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Council opts to rename members

While the decision was made to change the title of alderman to the more gender-neutral term councillor yesterday, two of three female aldermen voted against the name change.

While the decision was made to change the title of alderman to the more gender-neutral term councillor yesterday, two of three female aldermen voted against the name change.

Ald. Druh Farrell argued changing the title has little impact and more fundamental changes need to be made.

“I think the issue goes far, far deeper, and yet we’re just scratching the surface,” she said. “And the worry is now that we’re done this decision, we’re done.”

Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart echoed Farrell’s sentiments.

“Nothing really changes with a title change. I’m happy with alderman,” she said.

On the other hand, rookie Ald. Gael MacLeod said she was “ecstatic” about the change.

“I think it’s important because it sends a message that we are an inclusive city and … titles do matter. They may be symbolic to some but they do make a difference,” said MacLeod. “This is a historic moment and we should all feel good about this.”

 
 
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