November 14th is World Diabetes Day: The Family and Diabetes

The Staggering Reality of Diabetes in Canada and Beyond

40′ x 80′ World Diabetes Flag Made by The Flag Shop Head Office 

Happy Birthday, Sir Frederick Banting
World Diabetes Day (WDD) takes place every year on November 14th. It was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This important day is set aside to promote advocacy and collective action in addressing diabetes as a global health epidemic. In 2006, the United Nations (UN) passed Resolution 61/225, making WDD an official UN Day. November 14th was chosen because it is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who together with Charles Best – both Canadians – discovered insulin in 1922.[1]

Sir Frederick Banting – Source:

What is Diabetes?
In simple terms, diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot use glucose properly. As the main source of energy for the body, glucose levels are controlled by insulin. When the body (pancreas) produces no or very little insulin, this is type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics need daily insulin injections and regular checks of blood sugar levels. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas sometimes makes enough insulin, but the body doesn’t respond to it properly. This is known as insulin resistance. Treatment for type 2 diabetes may include exercise, healthy eating, medication, and monitoring blood sugar levels. Long-term complications of diabetes can lead to additional health risks, especially when diabetes is not well-controlled. These may include: impaired vision, stroke, and heart disease.


World Diabetes Day Theme 2018-19: The Family and Diabetes
According to IDF global statistics, more than 425 million people have diabetes, and half of all cases are undiagnosed.[2] The WDD theme, spanning two years, highlights the impact on families and the role families play in diabetes management, care, prevention, and education. Today, less than 25% of all family members have access to diabetes self-management education which supports improved quality of life. For those needing insulin, the costs can be very high, and even unaffordable, impacting the livelihood and health of families.[3]


Diabetes in Canada
Every three minutes in Canada, someone receives a diabetes diagnosis.[4] According to Diabetes Canada, in 2015, 3.4 million Canadians were diagnosed with diabetes. Estimates for undiagnosed diabetes were at 1 million, and in that same year, 5.7 million Canadians were found to be prediabetic.[5] This amounts to more than 10 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. Looking ahead to 2025, the total number of Canadians to be diagnosed with diabetes is expected to reach 5 million.[6]


Get Involved and Make a Difference
Aside from World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month. For a full listing of events in your community, please visit the Diabetes Canada events page at:

3′ x 6′ World Diabetes Day Flag Made by The Flag Shop New Brunswick 

World Diabetes Day Symbol – Flying High on a Flag
The blue circle is a universal symbol giving diabetes a common identity. Its purpose is to show support of all efforts to spotlight diabetes around the world. Across many cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. It was the passing of UN Resolution 61/225 that inspired the blue circle, reflecting the colour of the sky, and the colour of the UN flag. This is significant because the UN represents unity among many nations, and holds a strong and influential position to signal governments to take action in the fight against diabetes.[7]

Diabetes concerns every family.
Know the signs and symptoms because early detection and treatment matter!

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100 Years Ago on November 11th, 1918 the First World War Came to an End

Honouring Our Canadian War Heroes in the Fight for Peace and Freedom

On November 11th, we remember Canadians who fought for peace and freedom, and especially those who did not return home. It was on this date, 100 years ago, in 1918, at 11:11 a.m. that the First World War ended. Officially called Remembrance Day, it is also known as Armistice Day, or Poppy Day. We remember our many brave soldiers who endured the hardships of war throughout history, as well as those who served (and continue to serve) in peace-keeping missions far away from Canadian soil.

