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Revised September 9, 2016

PROPOSED RESOLUTION

FUNDING OF PROTESTANT AND ROMAN CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOLS

The legislators in writing the American Constitution in 1767, in order to resolve the conflict between the different Christian religions in governing the nation, provided a clear separation of Church and State. In Canada, one hundred years later in 1867, the legislators took a different approach in resolving the conflict between the different Christian religions, by embedding in the Canadian Constitution, Section 93, the funding of the Protestant and Roman Catholic religious schools, which were in operation at the time of union of upper and lower Canada .


It was only the Roman Catholic religion, as a result of numbers, and its monolithic authoritarian structure, that would be able to establish a full fledged separate school system. Protestant religions, on the other hand, because of their fragmentation, and obedience to no recognized central authority, were unable to sustain any like establishment of separate schools, and over time for the most part accepted the separation of Church and State. As a result the current religious discrimination occurred not through the fault of the Catholic Church, but through the inability of Protestant sects to establish their own religious schools. With the later funding of French language school boards in Ontario the enrolment base for Ontario’s schools became in many areas of the province divided among four public school boards.


As Canada and Ontario have become a much more multi-religious, and multi-cultural society, the continued public funding of Roman Catholic schools has become a costly anomaly affecting the quality of education of students in the operation of four school boards, particularly in non urban low population or low density areas of the province, affecting grade organization in elementary schools, available program options in secondary schools, and provision of special facilities and programs in both elementary and secondary schools, that results in the death of the neighborhood school.


The current religious discrimination is real, as it is only Roman Catholic parents that have a choice for their children in both attending a public school , or Catholic school, and Roman Catholic teachers have a choice of teaching in two school systems. It is incumbent on those Roman Catholics that are now, or have ever received benefit of that choice to support my recommendation, otherwise they become guilty of self interest.


Currently there are four French Public school Boards in Ontario and eight French Catholic school Boards. There are currently thirty-one English Public School Boards and twenty-nine English Catholic school Boards in Ontario , a total of seventy-two English and French Public ,and Catholic school Boards. It is realistic to believe that the total of seventy-two school Boards can be reduced to eight French Public boards and thirty-one English Public boards or a grand total of thirty-nine boards rather than the current seventy-two.
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If Ontario’s political parties have the courage to address the current religious discrimination, what reduction in costs would occur?  It is estimated based upon 10% of the current operating and capital education budget that it costs Ontario in excess of two billion dollars in the public funding of seventy-two school systems. If the number of school systems in Ontario were reduced from seventy-two to thirty-nine , in excess of two billion dollars in transportation and administration costs , and savings achieved in operating costs, and over time in capital costs from economies of scale.


How might such a transition occur?  Boundaries for the new thirty-nine secular Boards would be adjusted where necessary. Election of new trustees would be held. Re-organization of the current school board administrations for the individual boards would be made. The positions of current central administrators declared vacant. New appointments to positions would be made. Buyouts of current administrators could be offered, or reduction in unnecessary positions could be achieved through attrition. Collective agreements for salary and seniority provisions would be consolidated.


School attendance boundaries would be re-drawn to restore the neighborhood school. Students would have the opportunity where necessary to rename their neighborhood school. Transportation routes would be adjusted to reflect the new reality. The quality of education for all students could be enhanced in grade organization in elementary schools, and available program options in secondary schools, and the provision of special facilities and special programs in both elementary and secondary schools.
Christian scholars, who have no financial interest, as does your local priest or minister in seeking offerings from believers, in their book titled “The Acts of Jesus”, because of literalistic burden of the Gospels, relocate the Gospels to their proper function as myths and stories. In effect, the only continuing purpose in the public funding of the Roman Catholic religion in Ontario’s schools is the promotion of the catechism of the Roman Catholic religion to ensure the collection of offerings from each new generation of believers.  If my proposed resolution was accepted a level playing field would be restored for all religions in seeking offerings from believers. If government felt the need to fund religions it could do so by making regular offerings to support their businesses.


