April 25, 2013
Submitted by Trustee Garry Tanuan, seconded by Trustee John DelGrande
WHEREAS: The provincial government is breaking the law by violating s. 93 of the Constitution, which enshrines
the denominational rights of the Catholic schools.rights of the Catholic schools.
AND WHEREAS: Decisions from the Privy Council all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada have affirmed the
responsibility of Catholic officials to provide Catholic teachings in Catholic schools.
AND WHEREAS: Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs promote a positive view of homosexual activity, which undermines
Catholic teaching on chastity and marriage.
AND WHEREAS: The Church’s solution to bullying is being ignored and Church teaching is being undermined by these
clubs. Cardinal Thomas Collins put it this way: “So the key issue is not just the [GSA] name itself, but
the content connected with the name.” Cardinal Thomas Collins, May 28, 2012, Observations on a
recent change in government policy re: proposed anti-bullying legislation.
AND WHEREAS: Trustees must protect Catholic school principals from being forced to betray their Catholic values.
AND WHEREAS: Defining the terms of reference of the anti-bullying clubs in the Toronto Catholic District School Board
is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees and is currently being left to front line administrators. This
is compromising these administrators’ conscience rights.
AND WHEREAS: Over a year ago on March 7, 2012 the Toronto Catholic District School Board passed a motion by an
AND WHEREAS: Toronto Catholic District School Board staff has not brought back implementation for “Respecting
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Toronto Catholic District School Board schools shall have no Gay Straight Alliance
(GSA) clubs or similar and that anti-bullying clubs and activities must adhere to the framework outlined
in “Respecting Difference.” And be it further resolved that the relevant section of the Board’s Equity
and Inclusion (EIE) Policy shall be amended to reflect that “Respecting Difference” shall govern the
operations of school anti-bullying clubs.