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Joliette, Quebec (Canada)

Ville de Joliette

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[Joliette flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 14 July 2017
 

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The City

Joliette (20,500 inhabitants on 23 km²), named after its founder, was incorporated in 1864 and became a “cité” in 1918. It merged with Joliette-Sud (created in 1957) in 1966, and became a “ville” in 1981.
Olivier Touzeau, 14 July 2017

Barthélemy Joliette (1789-1850), notary in L'Assomption, married Marie-Charlotte Tarieu Taillant de Lanaudière (1795-1871), the heiress of a part of the domain of Lavaltrie. In 1823, he founded a settlement near river L'Assomption, known to the natives as Outaragavesipi, "the sinuous river". Joliette established sawmills and flour mills, and founded the building of a manor (1823), a bridge (1824), a public market (1837), a parish church (1842), a presbytery (1844), and a secondary school (1845). Then named Industrie, the settlement was connected in 1850 to Lanoraie by the railway.
Ivan Sache, 14 July 2017


City flag

The current flag of Joliette is 1:2, white with the coat of arms at the hoist and the words “VILLE DE JOLIETTE” in black in the fly.
See: http://www.laction.com/communaute/2016/12/21/les-employes-de-joliette-mobilises-pour-centraide-lanaudiere.html
http://www.laction.com/content/dam/tc/laction/images/2016/12/21/ex-201216-joliette-et-centraide.JPG
Olivier Touzeau, 14 July 2017

The yellow field of the shield represents future.
The gear wheel represents industry and commerce, which fostered the progress of the town of Joliette.
The tree merlettes come from the arms of the de Lanaudière family.
The wheat spike symbolizes agriculture in general, while the two tobacco leaves recall a crop specific to the region.
The green base represents the plain.
The crown surmounting the shield represents the authority of the Town's Council and safety granted to the citizens.
http://www.ville.joliette.qc.ca/index.jsp?p=8 - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 14 July 2017

[Joliette flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 14 July 2017

Joliette is twinned with Brive-la-Gaillarde (France), and a variant flag of Joliette can be sometimes spotted there, see:
http://brivemag.brive.fr/brive-joliette-30-ans-de-jumelage
http://brivemag.brive.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Joliette1-pano.jpg
The flag is 2:3, vertically divided with a blue hoist (2/5) with the coat of arms and the words “VILLE DE JOLIETTE” in black in the white fly (3/5).
Olivier Touzeau, 14 July 2017


Former flag

[Joliette flag] image by Luc Baronian, 21 May 2005

This is a scan from Ian Campbell, The Identifying Symbols of Canadian Municipal Institutions, Waterloo 1990. The city motto is "Industrie", which is probably illustrated by the beehive and the beaver. I doubt that the city still flies this flag as it is not a "cité" anymore, but a "ville".
Luc Baronian, 21 May 2005