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Alberta seeks public help as it crafts new policies to combat racism

File: Alberta Minister of Education David Eggen. .
File: Alberta Minister of Education David Eggen. . Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press

The Alberta government is looking for more help from the public as it looks for ways to combat racism.

Education Minister David Eggen says the government has launched a new website survey to get information.

Eggen has already been meeting with several community groups to talk about racism after Premier Rachel Notley asked him in July to compile a report.

The survey runs until Sept. 22.

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Eggen says his report this fall will be the springboard for new initiatives or even rules and regulations if need be.

Affirmative action will be explored as part of that work, Eggen indicated.

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“It’s a very important tool that is available to us and there is a review of public work procedures… taking place now,” he said. “In harmony with that… I won’t presuppose my report, but I will have this as a theme in my recommendations.”

John Gaye, with Edmonton’s Africa Centre, says the work is important because visible minorities continue to experience daily discrimination at school and at work.

-With files from Phil Heidenreich