Toronto District School Board has ‘ serious racism problem ‘ – report

Mitzie Hunter

A new report by the human rights office of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) – its first annual – says there is ” serious racism problem ” within the Board.

The annual report examined complaints of hate activity among more than 245,000 students and 40,000 staff over a two-year period from 2018 to 2020.

The findings give “cause for deep concern,” it said.

The report found race-related complaints made up 69 per cent of all reported hate incidents in the 2019-2020 school year, with anti-Black racism making up the biggest share.

Commenting on  the report,  former Ontario education  minister Mitzie Hunter said  she was shocked to see “the level of anti-Black racism.”

” I am relieved, however, to see that there is a comprehensive human rights approach to dealing with these incidents.”

“It is very encouraging to see that the Board is taking steps to put in the framework and  to have capacity to investigate these incidents,” said Hunter, Liberal MPP for Scarborough- Guildwood.”

” I want to see that the TDSB, Canada’s largest and most diverse school board, lives up to its aim of being an environment where every student can succeed and achieve his or her full potential.”