Although the current religious discrimination is legal, it is no longer morally acceptable. The public funding of the Roman Catholic school system has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Tribunal, as religious discrimination. The onus , in particular, is on the Ontario Assembly of Roman Catholic Bishops , as moral leaders to initiate change. Failing to do so, it is incumbent upon Roman Catholic politicians  to observe the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and to obey Jesus’ second greatest Commandment “Love thy neighbor as thy self”  by initiating action to effect change.


PROPOSED RESOLUTION


It is recommended that my proposed resolution be approved as a recommended resolution for presentation to the next annual policy conference of the party with the party seeking :

1. that as the Ontario Assembly of Roman Catholic Bishops as moral leaders have failed to act ,


2. that the three political parties join together in a joint recommendation to the federal government similar to the actions taken by the Quebec government under the Constitution Act, 1982 section 43 , which essentially allows for bilateral amendments by a province and the parliament of Canada , which Quebec used to amend section 93 of the Constitution Act of 1867 to replace denominational school boards with linguistic ones, where the Parliament of Canada accepted the request and a bilateral amendment was enacted.

 
Respectfully submitted,

H. Ken MacLennan,
1608 Charles St.,
Cornwall, Ontario K6J 1Z4

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APPENDIX A - ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH


April 16, 2015


Luciano (Lou) Piovesan,
General Secretary, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario
10 St. Mary St., Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1P9

Re: Recommendation

Dear Sir:

Two thousand years ago in the absence of scientific knowledge, the Church  piggy backed the New Testament on the back of the Judaic Old Testament in the competition for offerings with Judaism ,promoting that the angel Gabriel conveyed a message to Mary that a holy spirit would come and the child born would be Jesus the son of God.

As a result of this marketing coup the Christian religion in 300 AD became the State religion in the Roman Empire, and its gospel later spread around the world. The Roman Catholic religion was so successful in seeking offerings that it gave rise around 600 AD to the Islamic religion . In 1050 the Roman Catholic religion separated into its eastern and western divisions because of disagreement in dogma. With the invention of the printing press in 1450 the Christian Bible become available to believers, and with the Protestant Reformation (1517) we  have many more versions of the truth . Later the Bahai religion claimed that its God was the true God of all the Gods.

Forward two thousand years with the advance of scientific knowledge , the Roman Catholic Church has acknowledged that the Bible is the words of men inspired by a spirit, and  not scientific knowledge, but religious knowledge. Christian scholars in the late 1990's, who do not depend upon the collection plate, as do religious clerics in the book titled “The Acts of Jesus” declare that Jesus died as do all humans , that the virgin birth of Jesus was not a biological statement but a theological statement, and relocate the gospels to myths and stories, where the life of Jesus can best be celebrated. Pope Francis recently acknowledged with great courage the acceptance of the Big Bang theory for the evolution of the universe, and the organic evolution of man based upon the carbon and other heavier atoms created in the supernovae of massive stars.

As science has not found an explanation for the Big Bang and the evolution of life based upon the carbon atom, and how chemicals can give rise to consciousness, thought and emotion, the speculation and make believe of Christianity on the existence of a supernatural God is reasonable, if it is based upon reason and common sense, and replaces the Bible as a revelation from God based upon a spirit, and if it also replaces belief in the existence of Jesus as the son of God through the angel Gabriel, and a spirit (Dove and tongues of fire) , by belief in Jesus as man, and prophet, and revises its business plan to celebrate Easter as a memorial service of the death of its founder. The offerings will continue to flow.

How does the Church address this contradiction in dogma with science and the report from Christian scholars? It can acknowledge that use of the terms angels and spirits two thousand years ago was the only reasonable explanation of the mysteries of the universe. I believe that the church has already acknowledged that it erred in 1600 A.D. when Giordano Bruni was burned at the stake for suggesting that there were planets and suns in the universe other than our sun, and erred in placing under house arrest Galileo (1609) for claiming that the Sun and not the Earth was the center of the universe.

I am not anti-religion. I am pro knowledge. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides for the guarantee of freedom of religion. However such freedom does not include freedom to mislead. If the Church fails to update its dogma to agree with the science and report of Christian scholars, who relocate the gospels to myths and stories, such failure becomes subject to a charge of seeking offerings under False Pretense ,Section 361of the Canadian criminal code,  and section 52 (1) (a) the Canadian Competition Act for misleading advertising as such failure goes to the criminal intent to mislead believers .

