The City of Edmonton has floated around the idea of a new flag for the city, and now wants the public’s opinion.
Mayor Don Iveson has asked city staff to get public input on a flag designed by Ryan McCourt originally for a contest on the theme of Treaty 6 Days.
McCourt started designing the flag over a year ago after seeing a TED TALK about flag design.
He said all over the world, municipal flags are an afterthought.
“They were just not really thought about, a national flag gets considered a lot more a lot of people put a lot of stock into that but, a municipal flag it was sort of in the 50’s in the 40’s a lot of municipalities just kind of went ok we need a flag, checkmark, committee got together put some stuff on a flag and hung it up and that was it.”
He believes every community can benefit from having something to get behind, and Edmonton is no different.
“Edmontonians as a distinct community of people I think would benefit from having a banner that we can rally behind and call our own and have pride in, and I don’t think we do that now with our current flag.”
McCourt said there’s been feedback from the public so far, but not a lot of it has been directed towards his design.
“That happens and it’s annoying because I would like to actually have the idea of accepting this flag discussed seriously.”
He said people are using the discussion about the flag to change the subject and talk about other issues in our city.
To leave feedback head to Mayor Iveson’s website.
With files from Global News (CJ)