An Ontario school board has been “weeding” out all books published before 2008 with the goal of removing any “harmful, oppressive, or colonial content,” according to the board’s directive to school libraries.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) directive suggests many books from the past are “inherently racist, classist, heteronormative, and/or sexist.”

The issue gained attention after the CBC published an article about empty PDSB school library shelves on Sept. 13. A group called Libraries Not Landfills has raised awareness of these purging efforts at PDSB, saying “the arbitrary relegation of books to the dumpster for simply being old is abhorrent.”

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the board should stop this weeding.

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