For Immediate Release
July 13, 2018

“Our City and Region are known as being among the most diverse, inclusive and accepting communities in the world. Our Councillors have embraced diversity, and it has been our position to actively work to ensure our institutions are reflective of the people they serve.

“The findings in the Integrity Commissioner’s Report are troubling as they relate to comments made by Councillor Parrish.

“Our workplaces must be respectful, free of discrimination and harassment. Elected officials must be held to the highest moral and ethical standard.

“I have the utmost respect for the brave women and men who dedicate their lives to helping keep our community safe.  I also have full confidence that Peel Police’s hiring practices are based on merit and that Deputy Chief Berkley-Brown is more than deserving of this well-earned promotion. I congratulate her on achieving this distinguished post and look forward to continuing to work with her to enhance community safety in our City.

“While I know Councillor Parrish regrets her comments and has publicly apologized, like all elected officials, she must be held accountable for her actions.

“That’s why at yesterday’s Peel Regional Council meeting, I voted in support of the Integrity Commissioners recommendations. It is important that the healing process begins and that all members of Peel Regional Council voluntarily participate in the sensitivity training recommended by the Integrity Commissioner. All of Council will learn something new and benefit from this training.

“This incident is clear proof that more needs to be done to build more tolerant and inclusive workplaces in Peel and as Mayor, I look forward to being part of the solution.”