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Proof that biology and statistics should be absolutely mandatory each and every year in high school.

Throw in 3 years of mandatory military service and one UN tour between the ages of 19 and 22 and we would be living in an entirely different country. I'm not sure how else you could go about eliminating total absurdities like this:

New study: Climate change is the reason you are fat


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So ladies, remember when you shouted: "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" at me? 

So, WDYTWGTH? Now you have to fight to get back to place you would never have left had you invested but a few seconds contemplating possible outcomes.  


VIEWERS REACT: Outrageous privacy breach as BC Walmart security cam displays view up woman's skirt



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How to enjoy life as an ideological fish out of water


Part of the problem is finding a place for a personal faith in a society that doesn’t necessarily share that faith or understand it. My non-philosophical way of explaining it references birds and fish. A fish living in the water isn’t against flying. He cannot imagine what flying is, because he has only and can only imagine living in water. Flying isn’t something you are for or against in the deep blue sea. Similarly, a bird flies freely in the air and cannot imagine what swimming is like. You can’t swim in the air. In a secular framework, references to the transcendent make about as much sense as flying does to a goldfish or swimming does to a goldfinch.

So, is politics today about swimming or flying? I’ll leave that for the reader to answer.

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Here's something that should be read and digested slowly, thoughtfully, and with the last two lines of the article in mind for context.

 We’ve had the solutions for decades, Rachlis said. We can’t just keep rearranging the deck chairs:


This is now fundamentally unsustainable and a milestone of sorts because people are starting to see it, taste it and smell it. The very essence of the experience that was always required to avoid it in the first place. 

There's an African proverb that says "the resolve to avoid an evil is rarely formed until after the evil has passed."

The MBA crew are about to be schooled on the input/attrition equation that applies to experience based occupations... before long they will be talking about the unique challenges it presents to (I'll call them) Career Managers.  


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Sadly, like most orders/reaction from the UN this will be ignored . The UN is very expensive "toothless" dragon that should be put to rest. 

Ukraine war: Russia must leave Zaporizhzhia power plant - UN chief says

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Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been under Russian occupation since march, with Moscow accused of turning it into a military base

Military activity around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex in southern Ukraine must end, and inspectors should be given access to the facility, the UN secretary-general has said.

In an interview with the BBC in Odesa, Antonio Guterres said the situation at the nuclear power plant, Europe's largest, was "very confusing", as Russia and Ukraine blame each other for shelling the site, tensions that have raised fears of a catastrophe.

Ukrainian officials say Russia has turned the complex into an army base - deploying military equipment, weapons and about 500 troops who are using the site as a shield to attack towns across the Dnipro River, knowing that Ukrainian forces are unlikely to retaliate.

Russia denies the accusations, and says its troops are protecting the plant.

"Of course I'm concerned," Mr Guterres said.

"When you have military activity, bombardments close to a nuclear power plant, this is a matter of concern for everybody.

"I hope that it'll be possible to start engaging in a way that will, at least for the moment, end all military operations."

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly accused Russia of "nuclear blackmail", and some officials claim Russia has fabricated a crisis to force Ukraine and other countries to comply with their conditions, as the nearly six-month old war seems to be at a deadlock.

The claims cannot be independently verified, as the site has been under Russian occupation since early March.

Ukrainian technicians still operate it, however, and some say they are being kept at gunpoint. The plant's operator says the station, for now, remains safe, but has warned that Russia may attempt to disconnect it from the Ukrainian grid.

Mr Guterres' call for the creation of a demilitarised zone around the complex has been rejected by Moscow, which claims it would make the facility "more vulnerable". He responded saying "there's a long way for serious discussion", without getting into detail.

Similarly, there has been no deal to give access to monitors from the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


But Mr Guterres hinted at "discreet diplomacy" and referenced the deal that allowed Ukraine to resume its grain exports.

