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Days of Significance

Status of flags

This area will communicate whether flags are half-masted or if a ceremonial flag is being flown to recognize a Day of Significance.

Locations of half-masting of flags:Flags at half-mast at City Hall

  • City Hall, Lindsay
  • Coboconk Service Centre
  • Bobcaygeon Service Centre
  • Omemee Service Centre
  • Logie Park

Location ceremonial flag is flown:

  • City Hall

The Pride flag has been raised at City Hall for the month of June.

Days of Significance

Days of Significance refer to a day, week, month or other time period that is used to recognize a cause, memorial, event or other significant initiative.

Members of the public may follow the application process below to request recognition of a Day of Significance. It is the responsibility of the requesting organization to submit an online application for recognition of a significant day or cause, completed at least 60 days prior to the date to allow for approval and coordination. Requests will be confirmed based on the criteria set out below and on a first come, first served basis.

Criteria for Recognition

1. The day or cause to be recognized must reflect the corporate mission, vision and values.

2. The day or cause to be recognized must not:

  • involve violence, racism or hatred, nor have political or religious motivation.
  • have philosophy that is contrary to City policies/by-laws.
  • conflict with another recognized day or cause on the municipal calendar.

3. The day or cause to be recognized must be in connection with a local charitable or non-profit organization to:

  • help increase public awareness of their programs and activities; or
  • celebrate national or international distinction or a significant contribution to the community; or
  • recognize an organization that has helped to enhance Kawartha Lakes in a positive manner; or
  • celebrate significant historic milestones (e.g. 25th, 50th or 100th anniversary); or
  • at the discretion of the City Clerk, in consultation with the Chief Administrative Office, as a symbolic gesture of collective community spirit and support.

4. An organization shall not be recognized more than once per calendar year.
5. Organizations are required to submit recognition applications on an annual basis.

Criteria for flag raisings

  1. There will be a maximum of two recognitions per month involving alternate flags.
  2. A flag may be flown for a period of up to one month, or for the duration of the associated event, whichever is less.
  3. Alternate flag raisings will not necessarily include a ceremony.
  4. All flag raisings will take place at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, at the eastern side of the building.
Conditions for flag raising ceremonies
  • The City will arrange for the flag to be raised and lowered by staff.
  • All other costs associated with recognition flag raising and ceremonies are at the cost of the local association (e.g. flags, audio/visual equipment, signage, speakers and all other costs for a flag raising or lowering ceremony are at the cost of the local association requesting the recognition).
  • Organizations with approved flag raising requests are required to provide a flag seven (7) business days in advance of the flag-raising.
  • All other information pertaining to the flag raising recognition, including a ceremony if approved, will be required ten (10) business days in advance of the recognition.
  • The City of Kawartha Lakes does not issue proclamations, as per the Procedural By-Law.
  • The City Clerk reserves the right to assign a recognition level and/or deny request.

 

Request a Day of Significance be recognized

Municipal Calendar - Days of Significance                                                                        

Month

Date                                           

Event                                                                            

Recognition level                             

January

January 1

New Year’s Day - facility/program changes

Municipal awareness

February

Third week

Heritage Week

Municipal awareness

 

Third Monday

Family Day weekend hours of operation

Municipal awareness

 

Full month

Black History Month

Council recognition

March

March 8

International Women’s Day

Flag raising

April

Easter Weekend in entirety

Easter weekend hours of operation

Municipal awareness

 

April 22

Earth Day

Council recognition

 

April 28

National Day of Mourning-workplace death and injury

Flag lowering

May

First week

Emergency Preparedness Week

Municipal awareness

 

First week

Mental Health Week (CMHA)

Council recognition

 

Fourth Monday

Victoria Day weekend hours of operation

Municipal awareness

 

Fourth week

Paramedic Services Week

Municipal awareness

 

Last week

National Accessibility Week

Municipal awareness

June

 June Pride Month Flag raising

 

June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Council recognition

July

July 1

Canada Day

Municipal awareness

 

July 29-30

Islamic New Year (Muslims) 

Municipal awareness

August

First Monday

Civic Holiday weekend hours of operation

Council recognition

September

First Monday

Labour Day weekend hours of operation

Council recognition

 

Second Sunday

Canadian Firefighters’ National Memorial Day

 Flag lowering

 

Second Monday

Thanksgiving weekend hours of operation

 Municipal awareness

 

Last Sunday

Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day

 Flag lowering

 

September 30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 Flag raising

October

Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 Council recognition

 

Month

Circular Economy Month

 Council recognition

 

Third week

Ontario Public Library Week

 Municipal awareness

 

Fourth week

Small Business Week

 Municipal awareness

November

November 11

Remembrance Day

 Flag lowering

December

December 6

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

 Flag lowering

 

Dec 3

International Day of Disabled Persons

 Municipal awareness

 

Dec 25

Christmas and Holidays hours of operation

 Municipal awareness

Levels of Recognition

Flag Raising

A flag is raised, with an option of a flag raising ceremony with Mayor/Deputy Mayor in attendance. A press release, social media and listing on the municipal website will be issued to inform the public. An announcement will be made in the Council Meeting immediately preceeding or following the flag raising.Mayor/Deputy Mayor makes an announcement during Council, press release and social media, listing on City website under Days of Significance page and Calendar of Events. The lights at City Hall may be requested to be lit in a specific colour.

Flag Lowering

The City will fly National, Provincial and City flags at half-mast in the event of a death as prescribed in the Policy or to commemorate a solemn occasion. The act of half-masting is a strong visual statement that speaks to the sense of loss that is shared by all citizens.

Council Recognition
Mayor/Deputy Mayor makes an announcement during Council, press release and social media, listing on City website under Days of Significance page and Calendar of Events. The lights at City Hall may be requested to be lit in a specific colour.

A press release is issued, listing on City website under Days of Significance page and Calendar of Events. The lights at City Hall may be requested to be lit in a specific colour.

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