Catholic board silences music to O Canada

Kevin Morrison has filed a claim with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal seeking to have the music...

Kevin Morrison has filed a claim with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal seeking to have the music of O Canada returned to school life, after the Toronto Catholic District School Board quietly dropped playing the music in their schools in April. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

Simon Kent, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

TORONTO - Not many people know this.

In April, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) oh so quietly dropped the playing of O Canada music to accompany students when they sang the national anthem.

Why? It seems some students were embarrassed or uncomfortable or simply unable to sing along with the music. So, it was decided it was better for students to sing a cappella and thus be spared their youthful blushes.

Enter local Scarborough father of two Kevin Morrison. He has filed a claim with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) seeking to have the music to O Canada returned to school life because "it wasn't the TCDSB's to take in the first place."

"There would be public outcry if a board of trustees removed the Maple Leaf from our national flag, or banned beavers from nickels because some people were uncomfortable with those animals," Morrison said.


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