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23 Juni 2006 @ 11:07
Trillium is a trillium is a trillium is a... what?  

According to my morning paper, "the Liberal government has quietly replaced the traditional Ontario trillium logo dating back to 1964 with a version of the flower similar to the party's trademark." Apparently, some people think that the new logo looks a bit too much like the trillium silhouette in the dot on the i of the Liberal party's wordmark. Me, I don't think it looks any more like the Liberal trillium than the old one did. I do, however, think it looks a bit too much like an overhead view of three people lounging in a triangular hot tub.1

Judge for yourself:

Toronto Star: Trillium in transition Ontario Liberal Party: wordmark and miscellaneous Ontarians

(For comparison with the actual flower, you might want to consult the first image in the Trillium Farm Community's photo album.)

1. I have nothing against three people lounging in a triangular hot tub, but I don't see why they should become our provincial symbol.

Vizcachachillyrodent on 23. Juni, 2006 15:10 (UTC)
Apropos of nothing, the trillium is protected in NY State. It can't be harmed, picked or transplanted.

Is this true of the Liberal Party?
Q. Pheevr: Hatq_pheevr on 23. Juni, 2006 15:23 (UTC)

The Liberal Party of Ontario can definitely be harmed (this happened repeatedly in the 1990s), and they actively encourage voters to pick them. Its members do on occasion transplant themselves, particularly into the federal Liberal Party.

I believe the trillium is protected here, too, though.

O.K.caprinus on 23. Juni, 2006 16:38 (UTC)
Only certain kinds of trillium (drooping?) -- not the provincial one, AFAIK.
Tishiewahooweena on 23. Juni, 2006 15:37 (UTC)
It looks EXACTLY like three people lounging in a triangular hottub. That is really strange.
parodieparodie on 23. Juni, 2006 16:04 (UTC)
That is weird. Why change something like that? I liked the old logo - nice symetry. And I do see the similarity, though the implications or importance of that similarity is debatable.
O.K.: brightvedcaprinus on 23. Juni, 2006 16:34 (UTC)
I hate this new logo. I hate the quote given for the impetus behind the redesign: "The feelings was, we want to retain the trillium: Is there a way to modernize it a little bit? It's just making sure that the government looks like a contemporary government." (Gerry Phillips, Government Services Minister)

How about making sure the government looks "contemporary" by, say, modernizing the power grid? Putting sex reassignment surgery or physio back on OHIP? Moving to a Single Transferable Vote system? But noooo, let's get rid of a classic, clean, instantly recognizible logo and move to something jagged and busy that looks like a hot tub or a logo for a swingers' club specializing in threesomes and will be dated in three years.

Hva' fanden!
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 10. Juli, 2006 22:03 (UTC)

Well, all they said was that they wanted to look contemporary; they never said they actually wanted to be a contemporary government....

tungol on 8. Juli, 2006 16:41 (UTC)
Hi, just stopping by, and I thought I'd comment that I was quite amused by " ∀i gator(π) " in your interests list.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 10. Juli, 2006 22:02 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm happy to see that someone noticed that and got it.