The agreement, brokered by the UN and Turkey, came after a months-long blockade imposed by Russia that worsened a global food crisis, and is the only diplomatic breakthrough in this conflict so far.

Odesa, where Mr Guterres was visiting on the second day of his trip to Ukraine, is one of the three ports that reopened under the grain deal.

He hailed what he called an "unprecedented agreement" between two countries at war and, after visiting a ship being loaded, said: "You can't imagine the emotion I felt having helped negotiations that allowed Ukraine to resume its grain exports."

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Where is the "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" crowd? 

Is this what you had in mind? Is this OK with you? If it is then cool, lot's more to come. If it isn't I have a question... WDYTWGTH?

As for me... it won't even be on the TV any more. The mere thought of it has resulted in a Bad Bunny List amendment. When I see this stuff I always start singing (to myself) that ADCDE-FU chorus from the song on Youtube. Snappy tune but bad language should you choose to look it up. It applies nicely to a broad range of liberal initiatives though (IMO of course).

FIFA World Cup 2022 to be monitored by facial recognition tech, drones, digital ID facilitated by Huawei

Spectators will be expected to provide a scan of their passport, accompanied by a high-quality facial image, before being granted access.


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If a white person approved / supported this policy and suggested that black people also be segregated into separate classrooms and dining facilities would that person be racist? 

I would previously have suggested that they were, and hideously so to boot. But now it seems that's not the case, they're progressives. So, is this really about banning whites?

To me it appears to be about segregating blacks... again. This is an off campus private venue but that doesn't make it more palatable, it actually makes it worse because It means that stupid has spread its wings and escaped the very campus that breathed life into it.  

But regardless of progressive intentions here, card carrying clan members are sure to applaud the effort and see it as something undertaken on their behalf. It's almost as if it was their idea. Throw in corporal punishment for any white person who mingles with the segregated blacks and we will have progressed back to pre civil war days in the deep south. 

Soldier 101 suggests that if the Clan is fully supportive of your racial policy, you might be on the wrong trail and headed in the wrong direction.

If you can define this as good and defend it as noble, how are you any different than the creators of residential schools? No doubt they considered their motives to be just as noble then as modern progressives do now. History will not be kind to either group.

White people banned from off-campus UC Berkeley student housing common areas

The Berkeley co-op also states that residents must alert others when they intend to bring White guests to the house


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Mike Rowe, American Television host

“ Two years ago, this was the headline of an article in The Babylon Bee. I laughed at the time, because it was satire, and it was funny, and frankly, I didn't think it would happen. Today, I'm not laughing. Because today, a satirical headline is now the sad truth.   Sad for the plumber, and sad for the country. But sad too, for the plumber's neighbor, a woman with a gender studies degree she couldn’t afford. 

Satire aside, what might compel an otherwise rational person to borrow tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase a diploma that offers little chance of a career that would allow them to pay off their debt? Where is the voice of reason, or caution, or common sense in this woman's life? All of the voices it seems, are offering the same advice, and that advice is terrible. Terrible, not because it’s inherently bad, but because it’s a one-size-fits-all approach to one of the most important decisions a person can make.  

To be fair, I don’t know what a person can actually make these days with a gender studies degree, and I certainly don’t think that all gender studies graduates are created equal. What I do know, is that a good plumber with a decent work ethic can make six figures all day long. I also know that lots and lots and LOTS of people with college degrees are drowning in debt, and unable to find work in their chosen fields. The question is why, and the answer seems clear. For the last forty years, we have – as a society – put an extraordinary amount of pressure on an entire generation of kids to borrow whatever it takes to get a college degree. The pressure comes from all sides. Parents want their kids in the “best” schools. Guidance counselors are evaluated on the number of kids they can steer into four-year institutions. There is no longer a rational conversation around the subject, much less anything resembling a cost/benefit analysis. Instead, there’s fear. Fear shared by countless kids that if they don’t go to college, they’ll never amount to anything. And it’s only getting worse.

