The Vancouver city council is taking action in response to the protests by local and provincial students against the government’s carbon tax.
The city is proposing zones around school and hospital campuses, according to a copy of the resolution.
As part of the response, the city’s director of waste management will soon submit the proposed policies to the municipality for approval, according to a release from the city’s communications office.
The city’s first response was to clear some public parks and pedestrian walkways following reports of hateful graffiti and “insults to the faith, beliefs and heritage of Muslims and Islam” on social media.
“While the actions of those without a civic education of what really represents Islam or Vancouver’s inclusion and support of diversity and inclusivity is abhorrent and unacceptable, most complaints about the graffiti issues were to drop when representatives of both public school board and school board heard that outreach teams were sent in to clear the parks,” according to the Vancouver Board of Education’s posted response to the Mayor Gregor Robertson’s #OnePledge promotion.
The motion, which passed unanimously, outlines several policies to address the “social conflicts that arise when people are confronting different ideas and values or when differences lead to conflict.”
The policy notes that while many “look at the social conflicts and environment in Vancouver with a progressive and inclusive heart” they may not understand the “catastrophic social ecosystem” that “grows out of conflicts between different groups of people.”
“While we can argue about who is more ‘deserving’ to exist here in this city, we can’t squander the opportunities presented here to make Vancouver better for everyone,” said Coun. Hector Bremner, who brought the motion.
Bremner called on all levels of government and political parties to “believe and act on the #OnePledge” which calls for harmony, cooperation and peaceful collaboration.
The Metro Vancouver schools have had issues with their social media accounts lately. Vancouver Public Schools has put restrictions on district-issued tablets after negative reviews on the sites “slandered Muslims and a senior lecturer” for expressing different opinions.
The pre-loaded apps have now been taken off all devices, The Vancouver Sun reported.
“When school devices are brought back into the classroom, they will come with a reminder that appropriate comments about issues on social media are inappropriate,” the district said.