Local Bishop Marcel Damphousse , Diocese of Cornwall-Alexandria graciously agreed to meet in a spirit of good will to discuss my findings.  In that same spirit , would you review with Pope Francis my recommendation and advise of the Churches’s position on my recommendation. If the Pope disagrees may I have his defense for withholding the report of Christian scholars from believers, as having such knowledge, it is incumbent upon the Church to disclose to believers.

Yours truly,

H. Ken MacLennan
1608 Charles St.,
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 1Z4

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June 25, 2015


Luciano (Lou) Piovesan,
General Secretary, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario
10 St. Mary St., Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1P9

Re: Draft Report to Ontario Political parties

Dear Sir:

Attached please find the above-noted  Report for your information.


The Ontario Assembly of Catholic Bishops has the opportunity to act as moral leaders by respecting Jesus’s 2 greatest commandment “Love thy neighbour as thyself” and the Golden nd Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, by requesting the Ontario government to seek a bilateral amendment with the parliament of Canada to amend section 93 of the Constitution Act of 1867 removing the provision for the public funding of Protestant and Roman Catholic Separate Schools.

Yours truly,

H. Ken MacLennan
1608 Charles St.,
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 1Z4

Tel/Fax # 613-932-0208

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cc:
Marcel Damphousse, Bishop,
Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall

 

APPENDIX B- PROTESTANT CHURCHES


April 15, 2015

Reverend Daniel Hayward Trinity United Church 28 Farran Drive Ingleside , Ontario K0C 1M0 Re: Recommendation


Dear Sir:

Further to my letter of December 22,2014, as the president of the Council for the local Protestant Christian churches seeking a meeting with local ministers, attached please find copy of letter to Luciano (Lou) Piovesan, General Secretary, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario seeking the position of Pope Francis on my recommendation.

Bishop Marcel Damphousse of the local Diocese graciously agreed to meet on the subject. Would you and your council also agree to meet in a spirit of good will, so as I am able to ascertain the position of local Protestant clergy?

Yours truly,

H. Ken MacLennan
1608 Charles St.,
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 1Z4


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cc:
Reverend Ruth Draffin, St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Marcel Damphousse, Bishop, Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall

 

APPENDIX C- BILATERAL RESOLUTION (SECTION 93-CONFESSIONAL SCHOOLS)


November 18, 2016
Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier ,
Government of Ontario,
Room 281, Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario,
M7A1A1

Re: Bilateral resolution (Funding of Confessional schools)

Dear Ms. Wynne:

Greetings!!

Let me begin by saying that I am not anti-Catholic . I have immediate members of my family who are Roman Catholic. I am pro knowledge, pro justice for our students.  I am not antireligion. I am a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Cornwall, Ontario.

To get the full sense of my plea, I suggest that you go to my web site: ontariohouseofshame.ca, in particular, to the posts SCHOOL FUNDING and MANIFESTO. The post MANIFESTO, in part, is directly related to the funding of Protestant and Roman Catholic Separate schools, but is a separate issue . My letter to you will be posted as Appendix C under the post SCHOOL FUNDING for the information of members of the legislative assembly and the public.

I note that the posts on my web site were originally before the Ontario PC party. By way of background, I sought local all party support in June, 2015 for two resolutions: improvement in the participation rate in the democratic process and for ending the current religious discrimination in Ontario education. (I added a third resolution on age discrimination of those 80 and over later) It was only the local PC party that responded to my request. My policy resolutions were to be considered by the provincial PC party in the Fall of 2017. The Fall of 2017, however, is too late, because of the current rash of school closures across Ontario. For a number of reasons, which will remain confidential unless necessary in seeking your support, I have become disillusioned that both the local and provincial PC party , if it became elected as the government , would ever have the courage to address the current religious discrimination in Ontario in the funding of confessional schools of one religion only.

