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Rainbow flag raised at city hall
Organizers cheer on deputy mayor
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A much calmer rainbow flag-raising than one year ago, when reporters chased after Mayor Rob Ford, asking him if he smoked crack-cocaine.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly received cheers as he walked up to the podium to help members of the LGBT community at the ceremony to make International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Some in the crowd chanted "Norm" over and over again, while some organizers took subtle shots at Ford. Some said there's change in the air, others pointed out there was no opposition to the flag raising.

Kelly says the quips weren't surprising given the history between Ford and the event.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says she believes this event will be a turning point for the city, moving away from the divisive nature of Ford over the past few years.

City Hall will be lit up with rainbow colours on Friday night.

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  1. Dean posted on 05/16/2014 05:03 PM
    It's got to be a slow news day, if Newstalk is devoting front-page space to a sighting of the Mayor and a flag-raising with the Not-Mayor.
  2. don was right posted on 05/16/2014 09:02 PM
    whaever happened to lbgt concern about russia and the ukraine? I goes because they are killing people of all stripes there now, nobody is getting bent out of shape about whether putin loves gay people any more. Strange.
  3. Mark posted on 05/16/2014 11:35 PM
    Wow... look how far political correctness has gone. A flag to "honor" a biological disorder! Whats next...a flag to honor schizophrenia? How insane....
    1. Dan posted on 05/17/2014 01:33 PM
      @Mark Freak show. As freaky if not more disgusting than the Euro freak show with the bearded lady/man.
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A much calmer rainbow flag-raising than one year ago, when reporters chased after Mayor Rob Ford, asking him if he smoked crack-cocaine.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly received cheers as he walked up to the podium to help members of the LGBT community at the ceremony to make International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Some in the crowd chanted "Norm" over and over again, while some organizers took subtle shots at Ford. Some said there's change in the air, others pointed out there was no opposition to the flag raising.

Kelly says the quips weren't surprising given the history between Ford and the event.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says she believes this event will be a turning point for the city, moving away from the divisive nature of Ford over the past few years.

City Hall will be lit up with rainbow colours on Friday night.

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  1. Dean posted on 05/16/2014 05:03 PM
    It's got to be a slow news day, if Newstalk is devoting front-page space to a sighting of the Mayor and a flag-raising with the Not-Mayor.
  2. don was right posted on 05/16/2014 09:02 PM
    whaever happened to lbgt concern about russia and the ukraine? I goes because they are killing people of all stripes there now, nobody is getting bent out of shape about whether putin loves gay people any more. Strange.
  3. Mark posted on 05/16/2014 11:35 PM
    Wow... look how far political correctness has gone. A flag to "honor" a biological disorder! Whats next...a flag to honor schizophrenia? How insane....
    1. Dan posted on 05/17/2014 01:33 PM
      @Mark Freak show. As freaky if not more disgusting than the Euro freak show with the bearded lady/man.
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