You can’t venture an informed comment about Black Lives Matter’s demands of Pride Toronto unless and until you learn about the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and the Dispute Resolution Process (DRP). You won’t hear anything about those in the usual places that queers, transgenders, and LGBTs get their news – namely Twitter, Tumblr, and, last and very much least, the mainstream media.
The work of the CAP, and how the DRP applies when anyone wants a group banned from Pride parades or marches, have been completely forgotten. Pride Toronto itself is most guilty here, not least because it hides the Dispute Resolution Process and also because the DRP itself has proven to be a farce.
So learn a few things, why don’t you, before you freelance an opinion about Black Lives Matter’s demand to force cops out of the Pride parade?
Most useful items here
Via Mark Smith’s Facebook (2017.01.15). Heavily cleaned up (I stopped copy-editing after Smith started calling me names); links added. Continue reading “Questions from Mark Smith before Pride Toronto AGM”
Pride Toronto tardily released bios for candidates for its board. Some number of them – though possibly none – will be elected at the annual general meeting (AGM) on 2017.01.17.
Pride Toronto presented these bios in an untagged PDF that could not correctly associate two black candidates’ names and photographs.
How terribly embarrassing. It’s as if Pride Toronto were completely inept at document production (also cannot tell two black gay males apart). Continue reading “Pride board candidate bios (2017)”
Since November 9 at the latest, in fact.
Pride Toronto’s “statement” after the August 30 town-hall meeting told us this:
In the near term, Pride Toronto must begin the DRP process, working with BLMTO to present their concerns, appointing officers, and providing all feedback received to date on the issue for consideration. We will recruit a new Executive Director to the organization, using what we’ve heard to inform the search.
The thing to focus on there is not that Pride is actively helping Black Lives Matter Toronto file a complaint under what is supposedly an arm’s-length process. It is Pride’s insistence on going full steam ahead to hire a new executive director. Mark Smith is among those who have questioned why such a person is even necessary, especially given how badly the last few executive directors have turned out. Continue reading “Yes, Pride Toronto has been recruiting a new executive director”
Did you know that Pride Toronto has been recruiting new members of its board for the last 2½ weeks? No, right? That surely isn’t by design, but is equally surely due to Pride Toronto’s incompetence at communicating. Continue reading “Pride Toronto recruits boardmembers”
While we’re here, and since Christie Blatchford wrote about the case, I might as well make available the documents in the other proceeding Pride Toronto got itself embroiled in – the case of Bill Whatcott and confrères dressing up as green zombies (or Green Zombies) and handing out anti-gay pamphlets at Pride 2016.
Yes, this really happened, and, according to Doug Elliott, this offence is, if anything, more important than whatever Black Lives Matter is complaining about. (He wasn’t dismissing BLM’s complaints as unimportant. Both of those impressions are what I took from Elliott’s words at the town-hall meeting of August 30.)
The PDFs were scanned originals, hence pretty terrible, but I ran OCR and added tags and indexes.
If you ask Pride Toronto for a copy of its bylaws, nobody will give them to you. That’s my experience and other people’s.
Fortunately, Mark Smith had a copy of the bylaws. I improved the original document as follows. Continue reading “Pride Toronto bylaws”
At the Pride Toronto town-hall meeting on August 30, attendees were told a “scribe” was taking careful notes and that a full report on what was discussed at the meeting would be issued “two weeks” later. Pride Toronto extended its own deadline to the Monday after that two-week period, namely September 19, then waited till 23:00 hours that day to issue a statement. Continue reading “Pride Toronto “statement” after town-hall meetings”
Pride Toronto set up an online survey to coïncide with its end-of-the-month town halls in August 2016. Pride Toronto seems to like to do everything with Google Docs, which is what the online survey really is. It will disappear eventually, so I include its questions here. Continue reading “Pride Toronto August 2016 survey”
Even though she stumbled over her words and simply doesn’t seem very articulate, and even though she has a citation history that is thin at best, Mathieu Chantelois’ attorney Soma Ray-Ellis still felt authorized to make extraordinary claims – and issue threats – in a TV interview.
So I thought I’d ask her a few fact-checking questions (excerpted here; links added). She did not respond. Continue reading “Questions Soma Ray-Ellis won’t answer”
Soma Ray-Ellis interview (video only), CP24, 2016.08.18.
Never asked once: If the allegations of workplace misbehaviour are true. Continue reading “Soma Ray-Ellis interview”
On 2016.07.30, I filed a complaint under the Pride Toronto Dispute Resolution Process against Black Lives Matter Toronto, accusing this activist group of violence, discrimination, hate speech, and violation of the contract it signed with Pride Toronto. Continue reading “DRP complaint against Black Lives Matter Toronto”
There will be two consultations, one each on August 30 and 31, it was announced on the same day and about the same time it was also announced that Mathieu “Black Live Matters” Chantelois quit. Continue reading “Pride Toronto gets its “August” town halls in under the wire”