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Flag Protocol Facts

When displaying the Canadian flag with a white header against a wall or a flat surface, always make sure that the white header part is on the left, to the view of the public.  Even if this is on a fence or a school dorm wall.  If the header is on the right, the flag is considered “backwards”.

Flags will fly half-mast for the Honourable Lincoln Alexander

October 19, 2012
Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across Ontario will be flown at half-mast until sunset on Friday, October 26, the day of the funeral for the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Custom Appliqued Flag – The Final Trimming


Just putting on the finishing touches for this beautiful hand sewn (Appliqued) Flag.

Remembering the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games – President & CEO, Cecilia Burke

Remembering the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games – President & CEO, Cecilia Burke

This picture is from The Original Flag Store archives and features our fearless leader Cecilia Burke and was taken during our ramp up for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Custom Appliqued Flag – The Sewing Begins


In this photo you can see the incredible detail and Intricacy involved in creating this Custom Flag design… Stay tuned for a photo of the final product!

This Year Marks the 40th Anniversary for Team Canada 1972


This year marks the 40th anniversary of what is arguably one of the most important sporting events in Canadian history. In September 1972, Team Canada and Team USSR took part in the Summit Series between the best hockey powers in the world. The Summit Series was the first competition between the Soviet and an NHL-inclusive Canadian national ice hockey team. Most Canadians expected the series to be a one-sided win for the NHL’s best professionals. At that time, the Soviets had dominated World and Olympic play since 1962, but they were only amateurs. For years, the best amateur teams in Canada were easily able to win World Championships and Olympic gold medals, but by the 1960s this was no longer true. Canada’s top amateur clubs found themselves unable to compete with the Soviet Union and other top European countries. The International Ice Hockey Federation denied them the use of professional players, and as such, Canada withdrew from international competition in 1970. Canadian fans were longing to see a series that would pit their best professionals against the best the Soviets had to offer. In September of 1972, they got their wish!

This epic eight-game series has become one of the most fascinating sports spectacles of the 20th century. On September 28, 1972, Paul Henderson scored the series-clinching goal against goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. Canada won the series four games to three with one tie, instantly igniting widespread nationalism and pride.

The overall success of the series has lead to the creation of the Canada Cup in 1976 and has since been succeeded by the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.  The team as a whole was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of fame in 2005. For the 35th anniversary of the series, Canadian and Russian junior teams competed in the 2007 Super Series and the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge.

Fall is here!


This picture was taken outside of The Original Flag Store.  The changing leaves and spectacular colours are letting us know that fall is here and so too is our wide selection of fabulous Fall & Halloween banners!

Fun With Flags – The Big Bang Theory

The Original Flag Store Provides Sensational Flags for ALG’s Commercials!

The Original Flag Store adds a burst of colour using sensational purple flags to show case ALG’s newest Lottery Game “GeoSweep” in their commercials.

Watch the link below!

Toronto To Host World Pride in 2014

Toronto wins vote to host World Pride bash 

JEN YEAMAN PHOTORevellers march in Toronto’s Pride Parade on June 28, 2009. Organizers estimate the cost of a global pride event would rise to $10 million, compared to this year’s $4 million.

Toronto will host World Pride 2014 after winning a vote in Florida by leaders of gay and lesbian organizations around the globe.

The city’s World Pride committee thought they had won after the first vote Sunday, in which Toronto beat Stockholm, 77 votes to 61. The victory eliminated Stockholm but did not reach the two-thirds majority Toronto needed.

“It was a bit of a nail-biting experience,” said chair Mark Singh, about the three-hour wait for the results of a second yes-or-no vote for Toronto’s bid at the InterPride 2009 Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

When it was finally announced that the city won a 78 per cent margin of victory, meaning the festival will take place here, the crowd erupted in cheers, said Singh, who was “delighted” by the win.

“There’s so much support and excitement for this,” Singh told the Star.

The world event will be hosted simultaneously with Toronto’s Pride Week in the summer of 2014. The program for the festival includes a parade of nations as part of the opening ceremony and a human rights conference.

Toronto was represented in Florida by a 10-member delegation, including officials from Pride Toronto, organizers of the annual Pride Week, the Toronto Police Service, Pride Week sponsor TD Bank and Tourism Toronto.

The Toronto bid presentation took place Saturday and included addresses by David Whitaker, President of Tourism Toronto and Toronto Police Services LGBT Liaison Officer Constable Thomas Decker.

The committee was unable to complete the presentation after a request for a one-minute extension was denied by Stockholm.

It is now the second loss for Stockholm, Toronto’s main rival for the international political and cultural event, sponsored by gay leaders from around the world, after losing an earlier vote to host World Pride 2012, which London will host.

However, Stockholm’s committee was “very gracious,” and voted in favour of Toronto’s bid after being eliminated, said Singh.

“When it comes down to it, we are still all Pride,” said Singh. “Once the competition is over we go back to being friends.”

Organizers say Pride Week in Toronto last summer generated $100 million in business. Pride Toronto will need some financial support to put on the 2014 event.

Organizers estimate costs of the event will jump to $10 million, compared to the $4 million spent this year, but that would be more than offset by the injection of tourist dollars into the city.

Organizers also anticipate more funding from government and community sponsors, said Singh, adding that the victory may also mean more infrastructure investments into the areas that are very gay-friendly, such as Church-Wellesley.

The provincial government provided $350,000 for this year’s festivities, and Premier Dalton McGuinty has already provided a letter of support for the 2014 bid.

Toronto Pride bidders say the world event could draw an extra quarter-million people.

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