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Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, the designer of the iconic rainbow flag, has died.

In 1978, Baker sewed a multicoloured flag that became the symbol of the LGBT community across the world.
Baker, 65, died Thursday in his sleep, said Cleve Jones, an AIDS activist and Baker’s longtime friend. He died in New York City, the medical examiner’s office there said.
A vigil in Baker’s memory was planned Friday evening under the rainbow flag in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. The banner could be seen flying half-staff from the balcony of Mayor Ed Lee.
“Gilbert was a trailblazer for LGBT rights, a powerful artist and a true friend to all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed,” Lee said in a statement.
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By Nicole Chavez, CNN

Passion & Energy Exudes From Flag Bearer’s At WorldPride Parade!

The Flag Store’s International Flags are carried with enthusiasm in WorldPride Parade in Toronto, Sunday June 29, 2014.

A Flagpole Is The Perfect Accent To Any Home!

Our Fiberglass Flagpole looks beautiful in front of this country home just north of Toronto.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP, founded 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded 1868). The former was originally named the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much of the present-day organization’s symbolism has been inherited from its days as the NWMP, including the distinctive Red Serge uniform, paramilitary heritage, and mythos as a frontier force. The RCMP/GRC wording is specifically protected under the Trade-marks Act.[6]

As the national police force of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is primarily responsible for enforcing federal laws throughout Canada, while general law and order including the enforcement of the Criminal Code and applicable provincial legislation is constitutionally the responsibility of the provinces and territories. Largest cities commonly form their own municipal police departments.

Leafs win 3 – 0 over Ottawa

The Canadian Flag was displayed proudly on the big screen last weekend at the ACC for the battle of Ontario. Leafs won 3 – 0 against Ottawa.

Toronto To Host World Pride in 2014

Toronto wins vote to host World Pride bash 

JEN YEAMAN PHOTORevellers march in Toronto’s Pride Parade on June 28, 2009. Organizers estimate the cost of a global pride event would rise to $10 million, compared to this year’s $4 million.

Toronto will host World Pride 2014 after winning a vote in Florida by leaders of gay and lesbian organizations around the globe.

The city’s World Pride committee thought they had won after the first vote Sunday, in which Toronto beat Stockholm, 77 votes to 61. The victory eliminated Stockholm but did not reach the two-thirds majority Toronto needed.

“It was a bit of a nail-biting experience,” said chair Mark Singh, about the three-hour wait for the results of a second yes-or-no vote for Toronto’s bid at the InterPride 2009 Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

When it was finally announced that the city won a 78 per cent margin of victory, meaning the festival will take place here, the crowd erupted in cheers, said Singh, who was “delighted” by the win.

“There’s so much support and excitement for this,” Singh told the Star.

The world event will be hosted simultaneously with Toronto’s Pride Week in the summer of 2014. The program for the festival includes a parade of nations as part of the opening ceremony and a human rights conference.

Toronto was represented in Florida by a 10-member delegation, including officials from Pride Toronto, organizers of the annual Pride Week, the Toronto Police Service, Pride Week sponsor TD Bank and Tourism Toronto.

The Toronto bid presentation took place Saturday and included addresses by David Whitaker, President of Tourism Toronto and Toronto Police Services LGBT Liaison Officer Constable Thomas Decker.

The committee was unable to complete the presentation after a request for a one-minute extension was denied by Stockholm.

It is now the second loss for Stockholm, Toronto’s main rival for the international political and cultural event, sponsored by gay leaders from around the world, after losing an earlier vote to host World Pride 2012, which London will host.

However, Stockholm’s committee was “very gracious,” and voted in favour of Toronto’s bid after being eliminated, said Singh.

“When it comes down to it, we are still all Pride,” said Singh. “Once the competition is over we go back to being friends.”

Organizers say Pride Week in Toronto last summer generated $100 million in business. Pride Toronto will need some financial support to put on the 2014 event.

Organizers estimate costs of the event will jump to $10 million, compared to the $4 million spent this year, but that would be more than offset by the injection of tourist dollars into the city.

Organizers also anticipate more funding from government and community sponsors, said Singh, adding that the victory may also mean more infrastructure investments into the areas that are very gay-friendly, such as Church-Wellesley.

The provincial government provided $350,000 for this year’s festivities, and Premier Dalton McGuinty has already provided a letter of support for the 2014 bid.

Toronto Pride bidders say the world event could draw an extra quarter-million people.

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