by Terry Haig
Originally published: July 26, 2016
This is the 38th edition of the parade, which had grown into a giant celebration of diversity and human rights, but the lead-up is not running smoothly.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to march, but so–as they have for 20 years–are the Vancouver police.
That’s not sitting well with the Black Lives Matter movement, which temporarily stopped Toronto’s Pride parade earlier this month.
Two weeks ago, Black Lives Matter Vancouver posted an open letter on its website saying it wanted the Vancouver police department to voluntarily withdraw from the parade because its involvement makes some communities feel unsafe.