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Bureaucrats worried Jack and Jill STI poem not “inclusive” enough

Documents obtained under access to information laws and provided to True North reveal 163 pages of emails between nine bureaucrats in several departments devoted to the poem.

In September, Health Canada published a poem about Jack and Jill having a sexually transmitted infection — a poem that was pulled down an hour later when bureaucrats realized Jack and Jill are traditionally regarded as siblings.

Documents obtained under access to information laws and provided to True North reveal 163 pages of emails between nine bureaucrats in several departments devoted to the poem, which was criticized by bureaucrats for not being “inclusive” because Jack and Jill were heterosexual and because the poem wouldn’t rhyme when translated to French.

True North’s poet laureate Andrew Lawton reports.

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