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Pride Flags Raised All Across Canada for LGBTs in Russia

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Cities all across Canada are flying the rainbow Pride flag from government buildings to show support for LGBT athletes for the Olympics and to protest the anti-gay laws and abuses enacted by the Russian government. Though there is widespread support, there are a few dissenters in the mix. As we pointed out the other day, crackhead Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ordered the flag taken down, a decision that was overturned after a meeting with city councillors.

Then there was a constituent in Ottawa, Twitter handle "Awe Some, @Awesomely11", who called Mayor Jim Watson's decision to fly the flag "a stupid waste of time" and that by doing so Watson lost his vote. Watson's response to the disgruntled constituent was right on:

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  1. Kind of embarrassed my city hasn't done this yet tbh

    Posted by: Jmac | Feb 10, 2014 7:27:56 PM

  2. The Olympics are also about the Athletes...yes it's true!!!....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 10, 2014 7:40:18 PM

  3. go, canada! kudos for great leadership from mayor jim watson! maybe their attitudes will push south to cover the usa like the polar vortex, one can only hope...

    Posted by: northalabama | Feb 10, 2014 7:43:01 PM

  4. Montreal city hall has a rainbow flag.

    AND the Olympic stadium is lit with alternating colors of the rainbow as well:

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 10, 2014 7:53:13 PM

  5. I think I'm going to blubber...

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 10, 2014 8:23:39 PM

  6. Go Canada! Take all medals!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 10, 2014 8:25:51 PM

  7. Todd is a sadie. You could pick up the pace Todd and see what happens.

    Posted by: barney | Feb 10, 2014 9:02:03 PM

  8. My city isn't part of this either :(

    But thank you, rest of Canada!

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 10, 2014 9:11:44 PM

  9. Now there's a topic to unite all Canadians -- the cost of the '76 Montreal Olympics, which took 30 years to pay down, only paid off 5 years ago. The Big Owe.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Feb 10, 2014 9:12:41 PM

  10. Thx Canada, you rock!

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 10, 2014 10:16:05 PM

  11. This is off topic but... boycott CNNs Johnatan Mann, he said today about Russia: "Enough with controversies, let us celebrate Russian national pride".

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 10, 2014 10:26:17 PM

  12. Canada is #1 in the medal standings so far, so we haven't forgotten the athletes at all, but I'm proud of Jim Watson and his attitude. I can say the same for Toronto's Mayor Ford, but he's not technically in charge of much anymore anyway.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 10, 2014 11:16:50 PM

  13. wow. This is a country with balls

    Posted by: Felix | Feb 11, 2014 12:13:16 AM

  14. Edmonton, Alberta has the flag flying in front of city hall and also at the Alberta Legislature Building, St Albert a suburb of 70,000 just NW of the city has the flag flying outside its city hall, Calgary and Lethbridge have them up as well. Once upon a time Canadians thought Albertans were "redneck" not any more we are Rainbow Striped!

    Posted by: Darrell | Feb 11, 2014 1:51:49 AM

  15. For anybody interested in keeping track, here are the places I know of so far: St. John's, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Corner Brook, Mount Pearl and Stephenville in NL; Fredericton and Moncton in NB; Montreal, Quebec City and Laval (and maybe Gatineau, I can't find a source to confirm that) in QC; Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton and Burlington in ON (London's talked about it but I can't find any confirmation that they've decided; Kitchener declined); Regina and Saskatoon in SK; Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and St. Albert in AB; Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler in BC.

    Also the provincial legislatures of NL, AB, NS, SK and ON, and the tower of Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 11, 2014 1:20:22 PM

  16. Provincial legislature of Manitoba too.

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 11, 2014 1:29:49 PM

  17. Also Halifax. There may still be others I haven't heard about yet.

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 11, 2014 1:41:00 PM

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