– The City and County of Edmonton have been fined for using park seo in a campaign promoting a local business, the Alberta Human Rights Commission said Monday.
The Edmonton City Council approved the $25 a day fine Monday.
City Council members said they believe the seo promotion campaign was “a direct result of City of Alberta policies,” which mandate that city-managed parks be accessible to all citizens.
The commission also said the campaign violated municipal bylaws, including those that prohibit “public and commercial advertising.”
“The City’s use of seo to promote City business was in clear violation of City and Provincial By-laws,” said commission chair Susan Johnson.
“This violation has resulted in an administrative penalty of $25 per day.”
The council also unanimously voted to fine the city $1,000 a day for each day the seos use.
The Alberta Human Right Commission is a provincial agency that enforces provincial human rights law.
It investigates complaints and issues fines to businesses and individuals who violate human rights, including discrimination, discrimination based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and citizenship.