The Truth

Our grassroots initiative to restore equality to public places has not been without its challenges. In addition to a dismissive and antagonistic Town Council, there has been opposition from others within the community and from outside. This has given rise to misinformation regarding the Neutrality Team, what we’re trying to do, and what the proposed bylaw really means. Here we dispel the myths, counter opposing arguments, and just tell the truth.


  • Mission Accomplished!
    1 year after Westlock Town Council dismissed citizen concerns and violated public neutrality… 11 months since a grassroots movement began petitioning to reverse their actions… 7 months after a successful petition forced Council to draft a bylaw they didn’t want to make… 5 months since they did everything in their power to influence the vote… Read more: Mission Accomplished!
  • Thank You, Westlock!
    An announcement from Stephanie Bakker… Thank you, Westlock! You came out to vote on February 22 and sent a clear message to our Mayor and Council with a successful YES result!  Thank you to every citizen of Westlock that came out and exercised their democratic right to vote. And thank you to everyone who signed… Read more: Thank You, Westlock!
  • TRUTH: Westlock Town Council’s Latest Misinformation Campaign
    “In for a penny, in for a pound” appears to be Westlock Town Council’s new motto. They continue to use municipal resources to push how they want you to vote in the upcoming plebiscite. The severity of their bias is astonishing; they’re not even trying to hide the ball. Perhaps they’re overconfident and believe there’ll… Read more: TRUTH: Westlock Town Council’s Latest Misinformation Campaign
  • TRUTH: Council Doesn’t Tell You What to Do
    It’s ironic how Westlock’s mayor and councillors are doing everything in their power to tell us to vote no on a bylaw that’s seeking neutrality and impartiality from our mayor and councillors! They are going all out in openly attacking the plebiscite that will decide its fate.  They’ve each committed spreading their message by any… Read more: TRUTH: Council Doesn’t Tell You What to Do
  • TRUTH: Equality vs Equity
    Stephanie Bakker Across Canada, from the Prime Minister down to the Mayor of our little town, we have seen the rapid spread of the idea that some Canadians should receive preferential treatment. “Equal under the law” isn’t enough. Some, apparently, must be promoted above others. This is the idea of “equity”. As Interim Mayor Jamaly… Read more: TRUTH: Equality vs Equity
  • TRUTH: It’s Not About the Pride Community
    A constant lie regarding Westlock’s proposed Neutrality bylaw is the claim that it’s targeting the Pride community.  This is not true, but that hasn’t stopped our own Town Council from joining in on the accusations.  Rather than remain impartial, they’ve worked to reinforce this fiction. During their regular meeting on January 22, Town Council ratified… Read more: TRUTH: It’s Not About the Pride Community
  • TRUTH: Westlock is Not Alone
    Some have noted that there is no other municipality in Alberta proposing a Neutrality bylaw like the Town of Westlock is. This observation has been used to somehow suggest that it’s therefore a bad thing that should be voted down. Whether or not this is a first for Alberta, crosswalk and flag policies already exist… Read more: TRUTH: Westlock is Not Alone
  • Vote ‘YES’: A Message from Stephanie Bakker
    A transcript of a message from Stephanie Bakker, lead of the Westlock Neutrality Team. Across Canada, from the Prime Minister down to the Mayor of our little town, we have seen the rapid spread of the idea that some Canadians should receive preferential treatment. “Equal under the law” isn’t enough. Some, apparently, must be promoted… Read more: Vote ‘YES’: A Message from Stephanie Bakker