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Belleville, Ontario (Canada)

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Flag of Belleville, Ontario (Canada) image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 June 2016
based on photograph by Gregory Mawson, 6 June 2016

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Description of the flag

The flag of the City of Belleville, Ontario, is described in By-Law no. 11246, Section 9: "The flag for the Corporation of the City of Belleville shall be a flag on a field of gold and red to match the Shield of the Armorial Bearings and containing the said Shield in the center thereof. The flag may be flown on all civic buildings, including school buildings. The Mayor only shall have the right to fly the flag on a vehicle". There is also Mayoral Banner described in Section 10: "There may be a banner to be used by the Mayor at official functions which shall contain the Shield of the Armorial Bearings of the City of Belleville. The size of the banner shall be appropriate to the occasion on which it is used". By-Law passed and effective 17.01.1983.

Coat of arms: "Gules a Chevron barry wavy Argent and Azure between three Bells Or on a Chief of the last a Book closed bound Azure edged Gold between two Grant Trunk Locomotive Engines tempore 1877 affronty upon rails with sleepers proper And for the Crest Within a Mural Crown of Stone environed by a circlet of Maple Leaves in their Fall tints a demi Beaver proper and a demi Lion Or supporting between them a Staff Azure ensigned by a Maple Leaf Gold and flying therefrom a swallow-tailed Pennon of St. George, Mantled Gules doubled Or" Granted 08.01.1982.

Unfortunately I received only a poor b/w image of the coat of arms. Documentation thanks to Debbie Parks, Assistant to the CAO.

About the city:
"Belleville (Canada 2006 Census population 48,821, census agglomeration population 91,518) is a city located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quinte in Southern (Southeastern) Ontario, Canada, in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It is the seat of Hastings County and the center of the Bay of Quinte Region." - from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belleville,_Ontario

Official website: http://www.city.belleville.on.ca/Pages/default.aspx
Valentin Poposki, 29 January 2010

Another photo, showing this flag in use by city officials, is displayed in the official city website; please note the unreadable obverse [http://belleville.ca/images/made/images/uploads/2673/_mgw0225r_800_534_60.jpg].

It is a 1:2 yellow over red unequal bicolor with the yellow stripe's height being 4/7ths of the total and with the coat of arms centered on it. This coat of arms is Gules a chevron barry wavy Argent and Azure accompanied by three bells Or and on a chief Or a book Azure between two locomotives affronty Azure armed and garnished Gules. On the flag, the the shield outline is missing and the chief/field division line matches the division line of the flag’s two stripes, the shield itself being only hinted at by the lateral edges of the chevron. Lettering in light blue (same shade as used for the armourial Azure) reading in fraktur type "City of", above the shield and "Belleville" under it. Are the bells a case of translingual punning arms, based on the toponym?

The whole achievement is shown in http://www.ngw.nl/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Belleville_%28Ontario%29 (showing slight differences compared to the flag), credited and sourced to the Governor General’s website. These arms were granted on May 1st, 1992; the flag was presumably created after that date.

The source of Ralf’s image seem to be this photo of the local police badge: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o4qljDUQbpE/TrHvk3w4YsI/AAAAAAAACRI/0S92ZmJa6AA/s1600/Police+crest.jpg.

The city uses also an unrelated logo, featuring a sailboat and the city’s skyline, all in blue and green on white; apparently not used on flags but featuring two flags: The boat has a green triangular pennant at its peak and the clock tower shows the national flag, but rendered in blue on white due to chromatic constrains of the logo’s design — un unfortunate decision, considering that the such design has apparently a specific meaning. Here are several close variants of this logo:
http://www.belleville.ca/themes/site_themes/cob/img/cob-logo-round.png
http://quintecareerfair.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/COB.jpg
http://www.kaspersky.co.in/images/logo-belleville41-104390.png
http://secure.youthscience.ca/sfiab/quinte/data/userfiles/image/City%20of%20Belleville%20Logo.gif
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 June 2016