Toronto Sun: Lecce, Ford order end to book banning at Peel public schools

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is now banned from the libraries belonging to one Ontario school board. It joins Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, the Hunger Games and Harry Potter books on the banned list.

And here you thought banning books was just something done by Americans, conservative ones at that!

The good news is the Ford government is putting an end to this practice, the bad news is this is another example of school boards going off the rails. First, though, the backstory.

Full kudos to CBC for breaking this story of the Peel District School Board completely screwing up their library system.

It seems some books have been removed because they were old and out of date. Some were removed due to the board’s interpretation of equity and inclusion guidelines, and some were literally discarded for being more than 15 years old.

Let’s be clear, this isn’t about removing books based on their condition because they were worn and tattered, they just started chucking books for being published before the year 2008.

Read the full column at the Toronto Sun.

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