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Submitted By Carl Kennedy on Thursday, September 23, 2021
Covid-19 Respect Policy-Municipality

Good Morning

 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIALETLY

 

At a special meeting of Council held on September 21, 2021 at 3:00pm the attached R-Zone Policy was adopted.

 

Background :

 

Given the enforcement actions that the Municipality is legislated to take in respect to the proof of vaccination and the ever-changing social environment RFM Crouse fells that it is incredibly important to relook at the policy to ensure the safety of our facility staff, volunteers and to encourage safe recreation.

 

 

The Corporation of the Municipality of South Bruce (the Municipality) is committed to fostering an environment where there is Respect for yourself; Respect for others; and Responsibility

for your actions. The Municipality discourages any form of inappropriate behavior at all Municipal recreational programs, facilities, parks and trails, in written or verbal communications

(including email or phone), or at any other location where Municipal staff are present.

 

The purpose of this policy is to promote a positive, safe and supportive environment for all members of the public and staff. In addition, this policy will encourage respect, commitment and considerate relationships between the Municipality and members of the public. The Municipality of South Bruce recreational programs, facilities, parks and trails exist to provide residents with opportunities to participate in sport and recreational activities.

 

The Municipality has many community-based programs that are managed and operated by volunteers. These community-minded citizens contribute greatly to the quality of life in South Bruce. The Municipality endeavors to ensure that they too, have the ability to volunteer in a safe and positive environment.

 

Included in this commitment is an understanding that organizations and the general public using the Municipality of South Bruce property, facilities, and programs must take primary responsibility for the behavior of all associated with them: participants, officials, spectators, patrons, parents, etc.

 

This policy attached outlines the measures and enforcement steps to be taken in order to address inappropriate behavior.

 

 

If you could please share this with your membership that would be greatly appreciated .

 

 

Municipality of South Bruce LogoShawnette Duvall- Crouse  | Manager of Recreation & Facilities

                    Municipality of South Bruce

                    T: 519-392-6623 | C: 519-881-7003| [email protected]

Rzone Policy - Respect & Responsibility
PURPOSE:
The Corporation of the Municipality of South Bruce (the Municipality) is committed to fostering an environment where there is Respect for yourself; Respect for others; and Responsibility
for your actions. The Municipality discourages any form of inappropriate behaviour at all Municipal recreational programs, facilities, parks and trails, in written or verbal communications
(including email or phone), or at any other location where Municipal staff are present.
The purpose of this policy is to promote a positive, safe and supportive environment for
all members of the public and staff. In addition, this policy will encourage respect,
commitment and considerate relationships between the Municipality and members of the
public. The Municipality of South Bruce recreational programs, facilities, parks and trails exist
to provide residents with opportunities to participate in sport and recreational activities.
The Municipality has many community-based programs that are managed and operated by
volunteers. These community-minded citizens contribute greatly to the quality of life in
South Bruce. The Municipality endeavours to ensure that they too, have the ability to volunteer
in a safe and positive environment.
Included in this commitment is an understanding that organizations and the general
public using the Municipality of South Bruce property, facilities, and programs must take primary
responsibility for the behaviour of all associated with them: participants, officials,
spectators, patrons, parents, etc.
This policy outlines the measures and enforcement steps to be taken in order to address
inappropriate behaviour.
Definitions:
For the purpose of this policy, “vandalism” is defined as the malicious, willful, and
deliberate destruction, damage or defacing of property. “Lewd, illegal or offensive
materials” would include pornography, violent acts, indecency, hate, illegal gambling,
profanity and material with text or imagery that has explicit or malicious intent.

POLICY:
This Policy applies to all Municipality of South Bruce property, facilities, and programs and to all
patrons and guests as well as activities that are structured (ie. permit issued) and
unstructured (ie. no permit issued).
No form of vandalism, violence or indecency, including viewing, producing or exhibiting
lewd, illegal or offensive materials is acceptable on properties, or in facilities.
Staff is not expected to put themselves at risk or jeopardize anyone’s safety when
dealing with any real or perceived situation. If at any time staff feels threatened, they are
to call the OPP (police) for assistance. Inappropriate behaviour or
actions for the purpose of this policy includes, but is not limited to, the following
behaviours:
a. Aggressive or intimidating approaches to another individual (verbal assault)
b. Threats
c. Attempts to goad or incite anger in others
d. Throwing of articles in a deliberate or aggressive manner
e. Physical striking of another individual
f. Theft of property
g. Possession of weapons
h. Illegal consumption of alcohol or drugs
i. Contravention of Municipal by-laws, policies, or procedures
j. Vandalism: the deliberate destruction, damage or defacing of property owned or
leased through the Town
k. Harassment: “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is
known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome” as defined by the
Ontario Human Rights Code or under Bill 168.
If the nature of an issue is known in advance to be contentious (at a meeting, event, or
any other location where Municipal staff is present) staff is to alert the police. Depending on
the nature of the issue, staff may request the attendance of the police.
This procedure is designed to provide members of the public and staff with a positive
approach to promoting appropriate behaviour and actions.

