Durham Region will send up to $50,000 for the fight against Quebec’s Bill 21 after narrow vote

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By Liam McConnell

Published January 4, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Durham Regional Council will send up to $50,000 in funding supports to the legal challenge of Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 which forbids public workers from wearing religious symbols at work.

The move, put forward by Whitby Regional Councillors Christopher Leahy and Steve Yamada, came hot on the heels of Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown’s announcement of a $100,000 support to National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a non-profit dedicated to fighting discrimination.

Brown called for other cities to lend their support to the initiative, receiving commitments from Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Calgary and the Ontario Big City Mayors caucus, whether in funding or other supports.

The Quebec legislature passed Bill 21 in 2019, and since then it has “come in the way of the careers of many Canadians wearing a kippah, a truban, or a…

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