Timothy Sullivan, a teacher in Waterford, Ont., argued that he was concerned that students were not being properly informed of the negative side effects of vaccines and yet were required to give consent.
But Ravi Vethamany, chair of a three-member independent disciplinary committee of the Ontario College of Teachers, said on Wednesday that Mr. Sullivan committed professional misconduct.
The panel will decide on a penalty in March. The hearing came to end when Mr. Sullivan abruptly walked out after the decision was made, and as counsel for the college was making submissions on what the penalty should be. Christine Wadsworth, a lawyer for the College, recommended a reprimand, that Mr. Sullivan’s teaching certificate be suspended for one month, and that he attends courses on appropriate professional boundaries, ethics and anger management.
In the two-day hearing, Ms. Wadsworth said Mr. Sullivan’s personal opinion on vaccines affected his ability to professionally conduct himself in the school.
“It’s not Mr. Sullivan’s place to be an activist at the school on the topic of vaccines,” she told the hearing earlier on Wednesday. “He did not act as a role model that day. He did not model appropriate behaviour for his students and he did not treat visitors, who were legally authorized to be at the school, with respect.”
The incident occurred in March, 2015, when public-health nurses were running an immunization clinic in the cafeteria at Mr. Sullivan’s school.
Ontario requires students to provide proof of immunization to attend school. Parents can get exemptions for their children on medical grounds, such as an allergy or a weakened immune system, or if they fill out a form stating they object to immunization.
Angela Swick, a public-health nurse in the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, told the hearing on Tuesday that Mr. Sullivan came by the clinic three times. Ms. Swick said the teacher’s demeanour left her uncomfortable and nervous, and she contacted her supervisor and the school principal. One set of doors to the cafeteria was subsequently locked.
At one point, Ms. Swick said, Mr. Sullivan asked students in line if they knew what was in the vaccines and “shouted at them not to get it.” She said the situation at the school was “unsafe” for the students and the public-health nurses, and the nursing staff felt “intimidated and scared.”
Mr. Sullivan was suspended from his job without pay for one day in 2015 after the incident.
Mr. Sullivan, a teacher for 17 years at the Grand Erie District School Board in southwestern Ontario, told the hearing on Wednesday he did not intend to intimidate the nurses or make those at the school feel uncomfortable.
He said that public-health staff do not inform students about the risk from vaccines of death and the rare neurological condition Guillane-Barré syndrome.
But the hearing was told nurses use screening tools to assess whether any underlying conditions would trigger a more serious reaction in a student. Students and their parents are told about the most common risks, such as a fever or a sore arm.
Mr. Sullivan said he was asking the health-unit staff about their practice, and was also trying to inform students at the school about the contents of the vaccines and the side effects.
“It was probably one of the most professional things that I did, actually,” Mr. Sullivan said.
The name of Mr. Sullivan’s school is covered by a publication ban to protect the identity of the students.
WARMAN IS AT IT AGAIN: COMPLAINS TO FACEBOOK & GETS ANTI-MOSLEM PAGES TAKEN DOWN
‘It only takes a 30 second Google search to confirm why most of these individuals and groups are a problem in relation to hate speech,’ Warman said. ‘Hate speech has no place in Canada.’”
Notice, the victims got no trial or right of response. And what is ‘hate spech’? Why it’s speech some privileged minority hates.
Warman, who has long battled far right websites, had sent a list of suspected Canadian anti-Muslim pages to Facebook following the Quebec City mosque attack that left six worshippers dead.
Facebook has ‘taken action on those that qualify as hate speech,’ a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. While some of the pages were removed, others remained up but specific posts were deleted.
Six of the 22 Facebook links in Warman’s complaint were no longer online, among them the Cultural Action Party, Canadians Against Justin Trudeau and Soldiers of Odin – Ontario South.
‘The reason I forwarded the list of Facebook profiles to their management in Canada is because they had been reported to me with concerns about hate speech,’ Warman said.” [Who reported them? Was Warman’s complaint written on his own time?]
“According to Facebook’s community standards code, the company removes content that ‘directly attacks’ people based on their race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
‘Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook,’ it reads. ‘As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us.’ But most of the links Warman had complained about were not taken down, despite having provocative names such as the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam and the Canadian Anti Islamic Force.
Canadian Facebook pages down following complaint they were anti-Muslim, possibly related to Toronto protest
Canadian Association for Free Expression Protest at Iqra Khalid’s Office — Paul Fromm (back to the camera) slides letter of protest into shut office door.
Canadian Association for Free Expression
Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L3
Ph: 905-566-4455; FAX: 905-566-4820
Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director
February 19, 2017
For Immediate Release
Free Speech Protest Against Motion M-103 — “Free Speech is Not Negotiable!”