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry poses with Canadian flag in Afghanistan © Stephen Thorne 2003, The Canadian Press

Remembrance Day may have originated as a means to mark the ending of the First World War. However, since 1866 to present day, Canada has been involved in 19 wars. These include the Fenian Raids (1866–1871), the Wolseley Expedition (1870), the North-West Rebellion (1885), the Second Boer War (1899–1902), the First World War (1914–1918), the Russian Civil War (1918–1920), the Second World War (1939–1945), the Korean War (1950–1953), the Persian Gulf War (1990–1991), the Somali Civil War (1992–1995), the Bosnian War (1992–1995), the Kosovo War (1998–1999), the Afghanistan War (2001–2014), the Libyan Civil War (2011), and the International Military Intervention against ISIL (2014-present).[1]

Canadian Korean War veteran’s salute as they take part in a Canadian ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery – Busan, Korea  © Adrian Wyld 2013, The Canadian Press

The True North Strong and Free – A Heavy Price Was Paid
November 11th is an important day of remembrance. This is especially true since, with each passing year, there are fewer survivors of world wars. It’s more important than ever to remember the sacrifices they made for our country. We honour these courageous soldiers for their service, keeping Canada strong and free.

Ways to Remember
Donate to the Poppy Fund and Wear a Poppy
Poppies, which are sacred symbols of remembrance, should be worn on the left lapel, closest to the heart. They are to be worn from the last Friday in October until the evening of November 11th. Donations to the Poppy Fund support war veterans and their families.[2]

Visit a War Museum and Learn About Military History
Spending time at an aviation or military museum is a great way to remember the sacrifice of heroic Canadians who gave of themselves to preserve our freedom. More information about military museums, including virtual exhibits and galleries can be found at the Government of Canada’s Military Museums website[3]


Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony in Your Community
Remembrance Day ceremonies are planned across the country, and beyond, by many of the 1,400 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. [4]  Find out more about ceremonies in your community, including a branch locator at, or visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website, for events across Canada.

Flags on display at George Derby Centre, a veteran care facility in Burnaby, BC

Remembrance Day Flags – Buy Them and Fly Them
The Flag Shop carries a full range of Canadian-made Remembrance Day products as well as ensigns and military flags to honour our serving and fallen heroes.


In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
– John McCrae

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The Flag Shop Edmonton Supports Dogs with Wings Changing Lives for the Better

Adorable Black Lab “Iggy” Destined for Greatness

The Flag Shop Edmonton is thrilled to be a sponsor of Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society – in particular, supporting the training-for-service of Iggy, an outrageously cute black lab.


The sponsorship, which began in 2017, involves a two-year financial commitment. Phyllis Bright, The Flag Shop Edmonton owner said, “Dogs with Wings does incredible work and truly understands what it means to impact the community in real and positive ways.” She added, “Supporting Iggy’s training has been a heart-warming experience, because we know he will do great things for someone who needs him, and someone who will love him.”

Iggy and Phyllis

Iggy’s Training Plan
As with all other puppies in training, Iggy’s lengthy training is a carefully and lovingly-planned undertaking, involving many skilled, caring people, and resources. For the first year, Iggy lived with his foster family, the Dubois’, who loved and nurtured him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also took him to puppy school once a week. Now in his second year of training, Iggy attends puppy school every day.

Doreen Slessor – Source:

Dogs with Wings Executive Director, Doreen Slessor said, “It takes a lot of hard work on the part of many dedicated people to create the magic of our working dogs.” She adds, “We are very grateful to The Flag Shop Edmonton for its sponsorship of Iggy, which will help support his trainers, provide veterinary care, food, and equipment, such as his service vest.”

Dogs with Wings brings positive change for so many, thanks to its passionate and committed team, many of whom are volunteers. Its mission is to increase the mobility and independence of persons with disabilities and to enhance their quality of life by providing highly-skilled assistance dogs with professional training and ongoing support.[1]

Sourced from Twitter

Since 1996, hundreds of people have fostered dogs in training. Dogs with Wings currently runs training programs in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Calgary, relying on more than 200 active volunteers from the community. These programs support their clients, empowering people to reach their fullest potential. Dogs with Wings trains dogs to fulfill specific roles, including guide dogs, service dogs, autism dogs, faculty dogs, and companion dogs.[2]

Companion Dog Tiko with Jim – Source:

Partner with Dogs with Wings and Everybody Wins!
The costs to breed, raise, train and match one assistance dog are in the range of $40,000. Sponsoring a dog like Iggy helps to offset these costs. It’s also a great way to reflect a sense of good corporate citizenship while contributing to pride in your corporate brand, and building your reputation for supporting humanitarian causes.[3]

Thank you, Dogs with Wings for being a community leader in improving quality of life for Albertans, and for matching people with specially-trained assistance dogs. Your work is changing lives for the better!