At every turn, our elected officials have made it clear - people with a college degree are more valuable to society than people without one. And, at every turn, our culture reflects this. The stigmas, stereotypes, and misperceptions that keep people from pursuing a career in the trades are rampant, and no less fallacious than the belief that a college diploma is some sort of golden ticket to prosperity and job satisfaction. Is it any wonder the cost of college has risen faster than the cost of food, energy, real-estate and healthcare? Is it any wonder there’s $1.7 trillion in outstanding student loans today? Is it any wonder we have 11.5 million jobs that nobody seems to want, most of which don’t require a college degree? Is it any wonder the plumber’s neighbor in this satirical, but all too real article, can’t pay off her diploma?   

Don’t get me wrong. The biggest victims of this debacle are the millions of hardworking people who paid their bills and lived within their means. I refer both to those who chose not to attend a college, and to those who graduated with a degree they paid for. I refer to the hundreds of people I’ve profiled on 20 years of Dirty Jobs - welders, painters, HVAC specialists, electricians, plumbers, appliance repairmen, mechanics, and so forth. The vast majority of those individuals didn’t attend college. Consider too, the people we’ve assisted through my foundation. 

In the last 14 years, mikeroweWORKS has awarded over six million dollars in work ethic scholarships to nearly 1,700 people. We focus on individuals who affirmatively choose to forego a four-year degree, in favor of mastering a skill that’s in demand. Those people are livid today, and they have every right to be. Because no one in office is proposing to “forgive” the cost of their work truck, or their bulldozers, or their backhoes, or any of the other tools they need to labor in their chosen occupation - occupations that now feel more than ever, like some sort of vocational consolation prize. How is it even remotely fair to ask these people to pay off someone else’s student loans?

Again, I understand that being in debt doesn’t mean you’re lazy, or stupid, or undeserving of sympathy. But how is any of this the taxpayer’s responsibility? What about the hundreds of billions of dollars in endowments, currently in university investment accounts? Why not hold the colleges at least partially responsible? What about the banks and lending institutions that happily gave loans to eighteen-year-old kids with no financial sense, and no clear idea of what they want to do with the rest of their lives? Does it really fall to millions of taxpayers who made other choices, to bail out those who didn’t? 

I was encouraged last week, after venting my spleen on this very page, to read comments from hundreds of people with college debt who were embarrassed by the President’s decision to bail them out with taxpayer funds. I’m likewise encouraged by people on both sides of the aisle who see this for what it is – a massive, one time gift to a very specific group of people with a very specific kind of debt. A policy that will do nothing to confront the underlying problems or protect the next generation of students from falling for the same line of bullshit. A policy that makes it crystal clear what sorts of jobs our government values, and what sort of jobs they don’t.”


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Oh, to be a boss as the pandemic liberated remote workers start to return to the office....

Every Monday, Charlotte Ward shows up to work wearing two sets of metallic hoop earrings.

For the 41-year-old engineering tech, the stacked hoops are a subtle statement about her identity — a way to reaffirm her gender and combat the lingering looks and microaggressions she’s experienced since coming out as trans in the spring. “Each time I’m misgendered at work, the hoops get larger,” she said.

Since returning to her office near Oxnard, Calif., in April, Ward said she has gradually become more expressive in her gender identity. She loves wearing big flowy skirts, painting her nails and perfecting her favorite makeup looks — a touch of glitter, a clear gloss, and a sharp cat eye or smoky eye with a bit of silver liner at the corners.

“The farther I progress on this journey, the less I resemble the man whose photo is still on my work badge,” she said.

For many like Ward, the coronavirus pandemic has created space for people to explore their identities in and out of the workplace. And as more companies impose return-to-office mandates, some are considering what it means to show up as their true selves.

"I like jeans and sweats, but it became tiresome and slobby after a while.”

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Each year, the Fraser Institute produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World report in cooperation with the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in nearly 100 countries and territories.

