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Canada’s Democracy Week: “Connect with Democracy”

Monday, September 16th, 2013

For the third year in a row, Elections Canada is organizing Canada’s Democracy Week, a civic education initiative to promote the importance of democratic involvement and voting. This year’s Democracy Week runs from September 16th to 23rd. The theme for this year is “Connect with Democracy.” Democracy Week is about “connecting with people, places and information […]

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Labour Day

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Many Canadians view the Labour Day long weekend as their last opportunity to visit the cottage or spend time with family and friends before the end of summer. Most of us are unaware of the fascinating history behind the holiday. Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September to commemorate the […]

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The Civic Holiday: What’s in a Name?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The first Monday of August is observed as a public holiday in most Canadian provinces. This day is frequently referred to as the “civic holiday,” but many provinces and municipalities give it different names.   Here are a few examples of how the holiday is marked across Canada: British Columbia Day was introduced in 1974 to […]

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada (which contained what is now Ontario and Quebec) combined to form the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. The anniversary of this date was first celebrated on July 1, 1879 on a holiday called Dominion Day. Dominion Day was not celebrated again until Canada’s 50th […]

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Victoria Day

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Monday is Victoria Day! Named after Queen Victoria, the holiday is also known as the Sovereign’s Birthday and celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria and the current reigning monarch, regardless of their actual date of birth. Canada has had six monarchs since Confederation: Queen Victoria: born May 24, 1819; ruled from 1837 to 1901. Edward […]

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International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th, 2013

March 8 is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a day to show respect and appreciation for the economic, political and social achievements of women across the world.  Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 in the United States. International Woman’s Day was first held in Europe in 1911, and more than 1 million people took […]

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Black History Month

Friday, February 1st, 2013

February is Black History Month in Canada. Black History Month was created to “honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.” Black History Month began in 1926 as “Negro History Week” in the United States. The week became more popular over time and was formally acknowledged by the U.S. federal government with the creation […]

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Republic Day of India

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The Canadian Prime Minister is the leader of the political party with the most seats in the House of Commons. India, one of the world’s largest growing democracies, uses a completely different system to choose their leader. The Indian republic is led by a President chosen by other elected officials from across the country. REPUBLIC […]

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Sir John A. Macdonald Day

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Happy birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald! January 11th is Sir John A. Macdonald Day. Macdonald was Canada’s first Prime Minister and played an instrumental role in Canada’s confederation in 1867. Impress your friends (and your teachers) with these interesting John A. Macdonald facts: John Alexander Macdonald was born on January 11th, 1815, in Glasgow, Scotland. […]

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Festive Celebrations at Canadian Legislatures

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Provincial and territorial capitals all across Canada are kicking off the holiday season by holding festive celebrations. The Christmas Lights program was originally launched in 1985 to help brighten up dark winters in Ottawa, but over the years the program has expanded beyond Parliament Hill and now illuminates the wintry capitals of the 13 provinces and territories […]

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