It’s Pride week in O-Town, and Ottawa’s mayor is calling for action. Jim Watson is urging Trudeau and the federal government to take action ASAP when it comes to conversion therapy in Canada. Although a bill was introduced back in March, it didn’t proceed through Parliament.\nOn Wednesday, August 26, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is expected to give a notice of motion at City Council, urging councillors to denounce the controversial practice.\nWatson is then expected to ask Trudeau and the federal government to reinstate the bill that was introduced back in March, which would ban the practice nationally.\nEditor's Choice: An Ontario Casting Call Will Pay You & Your Friends $700 To Visit Niagara Falls\nThe widely condemned practice aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity through various methods of counselling or medication.\nThose subjected to conversion therapy are often children.\nAccording to CBC News, the mayor will denounce it as “harmful for individuals and to society by promoting myths and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity."\nBill C-8, "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy)," had its first reading in March, but limited Parlimentary action due to COVID-19 prevented the bill from going any further.\nView this post on Instagram Today's annual @prideottawa flag raising event was particularly special and important to me. This past Saturday, I came out as a gay man, and on the same day some individuals discriminated against the 2SLGBTQ+ community during a public event. Although this shows us that there is still work to be done, I am confident in the strength and resilience of our 2SLGBTQ+ community. #HappyPride #Ottawa. A post shared by Jim Watson (@jimwatsonottawa) on Aug 19, 2019 at 1:31pm PDT\nThe original bill proposed five years in prison for anybody offering conversion therapy to people under the age of 18.\nAmong other things, the bill would have made it illegal to take young people outside of Canada for the practice, to give it to somebody against their will, to be paid to provide it, and to advertise it.\nView this post on Instagram Proud to celebrate these firsts: 1st time a Prime Minister & Premier are marching in our @ottawacapitalpride parade! Also proud to have been the 1st sitting Mayor to March in our Pride (1998). Fantastic energy from the tens of thousands of spectators #ottawa #ottawa2017 #pride2017 #prideottawa2017 #capitalprideparade #ottcity #ottpride A post shared by Jim Watson (@jimwatsonottawa) on Aug 27, 2017 at 1:53pm PDT\nIf Watson’s motion is passed on Wednesday, he will contact Trudeau directly to ask for Bill C-8 to be reintroduced "as soon as possible in the upcoming session of Parliament."\nRight now, Parliament is prorogued until September 23, per a request from the prime minister.\nView this post on Instagram The Pride flag is a symbol of hope, solidarity, and diversity for the LGBTQ2 community - and it’s flying at PMO this week, ahead of #GlobalPride, as a symbol of our commitment to build a country where everyone is free to be who they are and love who they love. Happy Pride! 🇨🇦🏳️🌈 Le drapeau de la Fierté est un symbole d’espoir, de solidarité et de diversité pour la communauté LGBTQ2. Cette semaine, il flotte au CPM avant l’événement #GlobalPride, en symbole de notre engagement à bâtir un pays où chacun est libre d’être et d’aimer. Bonne Fierté! A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Jun 23, 2020 at 3:15pm PDT\nAlthough conversion therapy is yet to be banned nationally in Canada, it is illegal already in some regions.\nOntario banned the practice in 2015, and the City of Calgary made a similar move earlier this year. Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Vancouver also have related bans in place.