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News - All - 29 Jul 2018

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Miscellaneous: 29 Jul 2018
HAPPY SIMCOE DAY - Aug 6 2018

Here's a little info about the Civic Holiday -

From CITYnews.ca -

Do you know why the first Monday of August is a holiday in Ontario? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Most people simply associate it with having an extra day away from the office.

And although that alone could be enough of a reason to celebrate, the true meaning behind the holiday is to honour John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (then known as Upper Canada). He was also the founder of the Historic Fort York, the birthplace of modern Toronto.

From the Canadianencyclopaedia.ca-

Simcoe had some legislative triumphs and many more administrative frustrations. He succeeded in his first legislative session to pass bills establishing British civil law, trial by jury, the use of British Winchester standards of measure, and a provision for jails and courthouses.

Most notably, Simcoe passed the Act Against Slavery on 9 July 1793, aimed at ending the sale of slaves by Canadians to Americans. The act also liberated slaves entering Upper Canada from the US, but did not free existing adult slaves already in residence. The legislation came 40 years before the Slavery Abolition Act, which later outlawed slavery in most of the British Empire.

Simcoe was a staunch supporter of British institutions, although he admired American entrepreneurship, particularly in agriculture and settlement. He began the policy of granting land to American settlers, confident that they would become loyal members of the colony, and aware that they were the main hope for rapid economic growth. He thought their loyalty could be attained starting with a solid land-granting system. It soon proved that Simcoe was an avid planner but poor administrator. He granted entire townships to individuals who would serve as local gentry. The majority of his grants were more than 500 acres, with the best locations going to officers of government.

Two significant roads constructed during Simcoe’s term were designed for military purposes, and to influence the direction of future settlements. Dundas Street ran from Burlington Bay to his chosen site for London. Yonge Street ran north to Holland Landing.

So whatever you choose to call Monday - Simcoe Day, Emancipation Day, or just plain Civic holiday, the Branch will be open noon-5 for your holiday Comradeship.


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