It seems the Toronto District School Board – headed by black activist Colleen Russell-Rawlins – hasn’t stopped with limiting enrollment to select minorities for specialized high schools and arts programs.

A memo to a parent trying to enroll his three-year-old son into one of the board’s 17 elementary alternative schools states quite clearly that Indigenous and First Nation applicants are being given “prioritized access” to a seat in one of these schools.

The TDSB says there were 1285 applications for 458 spots in 17 alternative elementary schools. 

25% of the spaces are being given to students from “historically and under-represented communities.” According to the TDSB, this only includes black, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latinx (spelled this way), 2SLGBTQIA+ and students with disabilities. 

I’m not sure what countries “Middle Eastern” comprises but I’m willing to bet Israel is not included in Russell-Rawlins’ world. Also, it’s just ridiculous – in addition to the entire policy – that anyone would be selected based on their ability to “self-identify.”

I would venture to say that this opens the selection process to potential abuse.

But this is the brave new world of Russell-Rawlins, where the curriculum is being dumbed down and increasing violence is being ignored in favour of having the right quotas in TDSB classrooms.

Evidently the board can’t even get its quote system right.

The memo sent to a parent, and provided to True North, says that the board’s third party vendor did not correctly complete the waitlist for the remaining (Caucasian/white) students who are seeking a place in one of the 19 alternative schools.

“A number of students were not included in the final step of the process,” the memo states, noting even those considered a priority were overlooked.

Nevertheless, apparently board staff are “reviewing the selection process” and taking “appropriate steps to offer additional seats where possible.”

The memo assures parents all of this will be done “equitably” – which sounds like a huge contradiction in terms.

It’s all part and parcel of the board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan and the Enhanced Equity Task Force Report which honours its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. 

Never mind that, according to census statistics, only about 50,000 Indigenous people live in Toronto, less than 1% of the total population. 

And let’s not forget that the board – under the ideological bent of Russell-Rawlins – has already created a Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and regularly provides coaching and other opportunities for black students only.

One should not forget that the board is also secretly teaching Critical Race Theory under the guise of an “anti-black” racism curriculum. This theory posits that whites are oppressors and blacks are the oppressed, perennially turning them into victims (of racism of years and centuries gone by).

It’s reverse racism at its finest.

I’m not sure how far the Ford government will allow this to continue before the entire TDSB and other dangerously woke school boards crash and burn.

Can we say home schooling?

Editor’s Note: Updated to include comment from the TDSB.


  • 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.