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Protesting Putin with poutine

From left, Dan Barnlund, Julie Dyck, Kristjana Schure and Jen Burton help raise funds for the Sexuality Education Resource Centre with a “Putin Poutine” special at Joe Beeverz.

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From left, Dan Barnlund, Julie Dyck, Kristjana Schure and Jen Burton help raise funds for the Sexuality Education Resource Centre with a “Putin Poutine” special at Joe Beeverz.

It’s an anti-Putin poutine.

The Facebook poster advertising the Olympic poutine.

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The Facebook poster advertising the Olympic poutine.

Over the next month, Joe Beeverz Bar & Grill will be serving up what it’s calling an LGBT poutine as a gesture against anti-gay legislation passed in Russia by President Vladimir Putin.

Throughout February, the restaurant will donate $5 to the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) for every Olympic poutine.

"It’s just something we 100 per cent disagree with and with the Olympics there right now, I think the issue has come to the forefront a little bit and people are starting to realize what’s going on there because of the extra exposure," said the restaurant’s general manager, Dan Barnlund.

Where the proceeds will go within SERC have yet to be ironed out. However, the centre said on an online post that it is thankful for the local support and the promotion of global citizenship.

"It’s something we wanted to bring some attention to," Barnlund said.

The issue surrounding Russia’s stance on its gay population has cast a significant shadow over the $50-billion Olympic spectacle in Sochi.

"We think it’s ridiculous people has gone as far as they have in Russia," Barnlund said.

The restaurant’s online flyer, with a rainbow flag in the background and a photo of Putin with a line through it, quickly gained lots of attention on Friday.

Despite the poutine protest, Barnlund said the restaurant will have the Olympics on its TVs all the time and the restaurant is decked out with pieces of Canadiana.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 10, 2014

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