Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

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Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

"Some numbers - 4,000 parents, 2,400 educators, 700 students, 170 organizations including CAMH over ten years went into writing this curriculum, so anyone saying there wasn't enough consultation is telling you nonsense", she said.

The new Ford government will be making significant changes to the current sex-ed curriculum taught to grades 1 to 12 in the upcoming school year.

The 2015 curriculum introduced students to concepts that did not exist in 1998, such as "sexting" and online bullying.

Same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation discussions included in the Liberal update of the curriculum upset social conservatives, who wanted them removed.

A group also paid for a three-meter-long sign defending the curriculum that was parked outside the legislature Wednesday. "Don't let the religious right hijack sex-ed".

"You can count on your government to respect the men and women of Ontario's Police Services by freeing them from onerous restrictions that treat those in uniform as suspects of suspicion and scorn", the speech says.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, the organization representing 81,000 public elementary school teachers, says Ford has "put students at risk".

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What's more, given the amount of input teachers, experts and parents had in the update, any new consultations are likely to give a similar result, Hammond said.

The government has been given "a clear mandate from Ontarians" to carry out its vision at a pivotal time for the province, the speech said.

Some parents, too, said they would have to make adjustments in light of the change.

Charles McVety, a vocal social conservative minister who supports Ford and had criticized the modernized sex-ed curriculum, lauded the premier for living up to his word to replace the lesson plan.

"Absolutely not, I'm here today, I'm taking questions", he said.

"While there were mechanics of things talked about, it was separating this idea of sex and feeling and emotion".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's first throne speech repeated a number of his campaign promises - ending cap-and-trade, eliminating the updated sexual education program put in place by the previous Liberal government, and cleaning up Hydro One.

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