Pride Toronto moves closer to grant

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - PAOLA LORIGGIO

TORONTO — Canada’s largest Pride pa­rade is one step closer to se­cur­ing mu­nic­i­pal fund­ing that has been threat­ened by a de­ci­sion to ban uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers from the an­nual event.

Pride Toronto has sparked con­tro­versy ever since a de­ci­sion early this year to ban po­lice floats from the colour­ful sum­mer pa­rade.

On Mon­day, a com­mit­tee at Toronto City Hall rec­om­mended up­hold­ing a $260,000 an­nual grant to the event af­ter a pe­ti­tion from Olivia Nuamah, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Pride Toronto. A fi­nal rul­ing on the fate of the grant will come in a few weeks at the city’s monthly coun­cil meeting.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has ex­pressed his sup­port for the fund­ing, say­ing cut­ting the grant would not help re­solve the con­tro­versy around the pa­rade.

Ear­lier this year, a Toronto city coun­cil­lor called for the grant to be re­voked over Pride Toronto’s de­ci­sion to ban po­lice floats, say­ing the event had be­come ex­clu­sion­ary.

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