Edmonton councillors ban conversion therapy

EDMONTON — Edmonton councillors passed a bylaw Tuesday to ban conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy is a practice that attempts to chance one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

In April, Ward 4 Coun. Aaron Paquette introduced a motion to ban the “fraudulent” practice. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson called conversion therapy “unprofessional.”

St. Albert and Spruce Grove also banned conversion therapy in 2019; however, the Alberta NDP’s working group created to ban conversion therapy was not supported by the UCP government.

The federal government has promised to ban the practice.