Transforming Gender

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Transforming Gender (CBC, 9 p.m. on Doc Zone) opens with a young person saying “I just didn’t feel right. I thought, ‘Am I in the right body?’” It’s a touching, forthright study of 11 transgendered Canadians (born one sex, but identifying as another) who speak about their lives and their change in identity. In its promotional material CBC says, “The battle over the rights and freedoms of transgender individuals is the first great civil rights struggle of the 21st century.” That might be a stretch but without doubt the issue is disruptive for many people. On the program, which never veers into sensationalism, a psychotherapist says, “It’s perfectly natural to be trans. It’s just one of the ways life works on this planet.” An illuminating aspect of the doc – directed by Marc de Guerre – is that while “perfectly natural” can be asserted, pain and confusion are part of the journey for so many trans people. (From The Globe and Mail).

Watch trailer, and learn more, here.

Parlez-vous Francais?

We are in need of one additional French judge for our in-school Poetry in Voice finals, after school next Monday, March 2nd.

If you have a parent or relative who speaks and reads French, and would like to help us out by participating on our judging panel, we’d love to have them join us.

  • Monday March 2nd
  • 3:10pm – 5:00pm
  • In the Library
  • Must not be a parent (or relative) of any of the competitors in the Bilingual category.

If you know someone who would be interested and available, please have them send an e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca.

White Pine 2015: Spotlight On

Please do join us for this year’s White Pine reading programme.

  • Sign on (see Ms. Wray in the Library to pick up your White Pine Passport and White Pine swag)
  • Read the books
  • Engage in lively discussion
  • Join in the festivities @ the Festival of Trees at Harbourfront on Tuesday May 12th.

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Today’s featured read is… 

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Tag Along, by Tom Ryan

  • What do you do on Prom Night when…  you don’t have a date?  you get stood up?  your parents ground you? you have a panic attack and bail on your date?
  • Sort of a modern day “Breakfast Club”.
  • A quick and easy read.  Good choice for the reluctant reader.
  • I enjoyed it…  just don’t expect more than it means to deliver.
  • Read the review at CM Magazine: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol20/no7/tagalong.html

White Pine 2015: Spotlight On…

Please do join us for this year’s White Pine reading programme.

  • Sign on (see Ms. Wray in the Library to pick up your White Pine Passport and White Pine swag)
  • Read the books
  • Engage in lively discussion
  • Join in the festivities @ the Festival of Trees at Harbourfront on Tuesday May 12th.

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Today’s featured read is… 

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Creeps, by Darren Hynes

  • Bullying. Alcoholism. Suicide. Dysfunctional familes. Bad Dads.
  • Warning: Profanity and homophobic content.
  • A dark tale told with moments of humour.
  • Definitely not for everyone.  I enjoyed it.  Made me appreciate my Dad even more.
  • Read the review at CM Magazine: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol20/no2/creeps.html

Tour 4 Humanity

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The Tour 4 Humanity is coming to the ESA Parking lot on Monday February 23rd and Tuesday February 24th.

  • All students currently enrolled in Grade 10 Canadian History will have the opportunity to get on the bus with their classes.
  • Students currently taking Grade 11 World Religions (HRT3M1) and/or Grade 12 Mod West (CHY4U1) will also be attending with their classes.

We are inviting any and all other members of the ESA Community – Staff, Grade 11 and 12 students, Parents, Grads – to join us during the lunchhour on Tuesday Feb 24th.  You will be treated to the same educational experience as the Grade 10 History students.

If you would like to attend during either of these lunchhour sessions, please fill out this Google Form to advise.

A brief description of the session is as follows:

THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE explores both Canadian history – “ the tolerance timeline” and current events. Some of the historical topics include slavery, Residential Schools, immigration policies and the internment of Japanese Canadians. Discussions surrounding the Internet and cyber-bullying, as well as current hate crime statistics bring the session back to present day. Real world heroes, such as Anne Frank, Simon Wiesenthal, Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi serve as inspiration and motivation for students to begin making a positive difference.

Additional information about the Tour 4 Humanity may be found at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal website: http://tourforhumanity.com

Any other questions, please contact Ms. Wray in the Library at enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca.

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 30 participants, so invitation is on a first come first served basis.  You will be contacted one way or the other.