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Quebec threatens to sue anti-vaccine homeschool platform

A digital platform to help parents drop their kids out of school, created by a former anti-vaccine teacher who wants to “destroy” the education system, is in the crosshairs of Quebec, which is threatening legal action if it continues to claim its content is “certified” and “meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education”.

Updated September 27, 2021

Tristan Peloquin

Tristan Peloquin
The press

MonÉcoleBienveillante.org was launched in the last few days by Carole Martel, a former elementary school music teacher who is very active in the movement opposing the health measures. She recently pledged on Facebook to provide children with a life “without masks”, “away from a school system” where “we don’t care what they learn”. “My charity school is […] the first step towards our free communities. To achieve this, we must destroy certain systems, [dont] that of education, [ce qui] it will come soon enough. That for health will follow,” she said.

For $50 a month, parents who subscribe to the service get advice on how to get their kids out of school. The site contains many non-functional pages and promises access to smartphone apps that were not downloaded on Monday.

The site’s home page states that the content is “certified [et] meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education calls this claim “false”.

The Ministry of Education wants the site monecolebienveillante.org to remove the mention “certified, meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education”. They should quickly remove this false claim. Legal protection is not excluded.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education

“The Ministry of Education has never issued a certificate for this platform and completely dissociates itself from its content and from the team that claims to offer educational support.

“Homeschooling is a right in Quebec, but we would like to warn parents about this platform. The Ministry of Education can help parents who want to educate their children at home, but this site is not recognized in any way,” the ministry spokesperson added.

Joined by The press by email, mr.I Martel stated that Mon École Bienveillante “does not claim to be certified by [ministère de l’Éducation] », but the site’s screenshots show otherwise.


SCREEN SHOT FROM MONECOLEBIENVEILLANTE.ORG

“If we have passed on information that suggests otherwise, we will make the necessary corrections,” she added, specifying that she would not comment further.

Collaborating with Stu Pitt

Carole Martel produced several videos for Mon École Bienveillante in collaboration with Lux Media, an alternative media outlet owned by Andre Pitre, alias Stu Pitt, an influential leader of the anti-sanitary movement. Some of the videos featuring MI Martel is inviting netizens to donate to Stu Pitt’s PayPal account as well as his streaming platform Stu-Dio, which claims the pandemic is an invention of the corrupt elite.


PHOTO FROM TWITTER ACCOUNT @ANDREPITRE_LUX

Andre Pitre, an influential leader of the unsanitary movement

Mr. Pitre did not wish to give us an interview on Monday. This is not his first provocation in relation to health measures. Last winter, he broadcast live on social media several ceremonies at the New Creation Church in the Saint-Michel district, whose pastor, Carlos Norbal, openly defied health ordinances banning indoor gatherings.

MI Martel recently posted photos on Facebook of himself with François Amelaga, a former maths teacher at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf who has been taking action outside schools with a megaphone to encourage children not to vaccinate. His actions prompted the National Assembly last week to pass a special law banning such protests within 50 meters of schools.


PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK

Carol Martel and Francois Amelaga

Another photo posted by M.I Martel on Facebook shows her wearing a “Fuck Legault” sweater, the trademark of the more radical wing of the opposition to the sanitation measures, which calls itself the Farfadaas. She also participated last spring in a fundraiser organized by the Foundation for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms, which collects donations for legal proceedings against the government and health decrees.

“Damaging our image”

As of September 27, Quebec has 8,291 children listed as homeschoolers. Their number even reached nearly 12,000 at the height of the crisis in the spring, while before the pandemic it was usually around 5,000, said the Quebec Home Education Association (AQED).

Its president, Marine Dumond, distanced himself from Mon École Bienveillante and claimed that those responsible for the site tried to forward videos tinged with speeches against sanitary measures through AQED’s Facebook page.

“It wasn’t serious enough for us to accept. There are parents who are currently choosing homeschooling because of the pandemic, or because they feel that schools are not protecting their children well, or because there are too many measures and the educational experience is not good. We are there to demystify legal obligations, but we do not enter into debates about health measures, “explained Ms.I Dumont.

“It is certain that if homeschooling becomes the main image of families who refuse the system, who are anti-vax and anti-sanitary measures, it hurts our image and worries us,” added Ms.I Dumont.

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