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An Unexpected and Heart-Warming Story of Caring and Soul Sisterhood

Students of Merritt Secondary March in Pride Parade and Meet the Prime Minister

By Susan Braverman

It seems like only yesterday when we were having such a BLAST at Vancouver Pride Fest. It was a magical time of being out in the community, and meeting so many amazing people. And, though it may be over, we’re already looking forward to next year!

Vancouver Pride Parade 2018 – Sourced from Facebook

While we had other plans for today’s blog, an unexpected turn of events led us to switch things up, to share a story about caring and human connection. It’s a beautiful example of what can happen when just one person notices a need in the community and steps up to take action. It truly warms my heart!

Enter Astrid. She had called The Flag Shop to order Pride flags for the grand opening of her business, Mary’s on Davie. In conversation with one of my account managers, she mentioned Merritt Secondary School, which had made headlines in the spring. For years, the students of the school’s LGBTQ and Indigenous clubs had been planning for a crosswalk near their school, to be painted with the symbolic rainbow colours. When the school district presented the proposal to City Council, it was not approved.[1]

Rossland Summit School Celebrates the Opening of Rossland’s Rainbow Crosswalk. Credit: Chelsea Novak/Rossland News – Source:

As a concerned citizen seeing this in the news, Astrid wanted the kids to be loved, to belong, and to be seen. She wanted to see them marching in the Pride parade. She said, “I was so sad to learn about the struggles and disappointment of the students at Merritt Secondary.” She added, “High school is hard enough as it is, with kids looking for love and acceptance, while trying to find their own place in the world.” Creating an incredible ripple effect, the more she shared this story with others, the more support the kids received!

Merritt Secondary School Students Pose with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Source:

Merritt Secondary Students Feel the Pride Parade Love
The most exciting thing is that the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) generously opened up a spot for the students, making room for them and their supporters, to march in the Pride parade. And the Davie Village came together donating thousands of dollars for a bus to transport the group to the parade. All I can say is “Wow!”

As both a business owner who is passionate about making a positive impact, and a former school teacher, Astrid and I have many things in common. Though we only met recently, I loved her the minute we met! I am deeply humbled by who she is, and the ways she gives back to her community. She does this quietly, choosing to stay out of the limelight, and instead shining the light on the needs of others. It didn’t take long to realize we’re soul sisters. We knowingly share parallel philosophies, that there is true joy in giving and serving others, and believing that all human beings have a role and responsibility to show compassion to those in need. It’s an honour to stand alongside the champions and heroes in our community.

Students of Merritt Secondary School

I’m so grateful for the chance to equip the students with everything they needed for the parade. We were thrilled to donate the banner they carried as they marched, and of course, the handheld Pride flags, too! Way to express yourself at the parade, Panther Pride of Merritt Secondary – we’re so proud of you!


Hello Vancouver – Pride Is Here!

Pride Premiere Tonight & Pride Fest August 5th – Two for the Price of One

This is the fourth year of having our booth at Pride Fest, and new this year, we’re so excited to be invited to exhibit at Pride Premiere, too! If you’ve been driving by our store on Powell in your daily commute, you may have seen our gang setting up in the parking lot. That’s because we were doing our dry run and dress rehearsals before heading down to Robson Street.

The Gang’s All Ready for Pride!

The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, said, “Time flies! With Pride Premiere today, and Pride Fest just around the corner, my team and I are getting excited!” She added, “Pride Week is a truly magical time when we have a chance to be out in the community, so attending two major Pride events is a double whammy of the best kind!”