It is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom!

Between 1970 and 2017, Canada ranked in the top 10 most economically free countries in the world every year except for one.

Unfortunately, we've remained outside of the top 10 since then.

In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2020 data (the most recent available).

This is a troubling trend, since we know that people living in countries with high levels of economic freedom enjoy greater prosperity, more political and civil liberties, and longer lives.

Learn more and see where other countries ranked by checking out this year's report here.


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Biological male who murdered woman, raped her corpse to be housed in Canadian women's prison

A 68-year-old biological male that identifies as a woman who is serving a life sentence for murdering a woman and then raping her corpse has been approved for transfer to a women’s prison in Ontario

A 68-year-old biological male that identifies as a woman who is serving a life sentence for murdering a woman and then raping her corpse has been approved for transfer to a women’s prison in Ontario, Canada, according to Heather Mason. 

Mason is a former federal prisoner and advocate for women in prison, and a founding member of the Canadian Women's Sex-Based Rights (caWsbar) group.

In a thread on Twitter, Mason shared a series of screenshots from the individual’s parole documents, which she says she obtained via a request made to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC).


The document contains a description of the individual’s gruesome crime:

“According to the Criminal Profile Report, in September 1995, you physically assaulted and then cut the victim’s throat. You sexually assaulted the victim post-mortem. At first, you said you found the victim deceased in her apartment, however, you later admitted to police that you killed the victim.”

The individual's name at the time of the crime has not been confirmed but is named on the parole document as Catherine Lynn.

According to Lynn’s parole document, there have been a number of incidents in prison related to inappropriate sexual behavior with others, and Lynn wanted to transfer to a women’s prison to "look at how women walked, talked, and acted," said Mason.

The document records an extraordinary exchange between the violent murderer and necrophiliac, and the Parole Board:

"The board asked whether you felt, given your past violence against women, your transfer would increase your risk in any way. You said your past would pose a challenge to your transfer and acknowledged it was wrong for you to use your size or strength to harm others as you did in the past."

The transfer was approved and according to Mason has already taken place.

"I received a phone call on August 15th from a woman at GVI (Grand Valley Institute for Women in Kitchener, ON) who said [Lynn] was already at GVI," Mason told The Post Millennial.

Male criminals who self-identify as women have been permitted transfer to women’s prisons in Canada since Bill C-16 was passed in 2017, which added gender identity and gender expression as protected characteristics to the Criminal Code.

Trudeau was questioned at a town hall in Kingston, ON in January 2017 by a participant who described the policy in place at the time of housing inmates by biological sex as "torture" for transgender inmates. 

Trudeau replied that it was "not on his radar, but that he would move to address it" now that it was, the CBC reported.

"I will make sure we look at it and we address it and we do right in recognizing that trans rights are human rights and we need to make sure we are defending everyone's dignity and rights in every way we can," he said.

He made no mention of incarcerated women’s rights or dignity at the time and has not done so since.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) published its Interim Policy Bulletin 584 on December 27, 2017, committing to house inmates according to their self-declared gender identity, but CSC had already been granting transfers before it was published. On May 9, 2022, they finalized the policy by publishing Commissioner's Directive 100.

In a statement to The Post Millennial, Mason revealed that the CSC has had 57 transfer requests since the policy was enacted in 2017, and that they have transferred 12 inmates. They have had no transfer requests from females. They also have 61 gender-diverse inmates in men’s prisons and 24 in women’s prisons.

In a similar case, Mason also received the parole document of Michel Reeves, a two-time murderer who was recently denied parole and has applied to transfer to the women's prison. He killed an inmate and then participated in group masturbation around the victim's body.

Incarcerated women do not have a voice and cannot advocate for themselves, so last year, Mason organized a way for their voices to be heard. Inmates were asked to write letters about their experiences being locked up with male criminals and these were smuggled out and published by Canadian group Gender Dissent.