I have sent the following email to Glen Grant, President of the local PC party. I quote: “I will be tendering my resignation as vice president, policy, and as member of the Ontario PC party and Canada's Conservative party effective at time of meeting. I seek the meeting as a gesture of good will. I believe that most members of the executive will either support my decision or at least understand my position.” (November 8, 2016)

My resignation will take affect at the November 24, 2016 meeting of the local PC executive . I will subsequently seek to become a member of the Ontario and Canadian Liberal parties.

I also provide for you and members of the legislative assembly a complimentary copy of my book  which is being forwarded to your office separately, for distribution to the other members of the legislature titled :“Everyman’s Prayer Book : Democratic Governments and their Courts- The Other Great Religions”, where I use satire , a form of wit and humour to evoke and expand new ways of thinking about the Christian religion , democratic governments and their courts. My goal is to save the world by disclosing their true nature. (Manifesto, Everyman’s Prayer book Matrix, last two pages)“All great truths began as blasphemies.” (George Bernard Shaw)
Everyman’s Prayer book includes in Part 1 and Appendices A, B, C, and D relevant information on the funding of confessional schools. If your mind is closed , you are afraid of the truth, and you do not have a sense of humour, do not read this book. If you do read it, and do not like itburn it!!

The Public School Alliance is planning a public protest at Queen’s Park on November 21, 2016 seeking a moratorium on accommodation reviews with focus on a revised funding formula and a revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline. Although the Alliance is to be complimented for dealing with part of the problem, low birth rate, the major root of the problem however is the funding of confessional schools. "I think all parties should meet with catholic and public school education sectors to have ongoing and open dialogue. Educating all children is paramount while respecting their individual needs. Four education hierarchies are causing undue fiscal restraints on all students. Merging the education sectors would drastically improve our education resources". (November 15, 2016 email from Susan MacKenzie of the Alliance.)

If the government ended  the public funding of confessional schools the current estimated 2.3 billion dollars cost, based upon 10% of  operational costs could be reallocated if two boards only to saving the closure of some schools in the short term, if not the long term , improving the quality of education for both Catholic and non-Catholic students, restore the neighbourhood school, and reduce the projected capital costs for all the Ontario Boards in the future , including reducing the number of boards in Ontario realistically from 72 to 31 English Public boards and 8 French Public Boards or empires, a total of  39 Boards.

On October 23, 2016 ,I sent the following email message to the Director of the Catholic District School board of Eastern Ontario. I quote: “As a courtesy, and an expression of good, I seek your assistance in notifying Catholic school trustees, principals and school committee chair to the appropriate information meetings, or alternatively I would welcome a meeting with the same parties on the same subject.”On November 1,2016 , I again ,as a gesture of good will ,sent a copy of my presentation at the Char-Lan District High School to the Director.

In email of November 4,2016, I requested  both the Catholic and Public Boards to co-operate in their respective accommodation reviews. In email of November 5, 2016, I requested Heather Irwin, Ministry media representative to bring to the attention of the person in the Ministry who could intervene to secure such co-operation. I received no response from Ms. Irwin. With respect you were disingenuous  when you recently encouraged the Upper Canada District School Board to find common cause with Catholic and French Boards on the excess of the school space issue (Nation Valley News, November 6,2016), when you knew that the Catholic Board, in particular, and the Public Board would not co-operate in the public’s interest. Local MPP Jim McDonell alleged that I was confusing the issue by arguing the elimination of the Catholic school system. (Email  of November 1, 2016)  Local MPP Jim McDonell was also disingenuous in urging the Upper Canada District School Board to stop school closures ,and for Ontario to revise the guidelines for accommodation reviews, when he remains silent ,and ignores the root of the problem, the public funding of Catholic separate schools.

As there is urgency in dealing with the current projected school closures across the province ,I request you , Honorable Premier Kathleen Wynne with respect, to seek the co-operation of Justin Trudeau , the Prime Minister of Canada for  a bilateral resolution as done by Quebec in the mid 1990's to end the public funding of confessional schools ,and replace by the public funding of one English and one French Public Board only. As the Prime Minister has shown great respect for gender equality, and recently appointed MP Randy Boissonnault as a special advisor to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people to address the current and  historical discrimination, I am confident that he would also respond positively to your request for a bi-lateral resolution to provide the same equality for the different religions by ending the public funding of Protestant and Roman Catholic Separate schools.

