At first glance, you wouldn’t think that a library’s Patron Code of Conduct would stir up justice advocates. But when Kingston Frontenac Public Library introduced their new code in February 2016, a public debate opened about how public spaces and publicly-funded organizations treat those who use their services — even if they are homeless, live on the street, don’t shower regularly or carry their possessions with them.
At a meeting of the Library Board on April 27, the board withdrew its new code. Reports Aric McBay: The Library Board has promised to begin formal consultation as soon as possible. The previous Code of Conduct, which begins with the words “Everyone is welcome at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library,” will remain in place while this happens.
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office was involved in this issue and staffer Tara Kainer gave multiple interviews on the topic:
Here is the letter of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office, one of 100 received by the board: