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Flag Flying

Policy No.: 2011-1
Supersedes: March 15, 2010 and January 17, 2011
Effective Date: October 21, 2013
Approval By Council Motion No.: 19

Purpose:
To provide a fair and consistent response to groups and organizations requesting that their event flag be flown from the Town of Annapolis Royal flag pole and provide general direction and procedures to determine when the Canadian Flag will be flown at half-mast at the Annapolis Royal Town Hall building.

Policy Statement:

  1. It shall be the policy of the Town of Annapolis Royal that requests to have a flag other than the Canada flag, the Nova Scotia flag or a Town of Annapolis Royal flag flown from a Town owned flag pole must be reviewed by Council for approval.Flags shall be flown in a manner consistent with flag etiquette of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
  2. The Town of Annapolis Royal will follow the standards outlined in Flag Etiquette in Canada to determine the appropriate time and manner for flags to be flown at half-mast in recognition of prominent public figures.
  3. The flag may be flown at half-mast to mourn the passing of persons in or from the Town of Annapolis Royal whose duties can be described as protective services, including but not limited to police, fire, emergency health services, Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and Fisheries Officers whose lives are lost while in the line of duty. The flag will be flown at half-mast for a period of one week beginning at the time that the Town is notified of the individual’s death.
  4. The flag may be flown at half-mast to recognize the passing of members of the Canadian Military whose lives are lost while on active duty for a period of one week beginning at the time that the Town is notified of the individual’s death.
  5. The flag may be flown at half-mast to mourn lives lost in tragic national and international events. In such cases, a decision to lower the flag and the period during which it remains at half-staff will generally mirror the practice of the Province of Nova Scotia.
  6. The flag will be flown at half-mast on Remembrance Day.

Procedure

  1. Any citizen, organization, committee or group who wants an event flag flown from the Town owned flag pole must make a written request to be reviewed by Council at the first upcoming Committee of the Whole or Council meeting.
  2. Any citizen, Council member or staff member of the Town of Annapolis Royal who becomes aware of an individual deserving of recognition under this policy should contact the Chief Administrative Officer as soon as possible to inform him/her of the name of the individual, the individual’s qualifications for recognition under this policy, and the date of the funeral or memorial service.
  3. The Chief Administrative Officer will arrange to distribute information to Council and staff by e-mail to explain why the flag is at half-staff.
  4. The following heritage flags have already been approved by Council to fly under the Canadian flag:
    St. David – March 1
    St Patrick – March 17
    St George – April 23
    Flag of France – July 14
    Acadian Flag – August 15
    Nova Scotia Charter Day – September 10
    St Andrew – November 30
    Union Jack as the Royal Union Flag Victoria Day
    Anniversary of the Adoption of the Statue of Westminster Commonwealth Day
  5. Flags may be flown on power poles within the guidelines of Canada Heritage rules and regulations as set out in Flag Etiquette in Canada and further, flags other than the national flag, provincial flag and town flag on power poles will be allowed on a temporary basis and will be removed within a reasonable amount of time (within one week) from the date of the event of the or the occasions they are used to commemorate.

Flag Flying Policy – Signed

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