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City may double Pride Toronto funding for 2014 WorldPride


City may double Pride Toronto funding for 2014 WorldPride

An additional $140,000 is included as part of proposed budget
When Toronto City Council passes its new budget in January, councillors may also be approving a big funding boost for WorldPride in 2014, Councillor Shelley Carroll confirms.
Carroll says the current proposed budget includes an additional $140,000 for Pride Toronto (PT) on top of the $140,000 the organization received last year from city council under its Major Cultural Organizations program. 
The Toronto budget committee heard from citizens on Dec 2 and Dec 3 as it debated its $9.6 billion operating budget and $18.6 billion capital budget. No one deputed about funding for WorldPride.  
“If this budget is adopted, [the funding] is adopted, too,” Carroll says. 
PT executive director Kevin Beaulieu says he’s thrilled. “The city is going to be a key partner in making sure that visitors feel welcome and WorldPride is a success in 2014." 
Beaulieu first appeared before the economic development committee in September to request the extra funding and support. He explained to committee members that PT secured the international 10-day festival through a bidding process in 2009 — and that PT will host WorldPride in place of the city’s usual Pride festivities. 
Beaulieu also told the committee that WorldPride has the potential to be the largest event Toronto has ever hosted and the city’s investment would have a massive impact on the local and provincial economy.
“The amount that the economic development committee asked for is exactly what they are going to get,” says Carroll, who sits on the committee. “This is a global event that we as a city bid on, and we want to see it a success.”
Carroll also notes that the new funding doesn’t replace the $250,000 of in-kind services — such as police, garbage and street cleaning — that PT also receives each year. 
The additional city funds are needed for the many planned educational, artistic and cultural elements of WorldPride, such as opening and closing ceremonies, fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square, a human rights conference, a licensed venue at Allan Gardens with comedy, cabaret and artistic displays, citywide rainbow street markings, TTC branding and a new website. 
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says there is widespread support for WorldPride among councillors at city hall.  
“We have been working hard to ensure Pride gets the resources that it needs to hold this very important event, whose success is largely the city’s success,” she says. “When you look at the other major cultural organizations, Pride actually receives quite little.”
Beaulieu didn’t ask for a specific amount at the September meeting, but he says he was hoping for approximately double the city’s typical commitment of $140,000. The budget for WorldPride is $4.5 million, he says.
“We asked for support for various elements and components of the festival,” he says. “We didn’t put a price tag on it.”
Beaulieu says he estimates the funding for the opening ceremony alone will likely be in the range of $100,000.
A 2013 Pride Toronto economic impact study estimates that Pride brings in an additional $286 million in direct spending to Toronto each year. “WorldPride will bring a considerable return on investment,” Beaulieu says.
Wong-Tam suggests PT use some of the funds to help bring Pride to neighbourhoods all across the GTA.
“We know that there are small community groups across the city that want to host localized WorldPride events,” she says. “Pride Toronto does not have to go to every single community to do this. Knowing they’re in good financial standing right now, this is an opportunity to go off and support those communities with small financial contributions. Many of these groups can stretch a dime into a dollar.” 
The economic and development committee voted unanimously in September to commission a report from the city’s general manager of economic development and culture. The report was supposed to include a financial plan to address “outstanding needs” for WorldPride.
Carroll says that doesn’t appear to have happened.
“I don’t think they proceeded with the report,” she says. “The motion for the report was moved at the time . . . [but] the funding was never contingent on the report anyway.”


