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Toronto?Catholic School Board flouts own rules in joining LGBT attack against Catholic trustee

With all this going on, observers who thought that the Catholic Board of Education should be about education, skills, critical thinking, and character development would apparently be mistaken.
Wed Nov 11, 2020 - 9:41 am EST
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TORONTO, Canada, November 11, 2020 (Corriere Canadese) —  Just when one thinks the situation could not get more ridiculous at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the Board decided to meet on November 4 to address Ontario education minister Stephen Lecce’s diktat to reopen an issue that had been consuming their resources, creative energies and their abilities to deal with the challenges of accommodating and instructing our children in a virus-infested environment.

Except that they had no authority to do so. Their deliberations are not only invalid, but they may also, in fact, be illegal. And they are subjecting one of their colleagues to legal “double jeopardy”. If the Minister counseled them to do so anyway, he has some serious explaining to do.

While he is at it, he will no doubt find the time to explain how he managed to make two announcements of capital funding for projects in the wards of Trustees Rizzo and De Domenico. Both have been agitating to reopen the issue while publicly pillorying their colleague, Trustee Michael Del Grande, for their interpretation of words he used in a debate.

The Board had made a determination that he had not breached the Trustee Code of Conduct. Trustees can reopen the issue only through judicial review. In layman’s terms, they can appeal the decision to another jurisdiction – the Divisional Court, according to the written advice provided by the former Interim Integrity Commissioner to mothers who had launched a complaint against Trustee De Domenico for harassment and conduct inconsistent with his Oath of Office.

As to Trustee Rizzo, in August, the Board had found her in violation of [material] conflict of interest. Moreover, her threats to visit aggravated assault on a union official are still before the Labour Relations Board. The police should have been involved.

On November 4, the TCDSB met in camera (private), notwithstanding the above, to consider reopening the matter and curry favor with the Minister for his announcements. In their rush, they neglected to report to public session as required by the rules and the law. Without that, and the ensuing public vote (2/3) authorizing the release of the confidential report, the matter would come to an end.

Nevertheless, the next day the report found its way into the hands of a Toronto Star reporter, and presumably in those of the Minister and in other hands of the LBGTQ+ community. Now, on November 11, the Board will reconvene to do what they did not on November 4: report to public session, vote, structure non-disclosure agreement of a confidential document and move on to negotiations for the Chairmanship and other offices for the coming year.

On Saturday, Trustee De Domenico issued a tweet on the left – in violation of the Code of Conduct and under paragraph 6, potentially committing a conflict of interest.

With all this going on, observers would be mistaken if they thought that the Catholic Board of Education should be about education, skills, critical thinking, and character development.

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De Domenico has now included “Staff” in the circle of his and Rizzo’s vicious buffoonery.


  michael del grande, mike del grande, stephen lecce, toronto catholic district school board

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