September 08, 2016

What’s behind Halton School Board’s sly response to FOI request on Syrian refugees?

Andrew LawtonRebel Commentator

From Fredricton to Halifax, we’ve heard ample challenges regarding the settlement efforts of refugees, several of which have manifested as schoolyard bullying.

Parents from across the country have reached out to share their own stories as well, prompting investigations into a number of school boards to get a handle on what they’ve experienced and how they’re handling them.

We sent a Freedom of Information request to the Halton District School Board, just west of Toronto, for “copies of any documents, including e-mails, memos, briefing notes, reports, etc. regarding any problems or issues that have arisen in dealing with the integration of children from Syrian refugee families who are newly arrived in Canada, since December 1, 2015.”

The request was broad, but the response from the school board was laughable.

“No records exist regarding any ‘problems or issues’ that would be specific to the integration of children from Syrian refugee families; however we would be pleased to further outline the processes undertaken by the Welcome Centre in meeting the needs of newcomer students including those from Syria and other countries, should you require this information,” a letter from Gail Gortmaker, the school board’s privacy and freedom of information coordinator, read.

Attached to the letter was quite literally a brochure promoting the school’s Welcome Centre.

The assertion that there have been no issues runs contrary to past public statements by the school board’s superintendent of education, Rob Eatough. In an interview with in January, Eatough said that language issues were presenting themselves with a shortage of Arabic-speaking staff.

“Many of the families speak Arabic and the board doesn’t appear to have many employees who also speak it, said Eatough,” the article noted.

In the school board’s response to our FOI request, Gortmaker specified issues “that would be specific to the integration of children from Syrian refugee families,” suggesting that if the board thinks bullying and language challenges are general issues rather than refugee-specific, they think it would be justifiable to not include them.

The government has failed to prevent and address many of these issues, which is why I’m digging into them.

Click HERE to see the response we received. 

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commented 2016-09-09 15:50:20 -0400
They have to keep the sheep fooled, long enough to ensure the human army of destruction is in place. The ones who are on to them, will eventually be rounded up, and destroyed, by the Islamic army that they’ve unleashed on our shores. They are cleansing the world of anything normal and good for the devil’s agenda. “Professing to be wise, they became fools!”
commented 2016-09-09 03:37:17 -0400
Jerry W……would like to know more on that. Call me in corn country and leave a message.
commented 2016-09-09 03:34:59 -0400
Anoying-mouse….have you ever completed an entire school year?
commented 2016-09-09 02:51:00 -0400
This is going to be a really long school year.
commented 2016-09-09 00:05:29 -0400
You know the saddest part is that the useful idiot left thinks they are fooling us.
commented 2016-09-08 18:01:17 -0400
Toronto is the Canadian centre of multiculturalism, diversity, inclusiveness, social justice, anti bigot, anti racist, progressive, climate changing leaders, financial gurus, anti xenophobic, pro LGBQT, pro Islamic, pro leftist media, anti conservative, worst producing and most valuable NHL team and top provincial debt-ridden place on the planet. Inhale.

Congratulations to all you morons in Toronto. The only thing that will be left standing is probably the Toronto Maple Leafs. Andrew, you have your work cut out for you in TO.
commented 2016-09-08 17:29:42 -0400
Freedom of Disinformation Coordinator.
commented 2016-09-08 15:59:09 -0400
KEEP digging Andrew we know the left is good at hiding things
commented 2016-09-08 15:02:39 -0400
Got the same from Medicine Hat SD76. I asked for the records of the conversations with students about Policy 621 & 622, and was told that not such records exists, except that one of the Trustees refers to those records in a meeting I have on video.
commented 2016-09-08 14:32:55 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM: 31,698 Attacks, 201,710 Killed, 282,761 Injured…. that we know of.
commented 2016-09-08 13:53:14 -0400
You won’t get any truth from social engineers who bitterly cling to the myth all cultures are equal. Tribal cultural reflexes and clannish hegemonic pathologies resist integration.

Realities always expose social theorists as the secluded fools they are.
commented 2016-09-08 13:50:18 -0400
I hear they have Arab speaking “teachers” in Syria. May want to enroll them there.