Town of Port Hawkesbury approves third rainbow crosswalk

PORT HAWKESBURY: Town councillors in Port Hawkesbury have given the go-ahead for a third rainbow crosswalk.

Councillors unanimously approved a request from the first year Social Services students from the Nova Scotia Community College Strait Area Campus to add an additional rainbow crosswalk on the campus during May’s regular council meeting on May 7.

Following the meeting, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton said she’s extremely pleased to see this class take a lead in this initiative.

“We’ve had some discussion over the last year or so, just about inclusivity, and how the town could kind of take the lead in showing that we are inclusive and accepting to everyone.”

Chisholm-Beaton indicated it would be great to see this optional third rainbow crosswalk happen on the NSCC campus, but advised they have a little bit of homework still left to be completed for that, and will reach out to Tom Gunn, and some of his staff to test the waters and see how they feel about the idea.

If all the boxes get checked off, she said they’ll be moving forward with three rainbow crosswalks in the Town of Port Hawkesbury.

“One will be located on [the campus] of NSCC, and one will be very near the intersection between the Civic Centre and the crosswalk that leads to SAREC,” Chisholm-Beaton said. “So it’ll be a considerable distance from the Pitt and Reeves Street intersection, but it’ll be very visible from Reeves Street, and our third one will be located at the Port Hawkesbury community park.”

As the third crosswalk will be within the physical campus of NSCC, Chisholm-Beaton indicated the students didn’t need the town’s support, but as they are organizing and implementing two other rainbow crosswalks, they thought the town would be willing to take on the third.

Chisholm-Beaton hopes to have the rainbow crosswalks, which she indicated will remain year-round, painted in time for the upcoming Pride Week in July.