Print Edition: July 15, 2015
This month, there has been vocal opposition from some residents regarding the city raising the Pride flag at City Hall July 13 to 20. At the time of that announcement, the flag policy was not finalized.
The new policy states that only the following will be raised: the flag of the United Nations; the flag of a country recognized by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, when an official representative is visiting the city; the flag of an official sister city of the City of Abbotsford; or any flag which is required to be flown by contractual obligation are allowed to be flown at City Hall. The Pride flag meets none of these criteria.
Later that evening at the 7:00 p.m. public session, City Council acknowledged the receipt of a number of requests: for pro-life flags, as well as a flag from a farm, coming from residents asking for them to be flown outside City Hall.