Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


Conversion Therapy


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THAT Administration prepare a bylaw to prohibit the licensing, practice and promotion of conversion therapy in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, looking at all mechanisms for enforcement, including a $10,000 fine, and return to Council before the end of the year.



Meeting History

Oct 22, 2019 6:00 PM Video Council Meeting

Vacating and Assuming of Chair

Mayor D. Scott vacated the Chair at 8:32 p.m. at which time Deputy Mayor J. Stroud assumed the Chair.

Mayor D. Scott provided background information on the proposed recommendation regarding conversion therapy.

Dr. Kristopher Wells, McEwan University Associate Professor, spoke in support of the recommendation and provided information from a report, Conversion Therapy in Canada: The Roles and Responsibilities of Municipalities”.

Mitchell Bowers, resident, shared his personal experience in support of the recommendation.

Exit and Return

Councillor J. Peddle exited the meeting at 9:07 p.m. and returned at 9:09 p.m.

Resuming of Chair

Mayor D. Scott resumed the Chair at 9:10 p.m.

MOVER:Don Scott, Mayor
SECONDER:Krista Balsom, Councillor
FOR:Don Scott, Mike Allen, Krista Balsom, Bruce Inglis, Sheila Lalonde, Phil Meagher, Verna Murphy, Jeff Peddle, Jane Stroud
ABSENT:Keith McGrath, Claris Voyageur