Tanuan motion

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
                       overwhelming majority of Trustees  in a vote of 8-2 making “Respecting Difference” clubs the anti-  
bullying solution for this board.  The motion stated

“the board endorse ‘Respecting Difference’ for implementation and that staff a) come back with a plan for implementation and in servicing of procedures and policy and b) that the policy be also looked at to see if changes are needed.”

 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.