Monday, August 4, 2008

Today is the Canadian Civic Holiday

Betcha didn't know that today is a holiday in Canada! Yep, right in the middle of summer, between Canada Day (July 1) and Labour Day (which began in Toronto in 1872, before it started in America), Canadians have a holiday just to take the day off and relax and have fun! In Toronto, where the holiday originated, it is called "Simcoe Day" in honor of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Among other accomplishments, Simcoe abolished slavery in Ontario and created Yonge Street in Toronto (which he called "York", Toronto's original name) in the 18th century.
 So what does this Canadian holiday have to do with Detroit? Well, as I said in an earlier post, we here in Detroit, love Canada...and Detroit is the only place in the USA where one goes south to Canada! Plus, lots of Detroiters go to Toronto for vacation; it's only about 4 hours up the King's Highway 401!

So join me in wishing our Canadian friends and neighbours a "Happy Civic Day"; and if you have a dealings with businesses today, it would be best to wait until tomorrow...everyone's at Wasaga Beach, the world's longest fresh-water beach (including John Simcoe, as you can see in the above pic)!

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