(See bottom for brief summary)
Another morning at the Court of Queen’s Bench, although cold and windy, at least this time it wasn’t a snow storm. For the 40-50 people who showed in the court room at 9am, it was brief event. Justice Tilleman brought the court to order, introductions were made, and the Justice informed us that his written decision was to be handed out. He dismissed the appeal, and the court was adjourned.
There was a flurry of activity afterwards, as many had questions as to why it was so short. Even some of the reporters noted how brief the proceedings were. I know all of you are eager to here the details, and I apologize that I could not have written this sooner, but I too had to get back to work.
The main arguments that were addressed were:
Justice Tilleman began with a brief statement of background on the appeal, and discussed the nature of the appeal. In paragraph  he states that we were seeking clarification on the procedures for a petition. In  he notes some of the allegations regarding the behaviour of the board leading up to the submitting of the petition, but explains that they are outside the scope of the appeal, and mentions that although outside the scope, it does not mean that relief can not be sought via another avenue. (referencing argument 4)
In the final paragraph of the nature of the appeal , the Justice makes note of the fact that the petition that was submitted to the Board of SD76 can be amended to correct the deficiencies that were outlined by the Secretary. This means that we do not have to start again from scratch. Paragraph  is what allows us to collect 110 new signatures, and correct the 259. Since March 10th, we have collected 194 new signatures, and corrected 75 of those containing only a postal code. That means we only need to correct another 100 postal code signatures, or collect 100 new. I say we shoot for at least 144 to be on the safe side. If we can get 12 people to volunteer to collect 1 sheet each, we will have our goal. If they collect 2 sheets (24 signatures per person), we will be well within a safe buffer. You can download the petition sheets here.
In part IV. the Justice goes on to explain the standard of review. Both parties agreed on the standard of review, and so in this summary, I will skip over that part. The full text of Justice Tilleman’s decision can be found here.
In part V. the Justice analyzes the 3 remaining arguments. The first being the 25% condition. In paragraph  he explains that it would offend basic notions of fairness to expect the secretary to assist the petitioner in identifying the schools to which the signatories belonged. To do so would overlap the duties of the petitioner and the neutral decision maker. This is a fair point to be made. The Justice then explains in  that a second petition submitted (by Sheldon Johnston) 2 days later, had clearly outlined school and parent information. Mr. Johnston had informed me that he received the formatting for his petition from the Secretary. That petition was also rejected.
The second contention that Justice Tilleman’s deals with is the signatures with only a postal code. It was dealt with in paragraphs [37-48]. In which, the Justice states that it is a reasonable interpretation that postal codes are all that is need to identify if a signatory is an elector in Medicine Hat, and that it is relevant that the Lethbridge School Board allowed it. It was his judgment though that it could not be applied to all districts, and one School Board is not subject to the decision of another. He also noted, that although the intent of the law was to establish if a signatory was an elector, the wording of the law required a “postal address,” and the Secretary is bound to follow the wording. He therefor made the judgment that it was reasonable to exclude the 259 signatures.
The Final argument Justice Tilleman addressed was the 110. He noted that (we) the applicant did not contest this, only that the Secretary would not provide us with details in a timely fashion. (paragraph [13 & 14])
Based on these determinations, Justice Tilleman dismissed the appeal. No costs were awarded, or discussed.
This was not an unexpected ruling. Although the appeal was dismissed, sufficient avenues were provided that allows us to complete the petition and have our committee, in a reasonable time frame. (And no costs were awarded.)
Here is the complete text of the press release that was sent to CHAT Radio, CJCY, and Praise FM.
Last October, a large number of concerned residents of Medicine Hat
submitted a petition to have a committee formed that would give
non-binding recommendation on the implementation of SD76’s Policy 621 & 622.
That petition was rejected, without being evaluated for all criteria
outlined in the School Act, and a number of signatures were deemed
disqualified by the Secretary of the Board.
Details were requested on the disqualified signatures and the Secretary
refused to provide them. Jeremy Williamson, who had submitted the
petition, then filed for appeal, on behalf of the signatories, with the
Court of Queens bench, asking that the Secretary’s decision be
overturned, as is the process outlined in the School Act.