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Hi there... I just stopped by to check on the poll and noticed your post.

This sort of thing is why I've cut back on reading the news for a while, the needle on my disbelief threshold gauge (DTG) is  continually getting buried, it requires constant servicing and is usually broken. Pulling and tagging the breaker, covering your ears and singing LA,LA, LALALA is the only approved MEL action.

I would have thought that the staunchest of Liberal voters would have buyers remorse by now, nope... they seem addicted to the tink, tink, tink tink sound that accompanies firewall thrust.

As a result, my interest has now shifted to determining that magical point when they blink and ask: "like dude, like how much is like enough like eh? 68 churches in Canada have been either burned or vandalized, 32 young doctors have keeled over and died... have any of these folks noticed? Where is the media and for that matter, where is the opposition party... suggesting that they have been AWAL and stand in need of a good spanking is something of an understatement. Until voters start asking: "like dude, what did you do with my country like?" I'm guessing we will stay the course and test the full limits of stratospheric absurdity.

In any case, I threw in a few aviation references to preserve the sanctity of "SFA"  (safe for all).



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Parents speak out about prosthetic breast-wearing transgender teacher

Parents, students and local residents converged outside Oakville Trafalgar High School on Friday to protest the high school and school board for defending the giant prosthetic breast-wearing transgender shop class teacher.

After footage emerged last week of the teacher in class, the story went viral around the world and Canada became the punchline of the world’s jokes.

When parents wrote to the school to voice their frustration, the high school defended the biological male teacher instead of siding with the students.

True North’s Harrison Faulkner was in Oakville today to speak with local parents who attended the protest.



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It used to be “Do you know where your children are ?

Now It should be. “ Do you know the crap they are stuffing your kids heads with?”




She/her, he/him and they/them. What are pronouns?

Story by CBC Kids News • June 2, 2021

Respecting someone’s pronouns matters, says teen


  • Pronouns are how we refer to people without using their names.
  • Examples include: he/him, she/her and they/them.
  • Why do people change their pronouns?
  • And is it safe to change yours?
  • Keep reading to hear from a teen and experts. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️

The day Louis Brady found the right pronoun was like something out of a movie.

They were in the seventh grade and finally found a pronoun that fit.

“It was genuinely like the walls of Narnia opened up and there [were] rainbows, unicorns everywhere, and we're dancing in the streets and it was beautiful,” they said, remembering that moment four years ago.

Louis, who is now 17, isn’t alone in finding magic in new pronouns.

Actor and singer Demi Lovato recently came out as non-binary, wanting to use they/them pronouns.

“Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity and chance to be who we want and wish to be,” said Lovato in a May 19 Instagram post.

Speaking of Instagram, the platform recently added a new feature that allows users to list their pronouns in their bio.

All of this has sparked a larger conversation about pronouns, just in time for Pride Month, which is a celebration of LGBTQ history that takes place during the month of June.

Click play to learn what pronouns are:

What are pronouns?

Pronouns are how we refer to people without using their names.

Examples include: he/him, she/her and they/them.

Why change your pronouns?

In the English language, pronouns are traditionally chosen to match a person’s sex.

But sometimes people feel gendered pronouns, like she and he, don’t apply to them.

In that case, they might start using pronouns that feel like a better fit, and ask others to use them, too.


On May 19, singer Demi Lovato revealed they identify as non-binary and are changing their pronouns to they/them. (Image credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Someone might identify as non-binary, which means they don’t identify within the gender binary of being a man or a woman.

They might be transgender, which means their gender doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth.


Instagram launched a new feature in May that allows people to add up to four pronouns in their bios. (Image credit: Instagram)

They might be gender-fluid, which means their gender identity changes over time.

Or they might not fit into any of these categories at all.

Louis’s story

When Louis was in the seventh grade, growing up in Windsor, Ontario, they began experimenting with gender expression.

