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Couple forced to take down Canadian flag Daryl LaBine
It is time to become for the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.to become Canadians and allow Canadian flags to be flown. I am speaking of the article posted in the Toronto Star.

Couple forced to take down Canadian flag
It is not about patriotism ... it's about rules and regulations,' says property management company
Aug 11, 2009 08:52 PM
Jim Wilkes
Staff Reporter

An old saying suggests it's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. But when it came to the Canadian flag hung in a tree outside their rented Mississauga townhouse, Rose Wittemann and Richard Field got neither.

The Meadowvale couple had been displaying the Maple Leaf for much of the past three years, but was told by the condominium's management company to remove it late last month.

"It sickened me that someone thought it should be removed," Wittemann said today. "We could understand if it was something offensive, but it's the flag of our country."

She said the flag was also meant as a show of support for her brother, a soldier to be deployed to Afghanistan next month.

Field, who said they originally took the flag from their bedroom wall to display outside before Canada Day 2006, calls the brouhaha "silly."

"I don't know why it's such a big deal now," he said.

The letter from CABER Management reads: "It has been noted that you have had a Canadian flag hanging in the tree at the front of your unit for some time now. While we appreciate your patriotism, Canada Day has now passed and we require that the flag be removed immediately."

CABER president John Belford said the company isn't in the habit of demanding the removal of flags at the Montevideo Rd. complex or anywhere else. He said the letter was sent after the company received a complaint from another resident in the complex.

"It was tossed in a tree like a rag and was dragging on the ground," he told the Star. "It looked terrible so we asked them to take it down."

Wittemann contends they've always kept the flag well off the ground and displayed it on the tree only because there was nowhere else to put it. It's now hanging behind the screen door at the front of their unit.

Belford said that, since word of the situation spread, he has received death threats from people who think he's unpatriotic.

"It's pretty scary," he said. "It's not about patriotism ... it's about rules and regulations."

Graham Oag, 65, who has displayed a flag from a pole on his private home across the street for the past 18 months, said he doesn't understand the fuss.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with it, unless it's the size of a bedsheet," he said. "I think it's very childish, very unpatriotic."

Belford told the couple they could ask the condominium corporation that operates the townhouse complex to change its rules, which he said his company must enforce.

But Wittemann and Field, parents of four children, say that's a process that would take longer than they plan to stay. They're moving at the end of the month.
Posted At: 2009-08-11 20:15:37

Dean McCabe
Dear Mr. Labine,

It is unfortunate that you feel the decision of one condo not the manager and not ACMO calls into question the patriotism of our entire association.

The management company was responding to a complaint from a resident that took offence at the way the flag was displayed and the manager was simply doing their job in enforcing the rule of that community. A rule made by the members of that condominium complex.

We cannot force a condominium client of one of our members to allow any such displays. Those condo communities are governed by the people that own and reside there.

Dean McCabe

Posted At: 2009-08-16 00:02:30

Hello there,

I watched an interview with the couple who were asked to remove the flag. The reality is that they were told to move the flag and hang it more appropriately, this is what they said on the news.

I don't think that is an unreasonable request at all and I certainly don't think that this issue should be put onto the Association of Condominium Managers as a whole.

Posted At: 2009-10-02 20:41:38