Letter to TDSB Chair Chris Bolton: Pride Parade and Sam Sotiropoulos

The following letter was sent by ETT President Martin Long to TDSB Chair Chris Bolton on April 10, 2014.

Dear Chris:

Through you, and on behalf of the membership of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, I send my congratulations to the board for the decision not to follow the path advocated by Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos which was to distance the board from Toronto’s gay pride celebration.  Rather, the board has expressed its continued support for the annual celebration, and the events associated with it.

I, along with many members of ETT, look forward to participating again this year in the parade, and in doing so will feel a sense of pride that both my employer and my union stand side by side for inclusivity and against discrimination.

I had considered writing to you earlier, when Trustee Sotiropoulos started his antics with regard to this issue, but my middle school teaching experience taught me that to pay any kind of attention to attention-seeking behavior, no matter how offensive and disruptive such behavior might be, is to a large degree to reward such behavior, and so I refrained.

At this time, however, I would like it clearly understood that ETT is fully supportive of the position taken by President Doug Jolliffe on behalf of OSSTF District 12 in his letter of February 14, 2014, and we support the call for an investigation into the conduct of Trustee Sotiropoulos, and for appropriate action in the event that any policies or legislation has been breached.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Long
ETT President