The Latest and the Greatest in Pride Products – You’re in for a Big Surprise!
First there was one, two and four, and now there’s so many more! True to our policy to go big or go home, our product line has exploded! Stop by our booth and see us! We’ll be easy to spot among the crowds – just look for the colourful flags waving in the air. We’re launching most of our new products tonight, and we’ll have all of them next week at the Pride parade. For a sneak peek, go to and get ‘em while they’re HOT! And be sure to check back often, because we’re always making our Pride site better.

Pride Flags of All Kinds

The Scoop on Pride Premiere and Pride Fest – When and Where
Pride Premiere
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson at Hornby
For more info, visit:

Pride Fest 2017 – Source:

Pride Festival at Sunset Beach
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunset Beach
For more info, visit:

Qmunity Contingent from BC’s Queer Resource Centre Vancouver Pride Parade July 2016 – Source: Ross Johnson/Daily Xtra

40th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Parade route: Robson – Denman – Pacific
For more info, visit:

Brunch and Parade Viewing at The Boathouse
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.
1795 Beach Ave
For more info, visit:

So, What Else is Going On?
Glad you asked! There are plenty of other Pride events happening in Vancouver. With far too many to mention, here are just a couple more that we found:

Pride at the Pier
Sunday, July 31, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
The Shipbuilder’s Square
Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
For more info, visit:

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Jim Deva Plaza
1200 Bute St
For more info, visit:

For information about Pride in Vancouver, including events and information, please visit the Vancouver Pride Society website. Thank you to the amazing bunch at the Vancouver Pride Society for all you do!

Celebrate LGBTQ2+ Pride!


So Many Pride Celebrations, So Little Time!

Pride in Your Community Building Bridges to End Discrimination

With countless Pride events and festivities planned across Canada, The Flag Shop is excited to introduce the first of a special blog series highlighting LGBTQ2+ Pride. In presenting the series, we hope to contribute to a deeper sense of acceptance and belonging for all in the global community.

Victoria Pride – Source:

Join Your Community and Express Your Pride
There are far too many events to list them all, and major celebrations have already happened in some cities. Congrats to the Victoria Pride Society, Edmonton Pride Festival Society, Pride Winnipeg and Pride Toronto for hosting great parties! Here’s just a small sampling of what’s still to come:

Toronto Pride Parade  – Source: – Credit: Mark Blinch/Reuters

British Columbia
Vancouver Pride Fest
August 5, 2018 (with many events leading up to and following the big day)

Kelowna Pride
August 11 – 18, 2018

Powell River Pride
August 13 – 19, 2018

Central Alberta Pride
August 12 – 19, 2018

Calgary Pride Parade  – Source:

Pride Calgary
August 24 – September 3, 2018

London Pride Fest
July 19 – 29, 2018

Muskoka Pride Fest
July 20 – 29, 2018

Windsor/Essex Pride
August 8 – 12, 2018

Capital Pride Fierté
August 19 – 26, 2018

Montreal Pride – Source:

Montreal Pride
August 9 – 19, 2018

Quebec City Pride
August 30 – September 2, 2018

St. John’s Pride Fest
July 15 – 21, 2018

Halifax Pride Fest
July 19 – 29, 2018

Pride PEI
July 22 – 28, 2018

Pride Flags – Poly and Sewn Options Available

Say It with Flags – Seeing Is Believing!
As you make your way to Pride celebrations in your area, we’d be thrilled to set you up with a full range of products, including Pride, Canada Pride, Transgender and Canada Transgender flags, paper stick flags, silicone bracelets, car flags, quill flags, lapel pins, temporary tattoos and so much more! If you need custom items, there’s still plenty of time to produce whatever your imagination might dream up, as an expression of your Pride!

Pride Hockey Stick Tape

The Flag Shop’s Pride website is about honouring the truth that we are all equally deserving of the basic rights of freedom of expression and freedom from oppression. We are privileged to work with Canada’s LGBTQ2+ communities and organizations to do our part to help end discrimination and violence, while promoting self-affirmation and dignity.

