Give Toronto a Less Awful Flag

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Do you know what Toronto's flag looks like? If you're like most people, you don't. If you're like me, you do and you hate it. 

Toronto's flag was designed in 1974, because of course it was, by a 21-year-old George Brown student who I'm sure is a really great guy. The curved lines forming a "T" shape are meant to resemble the twin towers of Toronto's City Hall, because in 1974 that was a genuinely important part of Toronto's cityscape. The Maple Leaf is there just in case we forget what country we're in. 

In reality, it looks like Boba Fett taking a selfie from way too close. Everyone in Toronto either dislikes it or doesn't know it exists. 

We had an opportunity to change it 1999 when the six cities of Toronto Region were amalgamated, but we decided to just use Old Toronto's flag because we were busy worrying about Y2K or watching the Matrix or something. 

Now, with Toronto truly coming into its own as a world class city, it's time to do better. Flags are an important symbol of a community's civic pride, shared history and vision for the future. We need to do better.

People here deserve a flag we can be proud of. We deserve something timeless, unique and historic; something we can wave at music festivals or put on mugs to sell outside Jays games. We deserve a flag like they have in Chicago, or Indianapolis, or even Montreal.

We, the undersigned, call on Mayor John Tory, Toronto City Council, and 6ixGod himself to establish a committee for a new flag and submit a call for designs from the public.



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