Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Mayor Stands by Councillor Who Heads City's Police Board

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Mayor Stands by Councillor Who Heads City's Police Board

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Winnipeg mayor stands by councillor

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WINNIPEG - Members of the indigenous community have expressed concern about a Winnipeg councillor's role as chairman of the city's police board after a comment he made about sensitivity training on residential schools.

Jeff Browaty spoke out this week against the half-day training initiative for city workers, saying they could better spend their time filling potholes and cutting grass.

Browaty later apologized for his comments.

Mayor Brian Bowman said Friday in a statement the city's Indigenous Advisory Circle questioned whether Browaty's views "are in keeping with the philosophy of the Winnipeg Police Service" and asked if he should continue as chair.

However, the mayor, who has accepted Browaty's public apology, said that he will stay on in the role.

The Indigenous Advisory Circle advised Browaty to meet with elders and discuss the impact his words have had on reconciliation efforts and the community. …

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