Justice Tilleman heard the Appeal and Arguments on March 10th of this
year, and made note of the unprecedented crowd size in the court room.
The signatories of the petition consisted of more than 30 different
congregations and community groups in Medicine Hat, and spanned every
social, religious, and age of majority demographic including those who
identify as LGBTI.
On Thursday April 13, at 9am Justice Tilleman will be rendering his
verdict on the matter.
Mr. Williamson and the Concerned Parents of School District 76 invite
the public to attend and hear the Justice’s decision.
SD76 has asked that the case be dismissed and court fees be levied
against Mr. Williamson on the grounds that the appeal on behalf of 2034
concerned citizens is “frivolous and vexatious.”
Today, “CHAT News Today” released an article (original has since been removed by CHAT, but I have a copy) [updated article] authored by James Wood. The main assertion of the article being that Mrs. Prince had somehow equated GSAs to the Residential Schools and Eugenics. This is a lie.
This is amateurish gutter journalism, and the facts do not fit the story. Any individual with a reading comprehension above the 2nd grade level can plainly see that Mrs. Prince was referring to how history has repeatedly shown that no government has the capability to replace the role of a parent, and that the Residential Schools and Eugenics are plain examples of government attempting to do so.
It was only in the comments, such as the one by Progress Alberta, an NDP front organization (Raj Pannu, former leader of the Alberta NDP sits on the advisory board), that that correlation was made. Note also that the comment was posted on April 11, while Mrs. Prince post was on April 4th.
The other commenter, who just ‘happened’ to see Mrs. Prince’s post 6 days after it was posted, is Lori Bauckman. You may remember her from a PC membership card ‘scandal‘ back in 2014. Mrs. Bauckman according to her Twitter profile is “Politics obsessed. Wife. Mother of two teens. Former Public School Trustee who believes it’s time for Alberta to have a single, publicly funded school system.” She expresses no lost love for the PCs or the Wild Rose. She also seems to advocate for a single forced education system.
The CHAT article has shown a complete lack of journalistic integrity, and although slightly re-worded from it’s original this morning, has not addressed the considerable political bias, and continues to report without having received any kind of a statement from Mrs. Prince. CHAT was informed by multiple individuals that she was in transit from Edmonton, and unable to respond right away.
Mrs. Prince’s message and the message of CPoSD76 has always been that parents are the first and primary care givers of our children, and that parents are the only ones with inalienable rights and authority over the children, barring proven neglect or abuse.
Maureen Prince has advocated for the protection of children with the Concerned Parents of SD76 for over a year now. She knows better than most just what the tyrannical agenda of the NDP education ministry is. I and the CPoSD76 stand with her unequivocally.
And you know what? I think you all need to watch this video again!
The message from Maureen Prince today was simple. Include Parents. This is critical to a democratic and successful society. The family is the very bedrock of any healthy society. It is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi that he said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.”
Our children are our weakest members, and across Canada, right down to our local school boards, our society is seeking to exploit our children. Right now, procedures exist in Alberta schools that write out parents, and treat our children as property of the state. Here in Medicine Hat a teacher must report any child seen violating the districts ‘code of conduct’, no matter where it happens, or face disciplinary action. This expands a teachers fiduciary duty far beyond reason, or that of even a police officer. An authority schools don’t have, and should never have.
School District 76 drafted a motion last year for the ASBA that asked to have school districts assigned to children at birth. When asked what that looked like, the trustees could not provide the details. Education Minister David Eggen bullied out a command that schools MUST keep critical developmental information about our children secret from the parents. Information of a sexual nature. One of, if not THE most intimate aspect of a child’s life. Not allowed to tell parents. What other group likes to tell children to keep sexual topics secret? (Hint: Ask any victim of sexual abuse. There are windows on class room doors for a reason.)
These kinds of actions are part of a pattern. The future for Alberta can be seen as close as Ontario, and their Bill 89. The protections for our children are being stripped away and the parents are being shut out. The ‘state’ is seeking to take possession and control of our children. Where have we seen that in history, and how did it turn out?
Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Mao’s China. All of which seized control of the children’s education, shut the parents out, and indoctrinated them into horrible murderous ideologies. But those are all examples from far off lands, so lets look to something closer to home. Let’s remember the residential schools.
The residential schools did exactly what the Alberta NDP and Ontario Liberals are trying to do now. They seized control of aboriginal children, stuck them in forced government sanctioned education, and removed all parental oversight and protection from sexual predators. I guess our government subscribes to the “do the same thing over and over again until you get the result you want,” perception of reality. A year ago, I even mentioned the parallel with the residential schools to the Board of SD76, but I guess they couldn’t see it.
But I’m not an aboriginal, nor have I lived through the trauma that was so many of the residential schools, so don’t take my word for it, hear from someone who lived it. Hear why family needs to be included.
Yet, here we are. Trying to educate our educators on why their educational plan is flawed, and will lead to the harm of our children. Here we are being called bigots and etc-phobics. I’ve been asked today what is so concerning? Well the state seizing our kids, and putting them at risk is pretty concerning. There is some great irony that the Alberta legislature was talking about the hard fought battle of Vimy Ridge, to stop tyranny, on the same day that a parent had to remind the government to not tyrannically exclude parents from the education and care of their children.
Well, Friday and Saturday the CPoSD76 held a yard sale, to raise funds for court costs, and help us with future endeavures. We asked families to drop off their gently used items, and boy, did they ever. Just look at how much stuff concerned families dropped off!
For the 2 hours we were open on Friday, and all day on Saturday plus over time, there was a constant stream of people to see what we had for sale. Many more residents of Medicine Hat became aware of just what was happening with their local School District 76. Awareness is the chief struggle we have.
Parents for instance are just not aware that SD76 has set procedures under policy 621 & 622 that create new ‘problem’ children within the district through vague definitions on various ‘phobias’. That the district has established that they can impress their idea of morality and ethics upon the children in the schools, beyond that of the law, and in some cases, against that which the parents wish to instill.
Most concerning is that the district has established in those same procedures that a child can be monitored while not at school, and if an infraction of school policy/ethics/morals occurs outside school hours, no matter the location, that the child can be disciplined for that infraction. Worse still, they have written into procedures for administration and teachers, that if they see such an infraction, they must report it, or be subject to disciplinary action themselves.
Still though, besides making residents aware of what some of the concerns of the CPoSD76 are, the yard sale also brought awareness about this Thursday’s court decision on the petition that they brought to the Board of SD76. The CPoSD76 have been struggling for over a year to have their concerns heard by the Board, but have been met with continual road blocks. So much so, that they had to appeal the rejection of their petition. The first appeal of it’s kind in Canadian History. Justice Tilleman will in fact on Thursday be setting precedence for any future case like ours.
The Justice will also be giving clarifications on a numbers of aspects of the School Act. One clarification that the Justice gave on March 10th was that the petition can be amended with the requisite number of signatures needed to meet the criteria of the School Act, contrary to the assertion of the Secretary of the Board who stated we must resubmit a new petition (Ie. Recollect all 2000 signatures).
This was a relief to us, as the original collection was a significant amount of work, and consisted of more than 40 volunteers collecting. So, with the statements from the Justice, we set out to collect the 110 shortfall, and to correct the addresses of the 269 that only had postal codes.
We have volunteers tirelessly looking up the addresses as best they can, as they do not have access to postal information, electoral role calls, or school registration lists. The Yard Sale alone provided 78 new signatures, and with several other volunteers yet to hand in there collections, (the numbers are good,) we expect to far exceed the 110 required. Who knows, we may have enough, that we don’t even need to bother with fixing the addresses of the 269!
Beyond the signatures, the yard sale was ultimately about raising funds for court costs. Although the appeal was self represented, there were a number of costs associated with the case. Including the initial filing, sworn affidavits, and consulting fees.
Although not exuberant, they are a concern for a working father with a family to raise. Throughout this process several individuals indicated that they wanted to help, and some already had, but we wanted to give the broader community the opportunity to be engaged, and show that there are many in the community who are concerned with what is happening in our school district, province, and country. (As if 2034 signatures on a petition wasn’t enough of an indication.)
