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Coun. Mellisa Murray

Advisory committee on inclusivity endorsed

A motion by Coun. Mellisa Murray to create an advisory committee on inclusivity was passed unanimously by city council Monday evening.

By Chuck Tobin on May 11, 2022

A motion by Coun. Mellisa Murray to create an advisory committee on inclusivity was passed unanimously by city council Monday evening.

The city’s advisory committee on the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism was suspended, then dissolved, in 2017 following the new advisory committee bylaw, Murray noted in her motion.

She pointed out in her motion the appointments of all the committee members have expired.

Council’s strategic priorities do include evaluating the creation of an inclusivity advisory committee, she said.

The city, says the motion, is a growing community that is becoming increasingly diverse.

The motion reads:

“BE IT RESOLVED that Administration be directed to create the framework including the budget and draft terms of reference, for the inclusivity advisory committee to include the following, but are not limited to:

• Make recommendations to council on the use of gender-neutral and non-discriminatory language in city bylaws;

• Advise council on the inclusiveness and effectiveness of existing programs and services;

• Advise council on the implementation of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (CIM) toolkits and resources; and;

• Make recommendations to council on strategies and initiatives to provide an inclusive, diverse, positive and healthy environment within the City of Whitehorse and our community.

Council members expressed general support for Murray’s motion and thanked her for bringing it forward.

“Being a person of colour and being a woman, and having a place that we work and live in that does not discriminate against anything is a place to strive towards,” Murray said.

“To confirm we are part of CIM is awesome, and they do have tool kits and resources to build off of I think is encouraging for our city to work towards.”

Coun. Jocelyn Curteanu described the motion as being very timely because of the climate of increased aggression against various groups due to various events around the world right now.

“I think we need to do our part to encourage diversity and inclusivity in out community,” she said.

The city, she said, can ramp up work on the issue and promote inclusivity.

Coun. Dan Boyd, however, expressed concern about the process.

It was just two or three weeks ago that the city adopted its list of strategic priorities that included evaluating the creation of an inclusivity advisory committee, he pointed out.

Boyd suggested Murray’s motion brings council beyond evaluating the creation of a committee.

He asked if the motion could be sent back to committee for further examination to make sure it’s in line with the city’s strategic priorities.

He would support it if that could be done, he told his colleagues, though he did end up voting for the motion.

Meanwhile, council was presented with an update Monday regarding its status with the CIM – formerly the Coalition of Canadian Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.

The coalition recently confirmed Whitehorse is in good standing and nothing is outstanding, says the administrative report provided to council.

The report notes the coalition has forwarded “toolkits” for review and consideration by its municipal members.

“It was suggested that although it remains a member of the organization, the city consider formally ‘reconfirming’ its membership with the CIM, given the relatively recent re-branding of the organization, and the positive message this would provide to the Whitehorse community,” says the report.

The administrative report notes in previous discussions members of council agreed to bring forward a recommendation to reconfirm its membership on the CIM.

Comments (37)

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Anie on May 17, 2022 at 4:02 pm

Al, thank you. You said what so many of us have been thinking, and you said it so well. We all need to remind ourselves about how fortunate we are to live here. It's so easy to overlook the good while we complain about the trivial.

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Josey Wales on May 16, 2022 at 8:24 pm

Hey Vern...valid points on starting war over energy.
That said, was not the US, that started those wars...was democrats!
Very big distinction Vern, but not arguing or even disagreeing honing in the focus is all.
Every time the USA fired up the war machine, less Bush jr. was democrats at the helm for the 20th and 21st centuries.
Who are democrats, why they are just liberals.
Kinda like our mayor, metric democrats is all they are.
Subjugation and authoritarianism is the favourite, with chaos the lubricity of the rage machine.
...all under the guise of D.I.E. Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
They and their stupid...gotta go.

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Mitch Holder on May 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

@ vern - Well said sir, ain't that the truth.

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Mitch Holder on May 16, 2022 at 11:20 am

@ MOOSE - What has abortion ever really had to do with gay marriage? One serves to mitigate the need for the other. Hoping you can clarify, since you feel you are a so called "expert". You see, this is what happens when political failure is masked with hyper-activism, the basics go unfulfilled and the priorities are not understandable by anyone. That is a valid reason to critique these initiatives, as value is the basis by which we judge everything. INLCUDING an inclusion council I help pay for, THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE ME! You can eat your cake and have it too, as long as you can outrun all the other children who didn't get cake.

