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Girls to use washroom with biological boy - a Toronto grade 1 classroom is told

Girls in a grade 1 classroom will be sharing a washroom this year with a biological boy whose parents have chosen to identify him as a girl.

A mother who has a daughter in the Toronto-area class has expressed concern to P.E.A.C.E. Ontario about the situation and how parents and school staff are being expected to respond.

“She called me last week and was very concerned,” says Phil Lees, President of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity (P.E.A.C.E.), a provincial education advocacy group. “She said that the principal instructed the children and parents that the student, who is biologically male, is now to be treated as a girl at the request of the parents who insisted that, by law, the school must honor their request.”

The parents, who identify as lesbian, had moved their child to another school in kindergarten but have since returned seeking the student’s new gender identification and right to be allowed to use the girls’ washroom and change room.

Teachers have been told that the classmates must refer to the child as a girl, and when they make a mistake, they are to be disciplined. School policy is for students to go to the washroom with a partner.

“This is a sensitive issue and touches on the rights of parents – on both sides of the issue,” says Lees. “This [the issue of sexuality in schools] is one of the most common issues that we get calls about, and it’s something that we’re trying to help address- how to respond to such issues in a way that our communities can remain diverse without compromising personal values”.

The issue of sexuality and schools has been a heated political topic in recent years. In 2012, the Ontario government passed its controversial Bill 13, or Accepting Schools Act, which included specific protections for Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and school bullying related to sexual orientation. Bill 33, which provides human rights protections for gender identity and gender expression, was passed that same year.

People often ask, “What does that mean?” It is therefore illegal to discriminate when it comes to: Services, goods and facilities; Accommodation; Contracting; Employment; and Membership in a trade union.

With respect to ‘facilities’ (a very broad term), Section 20.1 of the Human Rights Code provides restrictions with respect to same sex facilities. It states:

  • 20. (1) The right under section 1 to equal treatment with respect to services and facilities without discrimination because of sex is not infringed where the use of the services or facilities is restricted to persons of the same sex on the ground of public decency. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, s. 20 (1).

The Toronto District School Board is operating outside the guidelines of the Human Rights Code. The School Board’s 2011 Guidelines for the Accommodation of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students and Staff, states there is “no age limit on making an accommodation request”, and that students have “the right to use a washroom that best corresponds to [their] gender identity, regardless of the student’s sex assigned at birth”.

What can WE DO? – Important Training and Networking Opportunity

The direction our province and country goes depends on who is influencing. When people of faith work together to positively influence – positive change happens.

Please join PEACE, Transformation Canada, and other faith groups at a very important community TRANSFORMATION TRAINING opportunity.

Transformation Canada
September 27th, 10 am – 3 pm
Clearview Christian Reformed Church
(2300 Sheridan Garden Drive Oakville)

Cost - $20 includes lunch
Please confirm your attendance by emailing


  • Overview of the Community Transformation Strategy
  • Inspirational example of transformation - Brantford
  • Other Examples of how transformation principles are successfully applied in Education (P.E.A.C.E.), Business, and Government.
  • Network Lunch - identify your networks and resources
  • In community districts attendees begin to consider a plan to positively influence their community.

Friends, this is a VERY exciting season. I’m bursting with what God IS doing and is ABOUT to do in Canada. I’m thankful to the Lord Jesus that you desire to be part of positive change in your community and this country. Everyone of us has an important and valued role to play.

God does not need us, but He won’t do it without us. We can’t do it without you.

Looking forward to seeing many P.E.A.C.E. friends at the training event in Oakville.


Phil Lees

NOTE – below is the official invitation from Derk Maat, Director of Transformation Canada.


Transformation Canada Invitation

Dear partners and associates in transformation

God is on the move in our nation! We have been getting feedback from many of you on how God has touched your lives as a result of the teachings and testimonies you experienced at the conference. Many of you are sharing that you received new impartation and have been spiritually energized to impact your community and area of influence a new way. We praise God for your testimony! Over 80 of you have shared your commitment to form “a point of inception” in your community.

But questions arise- what does that look like and what are my next steps in connecting with others in our collective transformational journey?

We have received responses from individuals in 16 communities wanting to start a point of inception. We now have leaders established in 15 communities who have formed or are forming groups engaged in transformation - the majority of those located in Ontario. Remember “where two or three are gathered” is a spiritual quorum before the throne of God.


Transformation Canada
September 27th, 10 am – 3 pm
Clearview Christian Reformed Church
(2300 Sheridan Garden Drive Oakville)

Cost - $20 includes lunch
Please confirm your attendance by emailing

God bless each one of you

Derk (and Annita) Maat

For the Core Leadership Team of Transformation Canada

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Phil is the founder and current president of P.E.A.C.E. who has 27 years experience as an educator within the public school system in Ontario. He is currently dedicating his time fully to the cause of education, globally.
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