Ontario Sexual Health and Education

The Province of Ontario is implementing a new Health and Physical Education curriculum in September of 2015, though a consortium of changes are ahead, the most significant are changes to the Sexual Education Curriculum. Elementary students in particular will be expected at an earlier age to identify body parts, including genitalia; and those in grade eight are expected to understand gender identity. The last several months have seen much criticism around this new document, with staged protests at Queen’s Park and parents withdrawing their kids from school in protest. Beyond the Headlines talked to three experts in this field:

  • Lyba Spring: A sexual health educator since 1982 and worked in that capacity for Toronto Public Health for 30 years. She currently works independently. Lyba is often heard on radio in French and English, and also speaks at conferences and workshops
  • Dr. Jen Gilbert: An associate professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Her interests include sexuality education, LGBTQ issues in education, and psychoanalytic theories of teaching and learning. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, York University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • MPP Garfield Dunlop: Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North and is the Progressive Conservative Critic for Education and Training, Colleges and Universities. MPP Dunlop has previously worked to help renew education and apprenticeship in Ontario. In 2002 he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education

The Ministry of Education answered some of our questions we sent them, click here to view them.

Show Credits

Executive Producer & Host: Nirmalan Vijeyakumar

Show Producer: Janet Tsang

Technical Producer: Abdi Hersi

Music Credits:

What Mercy Is by The Luyas

Lonely Acorn by Charlotte Cornfield

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