DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Councillors requested a review of township policy in regards to flags flying at Town Hall after recently hearing a request from an LGBT advocacy group to fly the gay pride flag at Uxbridge Town Hall.
Members of the Durham Region chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) appeared before council at their meeting on the evening of Monday, March 24, to request a change in township policy to allow for other flags to be flown in front of Town Hall for events such as Pride Week.
The request for a potential change in township policy was forwarded to township staff, who will review the current policy and issue a report to council in the coming weeks.
However, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle opposed the measure as he felt it may fragment the community.
"I don't support this motion, we have a very supportive community and have a policy in place not to show favourtism," commented Councillor Mantle. "We fly three flags, because we are all citizens of Canada, Ontario and Uxbridge. It's important to stay as one community and not be fragmented."
Although the request to fly the Pride flag at Town Hall was turned down pending the staff review of the policy, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor added that she is "very willing to sign a proclamation," and congratulated the group on their efforts to promote tolerance in the community.
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