East Bolton reaffirms stance on ­inclusion and ­openness to diversity

Record Staff

Earlier this month the elected representatives of the Municipality of Bolton-Est adopted a declaration for inclusion and openness to diversity, and committed to the values of equality between individuals, respect, openness and inclusion. According to the council, this gesture is a symbol of openness to others, respect for difference and the recognition of equality between persons, without distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, civil status, age except as provided by law, religion, political convictions, language, ethnic or national origin, social condition, a handicap or the use of any means to palliate a handicap.
“A community that does not abide by principles of inclusion and, more importantly, does not apply them, is obviously only working with a part of its population,” said Joan Westland-Eby, Mayor of the Municipality of Bolton-Est. “Not only is this unacceptable for a society, it also means that we are missing out on a significant pool of talent and expertise.”  The mayor explained that the declaration comes as part of a renewed interest by various different levels of government to reaffirm their commitment to principles of anti- discrimination and inclusion. See full story in the Friday, Dec. 27 edition of The Record.

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