Seeking a bilateral resolution will not solve many of the current school closures but will be a first step in stopping future bleeding.  To achieve the same result Ontario has a choice :fund a public system only, or fund a Catholic system only . Funding a Catholic system only is not a choice as the religious discrimination would continue. As Premier I seek your  co-operation in addressing the issue, as a person who one time suffered from sexual discrimination, and later became accepted by the public.  For that reason I believe that you are eminently qualified to address the religious discrimination issue and become a part of our history in tolerance of others of different religions.

The public funding of Protestant and Roman Catholic Separate schools is legal, but in 2016 it is morally unacceptable. Section 93 of the Constitution was Canada’s accident in history, as was the discrimination of blacks and the denial of the vote for women , including the discrimination of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered people, queer and two-spirited people. In 1867 the horse and buggy was the prevailing mode of transportation. In 2016 Canadian society has experienced major technological, social , religious, and multicultural change. I respectfully submit, if the current religious discrimination is ended , the costs of education will be reduced and the quality of education for Catholic and Public school students will improve.

The first grounds is from SCHOOL FUNDING, where with competing school systems, the enrolment base in areas of significant French populations is divided in four ways, and in areas of English populations, in two ways. In low density population, and large geographical areas you end up with small schools with limited programs and large distances to attend the same schools. As a result the cost of education increases and the quality of education for both Catholic and public school students is reduced. I provide the following example. The Upper Canada District Public School Board includes the counties of Leeds and Grenville and the counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry. I will only deal with the Catholic and Public schools in the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry counties.

I note that there are twelve (12) Catholic elementary schools and two (2 )Secondary schools, and Sixteen (16) Public elementary schools and eight (8) Public secondary schools in the area- a total of twenty-eight (28) elementary schools and a total of ten (10) secondary schools. If my plea is accepted we would not have twenty eight (28)elementary schools but only sixteen (16) public schools, and not ten (10) secondary schools, but only five (5) secondary schools, subject to review considering the saving of the lifeblood of many of the local communities. The damage has been done. It will take many years to undo the damage.
In Cornwall, for example- and at its immediate boundary with a population of about 47,000, we have on the English side, five High schools - General Vanier, St. Joe’s, Cornwall Collegiate, St. Lawrence and Holy Trinity. (General Vanier was closed because of the building of St. Josephs and Holy Trinity.) As a result of the 1984 unilateral decision of former premier Davis extending funding beyond Grade 10 for Catholic High Schools the cost and quality of education in secondary schools in Cornwall and the counties has been devastated . The Catholic Board is now considering rebuilding St. Joe’s or seeking from the Ministry funds for building a new St. Joe’s. The Public Board is considering with Ministry approval the building of one super Public High School for Cornwall and closing Cornwall Collegiate and St. Lawrence High School. Cornwall only needs two or three high schools at the most, but the blunders continue in the name of funding one religion so students can get their catechism.

In Cornwall on the elementary side we had five elementary schools. ( East Front and Gladstone were closed in 2016 and replaced by Bridgestone Public school.) Cornwall now has four elementary Public schools -Eamer’s Corners, Bridgestone, Central, and Viscount Alexander. At the same time the Catholic Board has five elementary Schools. The Catholic Board is considering closing St. Columban’s and Immaculate Conception, and transferring students to a dual track JK6 Bishop McDonell and St. Peter’s , closing St. Columban’s and Sacred Heart to build a new JK6 school at Sacred Heart site, or nearby , removing Grades 7-8 from the surviving schools ,plus St. Anne, which becomes a JK-6 facility, and expanding St. Joe’s for Grade 7-12 . (Peerenboom, reporter, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, November 11,2016)

In the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry we have similar scenarios with the potential closing of Seaway, Rothwell-Osnabruck , Char-Lan and Glengarry Public High schools because of the building of St. Joseph’s and Holy Trinity Catholic High schools.  On the elementary side we also have similar scenarios on the closing of public elementary schools particularly in the villages of Morrisburg, Long Sault , Maxville, and S.J. McLeod in South Glengarry. As Morrisburg Public is slated to close, Morrisburg would only have a Catholic school. The Catholic Board closed its Catholic school in Long Sault and students were transferred to Ingleside. The Public Board is now considering the closing of Long Sault Public. Long Sault would no longer have a school. The left hand knows what the right hand is doing, but is unable to use the right hand in the solution. The affect of the public funding of separate schools on the education of Catholic and Public Board students across of Ontario faces the same problems . Low birth rate is a small part of the problem. Funding Roman Catholic Separate schools is the major problem. Our students, both Catholic and Public, are the pawns in the process. Is there not one politician who will stand up for justice for students?

The second grounds for action is from my MANIFESTO, for reform of the Christian religion, which is a separate issue, but relevant to the separate school issue, but must not cloud the main issue -Separate schools. The Christian Church , knowing the report of Christian scholars (“The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds of Jesus/Robert W. Funk) copyright by Polebridge press, 1998,Harper Collins Publishers10 East 53 Street, New York, NY100220 ) rd have failed to disclose to its members the report of Christian scholars ,who do not depend upon the collection plate, as does your local Minister and Priest, who because of the literalistic burden of the Gospels, relocate the Gospels to myths and stories .

Failing to disclose to adherents the report of Christian scholars ,the Christian Church has violated the Church’s  9 Commandment “you shall not bear false witness to your neighbour”, Ephesians th 4 verse 25 , Truthfulness-“Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor” Roman’s 12:17 , Honesty- “Repay no one evil for evil but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.”“ Therefore I tell you , every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men: but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven and whoever says a word against the son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come ”. (Matthew 12:31-32) (A full list of Christian virtues may be found on pages 93-97 in , “Everyman’s Prayer Book : Democratic Governments and their Courts- The Other Great Religions”.

There are 108 religions in Canada.(Manifesto, Appendix A) One can only conclude that Christian ministers and priests are afraid to lose members and offerings to support their churches if they disclose the report of Christian scholars to church members.
“Father , forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23-24) 

Religion is a business. It is a business because it claims to offer the service of preparation for the Hereafter and collects offerings for its service. In fact government treats religion as a business, as it provides special treatment through waiver of property tax, and reduction in income tax for an individual’s contributions. Religion may have been our first great capitalist enterprise. Its business is speculating about some other world. Its goal like all businesses is to secure the energy for life produced by our sun. It competes with other businesses for this food energy and the comforts of life. Whereas other members of society engage in businesses to support our material needs,  religion has focused on our supernatural needs.

Its business plan is based upon its alleged sacred books. These books have been developed over millennia and continue to be subject to interpretation and revision. It was only those ancient manuscripts that fit their business plan that were included. Their business plan includes laws mimicking the laws of society. It pretends to have insider knowledge of ethics and morals .Few of their laws are enforceable, except thru excommunication or denial of the privileges of their fraternity. They rely upon the same ritual and ceremony, symbols, fancy dress ,and magic ,as does our democratic governments, and our courts in convincing believers in their power.
What is the evidence that supports the end of confessional schools? The evidence is from Christian scholars and the science. Who do you believe Christian scholars or Christian clergy who depend upon the collection plate?  When we fund Protestant or Catholic separate schools we are funding myths and stories. We should not be funding the dogma of any particular religion. I have no problem with tax relief for offerings from adherents for all the religions provided the individual churches, mosques and synagogues provide clear evidence of good works in aiding the poor, disabled, and sick ,and mentally challenged.

The Ontario Assembly of Catholic Bishops, knowing that religious discrimination exists, and knowing that the PC party failed to become elected on the policy that it would fund other religions in 2007,and continuing to engage in their self-interest, they violate Jesus’s second greatest commandment “Love thy neighbour as thyself”, and the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and they become hypocrites and make a mockery of the Christian religion. I prefer to not need to make a public appeal. I would much prefer that the Assembly of Catholic Bishops ,as moral leaders to act, and failing to act, Ontario’s political parties in unison to act.

How might such a transition occur?  Boundaries for the new thirty-nine secular Boards would be adjusted where necessary. Election of new trustees would be held. Re-organization of the current school board administrations for the individual boards would be made. The positions of current central administrators declared vacant. New appointments to positions would be made. Buyouts of current administrators could be offered, or reduction in unnecessary positions could be achieved through attrition. Collective agreements for salary and seniority provisions would be consolidated.

