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OCDSB trustees resuming masking in schools debate this evening

Ottawa’s largest school board was forced to postpone making a decision about whether students and teachers will need to wear masks in schools after a heated debate.
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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) announced trustees are holding a public meeting on introducing a mask mandate at 6 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 24. 

Ottawa’s largest school board was forced to postpone making a decision about whether students and teachers will need to wear masks in schools after a heated debate.

A special meeting of the OCDSB on Tuesday, Nov. 23 became chaotic after disruptions from people who showed up to oppose a motion calling for the board to reinstate a mask mandate.

Police were called to remove rowdy individuals after security made fruitless attempts to ask people to leave. In videos posted online, people opposed to wearing masks can be heard singing, chanting and yelling over school board trustees.

OCDSB trustee Donna Blackburn told Wake Up With Rob Snow on Nov. 24 that she was saddened and disappointed with what transpired at the in person meeting a few days ago. 

"I have been doing this job for over 12 years and I don't recall us having to ask for police assistance so we can conduct one of our meetings," she said. 

Blackburn expressed her disappointment in having to shift the meeting to a virtual setting, because she said she never felt unsafe or intimidated. 

"It's inappropriate frankly," said Blackburn regarding her thoughts on a virtual meeting debating masking in schools. "The public has the right to attend our meetings."

Listen to the full interview with Donna Blackburn below: 

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