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Monday, August 4, 2008

No School Today

My house backs onto a schoolyard. It was once a regular catholic school, but now it's used by a private instiution. The only interesting elements are a couple of art deco features on the front of the building AND the old Boy's and Girl's entrances.

This Girl has the day off as it is the Civic Holiday.

The history of the "Civic" Holiday.

In 1869 Toronto City Council came up with the idea for a summer "day of recreation." In 1875, it was settled: the first Monday in August would be the official Civic Holiday. That name stuck as other cities followed Toronto's leisure-loving example and proclaimed this a municipal (rather than provincial) holiday.

Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in parts of Canada on the first Monday in August.
The holiday is known by a variety of names in different provinces and municipalities, including British Columbia Day in British Columbia, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan. It is also an official statutory holiday in Nunavut and Northwest Territories, where it is simply known as "Civic Holiday".
In Alberta, Heritage Day is an "optional" civil holiday. The first Monday in August is celebrated as Natal Day in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, but is not an official provincial holiday.
It is celebrated as a municipal holiday as Simcoe Day in Toronto, and Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Founders' Day in Brantford, McLaughlin Day in Oshawa, Alexander Mackenzie Day in Sarnia, James Cockburn Day in Cobourg, and John Galt Day in Guelph. Although this is a day off work for many, including employees of federal and many municipal governments, the provincial government has not defined this day as a provincial statutory holiday and is not mentioned in either Ontario's Employment Standards Act or Retail Business Holidays Act.
Discovery Day is celebrated in Yukon on the third Monday in August.

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