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Top Ontario education official and premier’s appointee charged with making child porn

By Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com, July 09, 2013

TORONTO – A top-ranking education official and appointee of Premier Kathleen Wynne has been charged with making and distributing child pornography.

Dr. Benjamin Levin, 61, served as Ontario’s deputy minister of education from 2004 to 2009 and worked under Wynne, Ontario's first openly homosexual premier, while she developed the controversial “inclusive education” strategy and a radical new sex ed program.

Since leaving the Ministry of Education, Levin has acted as Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has also served as an education consultant to the Ontario government, including as an expert on “equity.” In January 2013, he was named to Wynne’s transition team after she became Premier.

Levin is a Winnipeg native, and served as deputy minister of education in Manitoba from 1999 to 2002.

Pro-family advocates are saying that the news, while shocking, is not wholly unexpected given that education officials have been sexualizing children for years with increasingly radical early sex-ed programs.

"Parents have been wondering why the Ministry of Education is engaged in the sexualizing of their children,” said Teresa Pierre, president of Parents as First Educators (PAFE). “From sex education curriculum changes and explicit classroom materials seen in a Toronto grade school classroom recently, staff at the ministry and in schools have been showing very bad judgement for years."

Pierre said the scandal lies at Wynne’s feet. “Unfortunately this comes as yet another sign that Wynne’s education ministry hasn’t shown the best judgment about children and education,” she said.

The province's sex-ed program developed, and temporarily shelved by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty, while Levin served in Ontario’s Ministry of Education would have seen children taught about “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in grade 3 and anal sex in grade 7.

Jack Fonseca, project manager at Campaign Life Coalition, agreed with Pierre, calling the revelations about Levin a “bombshell development” that ought to provoke a closer look at Wynne’s sexual agenda.

“It would not be unreasonable to question Premier Wynne as to whether Levin was a consultant to her on these sex-ed related curriculum changes,” he said.

“I think parents ought to make this an election issue and demand answers on how much involvement, if any, Levin had in the McGuinty-Wynne EIE policy and sex-ed curriculum development,” he continued. “I also hope this will renew calls by parents to repeal the sexual agenda-driven Bill 13.”

“They say you can know a person by the company they keep. Voters take note,” he added.

Brian Rushfeldt, president of Canada Family Action, said they have warned for years that advocating risky sexual behaviors, along with light sentences for the sexual exploitation of children, “is likely to lead to more abuse of children.”

“Is Wynne still planning on forcing radical sex education into Ontario’s curriculum? Maybe she needs to rethink that,” he said.

The scandal has also prompted questions about Wynne’s judgment from the opposition benches. New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath said this is just the most recent of a string of scandals.

“I do know that the government has, many, many times now, shown that they lack good judgement on many files,” she said, according to Blackburn News. “Whether it’s using tax dollars to secure their own success in a general election, and I’m talking about the gas plants moving, of course, or whether it’s the eHealth scandal.”

Levin was arrested around 6:00 a.m. at his Toronto home after an online investigation involving police in New Zealand and London, Ontario.

A release from the Toronto Police Service says Levin is charged with making child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography, counselling to commit an indictable offence and agreeing or arranging a sexual offence against a child under 16.

He was in court Monday afternoon and has been remanded into custody until a bail hearing on July 10.

Levin intends to fight the charges, according to his lawyer, Gerald Chan. “What we’re going to argue to the court is that this is not someone for whom bail should be denied,” Chan told the Globe and Mail. “He’s in no danger of leaving the jurisdiction, he is in no danger of committing an offence.”

Detective Constable Janelle Blackadar told the Globe and Mail that Levin first became a suspect of the Toronto Police Service in mid-2012.

She said they were contacted by New Zealand authorities last month, which led her to conduct a database search, when she discovered that he was also being investigated by police in London, Ontario.

New Zealand official Steve O’Brien, of the country’s Department of Internal Affairs' Censorship Compliance Unit, said that one of their investigators was chatting with Levin online for months and he alerted Canadian authorities after “he became concerned at the direction the conversation was taking.”

Premier Wynne’s office, the Ministry of Education, and the University of Toronto have declined to comment on the charges.

In a statement on Monday, Education Minister Liz Sandals tried to distance her department from the scandal. She said that Levin has been suspended from all government duties, and noted that his most recent roles were merely contract-based research projects and guest speaking. She has refused to comment further.

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Celebrated U of T prof arrested on child porn charges

Benjamin Levin, former deputy minister of education for Ontario and current University of Toronto professor, also research chair in education leadership and policy, has been charged with child exploitation offences, including making child pornography.

By Jennifer Pagliaro, News reporter, Toronto Star, Jul 08 2013

It was a child exploitation investigation that spanned from New Zealand to Canada that included an undercover agent conducting an online chat with a suspect believed to be from Toronto.

On Monday, Toronto police say, that multi-jurisdictional investigation culminated in the arrest of Benjamin Levin, a celebrated U of T education professor and highly regarded civil servant. The child pornography charges stunned colleagues in academic and political circles.

