CBC’s The National visits Library and Archives Canada for a story on the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag

On January 27, 2015 a crew from the CBC’s The National visited the downtown Ottawa location of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to videotape a feature story on the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.

Award-winning CBC journalist Reg Sherren was on hand to interview former LAC archivist Glenn Wright and Della Stanley as they perused the original letter announcing the design of Canada’s new flag.

The four-page letter was written on March 23, 1964 by George F.G. Stanley, then the Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College in Kingston, to John R. Matheson, then M.P. for Leeds and member of the parliamentary flag committee.

The story will air on the CBC’s The National on February 16, 2015.

A CBC cameraman films daughter Della Stanley, CBC journalist Reg Sherren, and former LAC archivist Glenn Wright.
“It was on my bucket list of things to see!” said Della Stanley, upon first seeing the original letter written by her father, George F.G. Stanley, announcing the design of Canada’s new flag.
A CBC cameraman films Della Stanley, CBC journalist Reg Sherren, and former LAC archivist Glenn Wright.

Della Stanley marvels at the letter written by her father, George F.G. Stanley, which suggests four principles that should be maintained in the design of the Canadian flag: Simplicity—clean cut and not cluttered, Easily recognizable, Use of traditional colours and traditional emblems, Serve as a rallying symbol and hence a unifying force
Della Stanley marvels at the letter written by her father, George F.G. Stanley, which suggests four principles that should be maintained in the design of the Canadian flag:
  1. Simplicity—clean cut and not cluttered
  2. Easily recognizable
  3. Use of traditional colours and traditional emblems
  4. Serve as a rallying symbol and hence a unifying force

Veteran CBC reporter Reg Sherren, Della Stanley and former LAC archivist Glenn Wright with the original four-page letter written by George F.G. Stanley on March 23, 1964 announcing the design of the Canadian flag.
Veteran CBC reporter Reg Sherren, Della Stanley and former LAC archivist Glenn Wright with the original four-page letter written by George F.G. Stanley on March 23, 1964 announcing the design of the Canadian flag.
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