girls sports and in the end, makes girls the biggest losers.
Kids being told men can be women, leaves society in a scary place; the erasure of women. Trans theory is currently killing women’s sports and our uniqueness. Trans policies also leave the exploitation of females by biological males on the table with several cases reported. Where’re all the classes that talk about the strength that comes from a society that has both strong men and women who optimize their gifts together? Well, they’re definitely not being taught in Fairfax County, Virginia or in Ontario.
It’s not compassionate to say to a child, or any individual for that matter, that people are born into the wrong body. In fact, according to the American College of Pediatricians, it’s psychological abuse. Every individual carries around with them 100 million nucleated cells that tell us we are either male or female. We can’t change that! We’re meant to teach our kids how to flourish, not fill them with lies that ultimately confuse them.
Policy matters. Language matters. There are real-life ramifications that stem from both.
To the parents of Ontario, please, stand up for your children and for your rights to be their first and primary educator. To the teachers of Ontario, don’t allow the mob to run over your ability to exercise your freedom of speech or your freedom of conscience. And to the government of Ontario, stay the heck away from these dangerous policies!