Gender expression is how a person presents their gender identity to the world, either through their choice of personal style, their name or their preferred pronouns.

Up to this point, Louis was known in their family to be a fan of princesses, glitter, Barbie dolls and crowns.

But that way of presenting themselves didn’t fit, the older they got.

“I just started to realize that maybe presenting more feminine wasn't ... I didn't feel comfortable with it.”


Louis Brady changed their pronouns to he/him or they/them. They said they feel best when people respect their pronouns. (Image submitted by Louis Brady)

So they made a change. They began to use pronouns like they/them and he/him.

With new pronouns, Louis felt happier and more like who they wanted to be.

“I knew who I was now … it made me realize that, like, I have a chance to be so much happier than I was. And I didn't even realize how miserable I was.”

How do you know your pronouns?

There are no strict rules when it comes to choosing which pronouns fit you best.

The key is to “take your time,” said Dennis Quesnel, a project manager at Egale, which is an advocacy group for LGBTQ people in Canada.

And know that your choice “might not always stick.”

That’s OK, said Louis.

“There's going to be a lot of information coming in, coming at you from different angles. There's going to be your parents' opinion, your friend's opinion, the internet's opinion … and it's OK to not be OK all the time. And it's OK to not know and not have the answers,” Louis said.


Some people say that ‘they/them’ is grammatically incorrect, but in 2019, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary updated their definition of ‘they’ to include reference to a single person. (Image credit: Merriam-Webster)

Is it safe to change your pronouns?

According to Trans Care BC’s website, children as young as two or three can know and express their true gender, sometimes through a pronoun change.

“If they are persistent, insistent and consistent” about the need to affirm their authentic gender, adults need to pay attention.

“Each family’s circumstances differ,” the website says and adults need to assess how a kid’s safety might be impacted if they start to shift their gender expression.

That said, kids who are prevented from experimenting with things like pronouns might be putting their mental health at risk, adds the website, which is organized by the Provincial Health Services Authority in B.C.

In a statement to CBC Kids News, the SickKids Transgender Youth Clinic addressed concerns over safely changing pronouns.

“Exploring one’s identity is an important and normal part of adolescence. For some teens, this may include considering which pronouns feel most comfortable to them, and there is no evidence that doing so causes harm,” staff at the children's hospital in Toronto said.

Quesnel agrees that changing your pronoun isn’t dangerous, but they said discrimination can be.

“The danger is the bullies that are going to pick on you. They are the people who are going to discriminate against you. They're dangerous,” Quesnel said.


Dennis Quesnel identifies as non-binary and uses they/he pronouns. They said that there is a long history of different genders and pronouns outside of our Western culture. ‘Every Indigenous nation has different words to describe different genders,’ Quesnel said. (Image submitted by Dennis Quesnel)

“You also need to understand that not everyone gets it,” said Louis.

“You need to give them time to breathe, in a sense, and to just remember to love yourself, because you're beautiful. There's nothing wrong with you.”

What if you forget?

Pronouns allow people to express themselves and should be respected, said Quesnel.

Quesnel said pronouns are part of identity. The same way we make a point of remembering someone’s name, we should try to get their pronouns right, too.

“If you accidentally use the wrong pronoun or make a mistake when referring to someone … just simply correct yourself and commit to getting it right the next time,” they said.



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Don't let the nuts frame the debate

Now we see the same thing happening with the issue of an apparently transgender Ontario teacher wearing seemingly prosthetic breasts that look like they should have Goodyear written on them with nipples the size of the air stem on a truck tire straining against a tight top.

In a normal work place the worker would be called aside in a discussion as to how the worker could be supported, but that a wardrobe change was going to have to happen before the worker came back to the office. That would have happened on day one.

But the Halton District School Board is so threatened by issues of political correctness that they have gone into turtle mode, only releasing a statement that seems to blame all the rest of us, as they seek to “create a safe space.”


