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post #1 of 6 Old 06-07-2014, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ontario Sesquicentennial Flag

Flags are a hobby of mine. If you buy a house equipped with a flagpole, accompanied by a distinctive, perhaps unique flag, you may succumb to the same condition.

It is not difficult to become interested in flags. If you simply look around you (In latin, that is CIRCUMSPICE, which appears on the flag of Michigan) you will see plenty of flags. In my experience, Newfoundland has the greatest number of flags displayed per capita, partly because in Newfoundland many poles bifurcate (that is a Diefenbaker word, for you historians) and thus display two flags.

But I digress ... fanciers of flags do that a lot ... and old men tend to ramble ... so I am caught on two prongs ... where was I?

Oh, the title. Well, it occurred to me that the flag of Ontario has borne a Union Jack for 147 years, and I think that is about long enough. What would the flag of Ontario look like if a red maple leaf replaced that ancient symbol?

Well, look below and you will see my paste-up of such a flag.

A while ago, I bought an Ontario flag and a smaller flag of Canada.
Today I got busy with my sewing machine and sewed it up,
pretty much as the diagram shows. I am not equipped to post a photo.

Let me tell you, when I put this flag up my flagpole,
right here in Sarasota Florida, I was mighty impressed.
In my opinion, a maple leaf belongs where the Union Jack is.
Perhaps several (million?) Ontarians will agree with me.

I will bring this flag to Ontario on July 1, and fly it in Ontario
on the province's (and the country's) 147th birthday.

I hope to bring it to Lakeshore & Leslie some Thursday evenings,
in hopes of learning what other bikers think of my idea.
I realize this is not likely to be a unique idea, but that does not matter to me.

Please think about this flag, and feel free to post opinions.

Keith
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2014, 07:31 AM
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Nah.....

Maple leaf is too big. Just ditch the Union jack & keep the three smaller leaves.

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Hi Keith. Well, if you like flags, I have a doozey for you.

Many years ago, I got word of a program run by Heritage Canada, which involves giving away the flag that has flown on top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa for that day. I sent them a letter indicating I would like one, and waited 8 years, due to the waiting list.

I now have a beautiful, huge Canadian flag that has flown on the Peace Tower, and a very nice letter of provenance to go with it.

It's amazing how small the flag looks when flying from the tower. It is 2.5 metres tall and about 5+ metres wide.

It is one of my very favourite possessions. Oh, and the waiting list is now over 30 years.

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Flags are a hobby of mine. If you buy a house equipped with a flagpole, accompanied by a distinctive, perhaps unique flag, you may succumb to the same condition.

It is not difficult to become interested in flags. If you simply look around you (In latin, that is CIRCUMSPICE, which appears on the flag of Michigan) you will see plenty of flags. In my experience, Newfoundland has the greatest number of flags displayed per capita, partly because in Newfoundland many poles bifurcate (that is a Diefenbaker word, for you historians) and thus display two flags.

But I digress ... fanciers of flags do that a lot ... and old men tend to ramble ... so I am caught on two prongs ... where was I?

Oh, the title. Well, it occurred to me that the flag of Ontario has borne a Union Jack for 147 years, and I think that is about long enough. What would the flag of Ontario look like if a red maple leaf replaced that ancient symbol?

Well, look below and you will see my paste-up of such a flag.

A while ago, I bought an Ontario flag and a smaller flag of Canada.
Today I got busy with my sewing machine and sewed it up,
pretty much as the diagram shows. I am not equipped to post a photo.

Let me tell you, when I put this flag up my flagpole,
right here in Sarasota Florida, I was mighty impressed.
In my opinion, a maple leaf belongs where the Union Jack is.
Perhaps several (million?) Ontarians will agree with me.

I will bring this flag to Ontario on July 1, and fly it in Ontario
on the province's (and the country's) 147th birthday.

I hope to bring it to Lakeshore & Leslie some Thursday evenings,
in hopes of learning what other bikers think of my idea.
I realize this is not likely to be a unique idea, but that does not matter to me.

Please think about this flag, and feel free to post opinions.

Keith




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A buddy of mine swore many years ago that an incredibly large Canadian flag in his possession was the first one to fly from the Peace tower, stolen by his drunken uncle on a dare during his University of Ottawa days. No idea of the veracity of this, it makes a good story.

Good one Keith, the maple leaf deserves to be on our provincial flag, the Union Jack is a tad passť if not imperialistic...

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I'm pleased to learn your opinions!

Janice, thank you for telling me the history of your enormous flag.
I will be riding near the Peace Tower this summer, and I will be glad
to know the size of flag that is flying, way way up there.

I hope you have opportunities to fly it; you need a very tall pole for that!
I have two large flags, and my 5.2-meter pole is not adequate for them;
nevertheless, it keeps them from dragging on the ground.

Jstrom, you are correct about my having the Maple Leaf too big.
The overall proportions of the flag are wrong, too. Like Canada's
flag, the flag of Ontario should be twice as wide as it is high.
Mine is a tad stubby because the Union Jack was 1x2,
but the white field including the leaf is almost square (as it should be).

In any case, I will take my flag to Queen's Park and see what comments I get.
There is a flag store on Dufferin Street near Steeles that would make several
of these for me, probably for more money than I want to pay. There is a more
funky store in Barrie that might be more economical, but I do not want to
spend a bundle on this project; my other hobby uses my funds quite well!

Thanks to all for the comments. I value your opinions!

Keith

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