May 08, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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While the mayor maintains the city continue ”full funding” for Pride Toronto, the feeling on city council is not unanimous.

John Tory points out Police Chief Mark Saunders and Pride Toronto’s executive director Olivia Nuamah are engaged in ”constructive discussions” about underlying issues and that both sides have indicated withdrawing the $260,000 grant would not  be ”helpful in finding a resolution.”
Nuamah, who addressed Monday’s Economic Development Committee meeting to ask for the city’s continued financial support, says police have agreed to ”take a step back” from this year’s parade while the organization has discussions about the police service’s future participation.
City councillor John Campbell told Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with Libby Znaimer why he feels the funding should be withheld.
”I don’t feel that they (Pride) are worthy of getting it at this particular point in time unless they show some flexibility and makes changes with respect to their position on the police.”
Pride Toronto has said officers are welcome to this year’s parade so long as they appeared as civilians, not in uniform.
Meanwhile, Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack says he does not understand why a solution can’t be found before this year’s parade.
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