Concerning diversity and equity in Ottawa schools, I told CBC Radio Ottawa:
Primarily, I can completely commiserate ... because I am a black Canadian. That is one of the reasons I am running. I don't think there is enough diversity around the table.
We have 50,000 black people within this region, and we don't have anybody representing us around the school board table. One of the bad decisions I was personally involved in as the president of a community association was the closure of Rideau High School.
It was in a low-income community, had lots of people of colour, lots of Indigenous people, a Syrian refugee population, and the board decided to close it.
Primarily, Ms. Schwartz was someone who supported that closure.
I was on the other side of the table actually fighting to keep the school open. I think having representation around the table is important. I think we need to have budgetary components at the board that actually look at an equity lens, ensuring there is an equity lens to what occurs.
We have to look at decolonization of our curriculums. We have to have more curriculum that deals with Indigenous people and more curriculum that deals with racialized people.