LISTEN: How would you brand Toronto's limited-edition branded condoms?

Toronto's public health authority is spending $25,000 to distribute 288,000 condoms during World Pride week

The view on Yonge Street during the 2013 Toronto Pride Parade. (file photo)
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Toronto's public health authority is spending $25,000 to distribute 288,000 condoms to bars, clubs, hotels, gyms and clinics in the city for World Pride week.

The prophylactics are branded as "condomTO" or "Toronto condoms," and, of course, in a city with the CN Tower, that lends to all kinds of snickering.

Toronto Public Health already gives away more than 3-million condoms each year -- but those condoms do not have city branding.

This campaign is designed to "reinvigorate and normalize condom use."

The condom's design will be shown off on June 4th.

Toronto's World Pride event goes from June 20th - June 29th.

NEWSTALK 1010's Russ Courtney asks 'how would YOU brand Toronto's one-off promotional condoms?'...

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  1. JatRix posted on 05/07/2014 07:11 AM
    Is anyone else bothered by this? First, its a celebration, basically. Spin it any way you want to, its basically a party/orgy. Fine, do what you want.
    But then, tax dollars are going to what should be a personal responsibility.
    1. Jack posted on 05/07/2014 10:20 AM
      @JatRix Exactly. I don't care who's having sex with who, it's none of my business, and it's not my responsibility to pay for their condoms.

      Now, if we were handing out free condoms at places like Regent Park or Jane and Finch, to cut down on the number of mouths welfare has to feed and the number of hands holding guns in this city, that I'd be comfortable paying for.
  2. Warren posted on 05/07/2014 08:28 AM
    Perhaps Toronto taxpayers would like to see these types of costs itemized on their individual property tax bills each year, i..e their share of each of such expenses on a house by house basis, that way they would know just how their tax dollars are being spent?
  3. Suz58 posted on 05/07/2014 09:17 AM
    Haha, I am sorry, I get it but....a few things come (no pun intended) to mind here.
    1. Yes, $25,000 for something people should be taking responsibility for themselves, help me out and chance of less disease later.
    2. $25,000 would go a long way to help feed hungry children/people.
    3. Now all that is missing is Rock and Roll! Ford has the drugs covered, again (no pun intended) taxpayers have the sex covered (no choice of their own).

    I know $25,000 may not seem like much in a city the size of TO, I am sure the money could be used for better!
  4. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 11:01 AM
    Mom, this chewing gum tastes funny...
  5. john posted on 05/07/2014 11:02 AM
    sounds like we are getting f%$##@%$#ed over again . but then again what else is new ?
  6. Frankie posted on 05/07/2014 12:11 PM
    Instead of paying admission to the Toronto Zoo I can take my kids to watch our city councillors at work
  7. Steve posted on 05/07/2014 02:32 PM
    Lets add more sex to Pride Day! That will make the whole event more socially acceptable to more groups. Everyone will be ok with gay people if they are wearing a condom don't you know! I think it's a time to be proud of who you are but not a day to be a sexual deviant and get away with it. This whole parade is a farce and needs to go back to a real reason to being there! Where is your floats to commemorate the the gay men and women that contributed to society in positive ways but where punished for there sexual orientation? Instead walking around nude commemorates them better? I'm at a total loss now, the world/city needs a shake and to wake up and smell the roses!
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 03:39 PM
      @Steve or pansies...
  8. john posted on 05/08/2014 11:39 AM
    sure gives the f#$#$%uck Toronto a whole new meting dont it ?
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