A recent posting for a grounds technician with the Waterloo District School Board (WRDSB) asks that the candidate be prepared to repair turfgrass and fences.

It says the board is looking for experience with felling small trees and pruning trees, along with a Chainsaw Operator’s Certificate.

But at the end of this online job posting – as with any postings now for jobs within the board — officials claim that they are committed to fair and equitable hiring practices.

That means, they say, that staff should reflect the “diversity of the community” and demonstrate a “commitment to equity and inclusion” in the classroom.

I’m not really sure why a grounds technician who is able to use a chainsaw and fell trees needs to be committed to equity and inclusion in the classroom.

But job postings with the WRDSB are no longer making any secret of the fact that officials will give unique consideration to applicants who check off a laundry list of equity/oppression/intersectional boxes.

It is yet another example of “wokeness gone mad” at a board under the leadership of radical activist Jeewan Chanicka (who spells his name all in lower case).

The board says it is “actively encouraging” applications from members of groups with barriers to equity, past or present:

At the top of the list is First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and all other Indigenous peoples, even though Aboriginal persons comprise only 1.7% of the population in Waterloo Region.

Special consideration will also be given to:

Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;

Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
Persons who identify as women;
Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

It used to be and perhaps still is that prospective employers were not permitted to ask or discriminate against candidates based on age, sexuality, religion and any other personal details that really have nothing to do with one’s ability to perform a particular job.

That was when one’s ability to nab a job was based on merit. But now it seems — at least at the ridiculously woke WRDSB — prospective candidates can use their oppression credentials to get to the front of the line.

Let’s see now. Men who identify as women but are still biological males will get preferential treatment as opposed to just women.

Since gay and lesbian people are already freely accepted in the workforce of 2023, I suspect the board is referring to those who are pansexual or genderqueer or non-binary or even asexual.

But again, just like the terribly intrusive census sent out to kids as young as nine about their gender and sexuality, this is really no one’s business.

If one is qualified for the job, it shouldn’t matter if you engage in polyamory or choose not to have a medical intervention to become a man or woman.

But as this wokeness spreads like an epidemic, it has become clear that boards such as the WRDSB don’t really care about a candidate’s ability to do the job — just that they fit into the proper oppression box.

For educators who constantly claim they care about kids, this is yet again proof they don’t.


  • Sue-Ann Levy

    A two-time investigative reporting award winner and nine-time winner of the Toronto Sun’s Readers Choice award for news writer, Sue-Ann Levy made her name for advocating the poor, the homeless, the elderly in long-term care and others without a voice and for fighting against the striking rise in anti-Semitism and the BDS movement across Canada.