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Some Woolwich candidates have a diverse vision for the township's future

CBC News spoke to ten of the candidates running in October’s municipal elections

James Chaarani · CBC News · Posted: Sep 21, 2022 6:00 AM ET

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Woolwich Township council failed to move forward a notice of motion supporting diversity and inclusion in the community last week.

The motion was raised in response to controversial comments made by a councillor regarding a rainbow crosswalk.

Council says the topic will be discussed again at a meeting next month, ahead of the municipal election.

With a new council set to be elected on Oct. 24, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo reached out to all current incumbents and candidates to ask about the township.... ...Ward 3 candidates

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Paul Bolger of Ward 3 said in an emailed statement that his "duties and responsibilities … are to present [the people's] views and concerns and ensure any decision is consistent with the charter of rights and freedom."

Another candidate for the ward seat, Bonnie Bryant, sees the township as a place for all.

"Creating a culture of inclusivity is essential," Bryant said in an emailed statement. "Woolwich is a growing community and is becoming more diverse. People need to feel like they have a place, a sense of purpose, and that they are valued."

Kayla Grant, who is also running, has lived in Woolwich her whole life, and is a part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

"For me, representation is really important and … there's several intersecting factors with that," Grant said. "It's not just necessarily having people colour or people in traditionally underrepresented groups like the LGBT, but it also includes women and different age demographics as well."

"What I would like to see in a future council is one that is more reflective of the community," Grant added.

Ward 3 incumbent Coun. Murray Martin didn't respond to requests for comment.


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