Ottawa's latest initiative aims to put an end to conversion therapy in Canada. One city councillor's support for banning the practice has resulted in some messages defending it. Now they have a statement of their own for all of those people.\nCatherine McKenney, who has been spearheading a motion to ban conversion therapy with Mayor Jim Watson, has apparently heard from individuals claiming that the practice is not that bad.\nIn response, McKenney had a strong message to share.\nEditor's Choice: Today's Raptors Game Set To Be Cancelled As Teams Boycott The Playoffs\n"For everyone sending me messages today explaining why conversion therapy is really ok ... read the f’ing room!" they wrote in an August 26 tweet.\nThe largely condemned and discredited practice aims to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity through medication or counseling.\nMckenney even had to get into it with someone replying to an earlier message on their timeline.\nThe user suggested the city council should just focus on their own jurisdictions and included a photo of construction materials.\n"Conversion therapy can lead to suicide other serious mental health issues Jerry," Mckenney responded, "Let’s try to show some compassion. There lots of time to pick up traffic cones."\nFor everyone sending me messages today explaining why conversion therapy is really ok ... read the f’ing room!— Catherine McKenney (@cmckenney) August 26, 2020\nThe councillor, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns "they" and "them," is no stranger to dealing with negativity.\nLast year, they shared a hateful email they had received on Twitter, using it as an example of the things the LGBTQ+ community still has to deal with.\n"Just in case anyone thinks there isn’t more work to do, especially for queer youth & others struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity....an email I received to my City account," McKenney wrote, "Hug a queer kid today! #LGBTQ2S"\nConversion therapy can lead to suicide other serious mental health issues Jerry. Let’s try to show some compassion. There lots of time to pick up traffic cones.— Catherine McKenney (@cmckenney) August 26, 2020\nOttawa Citizen reporter Jon Willing noted in a tweet that the City Council likely can't write legislation to ban conversion therapy.\nHowever, Mayor Watson will introduce a motion to denounce the practice, which will be examined at the next City Council meeting in September.\nHe has also urged the prime minister to reinstate a bill from March that would completely ban conversion therapy throughout Canada.\nThe bill, which would have criminalized the practice, could not move forward due to limited parliamentary action this year.