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York University (Canada)

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About York University

York University is located in Downsview, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Although the university per se does not have an actual flag, a special banner was issued in 1999 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the university's founding; a color photo of this banner can be seen at the university website.

The university also has a very modernistic logo in salmon pink and white which closely resembles the symbol for a chemical element as indicated on the Periodic Table of Elements.

Finally, there is a black and white line drawing of the university crest or coat of arms on Wikipedia.

It consists of a standard shield with a center base, and surmounted by a crest consisting of what is apparently a maple tree anchored on a torse divided diagonally. The shield itself is divided, with two lions passant side by side in the chief. The lower portion of the shield depicts a rose proper; since the drawing is in b& w I am unable to determine the actual color of the rose, although the stem and leaves are almost certainly green. However, given the name of the institution I am almost certain that the rose is actually the White Rose of York. Beneath the shield is a ribbon folded into three parts; the folds at each end are curled very elaborately, while the university motto is written on the face of the central fold; the motto, written in sans serif block lettering, is TENTANDA VIA (Trying the Way).
Ron Lahav, 4 December 2006

It is a simple white flag with a red freehand "40" and a line of black writing above and below it.
Eugene Ipavec, 4 December 2006

Here is the 1999 text on various college flags: i.e. Founders, Vanier, McLaughlin, Glendon, Bethune, Stong, Winters, and Atkinson. Calumet has a vexilloid.
Jan Mertens, 23 November 2008

York University, being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, is perhaps more entitled to follow the Oxbridge pattern of residential colleges, with with its own flag, than is the case with those IS institutions which have attempted to follow this model. Also, York has the example of the University of Toronto, which has several such colleges, most of which are based upon a religious foundation. Where York differs is that instead of adopting conventional heraldic Banners of Arms for their college flags, the colleges have commissioned contemporary Canadian artists to design flags which embody the image which the particular college wishes to project.
Ron Lahav, 24 November 2008

Osgoode Hall Law School

[Osgoode Hall Law School flag] image located by Dave Fowler, 15 December 2016

Flag granted March 15, 2016.

Blazon: a banner of arms.

Blazon of arms: The Arms of Osgoode Hall Law School (as registered) within a bordure Gules charged with roses Argent barbed and seeded proper; Per pale, dexter, Gules a Doric column Or ensigned by a beaver couchant proper and entwined about by an escrol Argent inscribed MAGNA CHARTA ANGLIĆ, meaning “The Magna Carta of England”, in letters Sable; sinister, per fess in chief Azure semé of millrinds a canton Or charged with a lion rampant Purpure (the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn), in base Azure a Pegasus forcene Argent (the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple).

The column, scroll and beaver appear on the seal, from 1823, of the Law Society of Upper Canada, which created and operated Osgoode Hall Law School until 1968. The beaver is a Canadian symbol, and the column represents Magna Carta as being the central pillar of the English legal tradition. The quarter of the shield with millrinds is the coat of arms of Lincoln’s Inn, one of the Inns of Court in London, England, to which William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada and the school’s namesake, belonged. The quarter of the shield with the Pegasus is the arms of the Inner Temple, the Inn of Court to which John White, Upper Canada’s first Attorney General, belonged.

Coat of arms:
Dave Fowler, 7 May 2020