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July 13, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – The new Ontario Progressive Conservative government is reverting to the sex education curriculum that was in place before 2015 until new curriculum can be developed. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts who can speak to this topic.

Vanessa Oliver, associate professor of Youth and Children’s Studies, is an expert in sexual health who worked as a consultant with the provincial government on the 2015 sex-education curriculum. She teaches a course on youth sexuality, which prepares students for teaching sex education as teachers, both in classrooms and in the community, and previously worked with the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program on the same objective. Contact: or 647.281.6263 (cell).

Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, assistant professor of Law and Society, is a trained lawyer and education expert. Her recent book on public education policy, Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for Tomorrow's Challenges, has been shortlisted for a Donner Prize. She recently wrote an op-ed about Ontario sex-education policy. Contact: or 416.436.4161 (cell).

John Milloy, assistant professor of public ethics at Martin Luther University College and practitioner-in-residence at the Department of Political Science, is a former provincial MPP and Liberal cabinet minister who frequently comments on provincial politics. He is an expert on the intersection between politics and religion. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x3853.

Michael Woodford, associate professor of social work, is an expert on the well-being and mental health of LGBTQ youth, as well as on bullying and discrimination against LGBTQ communities. He is available for comment on the effects of the 2015 and 1998 sex-education curricula on LGBTQ youth. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x5275.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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