County needs to set flag policy, warden says

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Cumberland County is not about to follow Truro's lead in debating whether to allow the gay pride flag to fly at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building.

Cumberland County is not about to follow Truro's lead in debating whether to allow the gay pride flag to fly at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building.

While not saying if he's for or against allowing the flag to fly outside the municipal building, Warden Keith Hunter said the county must develop a policy on the matter and feels only three flags should be allowed to fly.

"What we should do is develop a policy on flying flags. Really what we should be flying are the Canadian, the provincial and the municipal flags and nothing else," Hunter said. "We don't have a policy, but it's quite evident we need one."

Truro's mayor, Bill Mills, and members of his town council are receiving national headlines after last week announcing they would not allow the gay pride flag to fly outside town hall. The Municipality of Colchester approved the same measure.

Hunter's not sure what would happen if the county were approached and suggested it's something councillors may want to take a close look at before deciding whose flags can go up and whose can't. The warden said he doesn't want to get into a situation where council has to choose whose flags are allowed to fly outside the municipal building. It's not about rejecting the gay pride flag as it is about setting a standard policy for all the follow.

"How do you say no to one and not the othe?" the warden said, adding he plans to propose a policy at a future council meeting.

Amherst recently passed a proclamation and flag policy that allows groups to ask the town fly their flag. The town manager has the authority to approve or deny applications and he can bring the matter before council if he deems it necessary.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building

Geographic location: Truro, Cumberland County, Colchester

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  • BOB
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    With very little interestI have endured the flag stories that seem to captivate the news lately. It is my opinion that there is 1 flag that represents all of our various interest groups such as: the straits, the gays, the tall, the short, the white, the black, the red, the yellow, the young, the old, the skinny and the notsoskinny. This flag was fought for by our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and is hung with real PRIDE - the CANADIAN FLAG! All other flags have little significance.