The father of three, who was named to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team in January, will “vigorously defend” against the charges, lawyer Gerald Chan told reporters outside a North York courthouse Monday afternoon, following Levin’s arrest.

Investigators in New Zealand made contact with a suspect on an open online forum in January, said Jon Peacock, a senior inspector with a New Zealand internal affairs unit that specializes in online child-abuse investigations.

After several months of sporadic contact, the suspect sent “child abuse materials” to the investigator, Peacock said.

“As soon as that happened, we sent it to our colleagues at Toronto sex crimes,” he said.

Toronto police charged Levin, 61, with two counts of distributing child pornography and one count each of making child pornography, counselling to commit an indictable offence and agreeing to or arranging for a sexual offence against a child under 16.

Toronto police sources say the continued probe “overlaps” with investigations in New Zealand and England.

News of the arrest shocked associates in the academic and political communities between which Levin has split his professional life. He has been an educator, travelling the globe speaking on policy and research, and a public servant, appointed deputy minister for education in Manitoba and in Ontario, under former premier Dalton McGuinty.

Levin was named to Wynne’s transition team after she became leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January.

He is currently a tenured professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and is the Canada research chair in education leadership and policy.

Education Minister Liz Sandals attempted to distance the provincial government from Levin on Monday.

“Dr. Levin’s only recent involvement with the Ministry has been on contract research projects and guest speaking roles through his capacity as a professor at OISE, work that has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” she said in a statement. “The Government of Ontario takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”

After police raided the Glengarry Ave. home Levin owns with his wife, the father of three appeared in a North York courtroom wearing black dress pants and a crisp blue short-sleeved dress shirt. He sat in the prisoner’s box with his hands folded over his lap, rubbing his thumbs and looking out to where two of his three brothers sat in the back row.

Levin, who is being represented by Gerald Chan, from the law offices of prominent criminal defence lawyer Clayton Ruby, will remain in custody until Wednesday, when a bail hearing is scheduled.

Chan told reporters outside the courthouse that the Crown asked the court for more time to investigate, and could not say whether more charges are expected.

He spoke of his client’s status in the education community and his family — including his wife and three daughters, who tie him to the city.

“This is not someone whose bail should be denied,” Chan said. “In the circumstances, he’s holding up reasonably well . . . He’s anxious to defend the charges.”

An elder statesman of Canadian education, Levin — a soft-spoken man with a wry wit — is widely admired not only for his expertise in classroom innovation and teacher training, but his ease in putting it into plain English — a skill that has made him a popular media commentator.

According to Levin’s curriculum vitae posted online, he has made many trips in recent years for conferences and seminars, including to New Zealand, the most recent of which was in 2011 to speak to post-primary teachers at a conference.

Those who know him in both education and political circles were so stunned by the charges, few were willing to comment at all.

“It’s unbelievable that it would be him,” said one close colleague at the University of Toronto, who added that some [KIKE/QUEER] students were brought to tears by the news. “It sounds crazy — You always hear people say, ‘He is such a nice man’ when someone is arrested like this . . . But it’s true. You would never expect it.”

The University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba both declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.

“The University takes these charges seriously and is cooperating fully with the police investigation in this matter,” said a statement from the University of Toronto.

According to his CV, the Winnipeg native graduated from the University of Manitoba and then Harvard University before earning his doctorate in educational administration at the U of T.

Levin became the dean of continuing education at the University of Manitoba before rising to high-ranking positions in the Manitoba government, including deputy minister of both the department of advanced education and department of education, training and youth, between 1999 and 2002.

He was recruited by the McGuinty government in 2004 to become deputy education minister, where he served until 2009. Several McGuinty staff members told the Star Monday they were devastated, as they thought highly of Levin, who was involved in major education reforms.

At Queen’s Park, Wynne’s office said it could not comment on a matter under investigation and referred all questions to the police.

With files from Julian Sher, Robert Benzie and Louise Brown


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Innocence violated

Charges against Levin are horrific enough, but how much darker is it that he had a hand in drafting graphic sex lessons for kids?

By [KIKE] EZRA LEVANT, QMI Agency / Edmonton Sun, July 13, 2013

Related: Man gets 40 years for trafficking adopted son to pedophiles

Benjamin Levin, Ontario’s former deputy minister of education, has been charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including child pornography.

He hasn’t just been charged with possessing images of children being sexually abused.

He’s been charged with arranging for sexual offences against a child, making child porn and distributing it to others.

Levin’s bail conditions include a ban on him using the Internet except at work — he’s a professor at the University of Toronto.

And he’s not allowed to use a cellphone that connects to the Internet or has a camera in it.

There are tens of thousands of civil servants in Ontario and, as a matter of statistical probability, a number will be charged with crimes every year.

But this is different.

The charge of making child pornography is the gravest immorality, perhaps second only to murder. This isn’t a shoplifting offence.

And the second factor is what Levin does. At U of T, he teaches teachers how to teach kids. And what he did.

He was deputy minister during the development of the proposed, hyper-sexualized curriculum for Ontario grade schools. Those sex lessons will start in Grade 1 — when children are barely toilet trained.

