Calgary city councils were asked to appear in front of the camera as they unanimously supported Coun’s motion. Diane Colley-Urquhart. SCREEN PHOTO
Calgary city councils unanimously approved a renunciation of hatred and racism resulting from a weekend rally in downtown Calgary.
The application was made by Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart included the use of tiki torches following a protest at Calgary City Hall on February 27. It is a growing movement that seems to be hijacking the ongoing demonstrations against mask and personal freedom in the city.
The above motion was unanimously adopted at the joint council meeting on Monday.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the nature of the “fake” anti-lockdown marches had become clear in recent months. The mayor said there are no lockdowns because shops, schools and businesses are still open. He said people can go out and do many of the things that they normally would.
“(They) have increasingly become forums for hatred of white nationalist groups and for others to engage in this conversation, so the original discussion is completely lost,” he said.
“Surely many of us have been sounding the alarm for some time.”
He said these groups don’t fool anyone with their torches.
“It’s not about heat; It’s not about light. Don’t be ridiculous. When we see people promoting these marches with pictures from Charlottesville, we know what that means, we know who this is supposed to intimidate, ”he said.
“I’m going to tell you now, as a colored person in town, that I’ll never let that intimidate me.”
I am disgusted by the sight of tiki torches during protests in front of the town hall.
I go to work every day as one of four racist members of #yyccc, representing Calgary’s most diverse community.
– George Chahal (@ChahalGeorge) February 28, 2021
Why can’t we take tough action, ask the councilors?
Coun. Jyoti Gondek asked about the clear lines of enforcement in these situations. She asked if there was a process to prosecute and prosecute a hate crime and if they could make this clear to the public.
Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra asked when this crime would be enforced. These types of hate protests have been going on for years, he said.
“Where is the ability to fight hatred and really make a clear distinction between people’s right to protest for their civil rights that are not being fulfilled and using a pandemic to advance a white man? nationalist and racist agenda, ”he said.
Richard Hinse, Calgary Community Standards Director, said he would be putting together a sticky note on enforcement options. It’s a difficult part of the law, he said.
“I’m definitely listening to the city council. It is really the difficult thing between balancing charter rights, freedom of expression and the penal code that covers the hate aspects in this area, ”said Hinse.
“This is probably one of the most difficult areas of law and so it calls for the Crown to be consulted on bringing charges.”
Personally for some councilors
Coun. George Chahal, who represents Ward 5, said the issue is a personal one as one of the racist members of the Calgary City Council.
“It’s personal because it’s personal to me as an individual and personal to the people I represent,” said Coun. Chahal told the councilors.
He said for the majority of the Calgarians that hatred would not be tolerated.
“You hear that this is part of our freedom of speech, freedom of speech is a hallmark of our democracy. But hating freedom is not, ”he said.
“I think that is an important distinction that we cannot allow this behavior to continue.”