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Australia to keep Britain's Union Jack in flag

Australia has no plans to change its flag, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said, adding there is little public appetite for removing the British Union Jack from the national symbol. It follows an announcement by neighbouring New Zealand -- whose flag is nearly identical to Australia's -- that it will hold a referendum on the issue. Both flags feature a miniature version of the Union Jack -- the national flag of former colonial power Britain -- in their top-left corner, along with a array of stars.

New Zealand PM to hold flag vote if re-elected

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday pledged to hold a referendum on changing the national flag if he wins a third term in office in September. Key had been tipped to hold the referendum alongside September 20 elections but said he did not want the campaign dominated by debate on whether or not the country needs a new flag.

Late freestyle skier Sarah Burke honoured on Flag Day

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the family of late freestyle skier Sarah Burke will be presented with a flag from the Peace Tower in honour of Flag Day. To celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, each year the Peace Tower flag is presented to a Canadian who has exemplified Canadian values. Calling Burke a gifted athlete, and a trailblazer in freestyle skiing, Harper says she is one of the principal reasons why the halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia.

Late freestyle skier Sarah Burke honoured on Flag Day

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the family of late freestyle skier Sarah Burke will be presented with a flag from the Peace Tower in honour of Flag Day. To celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, each year the Peace Tower flag is presented to a Canadian who has exemplified Canadian values. Calling Burke a gifted athlete, and a trailblazer in freestyle skiing, Harper says she is one of the principal reasons why the halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic sport this year in Sochi, Russia.

Queen's man in New Zealand backs flag change debate

Queen Elizabeth II's representative in New Zealand has publicly supported debate on ditching the Union Jack from the national flag, saying ties to former colonial ruler Britain have waned. Commenting on Prime Minister John Key's call for the country to adopt an All Blacks-style silver fern flag, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae said modern New Zealanders' national identity was strongly bound to the Pacific.

Harper pays tribute to John Matheson, 'father' of Canada's Maple Leaf flag

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada lost a great public servant with the death late last week of John Matheson. Matheson, a former MP and Second World War veteran, died Friday in Kingston, Ont. He was often referred to as the father of Canada's now-familiar Maple Leaf flag. Matheson lead a multi-party committee that chose the new flag to replace the old Red Ensign in 1965. The Sunday night tweet from Harper's account also pointed out that Matheson was instrumental in the creation of the Order of Canada.

Harper pays tribute to John Matheson, 'father' of Canada's Maple Leaf flag

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada lost a great public servant with the death late last week of John Matheson. Matheson, a former MP and Second World War veteran, died Friday in Kingston, Ont. He was often referred to as the father of Canada's now-familiar Maple Leaf flag. Matheson lead a multi-party committee that chose the new flag to replace the old Red Ensign in 1965. The Sunday night tweet from Harper's account also pointed out that Matheson was instrumental in the creation of the Order of Canada.

Ceremonial flags stolen from Vancouver-area Legion days before Remembrance Day

RICHMOND, B.C. - Members of a Royal Canadian Legion branch near Vancouver are reeling after 10 ceremonial flags were stolen just days before Remembrance Day. William Spencer, president of legion branch No. 291 in Richmond, south of Vancouver, said the flags were stolen from a locked storage container during in the past week.

Royal Canadian Navy to run white ensign up the mast starting Sunday

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Navy is getting a new ensign to fly at the masthead and at naval shore establishments. The naval ensign, a white flag with the Canadian Maple Leaf flag in the top corner closest to the mast and a blue navy badge in the outer half, will now fly from the mast of warships at sea. The regular Maple Leaf flag will now be designated as the navy jack, which means it will fly from the ship's bow when it is tied up at a dock or buoy. Essentially, the change merely switches the positions of the two flags.

Canada put 'wrong' maple leaf on new C$20 bill

The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and the North American sugar maple. But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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