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Toronto Pride: On The Brink Of Collapse?

Having seen the federal government’s tourism department yank funding and fun scandals involving groups like Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, it’s a wonder Toronto Pride is even still functioning. Actually, it barely is. A just-released financial report shows the group is more than $100k in debt after running up a $432k deficit, and executive director Tracey Sandilands is stepping down (being pushed out?). So expect fun changes like possible further staff cutting (the group is already down to four staffers) and a noticeably smaller event in June and July. And then there’s the small matter of Toronto playing host to the global event World Pride in 2014, which you might’ve guessed is, uh, an even more expensive undertaking.