Full Court Ruling Release in Steve Tourloukis v. HWDSB

By Joey Coleman // @JoeyColeman
Published: Dec 02 2016 (8 months ago) // Last Updated: Dec 02 2016 (8 months ago)

The ruling in the case of a parent who took the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to court over "false teaching" is now public.

In E.T. v Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, 2016 ONSC 7313, Justice Robert B. Reid rules that the HWDSB was not required to inform Steve Tourloukis in advance of teaching sexual education and other areas of the curriculum that Tourloukis believes are "false teachings" according to his Greek Orthodox faith.

Justice Robert Reid heard arguments from lawyers representing Tourloukis, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Elementary Teachers' Federation, and the Attorney General of Ontario.

At 121 paragraphs, it is a lengthy ruling. Here's just one paragraph to highlight:

[100] Accommodation by non-attendance, which is sought by the applicant, would allow him to isolate his children from aspects of the curriculum that in his religious belief would amount to “false teachings”. However, isolation is antithetical to the competing legislative mandate and Charter values favoring inclusivity, equality and multiculturalism.

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