Calgary considers conversion therapy ban - 2020-01-17
Calgary could join the growing list of cities banning the practice of conversion therapy with a motion being brought to council next week, which some municipal leaders also hope will spur the Alberta government into action.
Conversion therapy, which aims to change someone's sexual orientation through counselling or religious teachings, is psychologically damaging and needs to be banned, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said. A vote at council is expected in February to ban the practice, with the city contemplating stripping business licences from anyone offering conversion therapy.
"It's the right thing to do," Mr. Nenshi told reporters on Friday. "It is a practice that does extraordinary harm, particularly to vulnerable young people, and it is time to ban it now."