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For the Scottish at Heart

For the Scottish at Heart

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Posted January 22, 2021

A little levity for the New Year (and not at all relevant to environmental law): regulated symbols of our province.

While you may be aware that the Province of Ontario has a provincial tree (the Eastern White Pine designated under the Arboreal Emblem Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.25), a provincial bird (the common loon (Gavia immer) designated under the Avian Emblem Act, 1994, S.O. 1994, c. 15), a provincial flower (the white trillium (trillium grandiflorum) designated under the Floral Emblem Act, R.S.O. 1990, F.21), and a provincial mineral (amethyst under the Mineral Emblem Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.13) but are you familiar with the provincial tartan?

The Tartan Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 8 adopts as the tartan of Ontario a four block repeating pattern tartan that is described down to the thread count and the colour of each strand of thread in the statute.  The first block is identified as the mixed green block and consists of 129 threads of varying specified colours.  The second block is called the forest green block and also consists of 129 threads of varying specified colours.  The third black is called the mid blue block and consists of 82 threads of varying specified colours.  The fourth block is called the navy blue block and also consists of 82 threads of varying specified colours.

The arrangement of the blocks is such that the mixed green block is adjacent to the forest green block in the width and to the mid blue block in the length, and the forest green block is adjacent to the mixed green block in the width and to the navy blue block in the length.

 

Mixed green block

 

 

Forest green block

 

Mid blue block

 

 

Navy blue block

If you are more visual than the descriptive drafters of the statute, here is a link to a picture from the Legislative Assembly.

According to the Act, the shades of green in the tartan represent the forests and fields of Ontario, the red represents the First Nations of Ontario, the blue represents the waters of Ontario and the white represents the sky over Ontario (there are white threads interspersed throughout the blocks).

For anyone who has ventured to Maxville in August for the annual Highland Games, where every clan’s individualized tartan is proudly on display, the level of detail set out in the statute for Ontario’s tartan might not be a surprise.  The addition of a few different coloured strands of thread can transform the tartan of one family to that of another.

While not as ubiquitous as the royal blue-dominant Nova Scotia tartan or the red, yellow and green-based tartan of Canada, the Ontario tartan is distinct in design and readily recognizable.

So for anyone without a family tartan who wants to embrace the plaid, proudly don the tartan of Ontario!

This blog post was written by Cheryl Gerhardt McLuckie, a member of the Environmental Law team.  Cheryl can be reached at 613-369-0365 or at cheryl.mcluckie@mannlawyers.com.

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Cheryl Gerhardt McLuckie

Cheryl Gerhardt McLuckie

I practice in the areas of environment law and commercial litigation and am an active member of the environmental law group at Mann Lawyers LLP. Prior to joining Mann Lawyers in June of 2020, I practiced with a small law firm in Ottawa.  When the opportunity arose to join Mann Lawyers and become part of its exceptional team, I welcomed it.  Being part of a firm that offers a broad range of services will be of great value to my clients. In my environmental law practice, I assist my clients with all manner of issues arising from environmental contamination.   I have extensive experience in land contamination issues, an area which has undergone significant evolution in recent years.  I provide clients with a wide range of services in environmental law including litigation of environmental claims, defending environmental claims, advising on environmental risk, obligations and liabilities, engaging with the Ministry of the... Read More

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