Thunder Bay mayor says he takes ‘offence’ to Ontario human rights commission report, comments
Thunder Bay’s mayor says he takes “offence” to comments by Ontario’s human rights commission that civic leadership in the northwestern Ontario city has been lacking and hasn’t done enough to combat racism against Indigenous people.
In their 2017-2018 annual report, human rights commissioners highlighted examples of what First Nations people in the city told them during consultation meetings last year. The commissioners’ visit to Thunder Bay coincided with an opinion piece, written by chief commissioner Renu Mandhane, in the city’s daily newspaper that called on citizens to “demand that their leaders address racism head-on.”
Mayor Keith Hobbs acknowledged that racism exists in the city, but bristled at the commissioners’ comments that local leadership hasn’t done its part to fight it.
“I would like someone from the human rights commission to tell Keith Hobbs what he didn’t do or what he could have done more [of],” he said.
The report said that city and police leadership need to be a “potent weapon” to combat racism but also pointed to some of the positive steps commissioners say they’ve noticed.
It stated that Indigenous people told commissioners during consultation sessions about concerns over “policing and child welfare, trafficking of Indigenous women and girls, and everyday racism in almost every facet of their lives including employment, housing, healthcare and retail.”
The commissioners also said they heard stories of, what the report called, being “garbaged” — Indigenous people having eggs, food containers and other debris thrown at them when walking. – CBC News
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This is one of the few times, maybe the only time, I agree with our mayor. If the effort that the City of Thunder Bay is making to try and address the racism issue means diddlie squat to the Human Rights Commission, then what is the point of doing anything at all? We can save a lot of time, energy and cash by doing nothing. Doing nothing is much easier.
I for one believe that no matter what the City of Thunder Bay does to try and appease its Ingenious residents/neighbours will ever be enough. I believe that no matter what the Government of Canada does to try and appease the 634 First Nations (not including Metis or Inuit) that are spread across the country, will ever be enough. This will never end. There is too much money to be made playing the racism/victimization card.
…It stated that Indigenous people told commissioners during consultation sessions…
…The commissioners also said they heard stories of…
And we know that ALL the things that were told to the commissioners were true, how? And we know that all the stories that the commissioners heard were true, how? Seriously. How do we know how much that the Human Rights Commission was told is true and how much is made up? There is no way of confirming anything. We don’t so everything is assumed to be true. Everything.
People might ask, What is the incentive for someone to lie to the Human Rights Commission? I am asking, What is the incentive for someone to tell the truth to the Human Rights Commission? Hmmm?
After all, the Human Rights Commission is not there to hear how everything is all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.