Burlington council passes motion to add six new rainbow crosswalks

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Published June 22, 2021 at 8:24 pm

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Burlington City Council voted Tuesday to install six new rainbow crosswalks over the next year.

At a Burlington Committee Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee meeting, Council approved the motion by a 4-3 vote.  

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, who brought forward the motion memo, thanked her fellow Council members who she says displayed “unwavering support” for the motion.

For the 2SLGBTQIA+ young folk who may be struggling, the Burlington mayor says a visual display like this across the city from City Council can go a long way.

“This is worth every penny to signal to our community that we are a welcoming and inclusive community,” Meed Ward said. “These crosswalks are for everyone.”

Burlington installed its first Rainbow Crosswalk last year. Meed Ward says the dialogue for the need here came from the community and well before the decision of HCDSB trustees surrounding raising the Pride flag.

The locations were populated in part by the working group that included a number of stakeholders.

“This has been a truly community-drive(n) and organic process from the beginning,” the Burlington Mayor said. “It has been extensively discussed in our community.

“I wholeheartedly support this and I don’t think we should stop at six.”

Also approved in the motion was funding in an upset amount of $50,000 from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve Fund for the installation of the first three rainbow crosswalks in 2021.

Motions to bring the number of crosswalks to be installed down from six to two and one were both voted down.

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