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City discussing new rules around raising flags

Council is looking into which flags can fly at City facilities, as well as which ones can be lowered to half-mast.

The new proposed rules will also decide which banners can be hung over highway 17 in downtown, this includes banners that represent provincial or national events and a banner that is a cause supported by the City.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers says the City currently recognizes five flags.

“One of the newest flags to be flown at different places is the Metis flag and that’s something administration will go back and take a look at. We acknowledge the Treaty Six flag, the Canadian flag, the two provincial flags and the City flag.”

There is an empty flag pole at City Hall that Aalbers says will be used for visiting dignitaries.

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“If we had an ambassador or the consulate general from a country that was visiting our community for a period of time. We’ve had the consulate general from the Philippines visit in the past, so we would like to recognize that country it would be nice to have a flag pole to do that.”

Proposed flags flown at half-mast for mourning include, Her Majesty the Queen, a past or present Canadian Prime Minister and a past or present member of Council or Mayor.

The policy will be revisited by administration.

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