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Mississauga school board candidate targets sex-ed curriculum

March 22, 2015

Arshad Mahmood wants parents to have the freedom to stamp out the province’s new sex-ed curriculum.


Mahmood, who’s running in a byelection for a Mississauga council seat, said Sunday that he’s sending parents forms needed for their children to opt out of sex-ed instruction.

“Parents have the choice about what their children are taught,” Mahmood told reporters at Central Parkway Mall on Burnhamthorpe Rd. “I took action. I’m launching a campaign to advising those parents of their rights to opt-out and withdrawal their children if they so choose.”

The province has announced controversial plans to introduce a new sex-ed curriculum which has drawn some harsh opposition.

Mahmood brought out a wheelbarrow filled with 3,500 stamped envelopes — each containing a blank form which parents could fill out to excuse their kids from sex-ed instruction. Mahmood and volunteers stuffed the envelopes into a mailbox at the mall.

In addition to what will be sent by mail, volunteers will hand another 16,500 forms — for a total of 20,000 — as they go door to door in his Ward 4 area. With the effort costing $5,000, the sex-ed issue appears to be an important one in the byelection which will be held April 27.

Rival candidate Joe Horneck said education curriculum is entirely determined by the province, not city councillors.

“The residents of Ward 4 want a councillor who will be accessible, will address their local concerns, and will provide leadership on city council — not someone who is going to be divisive by trumpeting issues completely outside of the city’s jurisdiction,” he said in a statement.

Mahmood said parents have brought forward concerns about the curriculum and he wants to give them “a proper format” to communicate with the school board.

“The demand for these forms was so great that we had to get a wheelbarrow to transport them to the mailbox,” Mahmood said.




Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/03/22/mississauga-school-board-candidate-targets-sex-ed-curriculum

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