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Toronto (Ontario - Canada)
by Pascal Gross

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Toronto flag

see also the Proposed Flag

The white band is supposed to resemble a T for the city's name, but also recalls the appearance of the City Hall building. The flag was adopted on the 140th anniversary of Toronto in 1974.

I got this information from Kevin Harrington's article "Seven Cities in Search of a Flag" published in the Communications of the XI International Congress of Vexillology (Madrid, 1985). The City of Toronto is one of the seven administrative units making up Toronto. The others are Metropolitan Toronto (covering the whole of the city - the City of Toronto is only the city centre) and the cities of East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. All of them have flags.
Jan Oskar Engene

I have just returned from Toronto, and as always on a trip seem to find unusual flags or flag combinations. I searched for an answer to Luc Baronian's question: "Any news on the new Toronto flag ? Is it the former city flag, the former metropolitan flag or a completely new one ?" and in one place did see the Toronto flag as reported above (I attach a coloured version of it - however I saw it from a bus, and cannot vouch for dimensions, angles, etc.)

At Toronto City Hall, where I expected to see this flag, there is a nice display of the parade of provinces - done as two circles of flagpoles with the Canadian flag in the centre of each. However, the flag that had the "pride of place" was a most unexpected flag - a green-white-red horizontal tricolour, flying on a low roof above (and slightly behind) the two circles of Canadian and provincial flags (and from the viewer's point of view, clearly flying "over" the other flags).1 As far as I can tell it was the patriots' flag of Quebec (an independentiste group), ratio clearly 1:2 ! I am very curious as to why Toronto city hall would fly that flag!
Rob Raeside - 28 October 1998


1 This flagpole most often flies the Canadian flag. However, being a multicultural city, the City Protocol allows the raising of various other flags. Most of these are national flags of the various ethnic communities living in Toronto. The one your contributor most likely saw was the Hungarian flag. In addition to national flags, the rainbow flag of the gay community flies during Gay Pride Week, and other subnational flags may also be raised. It is said that these flag raisings are to publicise particular events in the city, and are typically short-lived. Between these, it is the Canadian Maple Leaf that flies on this pole.
Aleksandar Ilievski, 25 March 2005


Proposed Flag for Toronto

Council committee picks Toronto's 25-year-old design

By Bruce DeMara
Toronto Star City Hall Bureau

What's old is new again.

After two failed attempts to adopt a new flag for the unified Toronto, city council's administration committee has chosen the flag of the former city of Toronto as the preferred design.

The flag - a blue background, a stylized white T symbolizing the two towers of Toronto City Hall and a red maple leaf - still has to be approved by city council.

In the process, councilors rejected the preferred design recommended by city staff along with a slew of others offered by graphic designers employed by the city.

That was welcome news to Rene De Santis, the winner of the former city's flag competition 25 years ago.

``I'm very happy. Twenty-five later . . . it still stands up and it's a classic design,'' said De Santis, who won the city-wide competition as a 21-year-old George Brown College student.

contributed by Phil Nelson

one of the proposals that were considered
[Proposal for a flag for Toronto]

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