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Letter signed by former police board members urges council to change vote

April 3, 2023  By Kate Dubinski, CBC News

Apr. 3, 2023, London, Ont. – Despite a pressure campaign to get city councillors to rethink their appointment to London, Ont.’s police oversight body — including a call from former members to select an Indigenous person to “break the cycle” of systemic racism — local politicians say they won’t change their votes. Last week, eight councillors voted to appoint Ryan Gauss, a Liberal Party staffer and the mayor’s campaign manager in the last election, to the board. Fifty-three other applicants were also in the running. Only Gauss, who is white, and two others received votes — Joe Wabegijig, an Indigenous man, and Zeba Hashmi, a Muslim woman. Hashmi was eliminated after the first round of voting. | READ MORE

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