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Vancouver (B.C.). Equal Employment Opportunity Office
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Dates of existence
On July 12, 1975, Council resolved to strike a special committee to design and oversee an Equal Employment Opportunity Program (EEO) to encourage the recruitment of women, racial minorities and the physically handicapped. In May of 1977, the EEO Committee presented a report recommending the creation of a salaried, full-time EEO Officer. In September of that year an Officer was appointed, reporting to the City Manager; however, in February 1979 Council rescinded the appointment and delegated responsibility to carry out the principles of the program to the City Manager. On July 12, 1982, a Coordinator was hired for a ten-month period to make recommendations on reinstituting and implementing an EEO Program within the Office of City Manager. The result was a series of Departmental Action Plans on Equal Employment Opportunity which were approved by Council beginning in January, 1984. In 1986 Council reaffirmed and expanded the EEO program's mandate to include the establishment of career counselling programs, and the following year the EEO Office's Kingswood Management Training Program for senior managers was introduced. This was followed in 1989 by the establishment of the Hastings Institute, a program designed to respond to requests for training on employment equity and multiculturalism throughout the province. In 1996 the Office began publishing its EEO Newsletter, which shared information about the program with City employees and community agencies.
On October 8th, 1991, City Council approved the creation of a Safer City Task Force. The major mandate of the Task Force was to recommend actions and strategies that Council may undertake to make Vancouver a safer place to live. The Task Force identified 3 areas of concerns. They were urban design, campus violence and domestic violence. In order to get inputs from the public, the Task Force conducted public meetings and community forums. The Safer City Task Force in its final report to Council in June of 1993 outlined several recommendations for City departments to implement to make Vancouver safe.