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Moose on May 15, 2022 at 2:33 pm

You really need to lay off the Conservative Party kool aid. I suppose you are against gay marriage and abortion too?

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Vern Schlimbesser on May 14, 2022 at 7:14 am

@ AI
I was with you until you tried to invoke an argument based on the Ukraine.
Appealing to emotion when there is no connection gives people like me a reason to point out that the Ukraine is a war instigated for energy, AGAIN!

Just like 'weapons of mass destruction', or intervention for prevention of human rights attrocities, or to prevent the spread of the communist threat, for the past 100 years at the end of every one we find the US has started wars that turn out only to be for their profit. When we forget this we do even more injustice to those who die pointlessly.

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North_of_60 on May 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

Jeff and Mitch are correct. The litmus-test of this advisory committee on inclusivity will be determined by their position on Vax Mandates, since those are the most non-inclusive and divisive policies proclaimed by our local governments.

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Al on May 13, 2022 at 1:56 pm

I really and truly tire of this nonsense. Just leave things alone - it ain't broke and sure has hell does not need meddling with. People just need to get over their own bloody self-importance. Most peoples could, and do care less. Why is it everyone has to conform to an ideology of stupidity. Get a life, suck it up, find something to really occupy your time that has value - just stop it.

With all that is going on in the world today the last thing I for one, and likely there are many others, want to listen to are a bunch of whiners! There is a major conflict going on that is one helluva lot more important and requires all of us to pull together. If you can't, or won't, then get out of the way for those of who really care about the thousands of people in Ukraine who are being brutalized and murdered. Put things in perspective - the garbage coming out of the COW is no where near important and does not even belong on the radar.

In the end this BS will achieve nothing of any value to what really matters. Stop being so damn selfish and self-centred. The world does not, oh - and will not, revolve around you and your pettiness.

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The inclusion-exclusion paradox on May 13, 2022 at 9:29 am

Jeff and Mitch - I think it’s hilarious that when they say inclusion it is actually exclusion they are practicing while everybody just stares back at them in blinking silence, duh, okay George, which way did he go? They do this because they have framed the issue to avoid having to be inclusive. Their inclusivity is aggressively dictatorial, think this way or else while they destroy everything around them with their diversity perversity rendering all things societal to its lowest common denominator - It is the Idiocracy as reality without the benefit of even so much as an average intellect of the likes of a Joe Bowers…

A quote from the movie, Idiocracy:

“As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.”

But for its futuristic projection the movie seems more of a documentary than it does entertainment. Has anyone been to Nova Scotia lately? Someone who can reliably report on the state of affairs over there?

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Libs tell fibs… on May 13, 2022 at 7:23 am

To Joe on May 11, 2022 at 6:48 pm:

Liberals are like Mandalorians… This is the way! Fail to follow it and you will be hunted down and have your beskar forcibly removed from your body.

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Dave on May 13, 2022 at 6:46 am

Working for the city of Whitehorse is a thankless job.
But hey don’t even need grade 10.

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Arya on May 12, 2022 at 7:36 pm

Unpopular opinion - Letting women vote is the root of this nonsense.

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Charlie's Aunt on May 12, 2022 at 6:42 pm

Gender neutral language? Why don't we just refer to all as 'it', that should solve the problem. “Being a person of colour and being a woman...." Well, I am female, but wondering where a non-coloured male fits into this scenario?

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Mitch Holder on May 12, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Jeff Bikaboom makes a good point. What is the position of this so called "Inclusivity Council" on vaccine mandates? that would be a revelation into the sincerity of this panel. Are they in reality, actually inclusive? I mean, they have their own separate council, which is, by definition, a contradiction in terms. Again, DISCLAIMER, I have no problem with any or all communities that are not a domestic or foreign threat. The LGBTQ2 (tell me if I missed anything) is a community I include in the citizenship of the Confederation of Canada, afforded the same rights as myself or anyone. It is the politics and the consequential bodies thereof which I vehemently question.