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Boycott Toronto Pride 2014
Criminalizing HIV makes you unworthy for any LGBT event
Criminalizing HIV, corrupt police, corrupt not for profit agencies, the lack of a real activist spirit, homophobia internalized from a large number of newcomers, and Canada's history with critics of healthcare, politics, education, and society make Canada the worst place to host any represent the LGBT or just freedom loving countries. Sad sack Canada! Canada is not a democratic country why host a progressive sham.
Will we have a reason to be proud of pride this year?
maybe with a bigger budget they can afford to clothe everyone in the parade this year lmfao sooooo nasty....its good u love ur bodies folks but no need to traumatize other people Being gay doesnt mean u have to push everything to the extreme...def doesnt get anyone closer to equality and equal treatment. I just wish they could make the parade something to be proud instead of making it look like all homosexuals r over the top perverts. It worries me sometimes to be labeled as part of the "gay community"....id rather just be a part of "the community" in its entirety. Not sub categorized. Just try to make this years parade more about celebrating the fact that its ok to be gay and we are amazing people too instead of it being all about sex and bodies. I would like to be #proudofpride!
How disgusting it is that you
How disgusting it is that you judge people on appearance in your community. Ya it would be amazing to be part of "the community" but we aren't totally accepted. The reason to pride is to fight for our right to be gay and express ourselves. Do you remember the bath house raids? stonewall? Though I don't express myself by getting down to my knickers and sparkling up my chest, I applaud those who do. We have been forced to feel ashamed for too long. We have been forced to hide for too long. For some people even here in Canada this is the only day in the year they are truly free. Let's not shame them of that?
If we didn’t “judge,” we wouldn’t be gay
If we didn't judge by appearances, we would truly be shallow, to paraphrase Wilde. We'd also be heterosexual, because we would bar ourselves from judging whom we’re attracted to. What you're shouting about puts us down a much slipperier slope than mere complaining about guys in “knickers,” which nobody wears in Canada in the first place.
How much goes to the QuAIA-controlled human rights conference?
I wonder how much taxpayer money from the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario will go towards the QuAIA-controlled "human rights conference" at World Pride 2014. The conference is co-chaired by QuAIA supporter Doug Kerr, who has already shown that the conference will be about unjustly libeling and bashing Israel, while ignoring the horrendous human rights violations of Israel's enemies.
If the shoe fits...
a·part·heid (-pärtht, -ht) n. 1. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. 2. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups. 3. The condition of being separated from others; segregation.
But does the shoe fit?
This is the question raised in a recent Application to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal I launched.

Is it fair or reasoned to describe Israel in this way? Is it racist? Does it belong in a Pride mandate that only says, "fun festival".

The Tribunal has yet to set a date for a hearing, hopefully its before June. I've declined mediation to make it ASAP.

Israel is Not an Apartheid State

As noted by The Jewish Federations of North America,

  • The accusation that Israel is an apartheid state is factually and morally incorrect. Those making this claim seek only to isolate and demonize Israel from the family of nations and undermine the right of the Jewish people, like all other peoples, to national independence in a homeland.
  • Apartheid-era South Africa was a state-sanctioned system of racial separation and discrimination which dominated nearly every aspect of daily life between 1948 and 1994. This is not the case in Israel, where there is one law for all citizens and minorities have full political rights. These rights are enshrined in Israel’s legal system, including its founding document – the Declaration of Independence.
  • Israel, like every other liberal democracy, faces challenges in ensuring fair and equitable treatment of its minority citizens. Nevertheless, Israel’s track record compares favorably with other pluralistic democracies, especially when considering how precarious and vulnerable the state was for much of its existence. Freedoms, such as freedom of press, speech and religion, are centerpieces of Israeli law.
  • Israeli citizens, regardless of race, religion, or nationality, have the ability to challenge their government’s actions. A petition may be brought before the Supreme Court’s High Court of Justice, which has previously allowed citizens to successfully challenge government actions and policies, including operations of the Israel Defense Forces.
  • The situation in the West Bank and Gaza is not comparable and must be viewed within the context of the ongoing conflict. Check points, security roads, identification cards and security barriers separate Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza from Israel’s citizens, providing physical security from the threat of attacks. A balance is required to ensure security for Israelis while working to ease pressure on Palestinians. This issue is constantly debated in Israel, and the High Court has heard many Palestinian submissions. Rather than misusing the concept of apartheid, critics should look for means to work with people of goodwill on both sides to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution.
  • Israel today is a pluralistic and democratic society, which provides it with a method of self-correction. Israelis have a range of views on the conflict and critics should build bridges with those that seek peace. Those promoting the apartheid allegation are simply exploiting this term to tell an anti-Israel story that undermines Israel’s right to exist by falsely equating Israel to racist and genocidal regimes.