Vancouver city council has joined some campus groups and community organizations in calling for Maclean’s magazine to apologize for its recent article entitled “Too Asian?”
Council passed a motion introduced by Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang Tuesday to support calls for the apology.
The motion, introduced by Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang, also calls for council to “support productive and respectable dialogue” on the role media plays in shaping public perceptions of race and ethnicity, and to “encourage ethical journalistic standards” from all media in articles dealing with race and ethnicity.
“We should be able to talk about any topic, no matter how uncomfortable in this city, but in a way that’s appropriate, in a way that’s respectful and in a way that actually moves us forward as opposed to just evoking emotion and responses, or trying to grab headlines,” Jang said in council Tuesday.
NPA councillor Suzanne Anton called the motion “sheer political opportunism”.
“Are we going to monitor every national publication from now on, every local publication, and make sure they don’t write articles that offend us?” she asked.
The rest of city council voted in support of the motion.
Jang’s motion on notice was one of three on the city council agenda Tuesday. Anton introduced a motion calling for the Freedom of Information and Privacy officer position to be filled, and for staff to be permitted to speak directly to the media on reports.
But council moved for the issue to be referred to city manager Penny Ballem.
A motion will be brought forward by Vision Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer at Thursday’s council meeting, which calls for the CRTC to reverse a decision that allows usage-based Internet billing.
Members of the public will speak to the motion, including a representative of the group OpenMedia, which has been coordinating a petition against Internet metering.