Town of Canmore

Town of Canmore Community Code of Conduct for Social Media Platforms

Interacting with the Town of Canmore on Social Media

This notice has been written to explain how the Town of Canmore interacts with the public on social media platforms. 

Purpose of Social Media

The communications department uses Town of Canmore social media accounts to provide information, highlight the work being done by the Town of Canmore, and direct users to content posted on our website. Social media is also used to provide emergent and time-sensitive information. By following our social media accounts, you can expect to see information about Town of Canmore programs, services, initiatives, and projects in which we are involved.

Town of Canmore social media accounts are not used to collect public input or feedback on initiatives, although social media may be used to promote opportunities to provide feedback. Questions or feedback to Council should be provided through one of the options on Connect with Council and not through our social media accounts. 

Reports of issues with roads, power, water, or infrastructure, should be made through our Contact Us page, and not through social media. 

Town of Canmore may participate in online community group discussions to provide clarity, correct misinformation, and to interact with Canmore residents.

The communications department will read comments and participate in discussions when appropriate. We ask that your comments be relevant and respectful. 

Background

Recognizing there is enough negativity on social media already, we aim to foster a safe and open community across social media platforms, and protect social media users from inappropriate and harmful discourse.

The Town of Canmore is committed to establishing and maintaining a respectful workplace and has a Respectful Workplace Policy. Staff, elected officials, volunteers, contractors, and business partners have a right to a workplace where they are treated fairly and with dignity, respect, and honesty.  Behaviours not in alignment with the Town’s Respectful Workplace Policy will not be tolerated. 

Code of Conduct

We have created a Code of Conduct for Social Media Platforms to help keep a respectful online environment. There are real people behind screens and keyboards reading or even monitoring the Town of Canmore social media accounts and everyone deserves to be treated respectfully.

We welcome:

  • Questions pertaining to the topic
  • Requests for clarification if anything in our content is unclear
  • Engagement with other commenters in a respectful manner
  • Sharing our social media content

We will not tolerate:

  • Harassment of the Town of Canmore staff, Council, or other members of the community. This includes all forms of bullying, name-calling, intimidation, retaliation, sexual harassment, coercion, or humiliation  
  • Intentionally trying to instigate conflict, hostility, or arguments in an online social community
  • Language that is vulgar, aggressive, coarse, violent, obscene, pornographic, or culturally insensitive
  • Discrimination against any other member of the community for any reason such as racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, or insulting messages
  • Perpetuating misinformation including attempts to discredit others by spreading false information
  • Unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations
  • Spam in our comments section
  • Comments or questions that are irrelevant to the post 
  • Leaving comments for the purpose of commercial advertising or self-promotion
  • Rude or abusive comments directed at an individual or an organization
  • Encouragement of illegal activity
  • Messages causing significant emotional distress to any other person
  • Humour that is degrading, offensive, demeaning, embarrassing, or insulting (e.g., gifs, memes)

Any comments that infringe on this Code of Conduct will be subject to removal at the sole discretion of the Town of Canmore communications department. Posts that are unintelligible or irrelevant will be removed. Users who have their comments removed will be notified of the removal and directed to this webpage to help them understand the reason their comment was removed. 

Please help us flag inappropriate comments.

Blocking Users

To prevent continued inappropriate comments, a user may be blocked from the Town of Canmore social media platform after three repeat offenses of the above code of conduct. The user will receive a notification reading "Your comments have repeatedly infringed upon the Town of Canmore's Code of Conduct for social media and this is your final warning. Your next violation will result in being blocked from this page." 

Applicable Town of Canmore Platforms 

Facebook

YouTube

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I report an issue with a road or a service through Facebook? 
The fastest way to get your issue addressed is to report it directly to the department that can help you. There may be clarification or questions they need and you are the best person to provide it to them. Reports of issues with roads, power, or infrastructure, should be made through our Contact Us page, and not through social media.
Doesn’t this code of conduct stifle conversation? 
There are many opportunities for conversation online including community groups. Town of Canmore may participate in those online community group discussions to provide clarity, correct misinformation, and to interact with Canmore residents. The communications department will read comments and participate in discussions when appropriate. We ask that your comments be relevant and respectful.
Why can’t the public express opinions and criticisms on the Town of Canmore Facebook page? 
We welcome questions, requests for clarification, and engagement with other commenters in a respectful manner. There’s a fine line between opinions and potential to perpetuate misinformation and spread false information. What some people consider “expressing their opinion” might feel to others like harassment, bullying, name-calling, insults, intimidation, or retaliation - especially when we see it as intentionally trying to instigate conflict, hostility, or arguments. As well, some people’s opinions have unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations. Recognizing there is enough negativity on social media already, we aim to foster a safe and open community across social media platforms and protect social media users from inappropriate and harmful discourse on our Facebook page. There are many other Facebook groups where free expression of opinions are welcome without any moderation; however, it isn’t welcome on our Facebook page anymore. 
Why have I been blocked from the Town of Canmore Facebook page? 
There are clear criteria above to create shared expectations between Facebook users and the Town of Canmore. Outlining what is acceptable for others to post as comments on our page and what we won’t tolerate, provides consistent and transparent information with clear processes on what happens when this code of conduct isn’t followed. To prevent continued inappropriate comments, a user may be blocked from the Town of Canmore social media platform after three repeat offenses of the above code of conduct. 
Does this mean the Town of Canmore doesn’t want my opinion or feedback? 
We want your feedback to be heard by the right people in the departments that can help you. We have many ways for you to be heard: administration can be reached by phone or email – visit Contact Us to help you find who you need to contact. You can also reach Council with your questions or comments in a variety of ways – visit Connect with Council to find the ways to suit you best. When we’re engaging on projects that need your feedback, we also have www.mycanmore.ca The purpose of this Facebook page isn’t to collect feedback, it is to provide information, highlight the work being done by the Town of Canmore, direct users to content posted on our website, and provide emergent and time-sensitive information.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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