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I'm not sure that another day off work is necessary, but for most of us, federal holidays only apply if our provincial governments adopt them anyways. I think a day to think about one of the dark bits of our history is probably a good thing. Most of us don't get Remembrance Day off work, but it seems to be one of the few holidays where we actually give consideration to it's purpose.
 

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If I was working, I would be all for it. But since I am retired, I don't think the stat is needed, but having a day to remember one of the shitty way indigenous people have been treated is needed
 

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I don’t own a business...so bring it! I will take as many as I can get

And better than making it another religious holiday disguised with some bs folklore we tell our kids regarding elves and bunnies.
 

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I don't think we need a holiday to be reminded of how indigenous people were treated. We seem to be constantly reminded every time there's a land dispute or any other disagreement. Locally, at Couchiching park in Orillia, last summer they removed an amazing bronze statue to restore it and replace the crumbling foundation. It was supposed to be finished and replaced last month. However, in the meantime several people/groups who never had a problem with it for the last 80+ years seem to have raised quite a brouhaha resulting in a beautiful new EMPTY base/foundation with no information or plan for what's going to be done. It's ridiculous.
 

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If I was working, I would be all for it. But since I am retired, I don't think the stat is needed, but having a day to remember one of the shitty way indigenous people have been treated is needed
A day of remembrance, I can appreciate. A "day off" would soon turn into people using it for long weekends, heading off to the cottage, skiing, cross-border shopping or whatnot, which kind of runs counter to the spirit of such a day. I never really liked the idea of getting Remembrance Day off. Yes, some folks would go downtown to attend the cenotaph service (we would watch it on TV), but come 12 noon, once the stores were open again, that was pretty well all the remembering they were going to do. I liked it better when we would all stop in the middle of what we were doing at school or at work for silence. War happens in the middle of regular life, so does peace, and misery always comes in the middle or regular life; never on a day off.

So thumbs up for a day of remembrance, but thumbs down for a stat.
 

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I don't think we need a holiday to be reminded of how indigenous people were treated. We seem to be constantly reminded every time there's a land dispute or any other disagreement. Locally, at Couchiching park in Orillia, last summer they removed an amazing bronze statue to restore it and replace the crumbling foundation. It was supposed to be finished and replaced last month. However, in the meantime several people/groups who never had a problem with it for the last 80+ years seem to have raised quite a brouhaha resulting in a beautiful new EMPTY base/foundation with no information or plan for what's going to be done. It's ridiculous.
Maybe it's because more people know and understand things compares to 80 years ago?

People are reminded what happened, but how many people actually *care* that it happened?

I also dont know that we need a stat. But if we cant learn from the mistakes, we're gonna repeat them.
 

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They may know more than 80 years ago, but do they really know more than 2 years ago (?)....because nobody seemed to have a problem with this statue until after they removed it for restoration.
 

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A day of remembrance, I can appreciate. A "day off" would soon turn into people using it for long weekends, heading off to the cottage, skiing, cross-border shopping or whatnot, which kind of runs counter to the spirit of such a day. I never really liked the idea of getting Remembrance Day off. Yes, some folks would go downtown to attend the cenotaph service (we would watch it on TV), but come 12 noon, once the stores were open again, that was pretty well all the remembering they were going to do. I liked it better when we would all stop in the middle of what we were doing at school or at work for silence. War happens in the middle of regular life, so does peace, and misery always comes in the middle or regular life; never on a day off.

So thumbs up for a day of remembrance, but thumbs down for a stat.
I agree.

Holidays are for joyful reasons - not remembrance.

Of course remembrance day is only a day off for banks and government employees. Our office walks down to the cenotaph together.
 

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Our unions forfeited "Family Day" in Ontario for Remembrance Day. Of course, those with kids in school end up having to use a vacation day to stay home with their kids on Family Day.

But yes, holidays should be for joyful reasons, not remembrance. I mean, what next, a day off to commemorate the Polytechnique massacre, or the Lac Megantic explosion? There's something lousy to remember every fricking day. That's not to diminish anyone's unique pain, but there's work to be done, and it won't get done if every day is a day off.
 

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A day of remembrance, I can appreciate. A "day off" would soon turn into people using it for long weekends, heading off to the cottage, skiing, cross-border shopping or whatnot, which kind of runs counter to the spirit of such a day. I never really liked the idea of getting Remembrance Day off. Yes, some folks would go downtown to attend the cenotaph service (we would watch it on TV), but come 12 noon, once the stores were open again, that was pretty well all the remembering they were going to do. I liked it better when we would all stop in the middle of what we were doing at school or at work for silence. War happens in the middle of regular life, so does peace, and misery always comes in the middle or regular life; never on a day off.

So thumbs up for a day of remembrance, but thumbs down for a stat.
All I had to do was look at my grandfather's shaking hands to be reminded about war.
 

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From what I read, a day of remembrance was one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation report. Having it be a stat is part of an NDP private members bill, which the government said it would back (as if they were in any sort of position to say "Hmmm, that sounds a bit much") Of course, it would still have to get through Senate as well.

I wonder if it is technically possible to have a "day of remembrance" but only the morning is a stat? People would have time off for commemorative activities, agreements would be honoured, but nobody would use it to screw off for a long weekend at the beach.
 
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