Ontario has been very proactive as regards safe schools, and I believe is leading the country in its legislation.
You can see what they have been doing here:
and you can see the actual amendment to their education act here:
Ontario’s new School Safety Rules actually took effect on Feb 1 2010. It will be interesting to see how well it is implemented, and how the measurement of its success will take form.
Bottom line for me? Anything that brings awareness up and tolerance down is a good thing. The foundation of a decent education has to be feeling safe and secure in your school – without that basic right, what can you build on?