PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - Port Coquitlam is ready to put the fight against bullying on its books.
The Metro Vancouver suburb is supporting an initiative that calls for creation and passage of B.C.'s first-ever anti-bullying bylaw, imposing fines on bullies that would be rescinded if the offender participates in remedial programs.
The proposed bylaw is included in a community program unveiled in the city that was home to 15-year-old Amanda Todd before she committed suicide last month after enduring years of online stalking and schoolyard bullying.
Program founder and Port Coquitlam businessman Gary Mauris says the plan includes business and community leaders, as well as youth groups, RCMP, school district officials and the Kids Help Phone.
The name of the "Be Someone" campaign comes from a slide in Todd's final video plea which stated, "I have nobody, I need someone."
Mauris said he realized that all Canadians can be "someone," so he created a program that can be picked up nationwide to teach that turning a blind eye to bullying is no longer tolerable.