An Ontario teacher filed a second proceeding against a school board that expelled her from the meeting for criticizing the sexual content of children’s books.


A former primary school teacher has filed a second proceeding against the Waterloo Regional Municipal Board of Education (WRDSB). This time, we overturned a decision that prevented us from questioning the age adequacy of sexual content in children’s books allowed in school libraries.

Carolyn Bourjoski, who has worked as a WRDSB teacher for over 20 years, video On June 20, the school board said, “We are abusing their power to silence and embarrass those who are asking completely rational questions.”

“Parents have the right to know what is happening in their children’s schools and express their concerns. The Board must respect the rights of parents and teachers to freedom of speech,” he said.

Burjoski said he had asked the Ontario Superior Court to conduct a judicial review of the WRDSB’s decision to retire her from the board on January 17, where she said the book would treat infants sexually. I gave a presentation outlining my concerns about.

The retired teacher said she was registered as a delegation to the board at the time and was given 10 minutes to speak.

“During the presentation, I read excerpts from two children’s books available in the elementary school library, and I criticized the age adequacy of sexual content,” she said.

One of them is Alex Gina’s “Rick,” which casts doubt on sexuality because the main character, Rick, doesn’t think of naked girls like his friends. He later declares his asexual identity after joining the school’s Rainbow Club.

The second book, MG Hennessy’s “The Other Boy,” identifies the female character as a boy and takes puberty inhibitors and testosterone as part of her medical transsexual.

“Within less than four minutes from my presentation, the Chairman claimed that I violated human rights law and he sent me out of the meeting,” said Scott Piatkow, chaired in 2021. Bourjoski said, referring to skiing.

Based on “false claims”

WRDSB is usually Video recording Of the meetings on YouTube, no records of the January 17th meeting have been posted.and statement The Board, issued on January 20, reiterated Piatkowski’s allegations of concern about possible violations of human rights law.

to her Personal websiteBurjoski contained a link to a segment of Unreleased video This showed that several directors were disagreeing with Piatkovsky’s decision, but eventually lost a 5-4 vote and sent Burgioski out.

The Center for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF), which deals with Burgioski’s proceedings in Pro Bono, said the board’s decision was based on a “false claim” that she violated human rights law. “Basic principles of democracy” and “cannot be challenged.”

“The Board’s decision to silence her not only deprives her of her right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Liberties and Freedom, but also from hearing informed opposition on issues affecting children. It robs the people, “said Jorge Pineda. JCCF lawyer, statement June 20th.

“A lawyer at the Justice Center will argue in the Ontario Superior Court that the decision to speak with Mr. Brujoski is a violation of her charter’s right to freedom of speech,” the statement added.

The Epoch Times asked the WRDSB for comment. In response, spokesman Estefania Brandenstein said, “We cannot discuss ongoing legal issues.”

Defamation proceedings

Burjoski’s first proceeding against WRDSB claimed that her comment during the meeting was “transphobia” on May 4, and after interviewing multiple media, filed a defamation proceeding against the board and Piatkowski. It started when I woke it up.

“I became the center of national media frenzy, boosted by the remarks of the directors of radio, television and social media. He attributed remarks I did not to me and regarded them as hatred. I accused me of violating human rights law, “Bourjoski said. video May 4th.

She added that the day after the meeting, she was “assigned to the house” by human resources and was forbidden to talk to students and colleagues while waiting for a formal disciplinary action.

Burjoski, who retired on January 31, said investigators had summoned her for cross-examination five days before her retirement, where she needed to sign a “Gag Order.”

The investigation was stopped when her doctor made her sick after she collapsed from extreme anxiety on January 22 and was taken to the hospital, Burjoski said in a video.


In her latest video, Burjoski said he had to confront the “bullying”.

“A few years ago, at the WRDSB Bullying Workshop, I learned that victims and bullies have to work together to confront bullies.

“I didn’t violate the Human Rights Code of Ontario, so I’m asking the court to overturn the Board’s decision to discontinue my presentation,” she added.

“I’m asking the court to order the board to allow me to return to the board, so I’d like to provide my presentation in full.”

Burjoski said he hopes that the judicial review will discourage other boards of education from engaging in similar practices against dissident voices.

“My goal is to set a precedent for this legal action to discourage the Board of Education from using human rights law to threaten and silence voices that challenge their policies and ideologies. “She said.

Burjoski launched to fund her proceedings Fundraising We are aiming for $ 100,000 with GoFundMe. As of June 24, fundraising was over $ 27,500.

Andrew Chen contributed to this report

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.