The Canadian Association for Free Expression will hold a protest outside the Mississauga Constituency Office of Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid (Mississauga -Erin Mills) to protest her introduction of Motion M-103. The protest will take place at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3,100 Ridgeway Drive (Suite 35) in Mississauga.
“Miss Khalid, who has disturbing ties to Moslem extremist groups like the Moslem Brotherhood is trying to sneak a motion through Parliament which will pave the way for more restrictions of freedom of speech,” says Paul Fromm, Director of CAFE.
Motion M-103 “condemns Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism” and calls on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Committee to study and report back within 240 days on ways to reduce or eliminate “systemic racism … and Islamophobia.
“While the motion is not legislation, it sets the ground work for introduction of restrictions on freedom of speech,” Mr. Fromm warns. “Islamophobia is not defined,” he adds. “Literally meaning fear of or aversion to Moslems, it is worrisomely vague. Is criticism of radical Moslem terrorists Islamophobia? Is criticism of Moslem demands for special treatment — wearing niqabs, burkas, for instance, — Islamophobia?”
“We shouldn’t have to fret or wonder whether a comment we make will be considered Islamophobic,” he insists. “Free speech is not negotiable. Canadians should be free to criticize the tenets of any religion or to reject the behaviour of some members of that faith. There is nothing wrong with Islamophobia. Since 9/11,adherents of that faith have killed hundreds of people in Europe in the name of their religion. Moslems have repeatedly invaded Europe over the past 1200 years and Moslem pirates raided the shores of Southern Europe well into the 19th century kidnapping Europeans for sex slavery or ransom. A sensible person may well have reason to be leery of Moslems and want to know their intentions.”
“This Motion singles out Moslems for special protection,” Mr. Fromm charges. “In fact, Christians like Bill Whatcott are the victims of a legal system that punishes them for expressing verbally their strongly held religious beliefs.”
“As for systemic racism, Whites are the chief victims of anti-White discrimination encouraged by government ’employment equity’ or affirmative action programmes which give special preference to a host of privileged minorities.”
“Motion M-103 is offensive and improper,” Mr. Fromm says. It is not up to Parliament to scold Canadians for their political or religious views. Members of Parliament should listen respectfully to the concerns of their constituents,” he adds.
“Our message to Iqra Khalid is that free speech is not negotiable,” he insists. “We stand for Canada’s traditions — free speech for all, special treatment for none.” We reject a Motion that may be the thin edge of the wedge to the sort of sharia anti-blasphemy laws in place in some backward lands where criticizing the religion of the prophet,” he said, “can lead to prison or worse.”
The Washington Post (August 10, 2016) reported: ” The State Department singled out Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan and Mauritania as being among the countries where deviating from the religious norm carries harsh penalties.”
“We note that one of the countries imposing harsh penalties for blasphemy is Iqra Khalid’s birth country — Pakistan,” he says.
Endorsed by le Societe des Quebecois de souche.
Stop Motion 103 – First Step to Outlawing Criticism of Islam
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CAFE Urges All Members of Parliament to Vote Against Motion M-103
Canadian Association for Free Expression
Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L3
Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director
Motion M-103 may be well-intentioned but it’s dangerous.
Journalist Ezra Levant warns that today you will debate Liberal motion M-103 before their looming vote on the anti-free speech motion.
Motion M-103 demands that the government not only condemn Islamophobia (without defining the term), but also demands that it develop a government-wide approach to reducing or eliminating Islamophobia.
The Canadian government is preparing to silence anyone who criticizes Islam.
Their anti-Islamophobia motion resembles a kind of blasphemy law in favour of one preferred religion above all others.
This motion flies in the face of our legally enshrined Canadian rights and freedoms!
According to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we’re all equal. Every individual (not a belief system or ideology) is equal before and under the law. We all have equal protections and benefit equally from the law.”
It is improper for Parliament to seek to reduce a political or religious opinion, which is what the term “Islamophobia” is.
The campaign against Islamophobia is a serious threat to freedom of speech. The term “Islamophobia” literally means fear of Moslems. Is that necessarily a bad thing.? Moslems have repeatedly invaded and occupied parts of Europe for 1200 years. Radical Moslems today engage in terrorist acts of bombing and killing in the name of their faith. Canadians are perfectly justified in wanting to know the beliefs and intentions of all newcomers.
People should also be free to criticize and question other religions. This is not an Islamic state. There should be no immunity from criticism for any group or religion.The campaign against Islamophobia is a serious threat to freedom of speech. The term “Islamophobia” literally means fear of Moslems. Is that necessarily a bad thing.?
People should also be free to criticize and question other religions. This is not an Islamic state. There should be no immunity from criticism for any group or religion.
I urge you to protect freedom of speech and vote against Motion M-103.