On Monday, November 28, 2016 City Council voted in favour of removing the retail spaces at the Pelissier St. garage and converting them back to parking.
The City has given six months’ notice for all tenants to vacate the premises.
Simply put, as of June 1, 2017 the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre will have to relocate because the offices are going to be paved over for parking.
It goes without saying that this was not the decision we hoped City Council would reach.
Many of our Community members and allies are reeling from the news. Many have expressed their heartfelt condolences and support. We want to thank you all. Council’s decision leaves a lot of questions that, at this time, we don’t have answers for. Most significantly, we don’t know where we’re moving to.
As emotional a situation as this is, we’re rallying and looking forward to the challenge.
Over the next couple weeks’ discussion will take place about what our next steps will be and a plan will be put in motion. There are going to be struggles as well as opportunities ahead. We encourage you all to remain optimistic and to check back as information will be posted on the Website and to our social media sites.
Keep in mind:
“It’s time to say goodbye but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”
“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies moving forward towards finding the answer.”
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
SAVE THE DATE
WINDSOR PRIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE
CHRISTMAS POT LUCK DINNER
50+ GAY & GREY
You are invited to join us at the Windsor Pride Community Christmas Potluck Dinner on Saturday December 10th at the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre (422 Pelissier St.)
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and we welcome anyone who can come to give us a hand with the set-up.
Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. sharp followed by some special Christmas entertainment and the movie "Ed Wood.”
The review says: Ed Wood is the true life story of the wackiest film maker in Hollywood. Johnny Depp stars as the high-spirited movie man who refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews or hostile studio executives derail his big screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad movie making to an all time low.
Donna & Carol are your hosts for this event. If you have any questions about the event please call us at (519) 974-6942.
While you are here, get your picture taken with Mrs. Santa Claus for a Toonie. All Proceeds will be donated to Windsor Pride. The prints will be available that evening.
Bring a dish for 8 people to share. Since we have gone “green” please bring your own plate, beverage cup and cutlery (and remember to take them back home). We will be serving coffee, tea, bottled water and pop at $0.50 each.
Remember that this event is free and is sponsored by the 50+ Proud Group. All ages are welcome for both dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment portion which begins about 7:30 p.m.
The Windsor Pride Community, Education & Resource Centre is a smoke, alcohol and drug free environment.
Here's a story off of the CBC website for your consideration.
How the Cold War 'fruit machine' tried to determine gay from straight
Federal government facing class-action lawsuit from LGBT public servants who lost jobs
By Sherry Aske, Trevor Pritchard, CBC NewsPosted: Nov 03, 2016 8:49 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016 12:39 PM ET
It's not fiction — although it sounds like something straight out of a dystopian novel.
The so-called "fruit machine" was a homosexuality detection system commissioned by the Canadian government during the Cold War — and developed largely by a psychologist at Carleton University in Ottawa — to keep LGBT people out of the public service or military.
While the machine is long gone, its legacy is back in the news after the federal government was hit with a class-action lawsuit this week from former public servants who lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation.
Gay and lesbian civil servants were driven out of the Canadian military and public service beginning in the 1950s, but the practice continued after homosexuality was removed from the Criminal Code in the 1960s.
At the time, homosexuals were perceived by the government as weak, unreliable and potentially disloyal. The government feared they might be easy targets for Soviet spies who could blackmail them into giving up important secrets — and thus commissioned the machine to determine a person's sexual identity through involuntary biological responses.
The project "was a series of psychological tests," said Patrizia Gentile, an associate professor at Carleton University and the author of The Canadian War on Queers.
In one test, for example, subjects were shown pictures that would "arouse desire," said Gentile, while cameras took pictures of their pupils, to see if they dilated.
'Product of his time'
The machine was used by the federal government throughout the 1960s, until the Defence Research Board — which was later folded into the Department of National Defence — pulled funding in 1967.
The device was never able to establish a "discernable difference," between the biological responses of heterosexuals and LGBT individuals, Gentile wrote in her book.
The machine was based on research by Frank Robert Wake, a Carleton University psychologist who died in 1993.
"I think he was a product of his time, definitely. But that doesn't of course excuse the fact that he came up with research that was discriminatory and harmful to a lot of people's lives," Gentile told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning on Thursday.
"He is part of the Cold War culture and this culture of fear, where homosexuals and communists were conflated."
According to Doug Elliott, a longtime gay rights activist and the Toronto lawyer leading the class-action lawsuit, as many as 9,000 people could be eligible to join it.
The Liberal government is planning an apology to the country's LGBT community for the past discrimination, but it's unclear when it will act.