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Mitch Holder on May 12, 2022 at 4:44 pm

Nathan Living, yes that is a correct observation. This is a civil matter, at a federal level or territorial at least or most. This is what happens when the WEF subsidizes bike trails in order to gain influence from municipal levels of government upward- which I will remind you all, laid bald the riverbank to serve a small demographic of tourists, civil servants and yuppies with an ugly dock that replaced greenery downtown workers and citizens alike used to enjoy.

Oh, and bonus, you will own nothing and be happy for that dock, for those bike trails and for taking a year to clear a road because they are afraid they will render an aquatic species extinct, while the world fishes whole seas into dead zones. You cannot make up this kind of stupid, it is organic and painstakingly developed by masters of ineptitude and liability. Questions is, if we voted for these people, are they the masters of stupidity, or are we?

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Juniper Jackson on May 12, 2022 at 4:11 pm

As another issue said..this is silly season. All levels of government seem to have an emperor with no clothes on, and everyone is afraid to say.. hmm..you seem to be naked..so one fool says..wow..nice pants, and everyone else gets right on it..great color..suits you.. and some big is made out of nothing.. No one have any common sense anymore?

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Mitch Holder on May 12, 2022 at 4:02 pm

@ Joe Taggard - mental health and substance abuse support services are now amazing according to YTG and COW. I encourage you to begin tackling the problems you have denied in your own life, as they are belied in the projection of your own insignificance upon the people you failed to insult.

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Jeff Bikaboom on May 12, 2022 at 3:31 pm

The city does need to work in its inclusivity. They did just exclude a bunch of employees who refused to take a experimental medical treatment. That is an example of how not to treat all types of people equally. Evidence of how wrong this was can be found in the latest court ordered release of the Pfizer papers. The news of which, gets overshadowed by twitter buyout stories every time they are released.

We must be careful heading down the woke path. Where things may seem altruistic on the surface, there is a dark underbelly just waiting to be triggered. Woke is a manufactured pseudo liberalism embraced by the spoiled rotten and the mentally ill. It is not happening organically, it is being pushed onto the public. When things go woke they eat themselves from the inside. Not even those pushing the agenda are immune to the woke hellions they summoned. The last thing people need as they sink deeper into inflation caused poverty is lectures about their privilege.

What we really need is inclusivity for all the roads that were neglected snow removal all winter.

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Mitch Holder on May 12, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Whatever everyone else says about you Joey, I think yer alright.

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Mitch Holder on May 12, 2022 at 12:59 pm

So why are YOU here, Joe Taggard? Trolling a small town paper belies your impotence.

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Groucho d'North on May 12, 2022 at 10:11 am

More division by exception. How about we treat everybody the same- as equals? It would save a lot of time and budget and bad feelings too I think. But if we were all the same, then some would not qualify for perks or extraordinary benefits because of how they are somehow different, and there is a long list of differences.
Perhaps if these think tank sessions stopped trying to treat the symptoms and focused on the disease there could be some measureable successes.

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Joe taggard on May 12, 2022 at 6:21 am

Oh here we go! The local Whitehorse Star comment yahoos are gonna be out in full strength for this one. I still remember reading one of these fools (who used to write in the third person) explode about how mayor Curtis would never see a second term. As far as I can tell this group has about 60 members but i suspect they probably ballot stuff the votes with changing IP addresses. Regardless, it’s another innocuous recommendation from the council that gives the peanut gallery here a reason to be enraged. Haha I’m pretty sure it’s only them that read these comments since the antivax crowd tried to take it over the last two years. Angry by definition, but not even a percentage of the actual people who can and do vote.

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bonanzajoe on May 11, 2022 at 8:41 pm

A male will always be a male if he is born a male. A female will always be a female is she is born a female. The pronouns are he, him, mr. and man; she, her, mrs. miss, ms or woman. Don't like it, sue me. See you in court. Now leave me alone.

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Chuck Farley on May 11, 2022 at 8:29 pm

Mr Facts we are living in the 21st Century get used to it. Your narrow ideals do not fit in the big picture; time to get with the program. Ohh, and you best cover up that sun burn on your neck.

