No more Gideon bibles for DSBN kids
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has ordered Niagara's public school board to stop allowing the distribution of religious materials in its schools.
A tribunal says the DSBN has two options, it must either redesign its current policy regarding religious materials or end the practise altogether.
If the board does opt to develop a new policy it must be finalized within six months.
The ruling brings an end to a battle between the board and a Grimsby couple which began in 2005.
Rene and Anna Chouinard who are aetheists have been complaining about the distribution of Gideon bibles since their oldest child entered Grade 5 at Nelles Public School.
Two years ago, the board changed its policy to allow other religious groups to solicit religious information to students.
At the time DSBN spokesman Brett Sweeney said the new policy caters to Niagara's diverse population.
But in it's ruling, the tribunal found the policy is contrary to the province's human rights code.