Taber Council Denies Request to Fly Pride Flag in Confederation Park

Town Council says it must take the safety of people and property into consideration after the pride flag was stolen and burned during the first Pride in the Park celebration last spring.

Citing safety reasons among other concerns, Taber Town Council will not allow the pride flag to be flown this June in Confederation Park. Back in November, the Taber Equality Alliance (TEA) asked to raise the flag by June 2, 2018 in time for Taber's second Pride in the Park celebration. Council saying during it's regular meeting last Monday (Jan. 22), it must take the safety of people and property into consideration after what happened during the first Pride in the Park celebration last spring. The event was not well-received by some with the flag being stolen and burned on two separate occasions. Kathleen Mckenzie, TEA co-chair, notes that Pride in the Park is still set to go ahead this coming spring, adding the alliance is also asking the public for letters of support to show town council the importance of being able to fly the rainbow flag. In a media release (shown below), Town Council says all Town-owned flagpoles will now only fly the Canadian, Albertan or Town of Taber flags. The Confederation Park flagpole’s designation as the Community Flagpole will also be removed, meaning no requests to fly any other flags will be considered in the future. "The Town of Taber encourages any group to fly their respective flags in whatever way they see fit during their events as long as it is done with respect for Town property,” Mayor Andrew Prokop adds. “We look forward to the Taber Pride Celebration occurring in June, and wish the Taber Equality Alliance every success for their event.” -Sam Borsato with files from the Town of Taber
 
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