City moves forward with Cardus negotiations, despite concerns from some LGBTQ residents - 2019-09-25
Some of Cardus's past reports gave council pause though. Brad Clark, Ward 9 (upper Stoney Creek) councillor, said he saw some problematic material on the Cardus website, but the reports were varied.
"There is little doubt in my mind that some of Cardus's publications could be interpreted by many as homophobic, Islamophobic and transphobic," he said. "However, there was also many other publications that demonstrated acceptance of Canada's pluralistic, multicultural and religious diverse society."
Like others, Clark said discriminating against the Christian agency could be a human rights violation, and leave the city vulnerable to a lawsuit. And it would mean walking away from an arrangement, said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, that makes economic sense.