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Toronto police won’t participate in Pride Parade

CityNews | posted Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

Toronto police won’t participate in the Pride Parade, Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement Friday morning.

Saunders said the decision was made in order to try to let the current rift within the LGBTQ community to heal.

Saunders said the police will continue to work to ensure a continuing respectful relationship with that community, which includes continuing to host a Pride reception.

There have been calls from Pride Parade officials to not allow police to take part in Pride activities. Earlier this week, Halifax police said they would not be participating in that city’s parade.

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Toronto’s Pride parade last summer was interrupted by a protest from Black Lives Matter and only resumed when Pride Toronto’s then-executive director Matthieu Chantelois signed a list of demands put forth by the group that included a ban on police floats in future parades.

Chantelois later said he only agreed to the demands in order to get the parade moving again.

With files from The Canadian Press

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