Collingwood seeks FCM support in Legislation Strengthening the Definition of Hate Speech
Collingwood, ON [16 March 2021] – The Town of Collingwood's proposed resolution regarding pressing the federal government for legislation to define and clarify hate speech was considered last week, during a virtual bi-annual meeting of The Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). While FCM Board meeting deliberations are confidential, the following statement was issued as follow up to Collingwood's proposal:
“FCM National Director Kathy Jeffery confirmed that by vote at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board meeting today (March 12th/21), the National Board of Directors has agreed to send Collingwood’s resolution to the FCM AGM and Annual Conference for consideration by the full membership in June/21.
The Town of Collingwood is asking FCM to urge the Federal Government to 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 orders of government in addressing the root causes of hate speech.
FCM is the national voice of local governments, with more than 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians.”
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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