Someone finds those diagonally split Canadian/American flags the dollar stores sell this time of year offensive:
Calgary -- Bruce Haig has spawned a bit of a flag flap.
The 67-year-old retired history teacher from Lethbridge, Alta., recently visited a dollar store in search of a Canada Day hat and was shocked to find a display of flags that featured both the Maple Leaf and the Stars and Stripes -- and were made in China.
He huffed out of the shop and posted his disgust on the Canadian heritage website (http://www.ourheritage.net) that he maintains.
"I just think you shouldn't mutilate the flag," Mr. Haig said yesterday.
Indeed, Mr. Haig spent much of Canada Day sorting through scores of e-mails and fielding calls about the split flag.
"Ninety-nine per cent thought it was very offensive. You don't mess with a flag," he explained.
Several people called it an "abomination." Some suggested such treatment of the flag should be illegal. Some wanted to distance this country from the United States. Another said a merged flag is an idea as bad as flag shorts.
Abomination? Well, it's a terrible thing to do to Old Glory, I'll grant, but maybe not as bad as all that.