Sourced from Twitter: @CdnHumanRights

Discrimination: What Is It and What to Do About It
According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, discrimination is defined as “an action or a decision that treats a person or group badly for reasons such as their race, age or disability.” The Canadian Human Rights Act.[1] ensures fair and equal treatment of all people, regardless of social status, skin colour, gender, personal beliefs, or sexual orientation. The Act protects the rights of everyone in Canada, and plays a vital role in building bridges between all people groups, including the LGBTQ2+ community. If you or someone you know needs support, here are some great resources:

LGBT Youth Helpline Canada
Text for help: 647 694 4275

Egale Canadian Human Rights Trust

The Fence

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

The Flag Shop Booth at Vancouver Pride Festival 2016

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Express your Pride!


FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: Reaches “Half-Time” in the Series

Call it Football or Call It Soccer – FIFA Fever Is Contagious!

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is on! As the biggest soccer event in the world reaches fever pitch, it’s a great time to take a closer look at the game, and its rich history. Celebrating the best of the best in this wildly popular sport, the World Cup unites players and fans alike, as teams live the dream of winning the Cup!


The Big Debate: The Name of the Game
The name of the game is football. Or, is it soccer? The answer depends on who you ask, and can be found partly in the history of the sport. The modern version of soccer can be traced to the mid-1800s in England, where there were two types of football. The first started in public schools and involved passing the ball by hand, and would eventually become known as rugby. The other involved passing the ball by kicking. This game was called “association” football, named after its governing body, the football association.

Russia-Saudi Series Opener – Source:

Rugby became known by the slang term “rugger”, and “assoc” became the slang reference for association football. The term soccer was derived by adding “er” to “assoc.” In countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US, soccer is used more commonly, in part to avoid confusion with other popular national sports.

Historic Facts Tell an Interesting Story
Before modern-day soccer, the origins of the game are said to date back more than 2,000 years, to ancient Rome, China, Greece, and regions of Central America. The game we know and love today originated in England (see The Big Debate).

During the first-ever international football match between Scotland and England in 1872,[1] players wore knickerbockers and bobble hats. The headgear was part of the uniform, which lasted into the 20th century.


Soccer balls were more oval than round in the earliest days because they were made of inflated pig’s bladders which were placed inside leather cases. When Indian rubber was discovered in the 1860s, the egg-shaped ball was out, and a rounder ball came into play.

During its infancy, football was an upper-class sport in England. The rules of the game were developed mainly by students attending public schools and universities.

Penalties or referees were not part of the original rules of the game. Debating skills were almost as important as physical ability, as players could appeal against decisions first to captains and then to umpires. Referees became part of the game in 1891.[2]


London’s Kensington High Street traffic lights are the inspiration behind the red and yellow cards used in the game today. British referee and FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, Ken Aston, was driving through London when he first thought of better ways to demonstrate a warning, or to send a player off the field.[3]

Canadians (and People Everywhere) LOVE the Game
Soccer is a game that can be played spontaneously with nothing more than an open space, a ball and a few players. From children playing soccer with their neighbours, to a pro footballer vying for the Cup, the passion for the game is the same. Soccer brings people together, creates friendly (and frenzied) rivalries, pushes players to excellence, and builds team and national pride! Well, no wonder it’s the most popular game in the world![4]


Soccer Associations Supporting Future World Class Players
Soccer associations assist and support members and their affiliated soccer clubs, providing leadership and structure in advancing players and coaches to thrive at the game.
In British Columbia:
In Alberta:
In Saskatchewan:
In Manitoba:
In Ontario:
In Quebec:
In Nova Scotia:
In Yukon:
In Northwest Territories:

Limited Edition FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Flag

Raise Your Team Up on the World Stage – Do It with Flags!
Get your team’s flag on (we’ve got them all!) and join fans around the world as we all stand behind our favorites! No matter who you’re rooting for, we’re here to set you up with a full range of products, including national flags, paper stick flags, friendship pins, vinyl decals, crests, car flags, and temporary tattoos!

