Renato De Santis, a graphic design student at George Brown College , won a 1974 competition among 670 entries, held by the City of Toronto Flag Design Committee. A variation of this flag is used by Toronto Fire Services’ fireboat ‘William Lyon Mackenzie’. Mackenzie was a Scottish-born Canadian-American journalist and politician, who founded newspapers critical of elite members of Upper Canada, known as The Family Compact. He aligned with Reformers and represented York County in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada.
The flag <BELOW> displays the twin towers of City Hall on a blue background, with Canada’s red maple leaf from the national flag at its base.