Following several media interviews about Amherstburg Councillor Simone’s Notice of Motion To Redefine Town Name, I expected Councillor Patricia Simone to readily answer questions on the topic, but she “will review the questions and respond as soon as possible.”
This was her answer after questions were sent on March 16, 2022, a phone message was left and another email was sent asking if there was a good time to call.
what prompted you to bring forward the notice of motion?
why is changing the town’s name “not feasible?” Specifically?
how is it possible that “Amherstburg is an inclusive community that recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all persons to live in a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the worth of each person, allowing them to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community” if the town creates barriers to persons with disabilities? excludes persons with disabilities from decision-making?
did you consult any Indigenous people about your intention to denounce the town’s namesake?
did you consult any legislation about your intention to denounce the town’s namesake?
did you consider your terminology might be perceived to be downplayed?
why did you choose ‘controversial nature of this individual’ and ‘Amherst’s legacy is controversial’ when what actually occurred was atrocities and crime against humanity?