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[URBAN NOTE] Five links: Toronto affordable housing, public art, Montréal flag, co-housing, Islands

  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.
  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.
  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.
  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?
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[PHOTO] Flag of Prince Edward Island, Avonlea Village

Flag of Prince Edward Island #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #avonleavillage #flags

This flag of Prince Edward Island was waving above the parking lot of Cavendish’s Avonlea Village.

The flag has the proportions 2:3; the three sides away from the mast are bordered by alternating bands of red and white.

The upper third of the flag features the English heraldic lion which appeared both on the coat of arms of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for whom the province is named, and on that of King Edward VII. The lower two-thirds show an island on which appear three small oak saplings (on the left) – representing the three counties of PEI (Prince, Queens, and Kings) – under the protection of a great oak tree which represents Great Britain. This symbolism is also reflected in the provincial motto, Parva sub ingenti (the small under the protection of the great).

Based upon the Armorial Bearings of Prince Edward Island, the flag contains a gold Heraldic Lion which also appeared on the Coat of Arms for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (for whom the Province was named) and on that of King Edward VII, who granted the Bearings. Beneath the lion is a single plot of grass representing PEI and England, both of which are islands. Upon the mound of grass stand a mature Oak tree (the official tree of Prince Edward Island) which represents England and three smaller saplings on the left, representing the 3 counties into which Prince Edward Island has been divided since 1767. Framing the flag on the three sides away from the mast are alternating bands of red and white, the official colors of Canada.

The flag was adopted on March 24, 1964.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[PHOTO] From Fanningbank down to the harbour, Charlottetown

Flags by Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #flags #charlottetownharbour

Strolling by Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #flags #charlottetownharbour #latergram

Low tide, Charlottetown Harbour #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #charlottetownharbour #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

August 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos from Church Street during Pride Toronto (#pridetoronto)

I spent yesterday evening down with a friend taking in Pride Toronto down at Church and Wellesley, wandering up and down the streets dense with people and vendors and venturing over into Barbara Hall Park and the AIDS Memorial. It was a lovely evening, made all the more so by a late evening sky coloured in rainbow pastels.

Walking down Church

Toward the Wellesley stage

The new Glad Day Bookshop sign

Towards Maple Leaf Gardens

By the roses

Behind the DJ

Roses in pink and red

Friends

Rainbow lights and sky

Pastels above

Seven flags over the 519

As evening falls

South on Church

West on Wellesley

Written by Randy McDonald

June 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

[LINK] The National Post on the Patriote flag

The National Post has a feature from Graeme Hamilton noting the controversy associated in Québec with the flag of the Patriote rebels of 1837.

On May 22, as the rest of Canada celebrates Victoria Day, Quebecers will get a day off in honour of les Patriotes, the 19th-century rebels who fought to bring responsible government to what is now Quebec. It’s no surprise that the mostly French-speaking province isn’t terribly keen on paying tribute to a long-dead British monarch, and such Patriote leaders as Louis-Joseph Papineau, Jean-Olivier Chénier and Wolfred Nelson are worthy of celebration. Yet last week, Quebec’s Liberal government angered nationalists by blocking a proposal to have the Patriote flag fly above the legislature in Quebec City.

Q: Who were the Patriotes?

Charles Alexander Smith via Wikipedia
Charles Alexander Smith via Wikipedia”Assemblée des six-comtés”, a painting depicting the Assembly of the Six Counties, held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada on October 23 and October 24, 1837
A: The Patriotes was the name given to Papineau’s Parti canadien and the popular movement he and others inspired to rise up against British colonial rule in 1837-38. “The primarily francophone party, led mainly by members of the liberal professions and small-scale merchants, was widely supported by farmers, day-labourers and craftsmen,” the Canadian Encyclopedia says. They advocated democracy and the right to self-government, but at the same time they were in no hurry to get rid of the seigneurial system. After the rebellion was crushed, many participants were imprisoned, exiled or hung.

Q: What is the Patriote flag?

A: The flag was introduced in 1832 by Papineau’s political party and was carried at political speeches and into battle during the rebellion. It is a simple design consisting of three horizontal bars, green, white and red from top to bottom. The flag was seen by the Montreal aristocracy as a revolutionary symbol, and in 1837 the Montreal Herald wrote urging people to destroy it. Some early versions also featured a beaver, a maple leaf or a maskinonge fish. Today, the flag often has the profile of a musket-toting, toque-wearing, pipe-smoking rebel superimposed in the centre.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 16, 2017 at 11:29 pm

[PHOTO] Flag of Prince Edward Island, caught on a breeze

Flag of Prince Edward Island, caught on a breeze #pei #charlottetown #princeedwardisland #canada #flags

This is the best picture I ever took of the flag of Prince Edward Island, adopted in 1964.

The upper third of the flag features the English heraldic lion which appeared both on the coat of arms of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for whom the province is named, and on that of King Edward VII. The lower two-thirds show an island on which appear three small oak saplings (on the left) – representing the three counties of PEI (Prince, Queens, and Kings) – under the protection of a great oak tree which represents Great Britain. This symbolism is also reflected in the provincial motto, Parva sub ingenti (the small under the protection of the great).

Based upon the Armorial Bearings of Prince Edward Island, the flag contains a gold Heraldic Lion which also appeared on the Coat of Arms for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (for whom the Province was named) and on that of King Edward VII, who granted the Bearings. Beneath the lion is a single plot of grass representing PEI and England, both of which are islands. Upon the mound of grass stand a mature Oak tree (the official tree of Prince Edward Island) which represents England and three smaller saplings on the left, representing the 3 counties into which Prince Edward Island has been divided since 1767. Framing the flag on the three sides away from the mast are alternating bands of red and white, the official colors of Canada.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

[PHOTO] Flag of Toronto, Bluffer’s Park and Beach

Flag of Toronto #toronto #scarborough #scarboroughbluffs #lakeontario #flags

The flag of Toronto was waving proudly over the entrance to Bluffer’s Park and Beach early this evening.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm