A member of the Canadian military is being told the Canadian flag attached to his Ottawa home has to come down because it runs afoul of condo board rules.
Last year, Maj. Michael Mitchell put up the flag on a pole just over his garage door at his home in the city’s west end, near Carlingwood Mall.
“I thought it would be nice to have a flag up for Canada Day,” he told CBC Radio’s All In A Day.
The flag rustled in the wind for eight months before it became an issue.
This week, Mitchell said he got a note from the condominium board saying the flag had to come down because it violated rules against attaching anything to the front of the house.
If he had known about the rule he probably would not have put the flag where it is, but he also noticed the rule seems to be loosely enforced in the community, he said.
“My wife took a little walk around the condo community … and there are about 30 other houses with stuff attached to the front of their houses,” he said.
The flag runs afoul of condo board rules that prevent residents from attaching anything to the front of their homes. (Submitted by Carolina Ayala )
Not backing down
He and his wife plan to go to the next condo board meeting to discuss the issue. They don’t want to remove the flag and hope something can be worked out, he said.
He also doesn’t believe the board has any say over his front lawn, and said he would consider a flagpole there.
The couple came across a piece of…