Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Anti-Racism Reforms for Schools, COVID-19 Pandemic

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Anti-Racism Reforms for Schools, COVID-19 Pandemic

In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces a number of reforms aimed at eliminating barriers faced by Black, Indigenous, and racialized students in the province’s schools. The reforms include the elimination of grade nine streaming, changes to policies concerning the suspension of students, and the provision of additional anti-racism and anti-discrimination training for teachers. Joining the premier for the announcement are Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and Jamil Jivani, Ontario’s advocate for community opportunities. Responding to questions from reporters, the ministers also comment on Ontario’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. (July 9, 2020)