by Don Peat, City Hall Bureau | TorontoSun.com | April 13, 2011
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti says he will ask his colleagues on the mayor’s executive committee to pull Pride Toronto’s funding unless it bans Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from the 2011 parade.
“Myself and what I would consider most of this city would not want this city spending tax dollars on racial slurs,” Mammoliti told reporters.
The vow from the chairman of the city’s community development and recreation committee came despite the fact civic officials ruled Wednesday the term “Israeli Apartheid” doesn’t violate the city’s anti-discrimination policy.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam said the participation of one group shouldn’t justify cutting funding to all of Pride.
“It is almost like exerting collective punishment,” she said.
Councillor Doug Ford said, “we don’t support hate groups, that’s our view.”
“If they want to march in the parade then we won’t fund them,” Ford said.
Francisco Alvarez, co-chairman of Pride Toronto, told reporters there is now a system in place to handle complaints about specific groups in the parade.
Pride has asked for a $128,000 cultural grant from the city this year and receives around $250,000 worth of in-kind services like police and garbage removal.