Mono Council to survey residents about discrimination

June 30, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An effort is afoot to better understand the systemic discrimination faced by Mono residents.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) will launch a survey in the fall where residents can provide feedback about instances of systemic barriers to accessing municipal services, information, programs, and facilities.

It’s hoped the feedback gleaned from survey respondents will help town staff and Mono Council to develop corrective measures.

“The goal is to try to get as many people to fill it out,” said Coun. Ralph Manktelow, who represents Council with Mayor John Creelman on the DEIC.

“You don’t want the survey to turn people off.”

He said it’s best to have as broad a spectrum of people as possible to answer the survey questions.

It was suggested during the public Mono Council meeting on Tuesday (June 28) that the survey be distributed with the town newsletter in the fall. But that would make analysing the information cumbersome as it has to be digitized. Somebody will have to enter all survey information into some kind of database.

“This is going to be pretty expansive,” said Coun. Manktelow.

The DEIC examined a similar initiative undertaken in nearby Orangeville. About 412 responses had been received from residents of a town with a population of about 30,000.

“I feel that was probably on the light side,” said Coun. Manktelow. “I personally would like to see (the number of responses) larger than that.”

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