JUST IN: Victoria City Council voted unanimously to cancel Canaday Day. Instead, "the City will produce a broadcast to air later this summer guided by the Lekwungen people and featuring local artists, that explores what it means to be Canadian, in light of recent events."
“As First Nations mourn & in light of challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation following discovery of remains of 215 children at former Residential School, Council decided to take time to explore new possibilities, instead of the previously planned virtual Canada Day..."
"..broadcast,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. In their decision Council noted that while everyone will mark Canada Day in their own way on July 1, now is a time where the City can take leadership and provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and examination of what it...
....means to be Canadian in light of recent events and what we already know from our past."
No one noticed (me included) that I spelled Canada wrong. 😖

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