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Ottawa announces virtual Canada Day celebrations

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OTTAWA, April 17, 2020 /CNW/ – Canada’s 153rd birthday celebrations will be decidedly different this year as the whole country is practicing social and physical distancing to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Although, not all municipalities have said definitively that they are cancelling Canada Day celebrations, Ottawa has cancelled the National event in its city.

In light of the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the world, Canadian Heritage Minister Stephen Guilbeault announced today that Canada will present a virtual Canada Day celebration keying in on the nation’s strength and resilience. “We are fortunate enough to have so much talent in Canada,” said Guilbeault and he implied that Canada’s talent will be at the forefront of the online celebration, “in a way that will allow us to come together virtually to share our pride in being Canadian.”

Minister Guilbeault said in a statement that “Since the beginning of this crisis, Canadians have shown solidarity with one another. Every day, we witness the caring, generosity and resilience of people right across the country.

“Together, we are meeting one of the greatest challenges in our history, and this year more than ever, Canada Day will highlight the strength that unites us.”

For Canada Day 2020, we are working with Canadian artists and artisans to put together a virtual program, reflecting our diversity and values, and showcasing the immense talent our country has to offer.

On July 1, Canadians will be able to tune into virtual Canada Day celebrations.

The last time Canada Day celebrations were cancelled, was in 1976 when it was still called Dominion Day. That year it was cancelled due to a cut in government spending.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced last week that Mississauga was cancelling all events including Canada Day up until July 3 at the earliest. While Toronto Mayor John Tory cancelled all events up until June 30 but chances are now that Ottawa has cancelled the National celebration, Toronto will also follow suit.

More details will be announced soon.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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