April 25, 2018 10:12 am

Newfoundland town council votes to paint its first rainbow crosswalks

FILE - A rainbow crosswalk in Vancouver at the corner of Davie and Bute Streets is shown in this file photo. The Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove town council in Newfoundland voted Tuesday evening to create two brightly-coloured crosswalks in the community of about 2,000 people.

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A small Newfoundland town council has voted unanimously – and unasked – to paint its first-ever crosswalks with the colours of the rainbow in a bid to show support to the LGBTQ community.

The Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove town council voted Tuesday evening to create two brightly coloured crosswalks in the community of about 2,000 people.

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Deputy Mayor James Cadigan says councillors took it upon themselves to bring the motion forward and all seven members supported it, adding that the crosswalks will likely be in place in a few weeks.

The approach is in stark contrast to a simmering debate in Springdale, a Newfoundland community of about 3,000 people that attracted national attention after its council voted against painting a rainbow crosswalk.

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A student group from the local high school proposed the initiative as a way to promote inclusion and diversity – something that has been done in cities across the country to support the LGBTQ community.

Several students made another pitch to the Springdale council on Monday, but haven’t heard if the request for a widely embraced symbol of inclusion will be reconsidered.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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