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'No way' pride festival to go on after city rejects request
Ottawa Citizen (subscriber only) | 06/30/06

Posted on 06/30/2006 10:15:47 AM PDT by Heartofsong83

Barring a miracle, there will be no Pride Week Festival in Ottawa this year, festival organizers say, after city council rejected please for emergency funding yesterday.

Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes asked councillors and the mayor to grant $20,000 to help get this year's event - the 20th anniversary edition - off the ground.

But the plea fell mostly on deaf ears, and the move was defeated on a vote of 15 to 3.

Ms. Holmes then tried to get councillors and the mayor to agree to give organizers $12,000 to pay for insurance so a small-scale festival could be held. This died on the same vote split.

Councillors agreed to the city providing $13, 810 for police and paramedic services for this year's festival, forgiving a $16,425 debt owed to the city for these services from last year, and allowing organizers to repay another $50,000 it owes the city over 10 years.

But the festival's chair, Darren Fisher, said these provisions won't be enough to save this year's event, which was scheduled to take place Aug. 18 to 27.

"If we don't get a white knight to come in and help us with cash flow by the end of this weekend, there's no way it's going to happen," he said. "Last year, a lot of us put it on our credit cards and there's no way we're doing that again this year."

Earlier this year, the Canadian Tulip Festival and the Franco-Ontarien Festival asked for, and were given, grants and debt forgiveness totalling $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.

At the time, several councillors expressed concerns about the annual parade of badly managed festivals looking for emergency funding and said it was the last time.

Yesterday, several councillors said they felt bad for Pride Festival organizers, and wished them well, but said they were just not going to be voting to give any festival, parade, or fair any more emergency money.

Cumberland Councillor Rob Jellet summed up the majority viewwhen he said his vote against emergency funding had nothing to do with who was asking for the money.

Instead, he said after voting to give the money to the two other festivals, he vowed he would never do so again. He added that the Pride Festival's financial track record spoke for itself.

The festival is $136,000 in debt and has left many of its bills unpaid. Most of this debt was incurred between 2002 and 2004, before the festival's current organizers took over.


TOPICS: Canada; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bwahahaha; canada; defeated; gayagenda; godswrath; homosexualagenda; ottawa; pride; sodomites; sodomy

1 posted on 06/30/2006 10:15:50 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83
city council rejected please

spell check is not always your friend.

2 posted on 06/30/2006 10:17:35 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: GMMAC; fanfan

Good news ping!


3 posted on 06/30/2006 10:17:48 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: DBeers

Since council is not meeting now (Canada Day long weekend), this is a HUGE victory. 15-3 was a lot more lopsided than I expected as well! Looks like the suburban and rural councillors ganged up on them and most of the urban ones were absent or abstained, leaving Diane Holmes (who represents downtown Ottawa, which is the most liberal part of the city) pretty much on her own...


4 posted on 06/30/2006 10:19:15 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83

You know what would happen if you or I wrote a $5 hot check, but these folks are carrying a $136,000 debt and are whining for more.


5 posted on 06/30/2006 10:22:02 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Heartofsong83
Barring a miracle, there will be no Pride Week Festival in Ottawa this year, festival organizers say, after city council rejected please for emergency funding yesterday.

But would they have rejected "pretty please?"

6 posted on 06/30/2006 10:22:36 AM PDT by Fido969 ("being an arrogant, self-important jerk is a prerequisite for becoming a university administrator.")
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To: mtbopfuyn

Yep, and their deficit is structural. They had a lot of trouble getting corporate sponsors.

It drew about 50,000 in its best year (2002?) but only 5,000 of those are loyalists that would come under any weather - when it rained two years ago, they got barely that much.

However, to watch this go up in smoke in Canada's capital city is an ENORMOUS embarrasment to the gay lobby. This means that they won't be able to put pressure on the federal government as much now or get as much of a reaction.


7 posted on 06/30/2006 10:25:45 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83

Pride Festival?

what are they proud of? the article doesn't say.
Being Canadian? Hockey? Bob & Doug McKenzie?


8 posted on 06/30/2006 10:26:14 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Rakkasan1

Gay pride...


9 posted on 06/30/2006 10:26:36 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: All

Gay pride..
Then why they get mad when you call em what they are?
lol
>.>


10 posted on 06/30/2006 10:27:50 AM PDT by CygnusXI (Where's that dang Meteor already?)
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To: CygnusXI

It's like that everywhere...

I wonder how the DUmmies would react if this was posted there?


11 posted on 06/30/2006 10:28:56 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: Heartofsong83

G pride = No Pride


12 posted on 06/30/2006 10:31:42 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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The tax payers shouldn't be paying for these silly festivals, but that's my American ethnocentric conservative opinion.


13 posted on 06/30/2006 10:33:40 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: Heartofsong83

I heard the pederast and beastophile parade will be funded this year. Several gay priders have apparently come out of the closet on these additonal expressions of love and expect to jump to this new venue. The continuum of human sexuality must be revealed to all to embrace. Signed, Homophobic


14 posted on 06/30/2006 10:38:40 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Heartofsong83
Well, I think if Toronto gays were proud enough to have a festival in the first place, they'd be proud to sacrifice their own personal income to support it. And volunteer their own proud efforts, proudly, to design, cater, and choreograph the entire event!

