Ontario: The City of Guelph needs a diversity and equity plan

A new City of Guelph report shows the municipality’s workforce is under-represented in four key groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

A May 30 Mercury article about the report — “Guelph making sure hiring is fair to all groups” — further detailed that relative to the availability in the labour market, the city’s employment inclusion was short by 83 visible minorities, 35 women, 14 aboriginal people and 10 persons with disabilities.

This report was released at a time when members of the local immigrant community are concerned that the city is not adequately including immigrants in its workforce, particularly in the Local Immigration Partnership, validating their concerns.

A shortage of 83 visible minorities in what should be a diverse and inclusive workforce is very significant. It should prompt the city to develop a diversity and equity plan…

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Hey….what about the transgendered?

    • No white people should have jobs.

      Gosh darn but when will these H8trs get it!

      • Petey

        And you just know how toxic the workplace would be to white people, especially white men.

  • Dana Garcia

    Here’s a plan — reject the multicultural socialism that the left pushes against the basics of human nature.

    • BillyHW

      It will never be rejected as long as women are 51% of voters.

      • Nobody voted for these immigration policies.

      • Canadian Born

        Hey wait a minute, I am a 65 year old white woman and I will vote for the man that will grow a pair of balls, stop immigration and stop minorities from walking all over the white Canadians! You see it is not just women that vote these idiots in it is also stupid men.

        • BillyHW

          Barbie says math is hard.

  • eMan14

    What’s the point of white privilege if it does no good?

    • BillyHW

      The privilege white people have is that of contributing something positive to humanity, while the parasites do nothing but take, take, take.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Guelph is hippy town.
    An old high school friend of mine moved there thirty years ago and he’s been Seattled ever since.
    Slow food guy.
    Makes me ill that we were once the bestest of friends.

    • Alain

      Likely it is due to it being a university town more than anything else. It used to be one of the top universities in the field of agriculture, but I am not sure it is still the case seeing the deterioration of universities in general with all their new “studies” programs.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        He went there to get a degree in hospitality management.
        He ended up being a chef.
        I got a degree in hospitality management from the school of hard knocks and ended up going back to school for something better.
        Hospitality knocks you on your ass.
        Once you realize that your boss can shove you out the door anytime he wants to you start looking for better things.

    • What’s a slow food guy?

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Slow food is a ‘philosophy’ where you source stuff locally and prepare it according to local traditions.
        The problem I see with it is that it handicaps you from ever eating anything that isn’t in season.

        • andycanuck

          Then he’s self-handicapped and the Mercury should hire him as a diversity hire!

        • Alain

          Unless one is a purist, I think slow food is a good idea that supports the local economy. I disagree however with the purists who totally oppose ever eating anything else. When possible we also use local vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy, but we also enjoy products which simply cannot be produced locally.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t eat quinoa.
            I’ve read that because the food trendies have latched onto it the local people who depend on it as a staple have been priced out of the market.
            So, they are starving.
            I try to explain that to the people I work with and I get the same blank stare I get when I tell them that going to an all inclusive vacation in Cuba is exploitation.

          • shasta

            You mean like these poor people in Sask.?

          • dance…dancetotheradio
          • shasta

            I was just trying to pull your chain a bit, but if you are interested I found the article at Wikipedia a bit more balanced. The production increase as the price has risen since 1990 is quite illustrative.

          • canminuteman

            I agree with you. We buy our meat from the local butcher and in season we go to the farmers market, (although you have to know who you are dealing with, or you are not necessarily buying local). We buy wheat by the 50 lb bag from a local miller and grind our own flour. I hunt and fish. But I can’t live without orange juice and coffee. No one is growing those things around me. I have been accused of being a hippy, I don’t know why.

        • canminuteman

          The local tradition where I live is the drive through.

