Gender and sexuality identified as areas of difficulty
The school board passed a resolution at the end of March, banning the use of the n-word in its schools.
Testimony solicited from the public included accounts from both students and parents that shared their challenges and difficulties in LBPSB schools.
Through the accounts, the task force identified four major "recurring themes":
Gender stereotypes that dictate what is "appropriate" for boys and girls
Gender stereotypes that produce a "narrow understanding" of masculinity
Gender-based double standards
Bullying linked to gender and sexuality
The report found that schools' dress codes singled out girls by forbidding them from wearing spaghetti-strap tank tops, short shorts and crop tops, explicitly banning "clothing that is unnecessarily sexualised" and "skimpy or revealing clothing."
Parents offer accounts of sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia
One parent said they raised their seven-year-old daughter without gendering her toys, but after attending first grade at an LBPSB school, she began to tell her parents that some toys were only for boys.
Another parent said, "My son loves the colors pink and purple, but he constantly tells me he doesn’t want to wear t-shirts in those colors to school because people have told him (other students) that those are girl colors."
Mothers of Black sons that attended LBPSB schools — which have a predominantly white student body, according to the report — said they felt their sons were being subjected to racism by teaching staff.
"One boy told his mother that his teacher just doesn’t like him because he’s Black [...] On one occasion in particular, the young man was suspended because the teacher said that she felt 'threatened' by him, however, the young man said that he didn’t do anything but ask why she was sending him down to the office," the report read.
The full report, including the Task Force's recommendations, is available here.
No matter where you work, Quebec's Act respecting labour standards, enforced by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), lays out which days off you are entitled to take. Here are some of them.
The Quebec government specifies that employers must allow employees to be absent from work for the purpose of jury duty or to be a witness during a trial — so your employer cannot fire, suspend or discipline you for your absence.
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If your employer penalizes you for a court absence, you can make a complaint with the Tribunal administratif du travail, in addition to taking any appropriate legal action.
Dépanneur, Champlure, Espadrille, Foufoune — just some of the hilarious Quebec baby name suggestions TikToker Camille Couture offers unsuspecting non-Quebecers in a video that has been liked over 43,000 times.
Clueless parents who fail to do their own research might be dismayed to discover that these "names" don't translate to "delicate," "cherry blossom," "exceptional" and "feather" — as Couture might have them believe — but are, in fact, québécois terms for a convenience store, faucet, sneaker and butt cheek.
"What inspired me at first, I'd say, is my love for odd baby names," Couture told MTL Blog.
"Every year I read the compilation of the 'worst names' given by parents and it's always a good laugh."
She said she has also enjoyed "kindly mocking" the particulars of the Quebec accent and vocabulary for a while — pointing to a previous video in which she compared name pronunciations in English and Quebec French.
The idea for the viral video finally came thanks to a TikTok trend in which non-native English speakers share bad translations to fool viewers, Couture said.
What has been the reaction?
Besides the hundreds of commenters praising her for the genius video, Couture said she noticed some comments asking her to "insert some kind of warning to say this is all satire."
"Personally, I think naming a child is something so important you would as a parent do some research about its meaning after seeing 'Vidange'" — "trash can," or, according to the TikTok video, "life of an angel."
"Do your research or else allow me to have a good laugh about your baby’s birth certificate."