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A new look for the City, Sault Police

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Board, at its regular meeting Wednesday, discussed ongoing work concerning design and final approval of a new coat of arms for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coat of Arms committee was formed in 2012, out of an urge by municipal officials to create something new and memorable in light of the community’s Celebrate 100! festivities.

The committee includes City Clerk Malcolm White, Deputy City Clerk Rachel Tyczinski, Celebrate 100! Project Coordinator Donna Irving, Sault Ste. Marie Museum Director and Curator Kim Forbes, City Councillors Susan Myers and Terry Sheehan, and City Police Service Sergeant Ray Magnan.

Magnan is involved in the committee because the crest worn on City Police Service uniforms will have to be altered, to include not only the new coat of arms, but also the Crown and the motto “Commitment, Excellence, Community.”

The coat of arms (unlike the familiar City crest shown here, and currently seen in municipal buildings, on the City flag, City vehicles, documents, etc.) must meet the standards of, and be officially recognized by, the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

The Canadian Heraldic Authority is a part of the Governor General of Canada’s Office.

Council, in July of last year, approved recommended elements to be included in the coat of arms.

Magnan told the Police Service Board Wednesday artwork for the coat of arms and the police crest has been done by a certified heraldic artist in Searchmont. 

Magnan displayed copies of the coat of arms and police crest artwork to the Board Wednesday.

Not yet ready for public viewing, the artwork includes symbolism pointing to Sault Ste. Marie’s fur trade and steel industry, the Clergue Block House, the locks, two wolves (animals, not humans, are included in an official coat of arms and are known as “supporters”), a whitefish, a lily (the flower of St. Mary), and the colours blue (water), grey (steel) and gold.

The motto “Ojibwa Kitche Gumeeng Odena” along the bottom of the coat of arms identifies the community as a First Nations meeting place.

The design will go before City Council for its approval next week, Magnan told the Board, with final approval coming from the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Once that happens, Sault Police will begin applying the new crest to its vehicles, uniforms, stationery and other items.

“Our changeover could be happening as early as this summer and phased in over the next couple of years,” Magnan said, adding “there’s money in the budget for the changeover.”

City Clerk Malcolm White, speaking to last summer, said he estimated the coat of arms project, with the artist’s fee included, would cost the City between $5,000 to $7,500.      


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Powerwise 2/26/2014 8:23:26 PM Report

A picture of a revolving door.

Enough said.
Tills 2/26/2014 8:46:48 PM Report

REALLY! What a waste of tax money, and the motto, well lets just say it should be more directed and reflective of those that pay the taxes to keep the city running. Not impressed at all.
superior87 2/26/2014 9:30:34 PM Report

If some people had their way, no money would ever be spent on anything.

Give it a rest, the constant complaining anytime something you don't like happens. Get over it.
MoesTavern 2/26/2014 10:00:46 PM Report

I never understood why they don't use the Naturally Gifted logo for City equipment, facilities, etc. like other municipalities and save the crest for other things such as legal documents. Can you think of any other place that uses a crest instead of a nice progressive logo?! Sault Ste. Marie will always be behind the times..
Bad Dawg 2/27/2014 12:15:05 AM Report

What is wrong with the motto?? Because it is not written in a more popular language of Sault Ste. Marie??
ford2 2/27/2014 6:30:11 AM Report

It will improve nothing, will cost lots to change the the cities logo on everything and has no long term impact of significance.
Don't waste the money.
justsomeguy 2/27/2014 6:36:21 AM Report

If I remember correctly, in order to use a crown on a crest then royal assent must be given - Sault Ste. Marie never requested nor was given royal assent making it an unauthorized use of the crown and an insult to other cities/organizations that did achieve it.

sunbun 2/27/2014 7:00:59 AM Report

"Tills" you are completely ignorant. You do realize that Europeans weren't the first peoples to settle this land right? Have some respect before you start sounding like a bigot.
nanci 2/27/2014 7:26:25 AM Report

Waste, waste and more WASTE!
We need to change it up down at city hall folks.
sly_826x 2/27/2014 7:52:03 AM Report

Tills says it perfectly.
A city should respect the citizens that pay to live there and not the ones who leach off of it.
Pathetic waste of tax payer's money to honour those who don't pay taxes.
Irony at it's finest.
LAWL 2/27/2014 8:11:26 AM Report

Just change the motto to "We Pay More"
MissionToVenis41 2/27/2014 8:20:17 AM Report

Interesting logo lol

We have a 'male' native dude on the left
and a 'male' working dude on the rght...
Where's the woman? Get with the times!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/27/2014 8:29:22 AM Report

Keep the one we have!
justsomeguy 2/27/2014 8:46:54 AM Report

I'm not sure what's more behind the times - the logo or people's attitudes in this city.
MikeQ 2/27/2014 8:56:53 AM Report


hahahaha. best comment. I died.
sunbun 2/27/2014 9:46:01 AM Report

Some of you are really disgusting human beings. Ahh, yes let's here all the bigots slamming their fists and shouting "I pay taxes!" Open your eyes and a history book - you don't get priority as a human being because you pay taxes. Every culture deserves respect - especially one that existed long before our own. Unless you're willing to trade your lifestyle and opportunity - be quiet. Stop hiding your prejudice behind the "I PAY TAXES!!" argument.
ThinkAgain 2/27/2014 10:57:41 AM Report

Just more wasted tax money, just wait its only the beginning.
Clothing, Flags, Signs, Stationary, Web Site, Advertising, Publications, Internal Departments, Vehicle's,...

When will this foolish spending end.

guido78 2/27/2014 11:03:56 AM Report

@ Powerwise: Good one, I'm still laughing
angens 2/27/2014 11:27:44 AM Report

@sunbun very well said! I couldn't agree more. I love the motto! Woot woot! :P
ddfive 2/27/2014 11:47:52 AM Report

y change with wht works
dragonfly7 2/27/2014 1:32:44 PM Report

listen sunbum! you got proof of who was here first???....Besides it doesn't matter.My god when does it stop?There was nothing wrong with the coat of arms anyway.It is a waste of taxpayers money.Really??? nothing better to do at city hall?
Tag33&1/3rd 2/27/2014 4:26:54 PM Report

On Reserve Police crests/shields/coat of arms----is there anything that includes non-natives? Just wondering---I don't really know.
Bad Dawg 2/27/2014 6:10:01 PM Report

dragonfly....your thoughts are idiotic!!

Lleoy 2/27/2014 7:07:17 PM Report

Just give them Tim Hortons uniforms, then they won't get so many complaints for eating donuts all day, they will fit right in.
dragonfly7 2/27/2014 8:34:16 PM Report

Idiotic badaaaaawwwwggg?You have the proof then??? or should I assume your indian?
sunbun 2/27/2014 9:12:05 PM Report

Dragonfly...if you're looking for an Indian, they live in INDIA. Do you even realize how ridiculously stunted you sound? I for one happen to be blonde haired, blue-eyed and Irish...probably whiter than you...thank God not so White-Trash though. Like only an Aboriginal would want to defend the Aboriginal culture. And as for the proof... it's called anthropology and genetics. Oh and something called historical documentation of the first settlers. Idiot.
dragonfly7 2/28/2014 10:43:51 PM Report

Well slainte to you sunbum! I myself happen to be irish and proud one at that.I figured u would respond with an answer like that.Me and my north American indian friend here are getting a kick out of it.Thanks for the laugh.Cheers
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