Members of township council plan on taking action to address allegations of racism in Beaverton.
Councillors Mike Jubb (Ward 1) and Claire Doble (Ward 2) have distributed a flyer to those living in the Seven Meadows subdivision following media coverage of a neighbour dispute that has allegedly included racist language.
Coun. Jubb also noted that the pair plans to drop off welcome baskets – comprised of items donated by community members – to impacted residents.
“We will be reaching out to welcome everyone with open arms to the community of Beaverton. Please give us a call as we would be happy to talk to all new members of our community. Hearing the news was unfortunate and unacceptable but I can ensure everyone that this is not what Beaverton represents,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate that a neighbour dispute allegedly led to racial comments being made. I believe that the community of Beaverton is a welcoming and inclusive community but there is always more work to be done,” Doble said.
“As a municipality, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of inclusivity and anti-racism within our community.”
Coun. Doble said she plans on bringing a formal motion to council in the coming weeks regarding racism, diversity and inclusivity.
Regional Councillor Ted Smith, who has spoken to some of the impacted residents, noted that Durham Region has recently established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division as a means to help affect change on systemic racism.
“Any form of racism or discrimination are completely unacceptable,” he said.
“Brock and Durham strive to be welcoming communities.”