hyperionx saidIt's also worth nothing that the Catholic School Board in Ontario is publicly funded by the provincial government.
If it was my decision, I would withdraw provincial funding while I was at it.
Agreed. I'm not originally from Ontario, but I've been here for about five years. When I first heard about the Catholic school boards I was shocked. It shouldn't exist, and such a system is unfathomable in my home province. One, secular, public school system for all residents of Ontario, it's that simple. If you want your kids to have a religious education, send them to Sunday school (Hebrew School, Mosque...whatever floats your boat) on the weekend.
On a positive note...I think this might be the issue that gets people talking about why we have such an anomaly in an otherwise secular country, and whether or not it makes any sense at all.
The Catholic school boards are holding onto their funding via the British-North American Act, had that document not existed, they would have no claim to funding whatsoever and would be forced to be privatized. Thing is, the BNA is the predecessor to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, so denying the BNA would mean having to undo the CRF which would be a messy affair.
What the government should do is box the Catholic school boards into compliance, the way they did putting condoms in washrooms.
In regards to religious education, there are provincially subsidized but not fully funded muslim and jewish schools in Ontario. There's nothing wrong with having these people celebrating their faith; religion, in my opinion, has its more nobler side.
What I would not stand for would be these religious schools are teaching their students not to be good citizens for the modern Canadian society.
Demanding a 19th century view on morality and sexual decency is ludicrous for 2012.
No one is saying "dont celebrate your faith"...you just dont need to do it with tax dollars.
For info on some of the constitutional issues surrounding this...read the article attached (changing the constitution in this regard is not THAT hard, compared to other attempted constitutional revisions)
HTTP ADDRESS GOES HEREhttp://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Confronting_Ontarios_Catholic_schools-10860.aspx
Theoretically, a constitutional change is easy to do, it's the politics around it is what makes it a messy ordeal.
Best case scenario, this will play out into an injunction similar to the Mark Hall case, doubt it'll be a constitutional ammendment.
The other thing too is, head sith pedophile, I mean the pope, will have another hissy fit trip to Canada - talking about the folly of our egalitarian society will only lead us to our destruction.
This could potentially aggravate the situation in the States, especially when they're dealing with their federal application of same-sex marriage. Catholics still play a fairly sizable chunk of the voting population.
Pope comparing the States with Canada can cause two results: either the American Catholics see the backwardness of their country and then vote accordingly to change that or feel bad that they're being compared to Canada and let their inferiority complex get the better of them; not applying the necessary changes.