In fact, the district has not gotten this fact, as not only does a father of two have to worry about his own court costs, but the School Board has asked the Justice to make him pay for their court costs.
In the words of the Secretary, the precedent setting appeal on behalf of 2034 signatories is “frivolous and vexatious,” and the appellant should pay for daring to question the Board, and making them work to evaluate the petition. But that is OK, because our children are worth any cost, and parents will never back down from protecting their own from dangerous and oppressive policy.
And you know what? With only one week’s notice, residents of Medicine Hat showed this to be true, as the massive amount of donations in items for the yard sale, the purchase by others at the yard sale, and with the financial donations towards our efforts. In fact, between sales and donations, a total of $1721.90 was raised for court costs. Not bad for one weekend. Innumerable thanks to all those that bought from our yard sale, and donated to costs. You have no idea how encouraging this is to us. A special thanks to Crossroads Church for letting us use their facility for the yard sale. Could not have hoped for a better location!
So what of all the items that didn’t sell? The majority of the clothing items have already been donated to refugees via the Dream Center, and the remaining items are slated to be dropped of at the local Salvation Army thrift store later this week, to benefit the local community. There was just so much given by generous families, we didn’t have time to sell it all, nor would we have needed to. This was an incredible showing of the generosity of the residents of Medicine Hat, their concern for their children, for those people new to Canada, and those that are struggling in these difficult economic times.
This Thursday the 13th of April, Justice Tilleman will render his decision on the petition appeal. I want to express my thanks to everyone that has been contributing to the work of the CPoSD76. I would ask that all those that were collecting signatures since March 10th, to bring them by the Yard Sale at Crossroads Church on Friday from 5-7, or Saturday 9-3. We will get them counted and sorted, and make sure all the affidavit’s are in order. An appointment for getting your witness affidavit notarized will be given upon drop off of the signatures. There is no charge for the notarization if done through our appointment time.
You may recall that we needed an additional 110 signatures, and there were a further 269 with postal code issues. I’m confident that we have gotten more than 110, but I need full accurate counts to present to the justice on Thursday. So please, bring by any you have collected. Plus, you can shop the yard sale, or drop off items for sale. Win win.
I will be at the yard sale both this evening and tomorrow, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you have not signed the petition, and wish to do so, you will be able to at the yard sale. Tell your friends, neighbours, and anyone will listen. This leg of the journey to being included as the primary care takers in our children’s education is nearly at an end, and we must continue to run the race with perseverance.
Hope to see all of you Thursday Morning at 9AM!
Yes, that sounds crass, but have you noticed how mental illness is being promoted as normal? In fact, anyone who calls it such is a hateful bigot? Well,
Now, you may be thinking, “Ha ha, don’t be silly, this is obviously a mental illness. Obviously the person needs psychological help. Quit ‘scare mongering.'” Well, let me warn you, to laugh is to be a bigot. How long ago was it that the idea that a 6 year old boy was trapped in a girls body was ludicrous? A year? Two?
I’ll let you know a little something about my self…..I’m a geek. A nerd. Little known fact, I’ve attended comic expos, and have an unhealthy amount of videos games. As a kid, I went out in public wearing a Star Trek uniform. (I know about bullying.) You may ask me, “What does that have to do with Furries?” Well, you see, I’ve met a few furries. I’ve engaged in conversations with them, even been exposed to their culture via some of the video game sub cultures. And you know what is interesting about that?
Though many of them simply suffer from social anxiety, as is all to common among us geek folk, (and putting on a fur suite alleviates that anxiety,) quite a few of them suffer from species disphoria. The believe that they are X species born into a body from Y species. Now I know that sounds ridiculous, but their is no less evidence for being born in the wrong species than there is for being born the wrong gender.
And just as the homosexual lifestyle, and gender identity continues to get pushed on younger and younger children, so too will trans-species. Where is the C-16 or Bill 10 for children who identify as a dog, a cat, a dragon, or a unicorn? This is not harsh, or belittling. This is ‘truth’ as has been presented to us, and if you believe that a trans kid needs special protection from bullying, how much more so do you think a child who thinks they are a pony will need? I’m not saying I advocate for this, but if one believes that a person can be born the wrong gender, than one must believe in being born the wrong species. You must provide a hydrant, a litter box, and a bed of hay in every bathroom, or your a bigot.
