Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, shown Monday, says public hearings aimed at developing a new sex education curriculum will be held across Ontario starting in September.
Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, proven Monday, says public hearings geared toward creating a brand new intercourse schooling curriculum will likely be held throughout Ontario beginning in September.  (Bernard Weil / Toronto Star)

“We’re going to be beginning our consultations in September. We’re all able to go, however it is necessary that the session occur,” Deputy Premier Christine Elliott informed reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park.

Elliott defended the federal government’s controversial choice to scrap the 239-page 2015 syllabus in favour of the 42-page model from 1998, which predates same-sex marriage and social media.

“There’s no level in beginning with one thing that wasn’t full,” mentioned the well being minister, who has been left to reply questions within the absence of embattled Schooling Minister Lisa Thompson.

“We need to do it correctly, to hear to folks throughout the province, to take heed to everybody that has issues, everybody that wishes to have their points heard, in order that we make it possible for after we develop the sex-ed curriculum, it’s full, it’s inclusive, and all voices have been heard.”

Echoing Premier Doug Ford, Elliott repeatedly mentioned the federal government is merely “going again to the 2014 curriculum.”

Requested what the variations are between the 1998 syllabus and the one taught in 2014, she mentioned, “I perceive that there are some variations between them, that there are some areas the place lecturers have the chance to talk about a few of the points that had been maybe not included within the 1998 curriculum.”

However NDP Chief Andrea Horwath mentioned there is no such thing as a such factor as a “2014 curriculum” as a result of it was not modernized till 2015. It’s in actual fact the 1998 curriculum, she mentioned.

Horwath mentioned Ford is appeasing social conservatives who helped him win the March PC management. Opponents of same-sex marriage and abortion rights, in addition they are in opposition to the up to date syllabus.

“As an alternative of shifting Ontario ahead, he’s denying the realities of 2018 by failing to show consent, cyberbullying, gender id and sexual orientation,” she mentioned.

“He’s doing it as a result of Charles McVety and Tanya Granic Allen informed him to,” she mentioned, referring to social conservative Ford backers.

Whereas no funds for the exhaustive public hearings has been set, the premier promised “to do the biggest session the province has ever seen.”

“We’re going to crisscross this province to 124 ridings and seek the advice of with the individuals who matter — and that’s the dad and mom,” mentioned Ford.

Revisions for the 2015 curriculum started in 2007. It was presupposed to be carried out in 2010, however was delayed by then-premier Dalton McGuinty.

Launched by Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne three years in the past, the up to date curriculum consists of the educating of correct names for physique components and genitals in Grade 1. That’s a change child-abuse investigators have lengthy really useful.

The idea of same-sex relationships is launched in Grade 3.

In Grade four college students find out about puberty and the must be cautious on-line.

Grade 6 college students are taught about what masturbation is in addition to the significance of consent and about wholesome relationships.

In Grade 7, they’re warned in regards to the dangers of “sexting” and knowledgeable about sexually transmitted illnesses and be taught what oral and anal intercourse are.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter masking Ontario politics. Comply with him on Twitter: @robertbenzie



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