City of St. Catharines stands by calendar decision

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The city of St. Catharines is standing by a decision on charity calendars featuring topless men.

Officials say their recent decision, which was supported by the senior leadership team, states that city resources will no longer be used in the creation and promotion of a calendar by the St. Catharines Fire Combat Team for charity if the firefighters are partially undressed.

“The City would like to emphasize this decision is not about charity, it’s about respect and dignity in the workplace and workplace culture,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer David Oakes. “As a corporation, the City continues to evolve and to re-evaluate policies and procedures to ensure they support efforts to be an inclusive workplace where employees and citizens have the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Officials say a calendar depicting males or females partially undressed is not permitted in the workplace, and to ensure there are no contradictions they will no longer promote or support the publication of photographs of partially undressed employees in their professional capacity or using City resources. 

“This decision does not mean the St. Catharines Combat Team can no longer create a calendar,” said Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “It means the City will not allow the use of City resources, equipment, uniforms, logos to be used in the production of the calendar in its current format. We remain hopeful, however, that this annual fundraiser can be re-envisioned in a manner that Fire Services and the City can support.”
 

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