Pride Toronto moves closer to grant
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.