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Guncache on May 11, 2022 at 7:09 pm

Gender neutral? You are either male or female. Oh wait, I might identify as a toaster or a pair of socks. When it comes to hiring I don't believe in inclusion. I believe whoever is best qualified for the job is the one that gets it. This is as bad as trudeaus bill S233

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Joe on May 11, 2022 at 6:48 pm

I think we should form a committee to review all the committees. The committee could have a sub committee to review the committee’s review of the committees. Per diems and free lunches of course. Committees are very useful indeed, take for example the housing committee which will meet several times, will form sub committees to review existing stuff and then, tada, big report ! Demand is exceeding supply and sub committee will report more people coming than there are leaving! Tada, another complete report. Then council will review the reports and thank the committees for all their hard work and dedication and then tell us we need to raise taxes to pay for the committees.

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Nathan Living on May 11, 2022 at 6:37 pm

Seriously, why can't we just make Whitehorse a better place to live and not waste so much time on all the virtue signaling.

I think many people had positive expectations and our new council ticked off all the right boxes but council seems so disappointing. Is this a correct observation?

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Rick S on May 11, 2022 at 6:15 pm

The saddest part is none of the council members who know this is wrong voted against it.

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Wes on May 11, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Leave this to YG or the Government of Canada.
Focus on city issues like maybe that great big god damn landslide blocking 1/3 of our access roads. Or maybe lack of housing. Or maybe the lack of bylaw enforcement.
For god sakes city council, do……something.
Inclusivity. Give me a break.

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BnR on May 11, 2022 at 5:32 pm

Remember during the election when Melissa and the other members of Team Woke were going to make housing their number one priority?
Those were the days eh?

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comen sense on May 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

Please, future generation, sometime soon reevaluate and change the way things are going with all this nonsense OMG

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Mitch Holder on May 11, 2022 at 4:45 pm

@ Mr. Facts - Not that I disagree, but feminism is just as attacked and pissed off as anyone when looking at this kind of troubling so called "progress". In all honesty, since this movement began, things have gotten worse for EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC. I think that speaks to something worth earnest consideration by EVERYONE, including the "inclusivity council", which, when translated from Draconian, means, Socialist inquisition.

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Mitch Holder on May 11, 2022 at 4:22 pm

Trying to force people to be inclusive is obviously not working out very well. I would be curious to hear from city council exactly what about the conduct of the residents of the Yukon territory has been deemed exclusive. We have welcomed 10,000 immigrants over a decade, a 25% growth rate in less than 10% of the entire history of what we conceive of as the Yukon territory. Every year, I see the growth of diversity occurring organically in this community, in all the communities of our territory. I also see a multicultural center downtown whose members work tirelessly to welcome new residents. I have been an activist for equality, marched in protests, served my neighbors and respected my fellow human beings as a matter of personal choice; In point of reference, how many inclusivity members are fighting for justice for the burned down churches in Canada as opposed to vandalized mosques? Whereas, i do not agree with this coercion to equality, like god, if one cannot come of their own accord, one cannot be compelled to do so.
In conclusion I will review my own latter suggestion regularly. I am not perfect, you are not perfect, but what is perfect is the space to be imperfect. Once you lose that, you lose it for your children as well.

Whitehorse municipal council needs to become the inclusivity council and leave the public out of their mistakes. I recognize inequalities in my community, but I would rather focus on solving them than trying to change anyone to suit my own agenda. This is where indifference is derived from.

I welcome intelligent debate. To summarize, I feel that the municipal council should BE the inclusivity council, a separate inclusivity council, by definition, is not inclusive at all.

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kthxbye on May 11, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Can y'all just fill potholes, sweep the streets and paint lanes on the road?

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AdmiralA$$ on May 11, 2022 at 3:56 pm

8% official rise is all costs and this is all they have to discuss? People voted for this? You all need to realize these people are not here to help you. When you can't afford food, gas or a home these people do not care, will not help you and they stole your prosperity. Again these quotes read like it comes from Onion news. No offence Star, I know you are only quoting what was said but this is ridiculous.

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Mitch Holder on May 11, 2022 at 3:36 pm

To be clear, my position is that there would be no need for an inclusivity council, had the COW municipal council not been exclusive to begin with. Fix the actual problem, this is an aggrandized empty platitude that serves nothing but division.

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Mr Facts on May 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm

The vision of this council is downright scary and in all reality a waste of our time and tax dollars. Deal with issues not peoples feelings.

How about you create a committee that looks into banning building permits for people who don't live here? You know, something that effects people. Yeah, didn't think so.

Feminism and the social justice movement is slowly destroying our society.
"I'm Helping" Ralph Wiggum

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