Sidney council has approved the Town’s updated strategic plan, which calls for the recognition of Pride Week in 2020. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney to recognize Pride Week in 2020

Announcement appears in updated strategic plan, alongside affordable housing, taxation policies

Sidney will officially recognize Pride Week in 2020.

That is one of the additions to the municipality’s strategic plan following a comprehensive review. Council approved the updated plan last week following a full-day review session on Oct. 3.

While the accompanying report does not indicate when Sidney would recognize Pride Week, other communities with similar celebrations generally hold it during summer months in line with the historical development of the LGBTQ+ movement dating back to the Christopher Street Liberation Day held on June 28, 1970 in New York City following the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Various events and proclamations recognizing members of the LGBTQ+ community have since spread across the western world, not always free of controversy and opposition.

Pride Week events have since evolved into an openly accepted part of Western society, often drawing massive crowds and corporate sponsorship.

RELATED: PHOTOS: 2019 Victoria Pride Parade hits downtown

The plan itself pursues what it calls seven overarching goals, with recognition of Pride Week falling under the category of Community Safety, Health and Wellbeing. That category promises to “promote community safety and well-being, while capitalizing on our community assets to foster an environment that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for all.”

Perhaps the most significant addition to Sidney’s strategic plan concerns affordable housing. Starting next year through 2022, Sidney will consider implementing recommendations from the 2019 Housing Needs Assessment. The plan also calls for the review of short vacation rentals under the goal category of Complete Community. That category also identifies 2021 as the completion date for the on-going review of the Official Community Plan.

Under the heading of Environmental Stewardship, the updated plan calls for an update of Sidney’s climate action plan and emissions reduction strategy and a review of single-use plastic items among other items. The plan also calls for the preparation of a report assessing the state of the local environment.

On the economic front, Sidney will continue review of its taxation policy, followed by a review and update of its development cost charge bylaw in 2021.


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

Oak Bay Grade 8 students end time at Monterey with drive-through goodbye

School holds socially-distanced completion ceremony

CRD warns of toxic algae bloom at Thetis Lake Regional Park

Visitors advised to avoid swimming in lake, keep pets out of water

Saanich police, pound respond to possible cougar sighting

Cougar possibly seen in area of 4500-block of Chatterton Way

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read