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Monday, December 3, 2012

Toronto Sun links Catholic school board’s print supplier to controversial church

On Friday Toronto Sun reporter Michele Mandel broke a story revealing that TriPrint Media--a printing company in Mississauga, Ontario, that for years has been a supplier to the publicly funded Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board (DPCSB)--is affiliated with a controversial church.  Ms. Mandel reports that the printing company is co-owned by brothers Joe and Fred King.  Fred King is the present leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored, a group that broke away from the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Owen Sound, Ontario, and is currently under investigation by Ontario Provincial Police on allegations of polygamy and underage sex. 
School-board spokesperson Bruce Campbell declined to tell Ms. Mandel definitively whether or not DPCSB would continue to use Triprint’s services. DPCSB’s Web site states:  “The Mission of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the family and church, is to provide, in a responsible manner, a Catholic education which develops spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and physical capabilities of each individual to live fully today and to meet the challenges of the future, thus enriching the community.”  
The case as it unfolds will provide a working study of the complex interplay between conducting business in public, private and public morals, religion, the law, police investigations, the media, and the use of taxpayer’s money.

Any thoughts on how the scenario will or should play out?