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Speaking of flags, today is Flag Day

Saturday, February 15, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
STATEMENT
 
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA,
STEPHEN HARPER
 
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OTTAWA, ON - (February 15) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark National Flag of Canada Day:

The Canadian flag is an inspiring and endearing symbol that unites Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

It is equated both at home and abroad with a peaceful and progressive country of enormous natural beauty, prosperity and generosity of spirit.

At no time is national pride in our flag more evident than during the Olympic Games, and it is certainly on prominent display in Sochi over so many podiums and around so many of our magnificent athletes.

We could not be more proud.

In keeping with the recent tradition of presenting a Peace Tower flag to deserving Canadians, I am deeply honoured to present this symbol of our country to Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, parents of the late Sarah Burke, who are accompanied today by widower Rory Bushfield.

Sarah was a gifted athlete, a trailblazer in freestyle skiing, and one of the principal reasons why the halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia.

She was a great Canadian whose efforts have had a remarkable impact on the world of sport, and whose story has touched the nation.

Her legacy will live on in the many athletes who take up the sport she so championed.

On this day, I invite all Canadians to take a moment and reflect on our national icon and what it means to be Canadian.

February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996. To celebrate this special day in Canadian history, each year the Peace Tower flag is presented to a Canadian who has exemplified the values our country holds most dear.

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timothyj84 2/15/2014 1:28:35 PM Report

This Flag represent Our great Country! Nothing to do with ones beliefs....Don't mix Canadian Pride with anything else...And anyone Living in this great country does not need any other flag to feel accepted...Quit Digging
buddyjewel 2/15/2014 3:01:48 PM Report

Why not erect a flag pole or two at the Civic Centre exclusively for special occasions to recognize groups or events like Flag Day, Aboriginal Day, Pride Week, Bon Soo, even the Scotties when we hosted it, etc. It would only serve as symbolism to whatever the event is at the time. It might show our diversity, respect and recognition as a community for whatever flag is flying at the moment.
It would be considered a neutral flag pole(s) for any group celebrating a special day or event once an application was submitted for the use and duration of the flag pole.
For those who are going to say, who's paying for the poles, I suggest a user fee paid in the application process to offset some of the costs and keep the non serious applicants from coming forward.
mpa 2/15/2014 3:47:06 PM Report

Right on Timothy, flags are for countries, not groups.
riverman 2/15/2014 4:20:20 PM Report

@ mpa: "Flags are for countries, not groups." Tell that to the provinces, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Guides, the Knights of Columbus, CUPE, and the Nazi party.
riverman 2/15/2014 4:44:20 PM Report

And to timothyj:
Are you aware that if you are a teacher in the Catholic education system in Canada you can be fired if you are a non-chaste homosexual, and that you can be denied spousal benefits even if you are in a LEGALLY RECOGNIZED same sex marriage because Catholic school boards are exempted from sections of the Human Rights Code and those exemptions are protected by the constitution of "this great country?" Do you think that makes those people feel accepted? Until heterosexuals understand that society has a long way to go before bigotry and discrimination are stamped out, I will keep digging. Feel free to express your opinion, but please don't tell me not to express mine.
MarcHandthefunkybunch 2/15/2014 4:54:30 PM Report

Riverman,
It's their right to do so. It's part of the Catholic faith. Although that stance is quickly changing with the new Pope, (thank goodness) it is still the school boards descion on how they operate and by what policies. Even though I disagree with it, the Catholic School Board can do business however they wish and I have no problem with them not supporting homosexual life styles if their faith calls for it. I actually admire people that stick to their values, even if I completely disagree with them.
riverman 2/15/2014 5:15:50 PM Report

MarcHandthefunkybunch: I respect your right to your opinion and it sounds to me like you are a fair and open-minded person. BUT...whenever a person uses the term "homosexual lifestyles" in discussions around human rights a red flag goes up for me and makes me question if the individual has a real understanding of the very basic concept that homosexuality is not a lifestyle or a choice. And your point of view begs the question, "Do you then respect groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi party who have also stuck to their values even if you disagree with them?"
MarcHandthefunkybunch 2/15/2014 6:37:48 PM Report

Well, I used that term because I was trying to be respectful to all opinions. That being said, if people think homosexuality is a "choice" they are clueless. My favorite thing to ask people when they say it's a choice is I ask them a simple question, "when did you decide to be straight?" That shuts them up pretty quick and proves the point it's not a choice.

As per your kkk and nazis question. There's a difference between hate and disagreeing. In recent years, and I stress the word RECENT, the Catholic church has been far more progressive then most Christian faiths when it come to this issue. Again, I think there's a big difference between "hate" and "disagreeing."
MarcHandthefunkybunch 2/15/2014 6:55:11 PM Report

It's a great discussion though.One that needs to be had sensibly and more often. I appreciate this.
timothyj84 2/15/2014 11:30:11 PM Report

Why turn a story about our flag into a human rights issue....Last time I checked there wasn't any boy scouts flag hanging at city hall...The Canadian flag represents peace and honesty through the white colour as well as hardiness, bravery, might and valour as symbolised by the red colour. (The flag which has a Maple Leaf emblem was proclaimed in 1921 by King George V).
No flag shall fly with our flag...Not a rainbow one or any other..... Respect The Canada flag! that is all
Entitledtomyopinion 2/15/2014 11:41:56 PM Report

I want a heterosexual flag flown, as it seems like no one talks about us anymore. If the LGBTQ community truly wants to belong and fit in, then they should stop making such a big deal about standing out. If I were a member of that group, I would want to blend in. Have you ever seen a newscast or article about a gay person coming out "straight"? I'm sure it happens. And btw, I do not hate on the gay community, I am just tired of all the bickering from everyone. Let's just all get along and move on.
timothyj84 2/16/2014 12:12:06 AM Report

Exactly...My opinion Canadian flag represents more.....the easiest way to fit in is not make a seen! I agree you are who you are....should be Even for everyone! If you hang your flag everyone one going to want to hang theirs
Vindicator 2/16/2014 12:20:04 PM Report

The only flag this country needs to fly is the Canadian flag.

The Canadian flag represents all Canadians not just the special few. Wars were fought and lives lost to keep this country free.

The flag represents democracy not sexuality. Ones sexual orientation is a private matter as are religious beliefs.
mudrunner 2/18/2014 9:01:40 AM Report

We said Vindicator
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