Teachers’ union calls for investigation into Toronto trustee who criticized nudity at Pride parade
TORONTO, March 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has called on the Toronto District School Board to launch an investigation into the “on-line conduct” of the trustee who urged the board to withdraw its float from the annual Pride parade if the city would not enforce Canada’s laws on public nudity.
"I ask you to commence investigation(s) to determine if Trustee Sotiropolous has breached the Board’s Code of Conduct, the TDSB Human Rights Policy, Workplace Harassment Policy, the Occupational Health and Safety Act or any other relevant policy or legislation,” Doug Jolliffe, president of the federation’s Toronto district, wrote in a letter addressed to TDSB chair Chris Bolton.
Jolliffe also said the union would pull its support from the trustee, Sam Sotiropoulos, in the election this fall. The union gave him $750 during his 2012 campaign, according to financial disclosures.
“We did support Trustee Sotiropoulos in a by-election, but support will not be forthcoming in the fall,” Jolliffe told the homosexual news agency DailyXtra.
Jolliffe said the teachers' union has in the past set up a booth at the pride parade and sponsored a lunch at the "Dyke March," but noted that, “This year, because WorldPride is in Toronto, OSSTF is entering a float in the parade.”
Sotiropoulos has been strongly critical of the school board and TDSB trustees on his Twitter account over a range of issues, including its sex education curriculum and the Pride float.
The cry of "homophobia" has been leveled against Sotiropoulos for his motion requesting that the Toronto District School Board agree to ask Mayor Rob Ford and city councillors to clarify the city’s position on upholding the law against public nudity during the pride parade.
The motion states that nudity at the event "raises legal concerns and implications" for "TDSB students and their families.”
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The motion was to be debated at the March 5th board meeting, but the meeting was adjourned before this debate could take place.
The next day Trustee Sotiropoulos tweeted: "Last night's #TDSB Board Meeting was a classic exercise in cowardice & deliberate dissembling by several trustees."
The motion is tentatively scheduled to be debated at the next regular TDSB board meeting on Wednesday, April 9, held at 5050 Yonge Street, at 4:30 p.m.
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), the political arm of the pro-life movement in Canada, urges parents to apply as delegates to this TDSB meeting and to speak in favor of the important child-protection motion.
CLC has documented photos from previous pride parades that show naked men, in full frontal nudity, along with displays of mock sex acts, sexual bondage and sadomasochism. (Warning: Links lead to explicit images.)
CLC encourages Toronto District School Board ratepayers and parents to make the motion a municipal election issue in the October 27, 2014 Ontario elections, by voting out any trustees who vote against the motion.
Doug Jolliffe, OSSTF President
Toronto District School Board
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N8
Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto
Office of the Mayor
Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor
100 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Ph: (416) 397-3673
Contact the Toronto District School Board trustees here.