That’s relevant. Put it another way: If a deputy finance minister were charged with drunk driving, that would be awful. But if he were charged with fraud or money laundering, the charge wouldn’t just go to his personal conduct. It would raise questions about his professional work, his public policy.

Did he colour his official duties in line with his criminal mind? Did he order officials to ignore certain problems, did he weaken enforcement of white-collar crime?

Everything done at work by that deputy finance minister would rightly be questioned. All of his decisions, all of his public acts would be questioned. All his policy memos, all his e-mails would be scrutinized.

Charges of arranging for sexual offences against a child, of being a predator, are horrific in their own right. But how much darker is it that Levin had a hand in drafting the graphic sex lessons for young children?

In our legal system, Levin is innocent until proven guilty. But what about our political system?

We must also ask if changing the Ontario curriculum to bring sex lessons to children of tender years was coloured by Levin’s alleged proclivities.

The sex lessons developed when he was deputy minister, include teaching Grade 1 kids — six-year-old girls and boys — detailed sexual anatomy and vocabulary.

Eight-year-olds are taught homosexuality — not just its existence, but its legitimacy as a sexual alternative.

The new curriculum is clear on this. A wide range of sexual preferences are to be taught in an encouraging way, and any resistance — be it religious, cultural or just a child’s squeamishness with such adult subjects — is to be reformed and corrected by teachers.

Grade 6 kids will be taught masturbation; Grade 7 kids about anal sex, as opposed to vaginal intercourse, in a discussion about abstaining from sexual activity. Not objectively, but in an advocacy model.

This is extreme. Who would force such adult subjects on such young kids? And now the senior bureaucrat who promoted this curriculum is charged with sexually exploiting children.

The reason parents want to protect children as young as six from sexual things is not that parents are anti-sex. It’s that there is such a thing as an age of innocence. It’s appropriate for adults to know about sex.

There ought to be a debate about when that education happens, and with what degree of explicitness, and with what moral teachings to accompany it. But for God’s sake, Grade 1?

We criminalize pedophilia and child pornography, but not adult sex and adult pornography, because we draw a distinction between consenting, mature adults who are wise in the ways of the world, and children who we need to protect from harsh, adult realities.

Levin is accused of violating that innocence in his private life.

The trial will show us the facts.

But we already know the facts about his public life: He had a hand in drafting sex lessons for children that will destroy the innocence of thousands of Ontario children.



The Levin factor

Educationalist’s arrest is profoundly worrying, to say the least

By [KIKE] MICHAEL COREN, QMI Agency / Edmonton Sun, July 12, 2013

Earlier this week, Toronto police arrested Benjamin Levin, a highly regarded University of Toronto education professor and former civil servant, and on Wednesday he was formally charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including charges of possessing and accessing child pornography.

Not only is Levin an educationalist who influenced schools and teachers all over the world, including Canada and in particular Toronto, but he was also part of Kathleen Wynne’s transition team when she became Ontario premier.

He is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, which is sadly vital in guiding this country’s teaching methods.

He was also deputy minister of education in Ontario for two periods between 2004 and 2009.

An indication of the man’s importance and closeness to Canada’s leftist elites was shown at the recent gay pride parade in Toronto, where he stood in line with Justin Trudeau, Wynne and Bob Rae — the leading trio of the Canadian Liberal Party.

He wasn’t part of a larger group, not there by chance, but part of the inner sanctum. This is, as it were, the real thing.

It’s vital to emphasize that this man has not been convicted of anything, but at the very least, and very lightest, it’s profoundly worrying that someone who was the epicentre of educational politics and power has been arrested for such crimes.

Also tremendously unsettling is that Levin was a major player in an educational establishment that gave us 2010’s radical and extreme sex education curriculum; it was postponed due to public pressure, but Premier Wynne has promised to reintroduce it.

The sex education program in question proposed that 11-year-olds focus on gender identity, homophobia, personal satisfaction and learning about their bodies through masturbation and vaginal lubrication.

At 12 and 13, they would be taught about anal and oral sex as part of a discussion about abstaining from sexual activity.

At all times they would be told that there were numerous genders, that we were the gender we wanted to be or thought we were, not necessarily what we were born.

There was also a concentration on homosexuality, bisexuality and gender transfer that baffled parents.

So where did all this come from, who was behind it, what was the point?

It’s not that children should be naive or ill-informed, but the curriculum seemed to be not about forming healthy sexuality but indoctrinating young people into shapes and sizes that were unnatural and of more concern to educators and academics than kids and parents.

And speaking of parents, while there were repeated promises to consult them about the sex education curriculum, oddly enough these didn’t take place.

Remember, though, the thing about parents is they parent. You know, work all hours to pay the bills, drive the kids to friends, hockey, soccer and school. They don’t have the free time that professional activists or “educators” do.

When some parents did ask questions about the radical nature of what other people wanted to teach their children, when some of them even dared mention the word “pedophile” or “grooming,” they were dismissed as peasants and idiots, told to shut up because they knew nothing and were just being hysterical.

Dumb parents. Sit down, be silent and know your place.


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