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Quebec threatens lawsuit against vaccination home school platform

A digital platform to help parents get their kids out of school, created by a former anti-vaccination teacher who wants to “destroy” the education system, is in the crosshairs of Quebec, which is threatening legal action if it continues to claim its content is “certified.” and “meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education”.

Updated September 27, 2021

Tristan Peloquin

Tristan Peloquin
Press

MonÉcoleBienveillante.org was launched in recent days by Carole Martel, a former elementary school music teacher who is very active in the anti-health measures movement. She recently promised on Facebook to give children a life “without masks”, “away from a school system” that “doesn’t give a damn what they teach”. “My benevolent school is […] the first step towards our free communities. To achieve this, we must destroy certain systems, [dont] that education [ce qui] it will come soon enough. Health will follow,” she said.

For $50 a month, parents who subscribe to her service get advice on how to get their kids out of school. The site contains many broken pages and promises access to smartphone apps that could not be downloaded on Monday.

The site’s home page states that the content is “certified [et] meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education calls this claim “false”.

The Ministry of Education is asking monecolebienveillante.org to remove the mention “certified, meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education”. They need to quickly remove this false claim. Legal action is not excluded.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Education

“The Ministry of Education has never issued a certification for this platform and completely distances itself from its content and the team that claims to offer educational support.

“Homeschooling is a right in Quebec, but we would like to make parents aware of this platform. The Ministry of Education can help parents who want to educate their children at home, but this site is not recognized in any way,” added the spokesperson of the Ministry.

He joined Press by email, Mr.me Martel stated that Mon École Bienveillante “does not claim to be certified [ministère de l’Éducation] », but screenshots of the site show otherwise.


SCREEN FROM MONECOLEBIENVEILLANTE.ORG

“If we have sent information indicating otherwise, we will make the necessary corrections,” she added, declining to comment further.

Collaboration with “Stu Pitt”

Carole Martel produced several videos for Mon École Bienveillante in collaboration with Lux Media, an alternative media owned by André Pitre, aka Stu Pitt, an influential leader of the anti-sanitary movement. Some of the videos with Mme Martel is inviting netizens to donate to Stu Pitt’s PayPal account as well as his streaming platform Stu-Dio, which claims the pandemic is an invention of a corrupt elite.


PHOTO FROM THE @ANDREPITRE_LUX TWITTER ACCOUNT

André Pitre, influential leader of the movement against sanitary measures

P. Pitre did not want to give us an interview on Monday. This is not his first provocation in connection with health measures. Last winter, he live-streamed several services on social media at the Church of the New Creation in the Saint-Michel district, whose pastor, Carlos Norbal, openly defied health regulations banning indoor gatherings.

Mme Martel recently posted photos on Facebook of herself with François Amelag, a former maths teacher at the Jean-de-Brébeuf college who is doing megaphone events outside schools to encourage children not to vaccinate. His actions prompted the National Assembly to pass a special law last week banning such protests within 50 meters of schools.


PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK

Carole Martel and Francois Amelaga

Another photo was published by M.me Martel shows her on Facebook wearing a sweater that says “Fuck Legault,” a trademark of a more radical wing of the opposition to sanitation measures called Farfadaas. Last spring, she also participated in a fundraiser organized by the Foundation for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms, which collects donations for legal proceedings against government regulations and health regulations.

“It damages our image”

As of September 27, Quebec had 8,291 children declared in home education. Their number even reached almost 12,000 at the height of the crisis in the spring, while before the pandemic it was usually around 5,000, the Quebec Association for Home Education (AQED) said.

Its president, Marine Dumond, distanced herself from Mon École Bienveillante, claiming that those responsible for the site were trying to spread videos tinged with anti-sanitary measures through the AQED Facebook page.

“It wasn’t serious enough for us to accept. There are parents who are currently choosing to homeschool because of the pandemic, either because they find that schools are not protecting their children well, or because there are too many precautions and the learning experience is not good. We are here to demystify legal obligations, but we do not enter into debates about health measures,” the lady explained.me Dumont.

“It is certain that if home education becomes the main image of families who reject the system, are anti-vax and anti-sanitary measures, it damages our image and that worries us,” she added.me Dumont.

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