Limited Edition FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Ball and Pennant

Get Your Limited Edition Keepsakes – Before It’s Too Late!
There’s still time to get your hands on the Official FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 flag, felt pennant and soccer ball! Contact one of our 12 Flag Shop locations near you, today!

Catch FIFA Fever – It’s Contagious!


June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Promoting Unity: Honouring Indigenous Heritage and Culture

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Source:

What is National Indigenous Peoples Day?
Every year, on June 21st, communities come together to recognize Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. These groups are acknowledged by the Canadian Constitution as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.[1] National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) celebrates and honours Indigenous people’s cultures, traditions, spiritual beliefs, and contributions to Canada as a nation.


The History
National Aboriginal Day (NAD) was announced in 1996 by the Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the National Aboriginal Day Proclamation.[2] Cooperating with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21st, the summer solstice, as NAD. For generations, many Indigenous peoples have celebrated their heritage and traditions on or around this day because the summer solstice is the longest day of the year.[3] Then, on June 21st, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the renaming of this day to NIPD.[4]

According the 2016 Census, more than 1.67 million people in Canada identify themselves as Aboriginal. Aboriginal peoples are the fastest growing population in Canada, increasing by 42.5% between 2006 and 2016. This also represents the youngest population in Canada, with about 44% being under the age of 25 in 2016.[5]

Kwakwaka’wakw Artist, Curtis Wilson – Designer of the Canadian Native Flag
Our story begins in 2014, when The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, met Curtis Wilson on Facebook. Curtis is the designer and creative genius behind the Canadian Native Flag. The meaning of the design is so beautiful, Susan knew immediately she could do something big to help share the flag with all of Canada, and beyond! Susan said, “National Indigenous Peoples Day is about creating opportunities to promote unity among all Canadians while honouring the Indigenous peoples of our country!” She added, “I can think of no better way to do this than to connect with celebrations in our communities, and proudly wave the Canadian Native Flag!”

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival – Source:

Find a National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Near You!
Canadians across the country will be celebrating and there are so many events and activities planned that we can’t possibly list them all! Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in communities across Canada:

Ottawa, ON

Victoria, BC

Winnipeg, MB and  Toronto, ON

Whitehorse, YK

Iqaluit, NU

Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede – Source:

Calgary, AB

Inuvik, NT

Batoche, SK

Mani-Utenam, QC

Kamloops, BC

Montreal, QC

Need Flags for Your Celebrations?
The Canadian Native Flag is manufactured by, and exclusive to, The Flag Shop. Take a closer look at the full range of Canadian Native Flag products, including motorcycle flags, paper stick flags, lapel pins, and even temporary tattoos!

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On June 15th Join the Global Movement to Stop Elder Abuse

United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


The UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
At the 89th Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in December of 2011, Resolution 66/127 designated June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day has been set aside for all nations of the world to take a unified stance against the abuse and neglect suffered by senior citizens.

Facts and Stats
Employment and Social Development Canada defines elder abuse as any action by a person in a trusted relationship that causes distress or harm to an older person. Most common forms of elder abuse are psychological, physical, and financial, which may take the form of an isolated incident, or an established pattern of behaviour.[1]

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global population of those 60 years or older is expected to more than double from 542 million in 1995 to an estimated 1.2 billion by 2025.[2] With populations aging quickly, cases of elder abuse are expected to increase.[3]


Bringing Elder Abuse into the Light
In many parts of the world elder abuse is not noticed or acknowledged as a growing social issue, but instead is considered to be a private matter to be handled quietly. Even in today’s world of heightened social consciousness, elder abuse is still viewed as a taboo subject, often ignored in the community. Evidence is growing to indicate that elder abuse is a public health and community concern.[4]

There are many types of elder abuse, including:
Physical Abuse – the use of non-accidental physical force causing physical injury and/or pain
Psychological Abuse – the use of threats, name-calling, intimidation, ridicule, profanity and mental cruelty causing emotional pain
Financial Abuse – the unethical or illegal exploitation of an elderly person’s money, property or assets
Neglect – the failure (passive or active) to provide basic care or services to ensure a safe and healthy life of an adult
Abandonment – the intentional desertion by anyone having a responsibility to provide care
Isolation – the deliberate separation from social connections, preventing individuals from having visitors, or receiving mail or phone calls
Self-Neglect – the failure to provide oneself with shelter, food, water, clothing, and safety


