April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Friday was Good Friday, and Sunday was Easter. But the Good Friday darkness that has descended upon Christianity in Ontario and across Canada shows no signs of abating.
The latest evidence: last week’s fiasco concerning Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) Trustee Angela Kennedy. Kennedy is a Registered Nurse and has been a Catholic school trustee for 14 years. Recently she was nominated to the Toronto Board of Health. This is a big deal as the Board only has 13 members, and makes some very important decisions about Toronto’s public health policies.
Kennedy had been nominated by the Civic Appointments Committee (CAC) on March 26, after TCDSB Chair Mike Del Grande wrote a letter to the CAC, daring to protest the fact that the only seat on the Board of Health which is reserved for a school board representative has been filled with a public school trustee for 13 years straight. Del Grande had said: “this ongoing lack of representation on the Board of Health is an enormous disservice to this large constituency.” He also said of Kennedy: “I would ask that you support her nomination without prejudice.”
Seems like a simple enough request. And the CAC did see Mr. Del Grande’s point, so they tried half-heartedly to make things right. They did nominate Ms. Kennedy, as Mr. Del Grande had asked.
But many of the Councillors went home feeling sick about it. After all, how can any nice, tolerant, fair, open-minded, secular liberal appoint to a position of power a person like Angela Kennedy, a person who ”has voted against homosexual-activist clubs being permitted in schools, opposed HPV vaccinations in schools, and self-identifies as Pro Life”?
In the end, the councillors just couldn’t go through with it. And so, on March 31st, Toronto City Council met again and on a motion by Coun. Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Board of Health, they voted 20-17 to erase Ms. Kennedy’s name from the nomination. Her replacement: yet another secular trustee from the public school board.
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The city councillors who voted against Kennedy didn’t even try to find any other respectable reason for it: they freely admitted that she had been rejected for her personal beliefs.
Coun. Joe Mihevic felt completely at ease to ground his rejection of Ms. Kennedy in her “‘consistent’ opposition to gay-straight alliances” and further explained: “Would we allow that as a society if it was black-white alliances? That’s what human rights are about and those perspectives in a public health context just won’t work.”
Coun. Paula Fletcher used very similar language: “These are actually human rights issues, the right for gays and lesbians to lead an equal life in the city of Toronto.”
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