CBC News - Windsor - Take down flags, homeowners told
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.
How is having a Canadian Flag hanging from your house or in your yard an "Insult" to the Flag, let along to people living in trailer homes?
I thought we were all Canadians, thus it wouldn't be an insult to see the symbol of the country you live in and are a citizen of...... and I also thought that raising the Canadian flag and displaying it was what you're supposed to friggin do with it..... so how does that insult the flag?
I think the only thing that's "Trailer Trashy" are the idiots who complained in the first place with such stupid arguments.
Sure, maybe the Community homeowner's association has the right to determine what people put on their homes or take off..... but the country's flag?
Try pulling that stunt in the US and see how long it takes someone to let you know of their disapproval.
What about those living there who served in the military?
Who's going to tell them whether they can have the flag outside of their home or not?
They must be related to those wads in NB who tried to stop the national anthem from being played in schools.