British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks
The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) recently reached out to us to design and produce a special flag to spotlight World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It all began when a community coordinator requested a flag to be flown at City Hall. With 40 flags in their first order, we just learned that one flag has already made its way to the United Kingdom! The Flag Shop thanks the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for the work they do to stop elder abuse, and for helping to share the flag with others!


The BCCRN grew out of the need to create an on-going, permanent provincial funding and support structure for the benefit of adults facing abuse, neglect, and self-neglect. The association provides project funding, materials, training, support people, and maintains a website to assist its Community Response Networks (CRN). At the local level, CRNs facilitate abuse and neglect prevention and education with stakeholders to end adult abuse in British Columbia.[5]

If you’d like to be counted among the many around the globe who will take a stand against elder abuse, remember to wear purple on June 15th, the colour which is known to symbolize elder abuse awareness, and fly the WEAAD flag. We are thrilled to be the supplier of this flag, so get yours today! For more information and resources about elder abuse awareness, including a Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security, please visit the RCMP Elder Abuse website.

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Fly Your Royal Union Flag – May 21st, 2018

Sure Sign Summer is Just Around the Corner: May Long Weekend

Young Queen Victoria – Source:

Queen Victoria was born nearly 200 years ago, and all these years later, we’re still celebrating her birthday! In fact, Canadians have been celebrating Victoria Day since 1845, when the first legislation was passed by the Parliament of the Province of Canada, to set aside May 24 as a day to officially recognize the Queen’s birthday.[1]  


Interesting Facts About Queen Victoria

  • Queen Victoria was born in 1819 and died in 1901.
  • As a little girl, Queen Victoria’s nickname was “Drina.”
  • Victoria was the reigning Queen of England when Canada joined Confederation in 1867.
  • Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, at the age of 18, following the death of her uncle, King William IV.[2]
  • Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and as Queen she was required to propose to him!

Victoria Day Fireworks – Source:

It’s Party Time – Find a Celebration Near You!
Canadians across the country celebrate Victoria Day with parades, fireworks, and special events. There are so many fun activities planned, we can’t possibly list them all. Here’s a small sampling of what’s happening in communities across Canada!

Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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Regina, SK

Canada’s Wonderland

Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland
Sunday, May 20th, 2018
10 p.m.
Canada’s Wonderland
1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Vaughn, ON

Victoria Day SpeedFest
Friday, May 18th to Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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3233 Concession Rd 10
Bowmanville, ON

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Monday, May 21st, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
6501 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby BC

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120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade & Celebration Square
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Douglas Street from Finlayson to Humboldt Streets
Victoria, BC

Porchfest Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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Montréal, QC

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May Long Weekend in Quebec
National Patriots Day or Journée nationale des patriotes is celebrated in Quebec on the same day as Victoria Day. It was established by the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec-in-Council in 2003. The day honours the struggle for national recognition of the people of Quebec, as endured by the patriots of 1837-1838.[3]

Royal Union Flag
While you’re out celebrating Victoria Day, look for the Royal Union Flag, more commonly know as the Union Jack. On Victoria Day, according to Canadian government protocol, this flag is to be flown at all federal government buildings, including crown corporations, military bases, and airports.

The Union Jack was first proclaimed by James I in 1606, when he ascended to the thrones of both England and Scotland. He knew the importance of creating a flag reflecting the crosses of each nation. Then, in 1801, when Ireland joined the United Kingdom, the Cross of St Patrick was added. Take a closer look at the full range of Union Jack products available at The Flag Shop.

So, what does Victoria Day mean to you? If you’re like the rest of us, aside from its rich and interesting history, there’s no denying that Victoria Day also unofficially signals the beginning of summer fun!

Happy Victoria Day!

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