WARMINGTON: Oakville trans teacher allowed to dress however she wants


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Kayla Lemieux, a transgender teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School, can wear a blonde wig and oversized prosthetic breasts in her classroom and the Halton District School Board can’t do anything about it.

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That’s what staff, asked to explore options, told elected trustees Wednesday night in Burlington.

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“It is clear from the above analysis that the implementation of a formal staff dress code or grooming standards would likely expose the council to considerable liability,” a report to the council reads. “Even if a dress code is implemented for non-discriminatory reasons, it would likely be deemed discriminatory if it adversely affects an employee or group of employees based on their code-protected grounds.”

The council’s hands are tied over how to handle the classroom attire of Lemieux who was born male but now identifies as female.

“Ontario’s Labor Relations Act imposes a ‘statutory freeze’ during the period when there is no collective agreement in effect, which prohibits employers from changing working conditions during negotiations”, HDSB Human Resources Superintendent Sari Taha said Thursday. “Given this and the Board’s obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, the HDSB has advised its Board of Directors that while a dress code is implemented for non-discriminatory reasons and to good faith, it would probably be found to be discriminatory.”

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The teacher wasn’t known to dress this way at work before this school year, but that doesn’t matter.

“Even a truly reasonable, non-discriminatory dress code or grooming standards would most likely fail to achieve HDSB’s intended goal of being an employer that fosters a culture of professionalism, respect, fairness and inclusion” , said Taha.

During this time, Lemieux would always teach dressed in busty women’s clothing and was also noticed in other parts of town dressed that way.

The pedagogical qualities of Lemieux are not in question. In fact, some administrators told the Toronto Sun that she is an exceptional teacher who is extremely popular with students.

Kayla Lemieux, a transgender teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School, is seen here at a Halton Region theater.
Kayla Lemieux, a transgender teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School, is seen here at a Halton Region theater. Photo by Fourni

However, it’s hard to know for sure because in today’s world of political correctness, cancel culture and reawaken extremism, offering an opposing point of view on controversial topics like this often leads to backlash.

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There were protests outside the school and the police were called. There were also lively discussions at board meetings. However, it now appears that the matter is settled and Lemieux can dress however she pleases.

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But not everyone is happy.

“It’s just ridiculous,” said Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) communications director Pete Baklinski, adding, “No one should accept any other form of sexual perversity, no matter how it’s dressed, being paraded in front of minors at school.”

The CLC delivered a 5,000-signature petition to the board of trustees asking for Kerry “Kayla” Lemieux’s removal from the class because “we’ve seen this teacher’s fetish for wearing large fake breasts with extruded nipples like pornographic and a threat to children”.

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The CLC’s pro-life and family values ​​believe that “parents should stand up, pull their children out of school, and make it clear that their children will not return until the council begins to put children first rather than to employees”.

But Baklinksi realizes that “parents, unfortunately, will not get any help from Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau who is about to make an appearance in the Canada drag race.”

“Trudeau has proven himself to be an enemy of Canadian families by promoting delusional lifestyles that lead to this kind of shameful situation,” he added.

Regardless of the outrage, the HDSB says Lemieux is welcome to teach classes dressed as she chooses.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @joe_warmington

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