Ottawa progressive public school trustee Dr. Nili Kaplan Myrth shut down a concerned parent speaking at a yesterday’s board meeting “on the grounds that (his speech created) an unsafe environment for people who identify as gender diverse.”
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- The police were called to a meeting of Ottawa’s public school board after acting chair and trustee Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth cut off a Manotick father of four who was speaking about his concerns about boys being allowed to access girls’ washrooms. Kaplan-Myrth cut Morabito’s talk short “on the grounds that this creates an unsafe environment for people who identify as gender diverse.” After some expressed upset at Morabito being cut short (after 35 seconds, though he had been given four minutes), the police were called. Trustee Donna Blackburn said,
“I didn’t see anything in what that gentleman was saying to be hateful or offensive. I think he was just trying to share his concern. I think, at the end of the day, if he would have just been allowed to finish what he had to say, any of my colleagues could have asked him questions for clarification — it probably would have been over and it wouldn’t have been a big hoopla. But, when you cut somebody off — I did hear some people from the gallery shouting. I think people were legitimately upset.”
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