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Queer Ontario Denounces Offensive ICV Ad in National Post

September 29th, 2011

September 29, 2011

Queer Ontario Denounces Offensive ICV Ad in National Post

Toronto – Queer Ontario denounces the “advertisement” printed in this past Saturday’s and yesterday’s National Post attacking equity and inclusion practices at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) as nothing more than factually incorrect thinly veiled bigotry and ignorance. Incorrectly “advertising” teaching resource guide material as curriculum, it does nothing more than to distort the truth of the situation and further marginalize the lives of queer and Trans persons of Ontario. 

“Once again, Charles McVety has chosen to rely on distortions of the truth and fear mongering to rile up confusion and create a backlash against what is probably the most equitable and inclusive Board in any publicly funded school in Ontario” says Casey Oraa, Chair of Queer Ontario’s Political Action Committee. Oraa added, “Last time I checked, two key Canadian values are equity and inclusion, both which are accomplished to a degree of excellence beyond any others in Ontario by the TDSB. Their ongoing work to better the lives of LGBTQ students in their schools is commendable and we can only hope other schools Boards across Ontario follow their lead. ”

The “advertisement” which has been printed by the National Post twice now also raises questions about the journalistic integrity of the National Post. “I don’t think it’d be a far stretch to say that the National Post has violated Provision 14: Unacceptable Depictions and Portrayals of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards” says Oraa. He continues “It’s sad that in this day and age that chasing the mighty dollar has won out in this instance over Code and journalistic credibility”.

“We call on everyone who is just as offended by this “advertisement” and the complicity of the National Post in proliferating it to write to Advertising Standards Canada. As well, think of where you put your money and next time you go to buy a National Post, think again.”



Casey Oraa,
Political Action Committee,
Queer Ontario

Nick Mulé,
Queer Ontario

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