Collingwood receives FCM support for Development of Legislation Strengthening the Definition of Hate Speech

June 3, 2021
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The Town of Collingwood has received some welcoming news, following the Resolution Plenary session of the Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) 2021 Annual Conference today, proving that one small community can make a difference by speaking up and advocating for change.

“I am pleased to report that the FCM membership passed the Town of Collingwood’s resolution to petition the Canadian Government to build on Parliament’s 2019 Report Taking Action to End Online Hate and engage in the development of legislation that would clarify and strengthen the definition of hate speech, including explicit recognition of the psychological harm that can be caused by hateful symbols, and work with all levels of government in addressing the root causes of hate speech, reports FCM Director and Collingwood Councillor, Kathy Jeffery.

Mayor Saunderson spoke to the resolution as the resolution sponsor’s representative. The resolution was additionally commented on by delegates in agreement and garnered significant support from the incoming Chair of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Mike Savage (Mayor of Halifax, NS).

Mayor Saunderson, Councillors Doherty and Jeffery were in attendance at FCM’s conference and AGM virtually to vote in favour of the resolution.

“Congratulations to Collingwood Council, Director Dean Collver and the many support staff and community members who assisted in the successful outcome of this important resolution for our Town and all Canadian communities,” congratulated Mayor Saunderson.

FCM Director and Collingwood Councillor, Kathy Jeffery, advises, “the next steps include the resolution being forwarded to the appropriate Federal Minister(s) and the resolution will guide FCM’s future advocacy with all National Parties. I am so proud of the positive and necessary impact our Town is having on the future of all Canadians with this resolution.”

FCM members also discussed and supported resolutions on emergency federal support for inter-community passenger bus service, expanding the Rural & Remote stream of the Reaching Home program and preventing accidental 9-1-1 calls on personal devices.

Read full FCM Media Release here: Municipalities call for support on inter-community transit, action to tackle hate speech 

About FCM
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Members include more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada's cities and rural communities, to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Together, they represent more than 90 percent of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues.

About Collingwood
The Town of Collingwood is a progressive community located in the heart of a four-season recreation area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The area is well known for its many natural amenities and its rich heritage. Collingwood is a destination for tourism and many business, sporting and cultural events Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts and culture community.  Downtown Collingwood might just surprise you with 30 plus restaurants, 60 plus boutique shops, spas for relaxing, live music for grooving…all in the only downtown core recognized in Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places!  More recently, the harbourfront area is emerging as an extension to the downtown district.  Plans for expanding the amenities and events in the harbourfront area promise to make this a much more prominent tourism destination.


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