An Ontario court has dismissed a legal challenge of the government’s interim sex-education curriculum from the province’s elementary school teachers and a civil liberties group, saying educators are not restricted in developing lesson plans and can teach in a way that is inclusive of all students.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) argued that the provincial government violated Charter rights by putting in place an outdated curriculum.

But a panel of three divisional court judges ruled Thursday that there has been no breach of Charter rights and that the Education Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code “require teachers and school environments to be inclusive, tolerant and respect diversity.”

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