Regina city councillor Terina Shaw steps down from safety and well-being committee

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Terina Shaw, councillor for Ward 7 for the city of Regina, has officially withdrawn from her position as a director on the safety and well-being committee.

“I have come to the realization that my presence on the committee could be a distraction to the work that it will be doing,” Shaw said in a press release.

“A question made by me has been misconstrued and in no way reflects my views regarding the important issues that the committee will be addressing.”

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The decision comes after Shaw faced backlash for her comments at meetings earlier this year. A number of Regina residents filed complaints against Shaw due to allegedly racist comments she made at prior city meetings relating to homelessness.

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Most notable are her remarks from June 15, when Shaw claimed there will be Indigenous people who would always prefer to be homeless.

The committee is a part of the city’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which outlines a multi-year strategy to improve the safety and well-being of Regina residents.

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“I remain committed to improving the safety and well-being of the residents of Ward 7,” Shaw said. “I will also double my efforts of re-building relationships with members of the community so that we can work together in creating the best that Regina can be.”

Shaw was first elected to represent Ward 7 in the 2020 municipal election.

City council approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan in December, which focuses on domestic violence and intimate partner violence, food insecurity, substance use, racism and discrimination, and safety and service systems.

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