School attendance boundaries would be re-drawn to restore the neighborhood school. Students would have the opportunity where necessary to rename their neighborhood school. Transportation routes would be adjusted to reflect the new reality. The quality of education for all students could be enhanced in grade organization in elementary schools, and available program options in secondary schools, and the provision of special facilities and special programs in both elementary and secondary schools.

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because I want to expose some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” (George Orwell) “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24).
Will you, and your caucus, in particular, and the caucus of the Progressive Conservative party and New Democratic party provide for me, and my supporters a hearing ,and become part of  history?

RECOMMENDATION

With respect, upon behalf of Ontario’s Catholic and Public school parents and students who do not have a voice, it is recommended that Canada end its 1867 accident in history by taking the following actions:
1. That Ontario immediately initiate action seeking a bilateral resolution with the Federal government to end the funding of confessional schools
2. That a moratorium be placed on accommodation reviews beginning in January 2017 for all Catholic and Public Boards.
3. That upon agreement by the federal government on Ontario’s request for a bilateral resolution ending the funding of confessional schools, that school board elections be called for election of one English and one French Public Boards in the newly constituted jurisdictions.
4. That once the new Boards have been elected that the accommodation reviews placed on a moratorium in January 2017 be reinstated.

Yours truly,
H. Ken MacLennan 1608 Charles St., Cornwall, Ontario K6J 1Z4
Tel/Fax: 613-932-0208
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cc: Honorable Mitzie Hunter, Ministry of Education, Province of Ontario
Patrick Brown, Leader, Conservative Party, Room 381, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Andrea Horwath, Leader, Room 115, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario ,M7A 1A5
Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Government of Canada, 529 Jarry Street East (Main Office) Suite 302 Montréal, Quebec H2P 1V4
Honorable Rona Ambrose, Conservative Interim Leader, 4807-44 Avenue, Suite 102, Stony Plain., Alberta, T7Z 1V5
Honorable Thomas Mulcair, New Democratic, Interim Leader, 154 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 302, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 2N7
Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada, 9711 Fourth Street (Main Office) Suite 1, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2Y8
Stephen K. Kendall, Principal Clerk, Presbyterian Church of Canada, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3C 1J7
Roger Lawler, General Secretary,Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, 10 St. Mary St., Suite
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800, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1P9
Principal Clerk, United Church of Canada ,  3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300 Toronto , ON M8X 2Y4
Principal Secretary, Anglican Church of Canada, 80 Hayden St., Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2


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Thank you for welcoming me and taking time yesterday morning to listen to my concerns. I regret that it was necessary for me to seek from you the disclosure of the science and report of Christian scholars to members. I had hoped that the leadership of the Church would have been proactive in disclosure making our meeting unnecessary. However I was encouraged by your positive response in disclosure. Notwithstanding your positive response I continue to urge the leadership of the Church to be proactive in joining me in modernizing the Church as I suggested in adding to the Old Testament and the New Testament a New Theology celebrating and worshipping the great scholars and scientists of the past two thousand years. The Roman Catholic Church has been proactive in recognizing that Genesis was not science,and accepting the science for the evolution of the universe and man. The Roman Catholic Church has just one more step to take by accepting the report of Christian scholars who because of the literalistic burden of the Gospels relocated them to myths and stories where the life of Jesus can best be told- celebrating Jesus as man and great prophet. Protestant Churches need to be proactive in disclosing to its members both the science and report of Christian scholars. Failiure of the leadership to disclose the science and report of Christian scholars, they violate the very same virtues and religious law that the leadership, and Church clerics preach to Church members :Commandment # 9 “you shall not bear false witness to your neighbour” ;Ephesians 4 verse 25 , Truthfulness -"Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor” ; Roman’s 12:17 , Honesty
“Repay no one evil for evil but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.” Jesus said “Father , forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23-24) “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). It is the leadership of the Church that should welcome my initiative in modernizing the Church. They should not leave the matter to an interim Minister and an old man. I look forward to working with you in the disclosure of the science and report of Christian scholars to Church members. Ken