Motion to review Kitchener’s flag protocol

Latest move in Kitchener’s flag-flap is scheduled to unfurl at city hall on Monday evening.

That’s when councillors will consider my motion to review our  protocol in order to find a way that flags from a variety of community groups can be flown outside city hall.

If the motion passes, staff will review similar practices in numerous other Ontario cities that allow  community groups to ask that their flags be flown. And while I can see a need to give a period of notice from those groups and have decisions made on what constitutes appropriate flags, many other municipalities seem to have ways to handle the question.

The touchy issue surfaced when the current protocol recently prevented the rainbow flag from flying outside city hall to express solidarity with gay athletes in the Sochi winter games and protest discriminatory anti-gay laws in Russia.

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