In­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment?

Ottawa Citizen - - EDITORIAL -

Re: Ed­i­to­rial is dis­mis­sive, Jan. 26. In his let­ter, Marino Gaz­zola, pres­i­dent of the On­tario Catholic School Trustees’ As­so­ci­a­tion states that the Ro­man Catholic sep­a­rate sys­tem wel­comes stu­dents … “re­gard­less of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der, race or cul­tural back­ground.” He con­ve­niently omit­ted the word “re­li­gion.”

My chil­dren are not wel­come in the sep­a­rate sys­tem as Ro­man Catholic schools re­tain the “right” to ex­clude non-Ro­man Catholic chil­dren from en­rol­ment. How is this “wel­com­ing” or “in­clu­sive”? Also, the Ro­man Catholic school sys­tem has the right to deny nonRo­man Catholic teach­ers em­ploy­ment. The pub­licly funded Ro­man Catholic school sys­tem vi­o­lates the In­ter­na­tional Covenant of Civil and Po­lit­i­cal Rights and Sec. 2(a) and 15 of the Cana­dian Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms. The Cit­i­zen got it right when it la­belled the Ro­man Catholic sep­a­rate school sys­tem “anachro­nis­tic.” Surely, in the 21st cen­tury, we can agree that dis­crim­i­nat­ing against non-Ro­man Catholic chil­dren and teach­ers on the ba­sis of re­li­gion is wrong.

B.R. PAT­TER­SON, Car­leton Place

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