And I'm sure it would be FABULOUS!

15 posted on 06/30/2006 10:39:59 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Rakkasan1
what are they proud of? the article doesn't say. Being Canadian? Hockey? Bob & Doug McKenzie?

I'm guessing back-bacon, eh? (pork product pun intended)

16 posted on 06/30/2006 10:42:02 AM PDT by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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To: Kenton

Toronto will NEVER cancel their queer festival unless a senior government stepped in. That is their #2 festival of the year, behind the nearly-as-absurd Caribana. Plus they get incredible amounts of government funding.


17 posted on 06/30/2006 10:43:07 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: norraad

Gay = never happy.


18 posted on 06/30/2006 10:52:45 AM PDT by sine_nomine (Marvel at the Senate's No Mexican Left Behind Bill (wit cloned from M. Steyn))
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Barring a miracle, there will be no Pride Week Festival in Ottawa this year, festival organizers say, after city council rejected pleas for emergency funding yesterday.

More like "barring widespread delusion or judicial activism"...

19 posted on 06/30/2006 10:53:36 AM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: Heartofsong83

Gay Pride. What other group manages to celebrate two mortal sins at the same time?


20 posted on 06/30/2006 11:07:50 AM PDT by Antoninus (Public schools are the madrassas of the American Left. --Ann Coulter, Godless)
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Canada ping!

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21 posted on 06/30/2006 11:17:01 AM PDT by fanfan (I wouldn't be so angry with them if they didn't want to kill me!)
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To: Heartofsong83

How did we ever come to "celebrate" a sex practice?


22 posted on 06/30/2006 11:18:29 AM PDT by skipper50
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To: Heartofsong83
Barring a miracle, there will be no Pride Week Festival in Ottawa this year, festival organizers say, after city council rejected please for emergency funding yesterday.

I think they've just mixed up their wording. Let me help. "Because of a miracle, there will be no Pride Week Festival in Ottawa this year." There, that's better.

23 posted on 06/30/2006 11:26:29 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Antoninus
What other group manages to celebrate two mortal sins at the same time?

ROFLMAO!

24 posted on 06/30/2006 11:33:41 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I will hold my government to the intent of the Founders.... whether it likes it or not!)
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To: Heartofsong83

Surely some gay entrepreneur could start a fund raiser selling condoms or tucks medicated wipes or something to raise the money.


25 posted on 06/30/2006 11:33:51 AM PDT by monkeybrau
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To: Heartofsong83

I had to read down to your comment before I understood that this PRIDE FESTIVAL was a GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL. The title to this article should include GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL. Having said all that, good, I am glad they cannot display their wares this year in Canada.


26 posted on 06/30/2006 11:48:53 AM PDT by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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To: sine_nomine
"Gay = never happy"

Obvious reason: G A Y = Got AIDS Yet?
27 posted on 06/30/2006 12:32:50 PM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: Kenton
And I'm sure it would be FABULOUS!

Pronounced Faaa-bYOU-luth
(don't forget the flourish of hands, you thilly)

28 posted on 06/30/2006 12:56:07 PM PDT by mountn man (Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.)
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To: Heartofsong83

The semi-good news about Caribana is that the idjits who mismanaged it got fired. A new group is running the show this year. Given decent management Caribana could do really well for us- it is a *huge* tourist draw so I'm always amazed that it could never turn a profit.


29 posted on 06/30/2006 2:02:59 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: monkeybrau

Yeah, but that defeats their main purpose (brainwashing the public and government)...


30 posted on 06/30/2006 4:26:15 PM PDT by Heartofsong83
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To: DBeers

I think I have found the breakdown of the vote.

http://ottawa.ca/city_hall/mayor_council/councillors/index_en.html for the list of all councillors

I know the three who voted FOR were Diane Holmes, Georges Bedard and Clive Doucet (all of whom represent downtown wards).

Since this article - http://www.xtra.ca/public/viewstory.aspx?AFF_TYPE=2&STORY_ID=1841&PUB_TEMPLATE_ID=1 - says rural and suburban councillors were overwhelmingly opposed, I am guessing (based on the committee vote and their past history) the following voted AGAINST (I could be off by some):

*Bob Monnett
*Diane Deans
*Doug Thompson
*Eli El-Chantily
*Glenn Brooks
*Gord Hunter
*Jacques Legendre
*Jan Harder
*Janet Stavinga
*Maria McRae
*Michel Bellemare
*Peter Hume
*Ranier Bloess
*Rick Chiarelli
*Rob Jellett

I believe that Alex Cullen, Peggy Feltmare, Shawn Little and mayor Bob Chiarelli abstained as they all have a strong pro-gay record.

The vote by ward type:

Downtown wards (3) - 3 for, 0 against, 0 abstained
Urban wards (8) - 0 for, 6 against, 2 abstained
Suburban wards (5) - 0 far, 4 against, 1 abstained
Rural wards (5) - 0 for, 5 against, 0 abstained


31 posted on 07/06/2006 12:21:57 PM PDT by Heartofsong83
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