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Massive protest against sex-ed curriculum at Queen's Park

Hundreds have gathered at Queen's Park Tuesday morning to protest the Liberal government's controversial sex-education curriculum.

The protest, organized by the Campaign Life Coalition, was scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and noon. The group organized a twin rally in London, Ont., at the same time.

Organizers of the protest include former TDSB trustee Sam Sotiropoulos, Institute for Canadian Values' Charles McVety and MPP Monte McNaughton.

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Ben Levin's sentencing hearing to begin

Ben Levin's fall from the heights of Ontario's academic circles continues this week as the former Ontario deputy education minister is sentenced for creating and possessing child pornography and counselling to commit a sexual assault.

The former esteemed educator and tenured University of Toronto professor pleaded guilty to the crimes last month. Monday marks the first of three scheduled days in his sentencing hearing before Justice Heather McArthur.

His hearing will explore the depths of his depravity and the heights of his achievement, as well as his efforts to rehabilitate himself since his crimes were uncovered by police forces in Toronto, New Zealand and London, Ont.

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Show porn to children in schools: Danish sexology prof.

A professor of sexology at Aalborg University has suggested that showing children pornography in school would help children better understand sexuality.

Christian Graugaard said he hopes by watching hardcore porn, children will realize that it differs from real-life sex.

Graugaard told the Danish public broadcaster DR that if children try to act out what they see online, it could result in "broken necks and disappointment," so he thinks schools should help teenagers distinguish between porn and real life. That process, he said, would involve showing them more porn.

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Southern Ontario man who sexually abused three young girls declared dangerous offender

A man who sexually abused and took nude photos of three young girls has been declared a dangerous offender and given an eight-year penitentiary sentence.

He previously pleaded guilty to 16 offences, including sexual assault, touching a person under 16 for a sexual purpose, and making child pornography.

He's in his 50s and can't be named because of a publication ban.

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'We can't prove sex with children does them harm' says Labour-linked NCCL

EVIDENCE has emerged that the views of the Paedophile Information Exchange influenced policy-making at the National Council for Civil Liberties when it was run by former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

PIE members were lobbying NCCL officials for the age of consent to be reduced and campaigning for "paedophile love".

Their view that children were not harmed by having sex with adults appears to have been adopted by those at the top of the civil liberties group.

Today we publish extracts from an NCCL report written for the Criminal Law Revision Committee in 1976 when Mrs Hewitt was general secretary.

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Why the critics of the Ontario sex-ed curriculum are right

At least since Plato, philosophers have argued that parents are naturally unfit to educate their children. In an ideal state, philosopher-kings such as he ought to usurp their role. Plato had no children. But the enlightened Rousseau, whose ideas ground modern educational theory, was so enamoured with the idea of the state's responsibility in administering social justice, and in absolving himself of parental responsibility, that he placed the five children he conceived out of wedlock in state orphanages.

In his 1935 BBC radio debate with another statist educator, philosopher Bertrand Russell, G.K. Chesterton wryly retorted what every reasonable person recognizes. The immoral example of exceptional men like Rousseau proves the rule: Parents are by nature best positioned to bring up their children. They don't raise themselves.

The intervention of the Second World War and the rise of Communism briefly settled the matter. Yet the brief success of the ideologues that shared Russell's conviction in the interim led a nascent UN to push back. In its 1959 Rights of the Child, parents were declared to have primary responsibility in educating their children. The declaration was meant to set a hedge of protection for families against the totalitarian impulse of philosopher-kings.

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Man edited himself naked into voyeur pictures of young girls, court hears

An Ontario man who used a hidden camera to snap pics of underage girls then edited himself naked into the images to make it look like he was engaging in sex with his victims, court heard.

Robb Kidd, 56, a former assistant fire chief in Kingston, Ont., faces sentencing Friday.

On Wednesday, his victims delivered impact statements to the court, calling Kidd a predator, a manipulator and a psychopath.

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Sex-ed curriculum protests follow Wynne to Mississauga

A heated issue for the provincial government remained hot on Thursday night as more than 200 protesters descended on the Verdi Hospitality Center to protest planned changes to Ontario's sex-ed curriculum with Premier Kathleen Wynne in town.

Wynne was in Mississauga hosting a meet and greet for ethnic members of the media and briefly addressed the concerns of the protesters during her speech.

"We recognize that the world is a very different place than it was 17 years ago when we last revised this portion of the elementary curriculum," said Wynne. "We know that children have access to information through smart phones and social media, much of it inaccurate. They have access to information they did not have in 1998."

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Ben Levin case shines light on name-callers

The shocking Ben Levin case has revealed some astonishing prejudices.

For those of you who don't follow every nuance of the province's sex scandals, Levin is the former deputy education minister and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education professor who pleaded guilty to child pornography related charges last week.

He was also a key advisor to Kathleen Wynne and part of her transition team.

In an agreed statement of facts, Levin admitted to visiting online chat rooms and websites that talked about incest and teens.

