North Huron council denies library’s Pride flag request

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NORTH HURON – North Huron council has denied a request from Elizabeth French-Gibson, interim director of cultural services and Huron County librarian, to amend the township’s flag policy.

The request from the Huron County Library was encouraging North Huron to support the Huron County Library Branch's displays, material selections, and activities in recognition of diverse community celebrations such as Pride Month.

Council decided not to change their long-standing policy, which states "no flags or banners other than the federal, provincial, and municipal flags will be flown on township property.”

Reeve Bernie Bailey told Wingham Advance Times that council is worried that if they let one party fly their flag, such as the Pride flag, they would have difficulty not allowing other parties, such as the Proud Boys, to promote themselves as well.

Bailey said that this policy only applies to township owned buildings. Private citizens, schools and businesses can do what they choose.

The Township of North Huron flag policy was created in March 2010.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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