With all of the talk in the last week of police being BANNED from Pride Toronto, the conversation was bound to come to Ottawa. Ottawa Pride 2017 returns August 21st – 27th!
It seems that people in Ottawa have an inclusiveness viewpoint when it comes to Pride (see tweet below).
On January 17th, Pride Toronto made the decision to ban the police float from their Pride celebration. This controversial decision was made by the Pride committee, as well as the Black Lives Matter group.
The video below shows reactions to the ban, including one citizen claiming, “An inclusive city needs to include all of our members”.
WATCH VIDEO: Vote on January 17th, banned police officers’ float from 2017’s parade, because of unfair treatment. Police discuss their confusion.
A Black Lives Matter representative claims in the following video, that they are not banning gay, lesbian, transgendered police officers from marching in the parade, but that they will not be able to march in uniform.
WATCH VIDEO: Black Lives Matter protests halted the Toronto Pride Parade, until organizers agreed to sign an agreement, which terms included banning police officers from marching in the parade (in uniform).
Naturally, this discussion was brought to our own Ottawa Pride parade. As of now, the Ottawa police chief believes that such demands would not be carried out in Ottawa. They look forward to participating in the parade year after year.
Matt Skof, head of the police union was quoted saying, “It would be a mistake to exclude a section of our society, just based on the colour of your uniform” (Robertson/Metro, 3).
Police chief, Charles Bordeleau, believes that due to the open dialogue in Ottawa, no such consideration of a police ban will happen here.
- Robertson, Dylan C. “Pride won’t ban police in Ottawa” Metro News [Ottawa] 24 January 2017 Published: 3.
- Sum, David. “Pride Toronto votes to remove police floats, marches from parade” Global News [Toronto] 18 January 2017. Accessed from, “globalnews.ca/news/3188528/pride-toronto-votes-to-remove-police-floats-marches-from-parade/”