The education minister has directed the board to review what they are doing and they will get a report by the end of November. By the end of November. Again – this is a one-day issue.


Almost everyone can see we are not talking about a gender rights issue, we are talking about a clownish, perhaps fetishist mocking of women and trans people. Does mocking women need a safe space?


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Rex Murphy: A classroom is no place for wearing massive prosthetic breasts 

Teachers should be free to dress however they like when they are not in class, but have no right to dress in a provocative and inappropriate manner when they are engaged in their professional capacity.

The appearance of a transgender teacher from Oakville, Ont., who went viral on social media and has since received international attention, is, to be very kind, perplexing in the extreme. Regardless of one’s psychological or political disposition (identity is very political these days), it cannot be consistent with simple notions of appropriateness and professional dignity to take to a classroom of high school students wearing mammoth prosthetic breasts and a tight-fitting shirt.

It is surely not a justification for the behaviour that presenting in this way makes the teacher in question comfortable or accepted in that teacher’s declared gender identity. Schools do not exist for the purpose of providing support for personal or political identities. They exist to educate young people, something that should be done with respect and dignity.

What does the unquestionably exotic costume possibly contribute to that teacher’s role, as a teacher? As far as “identity” goes, the cardinal identity of any person hired to teach a classroom is the professional one of teacher. Just as the cardinal identity of a young person in a school, while in school, is as a pupil. To be clear, identity is never one-dimensional.

I have spoken to some parents at that school who are anxious about saying anything that even hints at objecting to this particular display, over fear that they will be called bigots — or worse. But they are concerned, puzzled and upset.


Why are the school and the board not just as attentive to the comfort of these parents and their children, as they are to their teacher? Teachers should be free to dress however they like when they are not in class, but have no right to dress in a provocative and inappropriate manner when they are engaged in their professional capacity.


The fact that the Halton District School Board says it is “standing behind” the teacher is but the latest example of how far schools and school boards are willing to go to display their commitment to the new secular trinity of diversity, inclusion and equity (DIE). Readers may remember when the Toronto District School Board initially cancelled an event with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Nadia Murad, because the board inexplicably reasoned that the heroic young woman’s presence could foster Islamophobia.

Just this week, another woke school board, this one in York Region, north of Toronto, put out this piece of madness: “We request that school staff please refrain from developing tributes or activities to memorialize the death of the Queen, as well as displaying objects associated with the Queen for the purposes of memorializing.… For some, the death of the Queen is very triggering.”


What? Very triggering? For the millions upon millions who have demonstrated how moved they were by her departure, it triggered a great explosion of affection, sorrow and respect for a woman admired throughout the world. They were triggered in the good sense — moved by a singular exemplar of deep public virtue and the sense of duty. Let’s have more such triggerings, I say.

Thankfully, the authorities at the York Region District School Board — who decided, all on their own, that there would be no honouring the passing of Queen Elizabeth on their woke school grounds — were eventually overruled by the provincial government.


But this is indicative of how school boards now seem to think they have the moral authority to allow their obsessive commitment to DIE to supplant or displace the true essence of public education: teaching and learning necessary subjects to prepare for life. Education is not the art of inculcating the dogmas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Boards don’t exist to disparage our Queen or to provide comfort and support for the extravagantly displayed personal choices of their teachers — for example, this particular teacher’s massive prosthetic breasts.

When such things occur, institutions always issue the identical pious boilerplate. “We strive to promote and support a positive learning environment in schools consistent with the values of the school board, and to ensure a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of their race, age, ability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, socio-economic circumstances or body type/size.”


That blob of goop, issued by the Halton District School Board, doesn’t really say anything at all. It’s perfect woke virtue-speak.


Schools are not seminaries for progressive and woke missionaries with a fixation on gender, racism, identity politics and pronoun etiquette. How about getting back to teaching, to instructing students in reading, arithmetic and science — you know, learning stuff?


Canadian school boards have a problem. Or perhaps they are the problem.


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