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Rainbow crosswalk comes to city hall

The city has installed a rainbow crosswalk in front of city hall, a location that was chosen by residents. (Photo by Chris Jones)

The City of Oshawa has installed a rainbow crosswalk at the main entrance to City Hall to celebrate Pride month.

The City obtained community feedback on three proposed locations for a rainbow crosswalk in Oshawa.

Based on the feedback received, the most preferred location was the pedestrian crosswalk located adjacent to the main entrance of Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre St. S., and The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery.

The installation of the rainbow crosswalk aligns with the city’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Approved in 2017, the plan contains actions and strategies for the city to identify and remove barriers and promote inclusion.

“This crosswalk is a symbol of our aspiration to be an inclusive city,” says Ward 4 City Councillor Derek Giberson. “We know that there are LGBTQ+ individuals in our community who still face discrimination and isolation, but it is important that we as a municipality let them know that they are heard, they are supported, they belong, and they matter.”