PROCEDURE:
Reporting an incident – where staff has witnessed an incident
When instances of inappropriate behavior or actions occur, staff shall act in the
following manner:
1. Report acts of inappropriate behavior to the most senior staff person present at
the incident.
2. Without jeopardizing anyone’s safety, advise the identified individual(s) to stop
the activity immediately or they will be asked to leave (“verbal warning”).
3. If the individual(s) does not co-operate, inform the individual(s) that they are now
trespassing and the police will be called.
4. If the individual(s) refuses to leave, do not engage in an argument or physical
confrontation, call the police, and wait for them to arrive while ensuring that you
and any others in jeopardy, are in a safe location.
5. Prepare a Rzone Incident Report (Appendix A) on all incidents addressed in this
policy.
Reporting an incident – where staff is receiving inappropriate written or verbal
communication. When instances of inappropriate behaviour or actions occur, staff
shall act in the following manner:
1. Report acts of inappropriate behavior to the department head or designate within
24 hours of inappropriate written or verbal communication.
2. Advise the individual to stop the inappropriate activity immediately or you will end
the communication.
3. If the individual does not co-operate, inform the individual that you are ending the
communication, and do not reply to any further attempts made by the individual
to contact you.
4. Prepare a Rzone Incident Report (Appendix A) on all incidents addressed in this
policy.
Reporting an incident – where staff has not witnessed an incident being reported.
When instances of inappropriate behaviour or actions are reported to staff, staff
shall act in the following manner:
1. Report any act(s) of inappropriate behavior to the department head or designate
within 24 hours of the incident being reported.
2. Prepare a Rzone Incident Report (Appendix A) on all incidents addressed in this
policy.
Members of the public are to report acts of inappropriate behavior to a Municipal staff
member within 24 hours of the incident.
The Municipalities primary concern is the safety of staff and members of the public. If at any
time staff or members of the public feel personally threatened, they are to call the police
immediately. It is NOT the expectation that staff or members of the public put themselves at risk or jeopardize anyone’s safety when dealing with any perceived or real
situation.
OPP
Emergency Contact: 911
Reporting Process and Who will be Notified
1. Staff shall fill out a Rzone Incident Report (Appendix A) within 24 hours of the
incident.
2. A copy of the Rzone Incident Report should be forwarded to the department
head or his/her designate within 48 hours of the incident.
3. The department head or his/her designate should provide notice to the identified
individual of action to be taken, within 14 days of the incident.
4. Appropriate staff will be notified of any individual(s) who has been subject to
remedial action under this policy as well as the action taken.
5. The Department will keep the original RZone Incident Report on file.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
1. Individuals who engage in any inappropriate behaviour, as defined in this
procedure, may, depending on the severity, be removed immediately from the
premises. A “Letter of Warning” (Appendix C) may be sent to an individual
advising them of appropriate behavior. If necessary, a “Letter of Trespass”
(Appendix D) will be sent to the individual(s). Length of the ban will be
determined by the department head or designate, and will depend on the severity
of the situation. Enforcement guidelines are referenced in Appendix B.
2. In addition to any other measures taken, where any damage to Municipal property
has occurred, the individual(s) responsible will be required to reimburse the Municipality
for all costs associated with any repairs, an administration fee, as well as any lost
revenues or where appropriate, be required to repair the damage.
Appeal Process
1. If an individual wishes to appeal any action taken by the Municipality, the individual may
present their case in writing, to the RAC Committee, within 14 days of the decision. A $200 fee must accompany all appeals (refundable upon successful appeal).
2. The appeal will be reviewed by the CAO , Recreation and Facilities Manager along with the appointed Members of the Committee, and any decision made is final.
Definitions
Notice – where there has been a violation of this procedure, a letter may be issued to
the identified individual providing details of the specific behaviour that is not tolerated
and any Action To Be Taken.
Action To Be Taken – depending on the severity of the incident
a. A “Letter of Warning” (Appendix C) may be issued to the identified individual for
any behaviour that is in violation of this policy.
b. For incidents where behavior is grossly inappropriate or threatening to another
member of the pubic or staff or for repeated incidents, a “Letter of Trespass”
(Appendix D) may be issued to the identified individual indicating that further
participation is no longer welcome. A temporary or permanent ban is to be
determined by the Manager.
Responsibilities
1. Staff and participants are responsible for behaving and acting in a manner that
respects the rights of others in order to promote an environment that can be
enjoyed by all.
2. The Municipality shall work in partnership with the Community to ensure everyone has
the opportunity to enjoy a respectful and positive environment.
3. Training and education by the Municipality of South Bruce will be provided to staff to
support the procedure.
4. Each Municipal Department is responsible for monitoring violations of this policy and
following up with appropriate staff as necessary.

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