PHOTOS: Raising the rainbow flag at city hall


Ottawa Capital Pride kicked off on Monday afternoon at city hall with the raising of the rainbow flag — and a tone of resolve.

“Canada really has been, from all objective points of view, a groundbreaker (on LGBTQ rights),” Mayor Jim Watson said in a speech.

But, he said, there is still much to be done in the community and around the world in advancing them — using U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban of transgender soldiers in that country’s military as one of a few examples, without mentioning Trump by name.

“It’s actually really sad,” concurred Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre. “In some ways we seem to be going backwards.”

McKenna said the federal government stands with the LGBTQ community and is committed to “concrete action” to bolster their rights.

Photos by Devyn Barrie/

Tammy Dopson, chair of Ottawa Capital Pride, raises the rainbow flag as elected officials look on.

Mayor Jim Watson proclaims the day in honour of Capital Pride.

Catherine McKenna, MPP for Ottawa Centre, said the federal government is committed to action on LGBTQ rights in Canada and around the world.

Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the editor of and its sister site He has a journalism diploma from Algonquin College and has lived in Ottawa most of his life. Twitter: @DevynBarrieNews.


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