Feds to announce anti-bullying program at school of late teen

Jamie Hubley, 15, committed suicide


OTTAWA – The suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley in the fall of 2011 was a tragedy that hit the local community hard, but personal connections sent the heartache reverberating through the halls of Parliament Hill and the Ontario legislature too.

Hubley, a openly gay student who had been bullied throughout his school years, was the son of Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley — a politician with friends on the federal and provincial political circles.

Hubley, the prime minister’s wife Laureen Harper and Heritage Minister James Moore are set to announce a new national anti-bullying and anti-discrimination program on Monday at the late teen’s former school.

The program, according to government sources, will be set up through the Canadian Red Cross. The idea is to have thousands of young people trained to deliver anti-bullying workshops in their communities, and promise to reach at least 20 other kids.

“Our government wants to ensure that our young people have the resources they need to prevent bullying, cyberbullying and discrimination,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

Jamie Hubley had been a figure skater, and the only openly gay student at A.Y. Jackson High School in Kanata, Ont., a suburb of Ottawa.

His father said Jamie suffered from depression, and was bullied throughout his life. He has advocated from more front-line services for bullied children since his son’s death.

“He just wanted someone to love him. That’s all,” Allan Hubley told CBC News in 2011. “And what’s wrong with that? Why do people have to be cruel to our children when all they want to do is be loved?”

Hubley’s death was part of the impetus for a provincial bill that was passed that introduced tougher sanctions for bullies, and protection for teens that want to set up gay-straight alliances in their schools.

At the time, some groups denounced the bill as infringing on religious freedoms.

Jamie Hubley had tried to start an anti-discrimination Rainbow Club at his school, but his father said the posters were torn down and he was called vicious names in the hallways and online.

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Feds to announce anti-bullying program at school of late teen

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    • Libel issues aside, don’t you think publicly attacking someone with unproven gossip (a form of bullying) on the comment board of an article about anti-bullying laws majorly inappropriate?

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        • I know nothing about the woman. But I do know that if someone were making such accusations about me, they’d damn well better be prepared to defend themselves in a courtroom. And hiding behind a pseudonym while making these kinds of attacks is quite a sign of cowardice.

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    • Keep on spreading the information kid…Some memos about Vivian Mavrou’s unprofessional conduct are about to be posted on the forums sometime soon.

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      • If any of what you are saying is correct, go to the police as much of it is criminal. If you are lying, the things you are saying are actionable in civil court and potentially even a Criminal Code offence.

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  5. Never to be done quietly and in good taste, little pm harper decided on another photo op which seemed to use the victim for his own gain.

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    • The appropriate action, if this is true, is to call the police. Posting on a public notice board is NOT the correct action and can get you into trouble with the law yourelf.

  7. Systemic bullying in the workplace, schools, and politics continues to be a national example. Addressing bullying in schools without addressing the bigger issue is like a drop of water in a cesspool.
    Perhaps Mr. Harper’s government should examine bullying in public policies so our Prime Minister would not seem like so much of a hypocrite. Those in political positions make the legislation that puts them above the law, while increasing the punitive consequences on relatively minor offenses.
    Look at the number of “minorities” in public office versus those represented in Canadian prisons.
    It is tragic and heart-breaking when the most vulnerable suffer for the ills of our social fabric. Band-aid solutions don’t work. History continues to prove it.
    My heart goes out the family and community of Jamie Hubley.
    Let’s hope that we can do better for this young person’s memory than pay lib service by suggesting that the verbal, social and emotional violence experienced was the result of school “bullying”.
    Vilification of certain segments of our population is at the root of this tragedy and others likes. Treating it as if it is “just a joke” is inexcusable.
    We need to put a stop to a legal system that benefits the wealthy few and make all citizens accountable for their behaviour.