Saint John Mayor Don Darling (File Image)

Mayor Don Darling is continuing a bid to fight systemic racism at the municipal level. The Mayor has submitted a lengthy letter to Common Council following up on a motion last July calling on the provincial and federal governments to make racial discrimination illegal. Last September – Council received and filed a report from the City Solicitor exploring the legislative authorities and options for the city to act.

Darling points out that two weeks ago Council supported joining a movement calling for the eradication of nuclear weapons. In a similar vein – the Mayor is asking Council to direct the City Manager to investigate the option of the City joining the UNESCO Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. He also wants the City Manager to ask the provincial and federal governments for a progress report on the City’s request to make racial discrimination a criminal offence.

The letter is on Council’s Agenda for Monday night.