Op­tions were avail­able for dif­fer­ent NCC process

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

Re: “Choice of new boss for New Cana­di­ans

Cen­tre ques­tioned,” Oct. 11

What Com­mu­nity Race Re­la­tion Com­mit­tee of Peter­bor­ough is talk­ing about is not whether Andy Cragg is or will be com­pe­tent to do the job but rather that sys­tems are set up for peo­ple who look like him to suc­ceed, of­ten at the ex­pense of his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged groups.

We as a com­mu­nity need to do bet­ter and de­mand more of the or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide us ser­vices.

The NCC could have en­gaged in a hir­ing process where they used a spe­cial pro­gram un­der the On­tario Hu­man Rights Code, the pur­pose of which is to “help cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence dis­crim­i­na­tion, eco­nomic hard­ship and dis­ad­van­tage.”

The NCC could have adopted an em­ploy­ment eq­uity per­spec­tive in hir­ing and en­sured that they hired an in­di­vid­ual from one of the four des­ig­nated em­ploy­ment eq­uity groups (women, In­dige­nous peo­ple, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and/or racial­ized per­sons) but in­stead the NCC did not adopt nor in­clude an eq­uity or in­clu­sion lens as part of the hir­ing process and the re­sult is the hir­ing of Cragg.

The NCC’s mis­sion, val­ues and goals are in­con­gru­ous with the hir­ing process that was un­der­taken. No at­tempt was made to en­sure that the in­di­vid­ual at the head of the or­ga­ni­za­tion would be more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­ni­ties that they serve. This is why we are con­cerned and dis­ap­pointed.

This is not a crit­i­cism of Cragg or a de­bate about qual­i­fi­ca­tions — this is about an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is meant to pro­vide ser­vices to some of the most marginal­ized and dis­ad­van­taged groups repli­cat­ing sys­tems of power that pre­vent cer­tain marginal­ized in­di­vid­u­als from ad­vanc­ing into se­nior po­si­tions. Char­maine Magumbe, on be­half of the CRRC board

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