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VIDEO: Brian Burke speaks at safe schools event

Toronto Maple Leafs president/GM working to stop bullying

In the Xtra video interview below, Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, says he won’t rest until queer teen suicides due to bullying are a thing of the past.

“Until we get to zero in the suicide rate, it won’t be a complete job,” Burke says. 

Burke made the comments at a luncheon for the Canadian Safe School Network, which aims to make schools safer and to reduce youth violence.

Among the attendees was Peter Barrans,  the coordinator of the safe schools department at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

Reporter Andrea Houston pressed Barrans on whether the TCDSB’s ban on GSAs and its teaching that gays are disordered is a form of bullying.

Check out the video below. For more on the Canadian Safe School Network, click here

Stay tuned to Xtra for an upcoming feature interview with Brian Burke.