why is remembrance day not a holiday in ontario

In 2018 Remembrance Day is Sunday, November 11. On remembrance day members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated. The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I. on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday - with a notable
exception of NS, NWT, ON and QC - as it is in many other countries in the
world where this day is observed on the national level. All government buildings fly the Canadian flag this day and people remember those who fought for Canada during a two minute silence at 11am. Many people wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are generally handed out free but often a voluntary donation is given in exchange. In the United States this day is called Veteran's Day and is also observed on November 11. Should Remembrance Day be a stat holiday in every province? We continue to receive lots of messages from people all over the country who are outraged why Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday everywhere in Canada.


Indeed, it would make sense to make this a stat holiday in every province and territory - even in Ontario. But not everyone agrees. Send us your thoughts about this issue in the
near the bottom of this page. "Please DO NOT make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday in Ontario. Family Day is a much more appreciated break for families in the heart of the long cold depressing winter. Remembrance Day is better observered in a ceremony at your school, community centre or place of work. " Could this be true? What would most people do with another day off work? Sleep in, watch TV, play video games or celebrate our war heroes? Compare to Thanksgiving Day when most people cook a turkey and drink lots of beer instead of being genuinely grateful about anything. Bill C-597 aimed to make Remembrance Day a national legal holiday. It received a third reading but did not become law. Even if the bill had passed it would be up to the provinces to decide what days are statutory holidays. It's an often overlooked and little known fact that the Royal Canadian Legion does not endorse the bill out of concern that Canadians would not take time off to remember and would treat a day off as a holiday. They want the kids in school - so they can talk about it and learn about it - not sit at home and know nothing about it.


It's about respecting the veterns and teaching about them not having a day off to do nothing. If an organized observance was held at schools and workplaces people would be much more likely to spend time participating and keeping the importance of Remembrance Day top of mind, won't they? Perhaphs we, as a nation, will never come to a consensus and agree that Remembrance Day should or should not be a holiday in every province but we should at the very least agree to the comments of a self-identified Angry Canadian Preteen who proposes that we spend more time preventing future atrocities and less time looking back: Let's use Remembrance Day as a reminder to all of us that for the remaining 364 days we need to focus our discussion and actions to ensure that future generations won't have to fight in wars at all. P. S. : It seems disrespctful and outright greedy to stock shelves with Christmas gear before Remembrance Day. What do you think? The following is an edited excerpt from an editorial in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix: The story of citizens making an effort to participate in Remembrance Day events plays out every year in cities, towns and villages.


It s the same in most parts of Canada. Observance is made easier by the fact Nov. 11 is a holiday in six provinces and all three territories. A day off is granted in the U. S. on Friday for Veterans Day and Nov. 11 is also a public holiday in France, Belgium and Poland. Other places, such as the United Kingdom, don t have a public holiday but hold commemorative events on the nearest Sunday to Nov. 11. Canada s patchwork quilt of observance has rightly been regarded by many as unsatisfactory. Nov. 11 is just another working day in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. To be sure, people still attend public and workplace events in significant numbers in those provinces, but the anomaly with the rest of the country is jarring. Past political efforts to make Nov. 11 a national holiday have failed, in part due to the opposition of the Royal Canadian Legion. Bill Maxwell, secretary of the legion s poppy and remembrance committee, recently summed up one of its arguments: If it was institutionalized and made a statutory holiday, the impression would be that people in their homes would not make the effort to attend a downtown ceremony. We respectfully disagree. Just look at the public support for Remembrance Day events in Saskatchewan.


Sure, some people treat Nov. 11 as just a welcome day off, but that doesn t lessen its symbolic importance. Indeed, the opportunity to enjoy a day with family and friends as well as to reflect on the sacrifices of those who made it possible are surely not incompatible. We are pleased a House of Commons committee is taking a fresh look making Nov. 11 a national holiday, following a draft private member s bill from Liberal MP Colin Fraser. It s about time. HOW REMEMBRANCE DAY IS TREATEDPHERE Nationally Remembrance Day is not national statutory holiday. The federal public service, however, has the day off. Provincially: Remembrance Day is not an official statutory holiday in Ontario. Remembrance Day is not an official holiday in Quebec, Manitoba or Nova Scotia. Finding First World War Records: Library and Archives Canada is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize the records of the 640,000 men and women who were members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and who participated in the First World War; it hopes to complete the project in 2017. The records range from personnel files to some diary and personal items. (More than half have been digitized already and can be found at (click on First World War).

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