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    1. Black Lives Matter, Vancouver police strike Pride parade deal

      Daily Brew via Yahoo Canada NewsJul 27 09:30 AM

      A compromise has been struck between Black Lives Matter members and Vancouver police just days before the Pride parade — avoiding a protest that temporarily halted the parade in Toronto earlier this month. Uniformed officers will now participate in the July 31 parade, after the Vancouver Police Department agreed not to drive its armoured rescue vehicle in the parade. “This year, our sworn and ...

    2. How Black Lives Matter used Toronto's gay pride parade to make a statement

      Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! NewsJul 04 08:02 AM

      In at least two US cities, Black Lives Matter groups refused to participate in annual gay pride parades as the movement used these events to get across its own political messages. Black Lives Matter Toronto, which had been invited to participate in the parade as an "honored group," stopped its float and marchers, saying they would not move until Pride Toronto agreed to meet a list of demands.

    3. BLM activists staged a sit-in at the parade to protest Pride Toronto's 'anti-blackness,' less than two weeks after pulling out of San Francisco's parade

    4. More groups choose to sit out Vancouver's pride parade

      CBC via Yahoo Canada NewsJul 25 07:41 PM

      While the theme of Vancouver's Pride Week this year is "better together," some groups are expressing their frustration by remaining separate. In solidarity with Black Lives Matter Vancouver's protest of the Vancouver pride parade for including a police float, queer Muslim group Salaam and queer South Asian group Trikone are also sitting out this year's pride parade. Cicely-Belle Blain, co ...

    5. Justin Trudeau made history Sunday by marching with tens of thousands of people in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, becoming the country's first sitting prime minister to participate. Thunderous applause greeted Trudeau as he paraded down a main Toronto artery, waving a Canadian maple-leaf flag bordered with a rainbow. Toronto police have not released an official attendance count, but organizers had...

    6. Activists with a Canadian offshot of the Black Lives Matter movement successfully hijacked a Gay Pride parade in Toronto this weekend and forced organizers to agree to a list of demands including removing “terrorist” police floats from future parades and prioritizing the hiring of transgender black females in the future.

    7. At Wednesday's Eid al-Fitr celebration at the Canadian National Exhibition, Tory said: "Now is the time to go forward and include more people in the Pride celebrations. "Toronto police have had a presence in the parade for more than a decade and we would have serious concerns if they were excluded," said the statement from the mayor's office, days before organizers are set to meet with police ...

    8. On Sunday, Black Lives Matter activists pulled off the sort of victory that right-wing hooligans could only hope to achieve: They stopped a gay pride parade. “We are calling you out!” Alexandria Williams, co-founder of the group’s Toronto chapter, shouted through a megaphone as the Black Lives...

    9. A gay Toronto police officer has sent an open letter to Pride Toronto to voice his concern about the organization's agreement Sunday with the activist group Black Lives Matter, which was given the status of Honoured Group for Sunday's Pride parade. The agreement, which Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois has since acknowledged he signed to get the parade moving again, included a...

    10. Canada is exploring the use of gender-neutral options on identity cards, Justin Trudeau told a television station on Sunday as he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade. Trudeau, who participated in the downtown Toronto parade along with other politicians, did not give details, saying only the government was exploring the "best way" and studying other ...

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