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Co-creator of Franco-Ontarian flag passes away

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The co-creator of the Franco-Ontarian flag and an inaugural member of North Bay’s Kiwanis Walk of Fame has died.

North Bay native Michel Dupuis passed away at the age of 62 late last week.

Dupuis was heavily involved in preserving Francophone culture in the city and was active with Les Compagnons and the yearly Carnaval.

The flag he helped to design is raised every year on Franco-Ontarian Day, an event attended by over 1,000 francophone students locally.

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The Franco-Ontarian flag will be lowered to half-mast outside City Hall in honour of Dupuis, to coincide with the celebration of his life.

The Franco-Ontarian flag consists of two bands of green and white representing summer months and winter months, respectively, and is adorned with the trillium and the fleur-de-lis. The flag was created in 1975 by Laurentian University history professor Gaétan Gervais and Dupuis, then a first-year political science student.

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