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York University (Canada)

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York University is located in Downsview, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Although the university per se does not have an actual flag, a special banner was issued in 1999 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the university's founding; a color photo of this banner can be seen at the university website.

The university also has a very modernistic logo in salmon pink and white which closely resembles the symbol for a chemical element as indicated on the Periodic Table of Elements.

Finally, there is a b&w line drawing of the university crest or coat of arms on Wikipedia.

It consists of a standard shield with a center base, and surnounted by a crest consisting of what is apparently a maple tree anchored on a bar divided diagonally. The shield itself is divided, with two lions rampant side by side in the chief. The lower portion of the shield depicts a rose proper; since the drawing is in b& w I am unable to determine the actual color of the rose, altghough the stem and leaves are almost certainly green. However, given the name of the institution I am almost certain that the rose is actually the White Rose of York. Beneath the shield is a ribbon folded into three parts; the folds at each end are curled very elaborately, while the university motto is written on the face of the central fold; the motto, written in sans serif block lettering, is TENTANDA VIA (Trying the Way).
Ron Lahav, 4 December 2006


It is a simple white flag with a red freehand "40" and a line of black writing above and below it.
Eugene Ipavec, 4 December 2006


Here is teh 1999 text on various college flags: i.e. Founders, Vanier, McLaughlin, Glendon, Bethune, Stong, Winters, and Atkinson. Calumet has a vexilloid.
Jan Mertens, 23 November 2008


York University, being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, is perhaps more entitled to follow the Oxbridge pattern of residential colleges, with with its own flag, than is the case with those IS institutions which have attempted to follow this model. Also, York has the example of the University of Toronto, which has several such colleges, most of which are based upon a religious foundation. Where York differs is that instead of adopting conventional heraldic Banners of Arms for their college flags, the colleges have commissioned contemporary Canadian artists to design flags which embody the image which the particular college wishes to project.
Ron Lahav, 24 November 2008

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