Giant Canada flag flying again over Brockville

In this May 2014 Google Streetview photo, the Canada flag flies over the SmartCentres location on Parkedale Avenue in Brockville, Ont. The flag had to be replaced Thursday after it was torn to shreds in Wednesday's wind storm. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – A new version of the giant Canada flag – a casualty of Wednesday’s wind storm – is flying again high above Parkedale Avenue.

A crew was out this afternoon (Thursday) to replace the monstrous red and white symbol on the SmartCentres property, near the Highway 401 ramps at North Augusta Road.

The force of Wednesday’s storm tore away all but the red bar of one-third of the flag – the tattered piece still flapping in the breeze.

The original Canadian flag – atop a 160 foot flagpole – was paid for by SmartCentres in 2013. The flag is approximately 35 feet by 70 feet (11 meters by 21 meters).

Call it a rebirth for the testament to Brockville being the birthplace of the flag. John Ross Matheson, former Liberal MP for Leeds, is considered the father of the flag.

At the time, it was believed to be the largest Canadian flag that could be seen from Highway 401 between Montreal and Toronto.

The Brockville Walmart Supercenter was also one of the first in Canada for a smaller market city.

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