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Former mayoral candidate given cease-and-desist letter for alleged defamation

Former mayoral candidate given cease-and-desist letter for alleged defamation

The Peel District School Board has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a former Mississauga mayoral candidate who has been critical of religious accommodation for Muslim students.

The News has learned that Kevin Johnston received the letter Tuesday, Feb. 28, for allegedly defaming trustees online.

Since education director Tony Pontes presented the administrative decision on how Friday prayers are managed in schools on Jan. 10, a backlash from those opposed to religion in public schools has ensued — even though Friday prayer has been addressed in the Peel board for about two decades.

Among the allegedly defamatory material put out by Johnston is an image of board chair Janet McDougald with a Hitler moustache.

Johnston also published a Feb. 10 video on YouTube in which he asks for a response to a Feb. 1 letter he sent to trustees about religious accommodation for Muslims.

In the video, he tries to call each trustee. While going down the list of names, he made some comments that concerned the board.

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