flyers with a new bylaw that would ban the delivery of uncensored
images of fetuses.
The motion, brought forward by Ward 2 Coun. Jennifer Wyness, would
require anti-abortion flyers that have images of a fetus to cover
those images with adhesives or an envelope, and to include a viewer
The steps would prevent people from inadvertently seeing an image of
a fetus - something that has been described as traumatizing by those
who have suffered miscarriages or gone through an abortion.
Wyness said she's heard from many residents who have had their young
children inadvertently find the flyers in their mailbox.
"This traumatizes the children and many, many months go by of
nightmares, and I've heard from many community members story after
story about this," said Wyness.
She said these images are too graphic for television, and they're too
graphic to be posted on social media without a warning, so she wants
the same for citizens' mailboxes.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek described her own experience with encountering
the flyers. "It is incredibly traumatizing," she said. "I've had this
dropped into my mailbox after a miscarriage and that is not something
I wish for other people." Gondek said she isn't worried that the
bylaw is too targeted. She said the city has to start somewhere, and
they are starting here.
"If you want to make an argument, you can go ahead and make it. You
can be pro-life all daylong, but we don't need to see your graphic
Several councillors commended Wyness for attempting to address the
problem, and for bearing the expected attack from critics.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Wyness's motion does not specify any fines or punishments for
breaking the proposed bylaw but does leave the door open for the
Administration has been directed to report back to council by the end
of June 2023 with a proposed bylaw.
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