Langley City Councillor Nathan Pachal.

Rainbow flag could fly over Langley City

Langley City is looking at a flag policy amendment.

Langley City could be a more colourful place next year, after council agreed to amend the community flag policy.

Councillor Nathan Pachal put forward a motion to amend the policy to have the rainbow flag flown for one week during summer when Pride activities take place around the region and nation.

“The City of Langley is an inclusive and diverse community that acknowledges and respects all people regardless of their colour, race, region, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability,” he said in making the motion.

It calls for the flag of the LGBTQ community to be flown as a “symbol of inclusiveness and diversity.”

“It’s about time,” Councillor Rudy Storteboom said.

Coun. Gayle Martin said the policy should not single out a particular flag as there are various community groups with flags.

“I do take exception to bringing sort of personal agendas and requests to this council from one member of council,” she said.

She said she would like to see a rainbow flag flying request coming from the community, not council.

“It is not a personal agenda,” said Coun. Val van den Broek.

She worked with Pachal on this and he presented it as a newbie on council.

She added that the rainbow flag is recognized by the United Nations as a symbol of human rights.

Van den Broek added that she has brought up issues of interest before council, pointing to her request for the City to do a rainbow crosswalk, which was not approved due to cost.

Maple Ridge is one of the latest communities to have Pride events, recently installing a rainbow crosswalk for about $6,000 and hosting a Pride picnic to unveil it to the community.

“This is a policy issue, not a rainbow flag issue,” Martin said.

Council voted to revise the policy.

Staff will craft a revised flag policy for next spring which must come to council for approval.

Other related motions Pachal was going to make – for the City to create a courtesy flagpole for community flags and to spend $300 from the Council Enterprise Fund to buy a rainbow flag – were dropped.

 

Just Posted

2018 Aldergrove Fair photo gallery

Good times from pony rides and petting zoo to free MainStage concerts

Letter: Save the little forested area in Murrayville

A Langley letter writer is concerned development will mean the loss of greenspace.

54-40 thrills Aldergrove Fair crowd: VIDEO

54-40 were joined on stage by the band members’ dancing children, the “Aldergrove Rockettes”

Man arrested in Maple Ridge in connection with Victoria-area murder

Daniel Creagh faces second-degree murder charge in death of Joseph Gauthier

ZONE 3: Luck played no part in getting Riley Ward to the BC Games

Langley baller flouts misfortune on the floor; he’d rather get by on hard work

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge two B.C. wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Trio overcomes adversity at the BC Games

Zone 4 girl’s 3x3 basketball team fought through injuries and conflicting schedules

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Most Read