Bank Street BIA, LGBT community members make Pride festival pitch

The Bank Street Business Improvement Area has teamed up with members of Ottawa's LGBT community with a proposal e to run a 2015 Pride festival together.

New community group wants to partner with BIA for 2015 event after Capital Pride bankruptcy

After the 2014 Capital Pride festival, the organization's board of directors announced it was investigating financial irregularities. Months later, members of the organization voted to declare bankruptcy. (CBC )

The Bank Street Business Improvement Area has teamed up with members of Ottawa's LGBT community with a proposal to run a 2015 Pride festival together.

During a public presentation at Jean Pigott Place inside City Hall Thursday morning, a group "representing a broad spectrum of individuals from the LGBT community" said they have developed a new Capital Pride organization along with the Bank Street BIA.

Members of Capital Pride, the organization that put on the festival for years, voted in December to declare bankruptcy after financial irregularities were discovered following the 2014 festival.

Capital Pride's financial shortfall stood at more than $106,000 in December.

"Given recent events, the group supports a partnership with the Bank St. BIA that would ensure that the festival has solid financial oversight with an experienced partner that has a strong connection to the City of Ottawa," the group said in a news release.

It added the BIA would provide "office space and organizational support" for staff of a new festival.

The news release said Tammy Dopson will be organizing the new group and Bank Street BIA executive director Christine Leadman "fully supports" the idea.

The partnership will be meeting with area councillor Catherine McKenney to formally present the proposal later this month, according to the release.

They said the arrangement would be "transitional and temporary" and would be reviewed before the 2016 festival.


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