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This is a banner of arms used by the (former-and-more-then-probably-future)
city of Westmount.
Marc Pasquin, 12 June 2005
Martin C. Barry, in The Westmount Examiner, 11 January 2005, reports the hoisting of the flag of Westmount on New Year's Day, the first official day of Westmount’s newly restored status as a city.
Six years after Quebec first started implementing Westmount’s forced merger with the City of Montreal, followed by an intense anti-merger campaign and a successful demerger vote last year, the day of municipal reconstitution had finally come.
In recognition of the historic event, more than 150 residents gathered during the afternoon on New Year’s Day at City Hall, where everyone had the opportunity to write their name in Westmount’s Golden Book, a registry of eminent guests first signed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959.
To the sound of loud cheers, Westmount’s flag was raised on a stainless steel mast in front of City Hall.
[…]the banner, which features a setting sun, the crenellations of City Hall and the Raven of St. Anthony, representing the original name (Côte St. Antoine) of Westmount.
The article is illustrated by a picture captioned as follows:
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2006
With a great cheer, Mayor Karin Marks and former mayor Peter Trent prepare to hoist the Westmount flag at City Hall on New Year’s Day—the first official day of Westmount’s newly restored status as a city."
I made this flag based on a description in Beaudoin. Though I never saw a municipal flag flying on Westmount's city hall, I have seen a banner of arms in a building owned by the former Montreal Urban Community in 1999. The arms were granted by the English College of Arms in May 1945 (the first arms granted to a Canadian municipality) and were confirmed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority on February 15 2001. The setting sun on the mountain refers to the name of the city. Two former names of the area are also referred to on the arms: the white roses are a reference to the former municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, of which Westmount was once a part; the raven is a reference to St. Anthony, because Westmount was first incorporated as Côte-Saint-Antoine.
Reference: François Beaudoin, Symboles de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal, Vexilla Belgica, 1982.
Luc Baronian, 9 May 2005