Ontario Back To School Plans Bring Concern, Uncertainty To Parents

TORONTO — Andrea Moffat can’t decide what will be worse for her five-year-old son in September — keeping him at home or allowing him to make a partial return to school. The 42-year-old college professor said her boy has struggled with feelings of neglect over the nearly four months since schools across Ontario closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Once, as his mother tried to juggle parental and professional responsibilities, he asked her whether he or the phone was more important. But Moffat doesn’t believe the situation will improve when classes resume in the fall, especially since government instructions make it clear that students won’t be welcomed back full-time.… Read More

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Emo, Ontario Hosts Pride Convoy Despite Council Vote Against Recognizing Pride

There almost wasn’t going to be of the Emo township’s refusal to recognize Pride. The complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleges discrimination by Emo municipal council and seeks an apology from the municipality. It asks that the mayor and two councillors who voted against recognizing Pride undertake training at their own expense on diversity, inclusion, and human rights, with a focus on LGBTQ issues. Any money awarded by the tribunal would go towards Pride and LGBTQ2 inclusion programming in the Emo area, said the complaint. “In this day and age, it is unheard of for an Ontario municipality to defy the law and to refuse to… Read More

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