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Proms on for Toronto students


The proms are on for senior students at Toronto public high schools despite a ban on extracurricular activities.

There were concerns the year-end celebrations would not go ahead with Ontario public school teachers withdrawing extracurricular activities following a dispute with the province and its contentious Bill 115 that imposed contracts on them.

The Toronto District School Board was expected to vote on a motion Wednesday night to determine whether public high schools would get a prom this year.

However, trustee Pamela Gough withdrew her motion after Director of Education Donna Quan told the board that 98 per cent of public high schools have scheduled plans for a prom.

Quan said the other two per cent have plans for a special event for the students.

Gough and student trustee Kourosh Houshmand, who spearheaded the push for prom, were surprised by Quan’s announcement.

“We will offer you our full support in getting this done,” Quan told Houshmand.

“This is something we deserve,” Houshmand said. “Prom is like the playoffs. Imagine getting the Stanley Cup at the end of the season with no playoffs. It’s the game 7 closure we want.”

Gough called the prom “a valuable learning experience.”

“When Kourosh spoke at the last meeting, he had some of us in tears explaining how we were robbing them of the chance to decide what to wear, decide who to ask and all that stuff. It was heartbreaking,” Gough said.

– With files from The Canadian Press