National News New Ontario sex-ed curriculum released; SNC-Lavalin affair not hurting Liberal support SHARE ON: Wendy Gray, staff Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 2019 Sex-ed curriculum includes gender expression and gender identity education Gender identity and gender expression will be taught to Ontario students but not until they are almost in high school. The Ford government has unveiled its new sex-ed curriculum and while it is inclusive of gender issues they won’t be taught until grade 8 and parents will be able to opt out. Mental health and bullying will be addressed in kindergarten, body image, physical and sexual abuse discussions will begin in grade 1. Students will not begin to learn about intercourse, sexting and contraception until grade 7. Liberals and Tories in dead heat in voter support A new poll suggests a damning ethics report on the PM isn’t hurting the Liberals in public opinion. The Leger poll also suggests the Liberals handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair has done nothing to help the Conservatives. The two parties are locked in a tie with 33-percent of voter support ahead of the October 21st federal election. Call to have Ethics Commissioner testify in front of Commons Committee The Conservatives will try to hold the Prime Minster and the Liberal party’s feet to the fire today. Opposition MP’s are expected to put a motion before a Commons committee to have the Ethics Commissioner testify about his finding that Justin Trudeau violated the Ethics Act in his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. This is the second time Trudeau has been found in violation of the Act. Group calls on ban for paper receipts in grocery stores Grocery stores are being called on to ban paper receipts that are coated with chemicals. A group of health, labour and environmental organizations say receipt paper has the chemicals BPA and BPS. Those chemicals have been linked to diabetes, obesity and some cancers and the group says cashiers are at risk through the chemicals being absorbed through the skin. Trump cancels state visit to Denmark Donald Trump apparently doesn’t like to be publicly criticized. The American President has cancelled his state visit to Denmark after the Prime Minister called his plan to buy Greenland “absurd”. Trump announced his decision to cancel the trip in a tweet.