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Where’s Rob Ford?


Suggest a Pride event for the mayor


Mayor Rob Ford has again refused to attend Pride, citing the same excuse he used last year — that he’ll be at the family cottage. We’re getting the distinct feeling that the mayor doesn’t like us.

Pride is a 10-day-long festival. If the parade is too hot to handle, the mayor has ample opportunity to attend an event more to his liking, like the official flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Or he could create his own event — that’s what the police chief did a few years back, instituting an annual Pride reception on Church Street.

The possibilities are endless. Ford could attend the Triangle Program’s Pride Prom. He could watch a game with the Toronto Gay Football League — Ford likes football. He could lay a wreath at the AIDS memorial. There must be something this mayor could do to show his respect — if not support — for the city’s vibrant LGBT community. His continued absence from Pride, his attendance at a PFLAG event in May notwithstanding, is not just a snub against us LGBT folk, it tarnishes the whole city.

Help the mayor find his way. What would your Rob Ford Pride event, real or imagined, look like? Let us know. Send suggestions to editorial@intorontomag.com or post a comment below.  

There’s a prize! Well, there was. Beacause we now have a winner: Octavio Contreras of Toronto. Congratulations. See his illustrated suggestion below. But please feel free to keep sending us suggestions.

All submissions received by Mon, June 11 (11:59pm) were entered in a draw for two tickets to the Digital Dreams Music Festival over Pride/Canada Day weekend at Ontario Place (so please include your name and address with the posting/submission to be considered for the draw). On the bill so far are Afrojack, Richie Hawtin, Duck Sauce, Steve Lawler, Chuckie, R3hab, A-Trak, Guy Gerber Live, Autoerotique and Hed Kandi (Sat, June 30); and Kaskade, Alesso, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, Mark Knight, Boris, Carlo Lio, Designer Drugs and Art Department (July 1). More TBA. The parties take place at The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre noon to midnight. For more event info go to the party’s Facebook page.

We gather that Rob Ford will miss out on that party, too.