  • Alain

    Of course the first thing is to create a position for a diversity and equity administrator/chief along with another layer of bureaucracy, which will increase the need for more money from tax payers. Second will be hiring based on colour, sex or whatever and forget about any need to be qualified. No, this is the last thing any level of government needs. Let’s begin by eliminating this costly and bogus element everywhere it already exists.

  • Martin B

    Are there no potholes anywhere on the streets of Guelph?
    No garbage to be picked up?
    No muggers & rapists to be locked away?
    Apparently not.
    Diversity and equity are their only concerns. It must be a blissful place.

  • jayme

    With diversity comes crime around 10 years ago Ottawa was something like 20% non Canadian very low crime rate now the non Canadian population is 40% and the crime rate is the highest its ever been.

    • BillyHW

      Women voters love their diversity and rape.

    • Alain

      I lived a few years in Ottawa in the mid-70s and it was a nice, clean place with a low crime rate. There wasn’t a lot of “diversity” then and you certainly never saw any visible Muslims around. I suspect there weren’t any since there wasn’t a single mosque then. It seems just about everywhere now one finds the “diversity” sickness.

  • andycanuck

    So when are Dave Kruse, Phil Andrews, Peter Hill, and Paul McKeon going to step down and be replaced by minority members (of any type) at the Mercury? And maybe Wendy Heinze can be replaced by a woman of colour or someone disabled?

  • BillyHW

    The war on white males has got to stop. Women need their votes taken away from them. They also need to be expelled from HR departments everywhere.

    • Alain

      To be fair and honest I have to say that among the younger generations (younger than mine that is) I find just as many low information voters who are male as those who are female, so I think it is a bigger problem than female voters. A start of returning to sanity would be the elimination of all affirmative action/diversity/employment equity programs and hiring solely on qualifications and merit regardless of sex, colour or whatever. Also every single Stalinist tribunal (HRC) would need to be eliminated along with ministries of women, minorities or whatever. In other words equality being that everyone is equal under the law. To pretend everyone equal in all things is false, since we are not all equal in looks, physical ability, talents, skills, intelligence, etc.

      • El Martyachi

        How about,.. with a reasonable eye to avoiding blatantly destructive cronyism, anyone hires anyone for any reason they like. “They would be a good fit”. “I like them.” “They seem nice enough”… GOOD ENOUGH. That’s what happens anyway a lot of the time in rigged kabuki theatre “competitions” and interviews.

    • El Martyachi

      Maybe your point would come across more convincingly by prefixing thusly:

      … Not all women are stupid horrible cunts, but they need their votes taken away from them.

      Go all soft/hard ying/yang on their flabby asses.

      • Your honeyed words do help sweeten the pill 🙂

        • El Martyachi

          Glad to be of assistance ma’am, just doin mah job. And, in (increasingly characteristic) uncharacteristic seriousness, this ship long passed the point where tinkering with rules or regulations matters.

  • The Butterfly

    Do they have jobs for butterflies?

    • mobuyus

      In the new diverse and inclusive economy there will be plenty of jobs for beautiful butterflies and unicorns.

  • The__Hammer

    Good luck, Guelph is one of the whitest cities in Southern Ontario

    • Petey

      Wait a generation.

    • canminuteman

      Have you been there lately? I haven’t so I don’t know. But I would have said the same thing about the city I live in a decade ago. Since then the change has been staggering. A brand new mosque was built down town a few years ago and you see burka babes all over the place now.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        burka and babe are exclusive terms

  • Dave In Guelph

    I think this story was run to coincide with the “multicultural festival” this weekend because we all know diversity divisiveness is our strength. Also the downtown of Guelph is like the Annex in Toronto very white and very leftist. There is a divide between the south end of Guelph i.e. new homes, professionals etc. and the downtown which is left leaning but still very white. The new mayor is a Christian conservative as are many of the new councilor’s. Anyway this article is written by some 20 something who has had her brain scrubbed by her education. You start mentioning the HRC I start questioning your intelligence and agenda.