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Agatha Christie cancelled by Ontario school board book-burners

National Post: 'According to a memo, the board is following the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) professional advisory on Anti-Black Racism which cited the recently amended 1996 Ontario College of Teachers Act (OCTA). The act stipulates that “making remarks or engaging in behaviours that expose any person or class of persons to hatred on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination under Part 1 of the Human Rights Code’ is an act of professional misconduct.”


'A spokesperson for the UCDSB said in a statement that And Then There Were None was last used in July 2021 as part of a self-guided summer school continuing education course accessed by 27 students. When offensive content was noted, it was removed from the course.


'“The text was first published around 1939 and is no longer relevant or engaging to students,” said the spokesperson. “The Upper Canada District School Board regularly reviews its curriculum offerings and course materials to ensure we are offering fresh, engaging, timely and relatable materials to students.”


'While the memo does not explain what anti-Semitic references the board is concerned about, it is known that a character in the novel, titled Mr. Morris, is referred to as “little Jew,” “Jewboy,” and as having “thick Semitic lips.”'

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