At this point, reason has fled, and we are left with only chaos.
I could go on, but I think you get the point.
An article was shared in the CPoSD76 facebook group that a survey was being conducted in class in Ontario for grades 5-12 about sexual identity.
Although there are some cases where 10 year old children have reached puberty, it certainly isn’t the norm. Several studies since the late 80s have sounded alarms that “children are maturing earlier.” The funny thing is, in my research (googling) of news articles on the “average age of puberty”, I have come across articles (some obviously archived) from the last 3 decades,and they all said the same thing. “New study finds the average age of puberty ‘starts’ at 10″. And they ALL also warned that mental maturity DID NOT occur at the same time.
If you take the probability that a 10 year old has reached puberty. Factor in the probability that they have FULLY sexually matured. Then factor in the probability that the child suffers from gender disphoria. Finally you factor in the probability that the child understands what is going on, and has the mental maturity to express it. You end up with a number so infinitesimally small, that it is an insult to science to think that the survey would give any kind of significant correlation to ANYTHING.
That isn’t even considering other factors like peer pressure to ‘identify’ as something. Political and societal pressures, and parental pressures. (Which are very common among young children that express disphoria.)
What does it even proof anyway? The children do not have to answer the questions in the survey, they are not allowed to do it with their parents,(who would best be able to explain the questions,) and there is nothing screening the children for honest answers. (Forget that older children would skew the results, and be more likely to take the survey.)
The survey isn’t being run along side biological analysis. There is no biological analysis that COULD be done along side, as gender disphoria and sexual identity do not have real world biological markers which can be referred to for analysis. This survey is about grooming children sexually. To get them comfortable with adults talking about sexual matters, and keeping it secret. (Remember parents can not see or help them take this survey.)
Do not forget that former deputy minister of education for Manitoba and Ontario co-authored the sex education curriculum for Ontario. He was not only charged with possession of child pornography, but PLED guilty and was sentenced to 3 years in jail. (Ya, just 3.)
Lets also remember that the Alberta sex ed curriculum was modeled after the Ontario one, and that only just recently graphic, sexually explicit materials were found to be linked to the Alberta GSA Network. The GSAs, in both Ontario and Alberta are being used as Sex Clubs to groom children, and no one has provided parents with evidence to the contrary. No one has explained the logic for detailing 26 different fetishes to kids as young as 5. No one has given hard numbers on the children’s lives who were ‘saved’ by the GSAs. No one has explained why ONLY GSAs deserve enshrinement in law. No one has explained why parents shouldn’t know when their kids joins one. Fun fact, GSA is an acronym for Gay Straight Alliance. So saying kids will be outed if the parents are informed is ridiculous, as maybe a straight kid wants to join to ally themselves with the cause. No one has explained why there is such secrecy around the material that is provided at GSA meetings.
Some people see the GSAs as helping the kids, and I get that. I understand why people would want them. I see how they could help kids, but not how they are currently being run. If you exclude parents and keep secrets, NOTHING good will come of this. If they want alliance, then they need to act in alliance with parents, and they need to repair the holes in the protections of our children from predators. And parents, you need to suck it up, and demand more of School Administrators, and politicians. Putting anyone’s child, not just your own, at risk should offend you, and call you to action to defend the weakest of our society.
Leela Sharon Aheer stood up in legislature April 3rd during question period, and asked Education Minister David Eggen what he planned to do to monitor the the links and resources that were being given on the Alberta GSA Network website, and if he would apologize. Unsurprisingly Eggen would not answer the question, and instead tried to insinuate that parents raising these concerns were somehow putting the children at risk of ‘outing.’
Leela Sharon Aheer – “Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen instances where content linked to the Alberta Education website is clearly inappropriate for students, containing graphic and sexual content. Providing supports to all students is imperative, but giving students access to explicit content is wrong. The minister knows it, and – believe me – parents know it.
Yesterday I asked the minister to tell parents whose fault this is, why no one is monitoring this, and who is going to be held accountable.”