Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre Controversy
HARRC, the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre was imagined in 2015 as a three-year pilot project. It opened its doors in April of 2018 as a partnership between the City of Hamilton, McMaster University, and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI). During a meeting of Council. It was proposed that the City stake over control of the Centre and appoint its own managers.
Researcher ‘shocked’ at city take-over of Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre
DON MITCHELL GLOBAL NEWS
Posted December 11, 2019
The McMaster University professor whose research suggested the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre(HARRC) should run independently from the city says he was shocked when a council committee decided last week to run the agency itself. Ameil Joseph, who presented data in October collected from an online survey posted on the city’s website, says the move is likely not going to sit well with a number of people.
Community will have input after all into setting up the anti-racism resource centre
Councillors tweaked an earlier plan so there’ll be a community panel for the newly revamped centre
Samantha Craggs · CBC News · Posted: Dec 11, 2019
Hamilton city council has reached a “compromise” that will see it setting up the newly revamped anti-racism resource centre, but racialized community members will form a panel to guide it.
Councillors have overturned an earlier decision that would have seen little community involvement in the first year of the new Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC). The city will oversee the centre for six to 12 months until it can be established as an independent entity. A city-hired consultant will also be hired to establish an independent board of directors.
City will hire consultant to help reboot Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre
By Teviah MoroSpectator Reporter
The Hamilton Spectator
Thu., Dec. 12, 2019
The city will hire a consultant to help reboot the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) after the pilot project was put on hold for review nearly a year ago.
Council’s decision Wednesday came after community backlash over a decision last week to have the city “assume full responsibility” of the centre’s interim operation, and select its board and governance model.
That staff recommendation came after months of consultation during which the community was advising against having the city drive the process.