Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Town accused of racism for not flying Pride flag
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 7 Jun 2006, p. 3

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Halton Pride representative Domenic Padula accused the Town of Halton Hills of racism for its refusal to fly the Halton Pride flag promoting the gay group's annual picnic. In a delegation at the May 29 council meeting, Padula of the Halton Organization for Pride and Education (HOPE) said Halton Hills is the only municipality in Halton that has not flown the flag at its town headquarters in the past four years. The picnic, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and other lifestyles, was held Saturday at LaSalle Park in Burlington. "As a citizen of this town, I am not proud of this record," he said. "This Town is hiding behind a bylaw (policy) stating that only municipal, provincial and federal flags will be flown in front of the Civic Centre." However, he pointed out the Town of Halton Hills has flown, in the past year, the flags of Terry Fox Run and Ermelo, The Netherlands at the Civic Centre. Mayor Rick Bonnette said later the Terry Fox Run organizers were commemorating the 25th anniversary of the national hero running through Halton Hills, and the Town has a Keeping the Memories Alive (Second World War) connection with Ermelo. Padula also said there has been a number of racist incidents in the past two years including swastika graffiti. He said it took more than five months for the graffiti on public property to be cleaned up, and that in itself, is a form of acceptance of the racism. However, Director of Recreation Terry Alyman said he was unaware of any reports of graffiti with racist symbolism on town property. "In any event, if there was such a thing we would take every effort to remove it," said Alyman. Padula said he had reported the graffiti to the police. Councillors should dispel the perception of racism in this community by flying the flag and attending the picnic, he told them.

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Padula,Domenic ; Bonnette, Rick ; Alyman, Terry
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Town of Halton Hills ; LaSalle Park ; Civic Centre ; Terry Fox Run
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Town accused of racism for not flying Pride flag