After a week full of anger and controversy surrounding a Victoria council motion, mayor and council proved that they have indeed been listening to their constituents.
At Thursday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, council supported a decision to allocate $135,000 from its 2019 contingency budget to fund policing Remembrance Day and other military events.
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“Council was clear and unanimous tonight in recognizing that Remembrance Day is a community event and that the city has a role to play in honouring people who have served and who are serving in the armed forces,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.
An amendment put forth by councillor Ben Isitt last week – on the 75th anniversary of D-Day – to ask DND and Veterans Affairs Canada to consider contributing to the costs of policing did not even make it to a vote last night as council unanimously decided not to proceed with it.
Originally, however, the motion had passed at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting Committee of the Whole by a vote of 6-3.
When this was initially reported in the news, councillor Isitt took to the blogosphere and called on the public to “reject conservative media distractions” and disregard neofascist, “alt-right” groups who focused on his amendment instead of other issues.
Last night, however, Mayor Helps and council issued an apology to veterans and
“anyone else who were hurt or disrespected” by the motion.