by Brian Lilley
You’ve probably heard of the nanny state before, but until this week I’d never heard the government refer to itself as a parent. Not in Canada anyway.
Yet that’s what happened in Kitchener, Ont., as school, Children’s Aid and police officials all defended their over-the-top actions.
By now you’ve likely heard the story of Jessie Sansone, the Kitchener father of four who was arrested, strip-searched, had his kids seized and his home raided by police — all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture in her kindergarten class of a man with a gun.
After spending time in a cell and having police gaze at his naked body, Sansone was released, no charges laid. The only gun found in his home was a clear plastic toy gun, nothing criminal.
Local police say they will review how they handled the case but won’t apologize. The head of the local Children’s Aid, the rather arrogant Alison Scott, has said she would do everything the same way tomorrow.
But the cake has to go to Gregg Bereznick, the superintendent of Waterloo Region District School Board.
“We do work hand in hand with the families because we co-parent,” Bereznick told QMI Agency reporter Kris Sims.
Funny, I don’t recall signing any document giving any teacher or school official permission to be the co-parent of any of my children.
I’ve heard from plenty of teachers and even some principals who are appalled by this idea, but unfortunately it is growing.
There are people who think the job of parents is to simply have a good time one night, pop out a baby nine months later and then hand the child over to the government to raise and educate.
This isn’t confined to Waterloo, or even just Ontario. The Alberta government has just released an updated Education Act which tells homeschooling families that they cannot teach certain things in their homes.
Under this new bill, nothing in the education of a child can go against the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Now remember that Ezra Levant was prosecuted for 900 days under that act for daring to print the Mohammed cartoons in his former magazine, The Western Standard.
Education in Alberta no longer advocates free speech? It certainly seems that way to religious families who are worried what this new law will mean for teaching from the Bible.
“Whatever the nature of schooling — homeschool, private school, Catholic school — we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, a spokesman for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk.
Essentially, they are saying you must respect differences and if you are different than the difference we like, you are in violation of the law.
So much for parental rights.
In Montreal, a mother of a 15-year-old having trouble academically was told by her school principal that social services would be called if she pulled her son out of school and enrolled him in an online distance learning program that could better cope with his needs.
The school board defended the principal.
“He is perfectly entitled to call youth protection services. You just can’t pull your child out of school and unilaterally decide to have your own home-schooling program,” said school board spokesman Michael Cohen.
Really Mike? Whose kids are they?
We used to look to the government to help families.
Now they want to be our families, or worse, simply control our families.
It’s time this stopped.
Categories: Contributor Columns