Some residents in a quiet Belle River, Ont., retirement community are making a lot of noise over their right to fly the Canadian flag.
The Cooper’s Mill Retirement Community homeowners’ association says no additions or substitutions are permitted to the exterior of homes without permission, and it has asked a few homeowners to take down their flags.
However, the residents of the community east of Windsor say their flags aren’t going anywhere.
“I said I didn’t put it up there to take it down, I said I put it up there to stay there unless you make me take it down,” said Cooper’s Mill resident Charles Strong.
His neighbours across the street are just as defiant.
Brian and Linda-Lee Cassidy refuse to take down their flag.
“[The association refuses] to back down and I refuse to take my flag down, so we’re actually at a stalemate,” Brian Cassidy said.
Flags called ‘trailer trashy’
The Cassidys said they didn’t ask for permission to put up the flag, but said they didn’t think they had to.
Brian Cassidy said the association has received letters of complaint from other residents.
“They used the phrase ‘It’s starting to look trailer trashy.’ A, that’s an insult to the Canadian flag, B, that’s an insult to people that live in mobile home units,” he said.
The association has refused to comment on the issue.
So being patriotic is now “trailer trashy”? It wasn’t that long ago when the Canadian national anthem was banned in a New Brunswick public school, and now we have this? Whatever happened to patriotism in this country? This is still Canada right?
The Cooper’s Mill Retirement Community homeowners’ association should mind their own business. They’re nothing but a group of busy-bodies trying to dictate to tell residents how they can display their patriotism. One wonders whether or not they would be telling someone flying a flag of another country the same thing. Couldn’t do that right? No, that wouldn’t be politically correct, but attacking Canadians who fly the Canadian flag is okay isn’t it? I doubt the majority of retirement community residents feel that way about the flag, and I hope that they stand behind Brian and Linda-Lee Cassidy to support their right to proudly display their love for this country.
It is a sad day when Canadians are denied the right to show their patriotism… Infuriating…