From time to time, the Town of Taber may recognize events of national, provincial, or municipal importance by lighting the Administration Building in colour. Lighting the building helps celebrate occasions and to bring awareness to other causes, and helps build community spirit.
Please see the below for frequently-asked questions about our lighting program.
Administration Building Lighting Procedure ADM-15 & Listing of Annual Days
You can read the official Administration Building Lighting Procedure and the annual listing of days here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest, but the Town of Taber will not accept requests for additional days for lighting.
The current schedule covers days/events/causes/holidays that are officially proclaimed by the Government of Canada, the Province of Alberta, dates significant to the municipality as a whole (or are proclaimed in perpetuity by Council), or common holidays/days/causes that build community spirit unless otherwise excluded by the Procedure.
Additionally, as our building is a shared municipal facility, we have fashioned the Procedure to consist of a list that is acceptable to all parties.
Through careful research, Town Administration sought to find official colours for each day of lighting (ie: Orange for Orange Shirt Day). Where an official or commonly-agreed-upon colour could not be found, the colours of flags for heritage causes may be chosen (ie: orange, white, and green for Irish Heritage Month), or colours that invoke the thought of the event (ie: pinks, reds, and whites for Valentine's Day).
For causes of mourning that do not have official colours, blue will always be the colour shone.
For causes of celebration that do not have official colours, gold and white will be used.
It would not be possible to cover as many causes, celebrations, and events if the Town were to light up the Administration Building for entire weeks and months at a time. Particularly for months like June and October, there are multiple month-long causes. Therefore, to allow for as many causes as possible to be commemorated and to provide respect to them equally, the Town only lights long-duration causes for one day.
There are some exceptions to this however. Remembrance Week, the Christmas Season, Cornfest, and Pheasant Festival are recognized with full weeks of lighting.
Flag half-masting will always take precedence of respect over lighting the Administration building in colour. As such, if the flags must be lowered on a day where lighting colours are programmed, the lights will return to normal white for the duration of the half-masting. Another day will not be given in lieu of the day(s) where the lights were meant to be in colour.
Additionally, days where the flags at the Administration Building are lowered by the authority of the Town's Flag Protocol Policy are not combined with lighting, as flags take precedence for respect (i.e.: National Firefighters' Memorial Day or Police Officers Memorial Day).