Thorold council notebook: Flags at half-mast, Pride and senior's month

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MOMENT OF SILENCE

Thorold city council held a moment of silence at the beginning of the June 1 meeting, in honour of the 215 children that were found buried in a mass grave near a residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

“Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are extended to the families and the Indigenous community,” said Mayor Terry Ugulini during his mayor’s notes. “Let us now observe a moment of silence.”

Thorold joins other Niagara Region municipalities in lowering city hall flags to half-mast. The flags were set to remain lowered until June 8, one hour for each child found in the mass grave.

PRIDE FLAG RAISED

As a member of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities, Thorold is also flying the Pride flag, as the month of June is recognized as Pride Month. Other municipalities across Niagara have done the same, as well as the public and Catholic school boards, Niagara Regional Police, Brock University and Niagara College.

“The city of Thorold puts a priority on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community, free of racism and discrimination,” Ugulini said.

According to his mayor’s notes, the flag was raised, then “immediately” lowered to half-mast in acknowledgement of the mass grave found in Kamloops.

SENIORS MONTH IN THOROLD

June also marks Seniors Month in Thorold. The city will host virtual events for seniors every Wednesday at 1 p.m.

On June 2 and June 30, there will be virtual bingo; June 9 will host virtual trivia, and June 16 will have a virtual exercise class.

According to the mayor, these events are presented in part by the Ontario Paper Thorold Seniors’ Centre, the City of Thorold Age-Friendly Committee, Thorold Public Library and the Thorold Community Activities Group.

To register for these events, email programs@thoroldpubliclibrary.ca or call 905-227-2581.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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