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Coast to Coast Virtual Canada Day Events 2020

Coast to Coast Virtual Canada Day Events 2020

Canada is turning 153 this year, and while we can’t get together physically, we can definitely get together virtually! New social distancing norms mean that there will be no large gatherings to mark the national holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great Canada Day party at your home for your household. From local performers, to at-home crafts and projects you can do to celebrate, we have created a list of great virtual parties that you can check out on Canada Day. The best part is, you can check out celebrations from anywhere across Canada, without travelling! Have a happy Canada Day!

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women in Dentistry

International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women in Dentistry

Times have certainly changed since 1898, when Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first woman licensed to be a dentist in Canada. Today women are a growing force in the dental industry within Canada and beyond. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of women dentists in Canada rose from 16 percent in 1991 to 28 percent in 2001. By 2011, the proportion had grown to 29.5.

International Women’s Day is the ideal time to take a closer look at the role of women in the field of dentistry.

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How Did Family Day Get Its Start?

How Did Family Day Get Its Start?

Family Day is celebrated on the third Monday of every February. Though not an official national holiday, the event is celebrated far and wide across the country, with dozens of family festivals and things to do organized each year in the provinces where it’s observed: New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. (NOTE: Interestingly, the same day is a statutory holiday in three other provinces and one territory too, but for different reasons. Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia and Yukon celebrate Heritage Day, and in Prince Edward Island, they celebrate Islander Day.)

Family Day has become a staple in areas across Canada, but when exactly did it begin — and why do we celebrate it now? Take a closer look at how Family Day got started in Canada, and see our suggestions for a fun celebration with your family this year.

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The History of Groundhog Day

The History of Groundhog Day

By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today, thereby giving hope to residents of Pennsylvania for an early spring.

Here in Canada, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie also did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back by predicting 6 more weeks of winter.

It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering, where do they originate? Read on to learn about the history of Groundhog Day in North America.

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