Civil liberties group mounts legal challenge to Ford’s sex-ed overhaul

A civil-liberties group is asking a court to stop Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government from throwing out a contentious sex-education curriculum, calling its planned replacement with a 20-year-old document an act of illegal discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is seeking a court order as early in the school year as possible to maintain the previous sex-ed curriculum until a new one can be developed through public consultation. Its filing in Superior Court on Thursday comes a day after the provincial government directed public-school boards to use a “revised, interim curriculum,” based on a 1998 document on sexual health, this school year. The curriculum it is replacing, implemented in 2015 by a Liberal government, includes sections on gender identity, sexual orientation and consent not found in the 1998 curriculum.

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