Opt-out of sex-ed? Sorry, but this is another Doug Ford lie
Disclosure: Tanya Granic Allen is the President of Parents as First Educators, and previously ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
A lot of fuss has been made about Doug Ford’s sex-ed curriculum reveal late last month. Frankly, I’m not buying what Doug Ford is selling on the sex-ed file because Doug Ford is peddling a lie.
A convicted killer who is serving a life sentence in a penitentiary for men is demanding to be transferred to a women’s prison now that she’s self-identifying as a woman.
Jamie Boulachanis recently transitioned from a man to a woman under Canadian law and will have her case heard in which Correctional Service Canada is arguing Boulachanis shouldn’t be trasferred to a women’s facility–in spite of a Federal Court order–due to public safety concerns and her ability to escape prison.
In 2016 a Montreal jury found Boulachanis, born John Boulachanis, guilty of killing 32-year-old Robert Tanguay back in 1997. For years Tanguay’s body remained hidden, buried in sandpit.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is cited Boulachanis history of trying to escape detention, including one case where she escaped her restraints and ran from a prison bus before being tackled by a guard in less than a minute.
“(Her) risk of escaping is considered high, as is the risk to the public if (she) escapes. She requires a high degree of surveillance and control inside penitentiaries,” CSC wrote in its challenge against the court order to move Boulachanis to a women’s jail.
In the murder trial, the courtroom was told that Boulachanis was worried Tanguay was a police informant ratting on Boulachanis and his accomplices for car thefts and other crimes they were involved in. The jury was also told that Boulachanis was sleeping with Tanguay’s wife after his disappearance.
It’s still unclear if Boulachanis has yet undergone sexual reassignment surgery, although it was scheduled for January.
Last spring a judge ruled that refusing Boulachanis a transfer to a women’s prison is “discrimination based on gender identity or expression.”
The CSC’s arguments against allowing Boulachanis to be transferred will be heard in a Montreal courthouse on Monday.
Interim Liberal Leader and Ottawa South MPP John Fraser believes Premier Doug Ford’s government is wasting taxpayer dollars by giving Ontario parents affected by the student strike up to $60 dollars a day to help with childcare costs.
In a press conference, Fraser told media that the allocated money would be better invested in education.
Yesterday, the Ford government announced that parents who meet requirement thresholds would receive up to $60 a day, with parents who have children in grades 1 to 7 eligible for $25 a day.
Tensions remain high between the Ford government and teachers’ unions, with all unions being in legal positions to strike.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce also announced Wednesday that the measures to ensure all parents were covered would cost up to $48 million a day if all unions were to strike at the same time, and if all eligible parents were to apply.
The Ford government has released its eligibility outline for parental support during the Ontario teacher strike.
The outline, which announces eligibility to all parents whose children are enlisted in school which will be fully closed due to strikes, will details prices for those affected.
According to the outline, all parents who meet the first set of requirements and have children in grades 1 to 7 will be eligible to receive $25 per day. Parents of those in junior or senior kindergarten will be eligible for $40 a day, and $60 per day for children under the age of six who are not enrolled in school, “but attend a school-based child care centre that is required to close on account of the strike.”
Additionally, $40 per day will be given to parents for students in junior kindergarten to grade 12 with special needs.
Tensions remain high between the Ford government and teachers unions, with all the ladder being in the position to strike later this week.
Teachers in the Ontario English Catholic system announced on Monday that they would be holding a strike for one day on Jan. 21, which would be in line with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which has held rotating strikes in recent weeks.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Wednesday that the measures to ensure parents have coverage would cost “up to $48 million a day” if all unions went on strike at the same time and if all parents of all eligible children were to apply.
Doug Ford’s Ontario government is leading the way when it comes to creating employment in Canada, according to data published in a Statistics Canada report.
Since December, employment in Ontario has risen by 25,100 and since June 2018, which is when the Progressive Conservative Party won the Ontario election, employment in the province has risen by 296,700.
Much of the successes of Ontario’s economy derives from slashing of unnecessary bureaucratic red-tape. The former Premier, Kathleen Wynne, was often criticized for implementing red tape for ideological purposes, often resulting in a strained economy. In 2018, Ontario punished the Wynne administration in the election, resulting in their loss of “recognized party status.”
Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Job Development and Trade, also tied Ontario’s growth to the dismantling of red tape: “We are working to create an environment that attracts investment and encourages entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create high-paying, good quality jobs in Ontario, and we are seeing the results of that.”
Much of the Progressive Conservative’s mandate relied on their promise to create an environment that improves the ease of doing business. Recently, the Ontario government passed another bill to address this, and will seek to introduce further legislation to reduce the regulatory burden.
Alberta, on the other hand, lost a thousand jobs, with Edmonton suffering the highest unemployment of any major Canadian city. These losses have much to do with the economic instability aided by Justin Trudeau’s dither and delay on the TMX pipeline.
In total, the Canadian economy added 35,200 jobs, reserving some of the job losses suffered in November of last year.