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Brighton, Ontario (Canada)

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[Brighton, Ontario] image located by Valentin Poposki, 30 June 2010

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The Municipality

The municipality of Brighton (10,928 inhabitants in 2011; 22,278 ha), located 150 km east of Toronto and 100 km east of Kingston, was formed on 1 January 2001 as the merger of the town of Brighton and the township of Brighton.
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2017

Description of the flag

The flag and arms of Brighton were inscribed on 15 February 2008 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. V, p. 200. The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Vol. 142, p. 2,983 of the Canada Gazette.

Or two anchors in saltire between two fish hauriant in pale azure and two apples in fess gules, a chief enarched embattled azure.
On a grassy mount vert a lighthouse argent beaconed or.
Two mute swans standing on a grassy mount set with trillium flowers, fir boughs and cornucopias proper.
Azure on a Canadian pale argent an escutcheon of the arms.

The yellow colour alludes to agriculture, particularly wheat and corn. The anchors indicate the area’s historic maritime trade and current recreational boating. The apples refer to a prominent local crop, while the fish refer to sport fishing and the fishing industry. They also allude to the heraldic dolphins in the arms of Brighton, England. The crenellated division line refers to industry.
The lighthouse is a local landmark, and the rays coming from it make a pun on the name Brighton.
Swans are a local water bird. The fir boughs allude to the park area; the cornucopiae are another indication of the area’s agricultural importance; and the trillium flowers refer to the province of Ontario.
This Latin phrase means “Progress and stability”.

Artist Information
Creator(s): Original concept of Harcla Morrow and Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic
Painter: David Farrar
Calligrapher: Doris Wionzek - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

Further details on the Presqu'ile Point lighthouse are available on the website of the Presqu'ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Ivan Sache, 12 April 2017