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City Raises the Flag on respect.


March 18, 2013 – A beacon of respect. was raised at City Hall today to demonstrate the City’s commitment to building a respectful community for all.

Mayor Hobbs, along with Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins, Ann Makisgan, Chair – City of Thunder Bay Anti-racism Advisory Committee and Wendy Landry, Chair – Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council raised the respect. flag along with the United Nations Flag in preparation for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

“Today is significant,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We are raising two flags, the first-ever respect. flag and the United Nations flag in preparation for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

There has long been a need to work together to address racism and discrimination in our community. respect. is a grassroots campaign that challenges these issues head on. City Hall is committed to respect.  It lives in our leadership, the service we provide our citizens and what we stand for as a community. We want, and need Thunder Bay to be a community of respect. And it begins with you and me.”

“There are naysayers in this community who don’t believe the respect. initiative will work,” said Ann Makisgan, Chair – Anti-racism Advisory Committee. “But it is working. The response has been fantastic. That is evident through the presence of the many organizations that have signed on to respect. and the thousands of people who are willing to display their belief in respect. by wearing their buttons. I believe respect. will work in Thunder Bay, but it won’t happen overnight. The Anti-racism Advisory Committee is working hard to help us overcome our challenges.”

“The Crime Prevention Council is proud to have helped bring respect. to the community,” said Wendy Landry. “Everybody deserves respect. and it comes with expectations. There is an expectation that each of us has a right to live, work and play in a place free of racism and discrimination. There is an expectation that each of us has a responsibility in creating and sustaining these places. The Crime Prevention Council will continue its work to help foster a safe, respectful community.”

To sign on or learn more about what respect. means, go to thunderbay.ca/respect

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Contact: Mayor Keith Hobbs, City of Thunder Bay, 625-3601
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