Explore Our Blog

Back to blog home
February 20, 2019

Our Lawyers Finish Closing Arguments in Sex-Ed Case


Over the course of 10 hearing days, our lawyers Mika Imai and Marcus McCann argued a landmark case at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario – that the Ontario government’s decision to retreat to the 1998 sex-ed curriculum was discriminatory and contrary to the Human Rights Code.

Our firm was supported by three interveners – the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and Justice for Children and Youth.

The Applicant at the heart of the case, AB, is an 11-year-old trans girl. Both AB and her mom testified at the Tribunal, speaking about the message sent by the government’s actions and AB’s fears about what she’ll be taught this year in sex-ed. In addition, five expert witnesses spoke to the impact of the government’s decision on LGBTQ2+ students more broadly, as well as the chilling effect it would have on teachers.

Through the course of the hearing, it was revealed that the government knew the 1998 curriculum included no mandatory learning on homophobia, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It also came out that the government had considered removing sex-ed classes completely for the 2018-2019 year while it developed a new curriculum.

The Tribunal intends to release a decision in the Spring. We will provide an update at that time.

Photo by Alex Guibord; cc.

Wrongful Dismissal

Lost your job?
We can help.

Learn More

Human Rights Complaints

Facing discrimination or harassment?
Contact us.

Learn More

Contingency Fees

Don't have the money to pay up front?
Let's talk.

Learn More

Testimonials

"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ben Millard at Millard & Company Barristers and Solicitors. Before signing on to use his services he took the time to answer any and all questions we had so that we felt confident when choosing him to help us with our legal matter. Once we signed on, this did not change. He was always very quick to answer our questions or address our concerns. He was very quick to let us know our next moves and did not sit on anything which was well appreciated. Would recommend to anyone to use his services. Kind, courteous, and genuinely great person to deal with!"

- M. C.

"It was a great pleasure, and a great experience, for our not-for-profit organization to work with Marcus McCann to assist us to rewrite our by-laws. Marcus was professional, knowledgeable and understanding of our issues and committed to helping us to frame our new by-laws in the context of both our organization's vision, mission and values and the law as it relates to not-for-profit organizations. He was diligent, completed the work within the time frame we agreed upon, responded to phone calls and emails promptly, and was always courteous to me and my colleagues. I thoroughly recommend Marcus for any organization who needs legal assistance, particularly in developing by-laws."

- J. M.

"Within a day I was connected to Ben Millard and he walked me through the approach and compensation once he understood my circumstances. He negotiated a good deal and it was settled in less than three weeks (would have been faster except for summer holiday). He was always available for questions during the negotiation and will answer questions on any future contracts vis a vis the severance package. With Ben I know I got the best deal i could."

- T. S.

"This is the second occasion for me reaching out to Ben Millard for his employment related expertise. I greatly appreciate Ben’s clear and concise counsel. His ability to distill the relevant and important issues from all the “noise” makes working with him to be efficient and effective. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any employment law matters."

- T. W.