The Civic Holiday

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Four times in the spring and summer, holidays coincide with weekends. Therefore, Ontarians engage heavily in vacations, socializing and traffic-soaked adventures. Camping, parties, concerts, festivals, weddings – all such things are carefully planned on or around these dates, be they so vital!

The Civic Holiday is the next up on our summer agenda. Interestingly, this day has little historical significance in a national or provincial sense. More locally, it is recognized as Simcoe Day – an acknowledgement of the first Lt. Governor of Upper Canada.

History aside, here in Ontario the Civic Holiday is not a provincially recognized statutory holiday. The banks may be closed, but in 2013 The Beer Store and LCBO will be open for business – over 350 LCBO stores and 220 Beer Stores were open last year, province-wide.

The LCBO’s media release states this is a ‘convenience to consumers’, but we know this is also driven by revenues. There is an interesting distinction here because the LCBO is a provincial agency (and perhaps more apt to be closed, even if not legally required) whereas The Beer Store is a private business, thirsty for profits.

In truth, these stores are open on a strangely ‘optional’ holiday because there is lots of product to be sold.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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