Letters have been sent out to all of the parents of children attending Catholic schools in Saskatchewan, in an effort to raise $300-thousand to help support a longstanding battle which could end up in the Supreme Court.
Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association, Tom Fortosky, explains that it's for the Theodore appeal. Theodore is a town about 40 kilometres northwest of Yorkton. Back in 2003, the public school closed down and was later re-opened as St. Theodore School. This past spring, a judge ruled that it is a violation of equality rights for the province to fund non-Catholics attending Catholic Schools. The province then invoked the Charter of Rights and Freedom's notwithstanding clause, which means funding will remain temporarily for the next 5 years. That's where the fundraising comes in. Fortosky says it has been suggested to each division to raise $7 per student. Letters have been sent out to all the parents. The campaign continues until the end of January.