Labour Day in Canada

Canada’s Labour Day falls on the 4th of September in 2017. Here is an image of the holiday being celebrated in Toronto in the early 1900s.

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On this day: the first day of the blizzard of 1977

The 1977 blizzard that hit parts of New York, USA and Ontario, Canada, began on the 28th of January, 1977.

Wind gusts from 46 to 69 mph (74 to 111 km/h) hit daily, and more than 2.5 metres of snow were recorded in a storm that lasted into February and saw dozens of deaths registered.

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On this day: the first British Empire Games

The British Empire Games – a sporting event similar to the Olympics – began for the first time on the 16th of August, 1930.

British_Empire_Games_programme_Philip_BarkerBritish Empire Games programme Philip Barker

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The Games took place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Eleven countries of the British Empire competed.

New Zealand at the opening of the first British Empire Games, Ontario, 1930.

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There had been one similar event previously, in 1911, when it was called the Inter-Empire Championships.

Today the event is known as the Commonwealth Games. At the last Games seventy-one countries competed.

One hundred years ago today: Canada’s Parliament Burns

The Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa caught alight on the night of the 3rd of February, 1916. Seven people were killed, and the building was destroyed.

Because the fire occurred in the middle of the First World War, at the time it was suspected German arsonists were involved.

Here, the building is seen still alight in the early hours of the 4th.

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Parliament_Ottawa_in_fireCentre Block fire, Parliament Buildings. Photograph taken at 1230 a.m., a few minutes before the collapse of the tower. 3-4th February 1916.

 

A day of mourning in Canada

A poster from the 31st of January, 1901 in Toronto, Canada, announces a day of mourning for Queen Victoria. The Queen died on the 22nd, and her funeral was on the 2nd of February, the day the mourning was scheduled for.

Proclamation_-_Day_of_mourning_in_Toronto_for_Queen_Victoria_February_2,_1901Poster proclaiming a day of mourning in Toronto on the day of Victoria's funeral.1901.