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TDSB removes controversial sex ed link from website

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A link to a website that discussed bondage and sexual penetration with vegetables has been removed from the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) online teacher resource page.

TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird confirmed that the link was taken down after complaints about the explicit content.

“All links that people have expressed concerns about are being removed from our website and are being reviewed,” Bird said in an email to CityNews.

On Wednesday, the president of Canada Christian College, Charles McVety, said he wanted the TDSB investigated for corrupting children for posting a link to the Coalition for Positive Sexuality (CPS) website, positive.org.

The website, which encourages safe sex, included a list of sexual options like “tie someone up and pleasure them,” “cross-dress,” and insert “vegetables” into sexual orifices.

“We are calling for the attorney general to investigate corruption charges, corrupting children, [under] Section 172 of the Criminal Code of Canada,” McVety said Wednesday.

Bird said the content on the website wasn’t meant to be taught in the classroom.

“The intent behind this page of resources was to provide sexual health information that’s not covered as part of the curriculum for those that are interested.”

The preface to the list of links on the TDSB page said the websites “may be useful in preparing lessons and planning events for your classroom and school.”

Board Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher said the reaction to the content was detrimental to the TDSB’s objectives.

“There was a sense of scandal in the world out there and that’s not what we are about,” she said. “I think the original intent was to provide safe, clear, clean information to young people who might be trying to find things out. It bothered too many people too badly and that’s not what we are trying to do.”