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Flag Protocol

The Office of Ceremonies & Events is responsible for all aspects of the use of and the lowering of the Canadian and University flags on campus as required.

About the Lowering of the Flag

The University of Toronto Scarborough has three main flags in three locations on campus.

The Canadian flag is located atop of the science wing (SW), and is subject to specific protocol as dictated by the Canadian Government (Canadian Heritage).

The University of Toronto flags are situated in front of the Arts & Administration Building (AA), and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and are subject to university protocol. On special occasions, the University of Toronto flag is replaced with other flags such as the Pride and Trans flags.

The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the flag for events such as the passing of a member of the campus community and occasions of national significance.

Effective April 23rd, 2020, all flag lowering announcements will be posted here. Notices will no longer be sent to campus via email.

 

Date: January 7, 2021

Flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Friday, January 8, 2021 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.

In observance of the one year anniversary of the Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 tragedy, on Friday, January 8, 2021, all flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast.  A recent federal order has proclaimed January 8th as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters, to be observed annually on this date. More information can be found here.

U of T Student Life is hosting a virtual memorial for the victims of Flight PS752 on Sunday, January 10th, 2021. The memorial is a chance to join together and honour the memories of lives lost including students from the U of T community:

Mojtaba Abbasnezhad

Mohammad Asadi Lari

Zeynab Asadi Lari

Mohammad Amin Beiruti

Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi

Zahra Hassani Saadi

Mohammad Amin Jebelli

Mohammad Salehe

The event will include performances and videos created by friends and families for each victim, and words from Micah Stickel, Vice-Provost Students and Dr. Rahim Rezaei from the Centre for Global Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Date: Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Time: 12 PM (Toronto), 8:30 PM (Iran)

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84714699871

This event is open to all students, staff and faculty.
 

For more information, please click here to read the U of T News article ‘They shall not be forgotten’: U of T marks first anniversary of Flight 752 crash.

Date: December 3, 2020

All flags on the three campuses will be lowered to half-mast on Friday, December 4, 2020 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6 marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989. Since then, the day has been declared The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

In recognition, the U of T Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, in partnership with Hart House, are hosting a virtual fireside chat “Actions within the Intersections: Past, Present and Future” on Friday, December 4 at 10am. Please click here to find out more and to register to attend.

To read more about The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, please click here.

Date: October 5, 2020

Flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) on all three campuses will fly at half-mast tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in memory of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, former Prime Minister of Canada

Flags on all three U of T campuses will be lowered to half-mast Tuesday, October 6, 2020, on the day of the state funeral of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, former Prime Minister of Canada, who passed away on September 19, 2020.

Date: August 6, 2020

Flags (Canada, Ontario, U of T) on all three campuses will fly at half-mast tomorrow, Friday, August 7, 2020, in memory of those who lost their lives in the Beirut explosions.

Flags on all three U of T campuses will be lowered to half-mast Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, as the university extends its sympathy and support to families and friends of those killed in the explosion in the Lebanese capital.
 

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/our-thoughts-are-you-u-t-mourns-beirut-victims

Date: July 17, 2020

The University of Toronto flag will be lowered to half-mast on all three campuses on Friday, July 17, in memory of George Ronald (Ron) Williams, former Principal, UTSC

The U of T Scarborough community is mourning the loss of George Ronald (Ron) Williams, former Principal, UTSC, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto, who passed away recently. Williams was the sixth Principal of Scarborough College, from 1984 to 1989.

“I was chair of what then was the Division of Humanities when Ron was Principal,” says Wayne Dowler, Professor Emeritus, U of T. “I still feel the warmth, congeniality and sense of cooperative enterprise that he fostered.”

Williams cared deeply about the college. 

“He was generous in giving it his attention,” says Eleanor Irwin, Associate Professor Emerita of U of T Scarborough. “He amazed me with his shrewd knowledge of all the faculty.” When someone was needed to serve on a committee, she says, Williams would go down the list of faculty and identify the right person with suitable interests and abilities.”

Joan Foley, Williams’s immediate predecessor as principal, says Williams cared for students as much as faculty. “While promoting research and scholarship as Principal, he was also a strong advocate for students, particularly supporting their need for a student centre,” she says. This support was essential to the eventual construction of the Student Centre in 2004.

Born in Liverpool, England in 1920, he attended Merchant Taylors’ School, eventually earned his PhD from the University of Liverpool and postgraduate work at the Universities of Toronto, Pennsylvania, and Oxford. He became a faculty member at University of Toronto in the 1950s.

Williams chaired the Department of Biochemistry from 1970 to 1977, growing the department and creating an environment to help students to flourish and research to thrive. 

“Ron Williams was a dear and lovely man, always positive, interested in all the world has to offer,” says Paul Gooch, Chair, Division of Humanities, 1977-1982. “He had the mind of a scientist and the heart of a humanist.”

“The University of Toronto Scarborough community is saddened by Prof. Ron Williams’ passing. While he is no longer with us, we will continue to cherish his many contributions to our campus and to our institution, as a scholar and a leader. These are indelibly imprinted in the history of this campus, because the foundation that he laid, with his vision and through his accomplishments as Principal, has enabled us to become the campus that we are today, and for that we remain very grateful.”   - Principal Wisdom Tettey, U of T Scarborough

Under Williams’ watch, undergraduate instruction in biochemistry for Arts and Science students was expanded to include students in disciplines other than biochemistry, as well as larger numbers of biochemistry specialist students. In fact, during his tenure as chair, on three occasions, members of the department received Canadian Biochemical Society Ayerst (Merck-Frosst) awards. Williams combined his passion for biochemistry with concern for the environment and, in 1996, he published The Molecular Biology of Gaia, about the stability of the Earth’s environment.

 “He had a wide appreciation of the academic subjects offered at the college and was particularly supportive of the performing arts. He attended college concerts, plays, and art exhibitions,” says Irwin.

Williams’ devotion to the campus continued even after his retirement. He maintained contact with many of his former colleagues, both those at Scarborough campus and elsewhere at the university.

Williams and his wife, Joyce, raised three children; Geoff, Glynis, and Tim. He was grandfather to Jeremy, Dave, and Jano, and great-grandfather to Nia and Lila.

To coincide with a private memorial ceremony for family and friends, the University of Toronto flag will be lowered to half-mast on all three campuses on Friday, July 17, 2020.

To view the tribute article, please click here.