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Ontario government releases new sexual-education curriculum
Ontario Premier Doug Ford waves as he leaves the stage following his speech to the Associations of Municipalities Ontario conference in Ottawa, Monday August 19, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Adrian Wyld)
The Ontario government has released the new sexual-education curriculum today, replacing a much-criticized teaching plan brought in after the Progressive Conservatives took power last year. The province says the curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 has been updated following feedback from the public and consultation with experts. The sex-ed curriculum comes after an interim teaching plan based on 1998 materials was put in place after the 2015 curriculum from the previous Liberal government was repealed.
The Tories scrapped the modernized curriculum that addressed consent, online bullying, sexting, same-sex relationships and gender identity. The new document will return to teaching those lessons, but in some cases will do so when students are older. The curriculum will also include teachings on cannabis and concussions.