By Lisa Johnson
Lyra Evans came out as trans in high school and soon after became homeless, moving from couches, to shelters, to the streets. Now after Monday’s election, the first openly transgender school board trustee in Ontario will soon take a seat at the table.
Evans believes that good sex-education saves lives, and vowed to fight for a modernized sex-ed curriculum throughout a winning campaign in Zone 9 of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
While spending issues – about everything from school renovations to transporting students – usually dominate the day-to-day business of school board trustees, this year’s election campaign was dominated in some zones by Doug Ford’s decision to repeal the former Liberal government’s 2015 provincial sex-ed curriculum.
The move has been controversial since it was announced in July by Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government. While many parents and organizations such as the Campaign Life Coalition supported the move, thousands of students in Ottawa and around the province walked out in protest on Sept. 21. Students demanded the provincial government keep a comprehensive sex-education that addressed same-sex couples, consent, and transgender issues.
Here is the full list of new trustees based on the unofficial election results provided by the City of Ottawa. (Candidates marked with an * were acclaimed):
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Thérèse Maloney Cousineau
Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Samia Ouled Ali
Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est