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Canada Day

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Canada Day celebrates the passage of the Constitution Act on July 1st, 1867. Then known as the British North America Act, the legislation united four provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) – to form the Dominion of Canada. The anniversary of this event was first celebrated on […]

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Family Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Many Canadians will enjoy a long weekend this month! The date and name may vary, but for most it is known as Family Day. Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, but it is observed in seven provinces and one territory. The holiday is known as Islander Day in Prince Edward Island, Louis Riel […]

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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin today in Sochi, Russia. Approximately 2,500 athletes from 87 nations will be taking part in 98 events over the next two and half weeks. The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 7th. Canada hosted the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and led the pack with 14 gold medals. We […]

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Human Rights Day

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Human Rights Day has been observed on December 10 each year since 1950. The day commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.  The declaration was drafted to establish a “standard principal” of human rights after the Second World War. The […]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Celebrated by the United Nations since 1992, the day “provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability and accessibility” and “further the global efforts to promote accessibility, remove all types of barriers, and to realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities […]

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Sports Day in Canada

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sports Day in Canada is held in communities across Canada “to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.” Politics is often described as a sport and, fittingly, our elected officials also play a large role in building communities and our national spirit. Here’s our list of notable Canadian […]

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Day is observed on November 20th each year in Canada. Sir Wilfrid Laurier served as the Prime Minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911 and is one of the most prominent and respected figures in Canadian history. This week’s blog is dedicated to Laurier’s legacy and discusses some key facts and accomplishments […]

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Remembrance Day

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 each year in Canada.  Remembrance Day is a public holiday and federal statutory holiday, and is also a statutory holiday in most provinces and territories (with the exception of Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec). The first Remembrance Day in Canada was observed throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It was then known […]

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Media Literacy Week: Marketing and Consumerism

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Media Literacy Week is an annual campaign held by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation to increase the media literacy of Canadians so they can better understand the nature, techniques and impacts of media messages and productions. The theme of this year’s Media Literacy Week, which runs from November 4th to 8th, is Marketing and Consumerism. The goal of the week […]

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Ontario Local Government Week

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Ontario’s fifth annual Local Government Week is being held from October 20 to 26. The Province of Ontario, The Association of Municipal Mangers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have partnered to develop Local Government Week. The week aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important […]

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