In the past week, Ontario’s labour unions – teachers unions and otherwise – have virtually lost their collective minds over Wednesday’s planned 1 Million March 4 Children.

The peaceful march, which is slated to occur across the country on Wednesday, is intended to send a strong message about parental concerns over the indoctrination by school boards, queer activists and the pronoun set related to gender ideology and the push to embrace harmful irreversible medical procedures to transition young kids.

Marchers feel, quite rightly, that gender ideology does not belong in schools.

The unions have held secret meetings on Zoom and prepared splashy posters announcing counter-protests to “stop the hate” and “protect trans rights.”

Canadian labour groups claim they have a role in countering hate and protecting LGBTQ rights.

A one-hour secret meeting – the video of which was leaked to the general public – included inflammatory war language and some outrageous comments from Emily Quaile, a Carleton University researcher and perennial activist, to her “comrades.”

She called the parents who plan to rally “fascists, fundamentally racist, fundamentally anti-union and fundamentally transphobic.”

Frankly I think she’s fundamentally nuts.

Using the catchphrase “No Space for Hate,” the unions have organized counter-protests “to advocate for gender-affirming care and march against transphobia” as the poster from Toronto claims.

Note that they call parents who are genuinely concerned “ultra-right conservatives” – no doubt trying to equate any parent concerned about gender indoctrination to neo-Nazis.

A poster from Guelph claims the “hate group” is meeting at 9 a.m. and that those who want to show there is “no space for hate” in this “progressive” city should wear masks and bring signs with positive messaging and lots of flags.

Even the woke school boards have gotten into the act. The radical leftist education director of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Sheryl Robinson Petrazzini, sent out her own message.

We must remember that Robinson Petrazzini was the same educrat who posted a disparaging message about Toronto District School Board (TDSB) principal Richard Bilkzsto and his alleged discomfort with anti-black racism. She never apologized and left the post public until his lawyers got in the act.

“Billboard Chris” Elston, who’s been traveling all over Canada and the U.S. to expose the dangers of puberty blockers for young kids and the indoctrination of queer activists, said people in Ottawa have been warned that he is coming, as if he’s some kind of terrorist. 

But no one has lost his collective mind more than Fred Hahn, the openly queer president of CUPE. He is so apoplectic that parents are finally pushing back that his social media posts over the past few days –many of them threatening – have been loaded with spelling errors.

This one accuses those involved with the protest as “sewing” (rather than sowing) the seeds of division. 

This one, with two spelling errors, is absolutely choice:

Let’s be frank here.

This has zero, zip, zilch to do with protecting children’s rights because if unions really cared they wouldn’t be in support of ramming gender affirming surgery and pronouns down the throats of kids as young as five.

Unions have lost their way, in particular the teachers unions who I’d venture to say have become radical social justice warriors. They no longer represent the vast majority of teachers in Ontario and other provinces.

If Hahn’s poor grasp of grammar and spelling is any indication, it’s little wonder kids are graduating illiterate in English and math.

No, this has everything to do with the fact that parents are finally waking up to the destructive impact of the woke policies of unions, queer activists and many school boards and are pushing back.

Finally, I say.

This is entirely about a power struggle.

The great irony is that this obnoxious and outrageous behaviour by the radical unionists – along with the ridiculous attempts to paint parents as “ultra-right hate mongers” – completely reinforces the exact message the 1 Million March 4 Children contingent is trying to convey.

That is, the unions are out of control, hateful when they don’t get their way, disconnected from parental concerns and truly believe that their rights trump parental rights because, after all, they are arbiters of what’s right.

As an openly gay woman, I and others like me, did not give these queer activists the right to speak for me.

I am quite frankly embarrassed by their childish antics.

I sincerely hope that parents don’t have to deal with their bullying and intimidation tactics at their rally this week.

The unions have made a mockery of it all.


  • 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.