Motion To: WHEREAS in 2019 the Province of Quebec enacted Bill 21 (An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State) which prohibits certain public servants from wearing religious symbols including turbans, hijabs, kippahs, the cross and many others; AND WHEREAS religious wear in certain traditions is considered an important act of devotion and is not a mere symbol of religious identity; AND WHEREAS the wearing of religiously-mandated articles of faith or clothing is a fundamental right in the exercise of “freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” as written in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and does not in any way diminish the ability of public servants to fulfill their duties; AND WHEREAS restricting the ability of citizens from wearing religious symbols affects all components of society: first nations, settlers and immigrants; AND WHEREAS freedom of religion in Canada is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Right

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Vote recorded from City Council on 2020-02-12 regarding agenda item NOTICES OF MOTION (FOR CONSIDERATION AT SUBSEQUENT MEETING).

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