Aug 31, 2016

By Andy Johnson

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Pride Toronto will launch a dispute-resolution process to address demands that it ban police participation from next year’s parade.

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Pride held the first of two town hall meetings last night, ostensibly to solicit membership feedback on the organization’s first Pride Month and to make future festivals more safe and inclusive.

At the centre of the controversy is Black Lives Matter Toronto, a movement fighting anti-black racism that Pride chose as its honoured group for 2016.  BLM Toronto interrupted the pride parade, demanded the ban on police floats and booths at future parades and only allowed the parade to proceed after reaching an agreement with then Pride Executive Director Matheiu Chantelois.

The dispute-resolution process promises to be a complex procedure that involves mediation and third-party arbitration.


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