May 24, 2012 News Release: Councillor Pasternak Alarmed at Reports Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Planning to Participate in Toronto Pride Parade
Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak expressed deep concern over news that the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) was planning to participate in the 2012 Toronto Pride Parade.
“As far as I am concerned, City Council has spoken. Groups like QuAIA are not eligible to participate in city funded events. Our responsibility in Toronto is to fight bullying and demonization, to bring people together and not drive them apart,” said Councillor Pasternak. In response to a report from the City Manager last year, City Council overwhelmingly endorsed a motion brought forward by Councillor Pasternak directing staff to update the City of Toronto’s Anti-Discrimination Policy to ensure that events funded by the city, or take place on City of Toronto property, are in accordance with the policy of promoting respect, tolerance and diversity.
“I would ask Pride Toronto organizers to ensure that QuAIA, which has brought great pain in many communities, not be allowed to participate in this city funded event,” said Councillor Pasternak.
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Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 10, York Centre