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I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I'm Not a Bit Sorry)

As a young queer activist, full of teenage certainty (and angst, and hormones), I used to bristle and complain at a lot of the things said about those of us who were doing the work of LGBTQ equity and inclusion. By far, with a bullet, my number one upset was with the people who accused us of recruiting. "You can't reproduce, you have to recruit!" shrieked one memorable fellow.

The first time I was introduced to this idea of reproduction and recruitment as the two paths to Being All The Homosexual I Could Be, I had two very strong reactions. I felt the revulsion of denial, of course -- we were not recruiting, and certainly not in the way that this asshole was suggesting we were. At the same time, I experienced a delicious fantasy in which I was in fact recruited and chosen to be queer. In it, I was ushered into the world of queerness with care and tenderness by experienced homos and trans people (in my imagination they were like very fabulous versions of my favorite camp counselors from childhood). I would be issued my leather jacket and my protest pins, my safer sex supplies and a hotline of some kind I could call if I needed it. As a teenaged homo trying to piece together strained relationships with my family or origin, it was a really nice idea.

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EXCLUSIVE: Confidential e-mails show pedophile Ben Levin was a trusted friend and advisor to Ontario's Ministry of Education until the moment he was arrested in 2013

Documents received by under Ontario's Freedom of Information laws show that child pornographer Ben Levin was a trusted friend and advisor to Ontario's Ministry of Education until the moment of his arrest in 2013. This directly contradicts Liberal claims that Levin had nothing to do with government education policy, including the controversial child sex-ed curriculum introduced for this fall.

When Levin was arrested in 2013, Education Minister Liz Sandals issued a statement claiming "Dr. Levin's only recent involvement with the Ministry has been on contract research projects and guest speaking roles through his capacity as a professor at OISE." The e-mail records demonstrate that is false. He not only was invited to high-level executive retreats with senior civil servants, but he was asked for his input on confidential policy documents, even before the Minister of Education had approved them. Levin also had a personal friendship with George Zegarac, the current Deputy Minister of Education, meeting him for drinks and inviting him to a Blue Jays game.

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Mississauga council candidate targets sex-ed curriculum

Arshad Mahmood wants parents to have the freedom to stamp out the province's new sex-ed curriculum.

Mahmood, who's running in a byelection for a Mississauga council seat, said Sunday that he's sending parents forms needed for their children to opt out of sex-ed instruction.

"Parents have the choice about what their children are taught," Mahmood told reporters at Central Parkway Mall on Burnhamthorpe Rd. "I took action. I'm launching a campaign to advising those parents of their rights to opt-out and withdrawal their children if they so choose."

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Ben Levin proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing

By day, Ben Levin was the esteemed educator, tenured U of T professor, former Ontario deputy education minister, the expert who had the ear of premiers and leaders the world over.

And in his off hours? He liked to frequent an online incest chat room to counsel single moms on how to sexually assault their daughters for his pleasure and theirs, a site where his profile listed his sexuality as "nothing is taboo."

How frightening to think this was the man who had so much influence on education in this province and beyond. A look at his Facebook page shows that he was speaking at conferences and workshops around the globe before his July 2013 arrest. And all the while, he was going back to his hotel room and logging on to the "M" website - its real name concealed due to ongoing investigations - where he shared, created and discussed the sexual abuse of the very children he sought to educate.

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Dozens protest Kathleen Wynne's sex-ed agenda outside MPP's office in Mississauga

Dipika Damerla, the Liberal MPP in Mississauga East-Cooksville, held a sex-ed information session at her constituency office at 1420 Burnhamthorpe Road East tonight. Outside, dozens of residents showed up to protest what they feel is an expropriation of their parental rights by the state.

"Parents are protesting the new sex-ed curriculum, which contains controversial and misleading information, and age inappropriate sex information which does more harm than good," explained one parent, who estimated that about 60 people showed up to the protest. "We feel angry and disappointed that Premier Wynne's Government is going to impose this improper curriculum on our kids in a very rude way, without caring or listening to our concerns. We teach our kids to respect every individual's dignity and be nice to others. School can teach the same thing, but trying to mislead young and innocent kids is not acceptable at all."

This is the third protest (of which I am aware) within the past week. Last Thursday, a massive protest shut down an unadvertised sex-ed "information meeting" held by two Liberal MPPs in Scarborough.

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Liberals can't deny Levin's role with sex-ed curriculum

Despite efforts by the Liberal government to distance itself from suggestions that disgraced bureaucrat Benjamin Levin had a hand in crafting the sex-ed curriculum, there's ample evidence he put his fingerprint on what Ontario children learn in the classroom.

Levin - a former deputy education minister who is expected to plead guilty to child porn-related charges Tuesday - repeatedly highlighted his role as overseeing curriculum issues.

In a 2009 newsletter, the then-deputy minister said he was "responsible for... everything that they do" and to "implement" the "new" approach.

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