Netiquette

This page provides for the rules of use governing Councillor Wong-Tam’s online public engagement platform Toronto Centre Projects, which is open to all residents of Ward 13 - Toronto Centre. The maintenance of a calm, respectful climate that promotes participation without constraint is also called for. All individuals are entitled to their opinions and Councillor Wong-Tam wishes to hear all points of view, without discrimination. By expressing themselves on this public consultation platform, users are granting Councillor Wong-Tam the right to reproduce and disseminate, without time limits and without consideration, the proposals, comments, and arguments that they publish.

Councillor Wong-Tam’s Office reserves the right to modify at any time and without notice the rules of use outlined here to ensure that the online consultation proceeds smoothly. You must, therefore, review them regularly.

Rules to be observed

The discussions are public and users can consult the rules without necessarily having an account to access the platform. It is important that users reflect on their proposals, comments, and arguments before they publish them.

The use of all caps in a message is equivalent to shouting. A comment is just as valid and much easier to read if it is written in lowercase letters. Where possible please avoid abbreviations for clarity. 

Texts, photos, videos, and other content published on the platform must observe intellectual property rights such as copyright and trademarks.

Reporting

Should you deem the contents of a proposal, a comment or an argument published on the platform to be inappropriate, for example, hateful or abusive, advertising, and so on, you can report it using the button provided for this purpose.

It should be noted that the availability of moderators to host and monitor the website can vary depending on the period. Moderators are present during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Offensive behaviour

We firmly believe in freedom of speech. However, in order to ensure that the platform can be used in a constructive way by the users, with respect for different opinions and without people having to be afraid to express their opinions or convictions, we do not allow offensive behaviour that harasses, intimidates or uses fear to silence another user.

Accounts and related accounts with which the actions below are performed can be temporarily blocked and/or permanently deleted.

  1. Each account must be unique and linked to an individual.

    Only one account per user. Accounts may not be created by organizations or associations (ie. Tenant, Neighbourhood, or Business Associations). If it is determined that one person has multiple accounts, Councillor Wong-Tam’s Office reserves the right to delete all these accounts. Every user must have reached at least the age of 16 years. An account cannot be transferred to another person.

  2. No promotions or soliciting.

    The platform is intended to increase participation. An account can therefore only be used in that sense. Any use of the account for the sole purpose of enjoying a commercial advantage is prohibited.

  3. No Hate Speech, Bullying, or Demeaning Language.

    Here are some factors that we can take into account when assessing abusive behaviour: whether the main purpose of the reported account is harassing or sending offensive messages to others; whether the reported behaviour is unidirectional or contains threats; whether the reported account encourages others to intimidate another account; and whether the reported account sends intimidating messages to an account from multiple accounts.

  4. Be kind & respectful

    You may not promote violence against other people or directly attack or threaten them on the basis of race, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, philosophical affiliation, age, disability or illness. We also do not allow accounts whose main purpose is to incite others to do harm on the basis of these categories.

  5. Respect everyone's privacy.

    You may not publish or post confidential data and private information of others without their express authorization and consent. These data include, for example, credit card numbers, address details, telephone numbers or data that constitute the personal privacy of a person.

  6. Respect everyone's time. No spam.