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CANADA: National Post Apologizes For Running Anti-Transgender Ad

Canada's National Post has apologized for publishing a nasty anti-trans ad paid for by the anti-gay Institute for Canadian Values. Many thanks to ALL of the 488 JMG readers who clicked out on the complaint form! (You were all Canadians, right? Heh.)
Earlier this week the National Post ran an advertisement that has caused some controversy. The ad, bought by the Institute for Canadian Values, argued against aspects of the Ontario school curriculum that include instruction about certain aspects of human sexuality. Specifically, it objected to teaching young children — those between junior kindergarten and Grade 3 — about transsexual/transgender/intersexed/two spirited issues. The National Post has procedures in place for vetting the content of advertising, especially advocacy advertising. The procedures are intended to ensure that such ads meet a standard of tone and respect that is consistent with furthering constructive dialogue about important public policy issues. In this case, those procedures were not followed. An ad that should not have run in its proposed form was allowed to run. This ad will not run in the National Post again.
The paper adds that it will donate the income from the ad to an LGBT rights group. Thanks haters! No, really!

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