On April 16, the polls will be open en masse for Albertans to cast a vote for the next government. Campaign posters, debates, and news clips from the various political parties have dominated discussion, however other groups have weighed in, with some endorsing a leader or slate of candidates. For one group of health professionals, they wanted to make a statement about an issue that most people see as an education issue. The United Conservative Party is proposing to change legislation surrounding Gay-Straight alliances in the province's public and private school system. Currently, if a student joins such an alliance, they have an expectation of privacy but the UCP says they want to remove that privacy and give teachers or schools the right to notify parents if a straight or gay child has joined such a group. The question stands, should the privacy of children be retained, or should politicians step in and remove that right? A group of pediatric interns says they often see the emotion and sometime physical effects of children not having safe spaces to gather and they issued a statement to politicians and voters about their concerns. Dr. Jazmyn Balfour-Boehm drafted the open letter and she's a pediatric intern in Alberta.
Read the Statement here: