Monday, August 03, 2009

Happy Simcoe Day!!

 

Today is Simcoe Day in Toronto, a holiday named after John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (1791-1796).

According to Wikipedia ...
He founded York (now Toronto) and was instrumental in introducing institutions such as the courts, trial by jury, English common law, freehold land tenure, and for abolishing slavery in Upper Canada long before it was abolished in the British Empire as a whole (it had disappeared from Upper Canada by 1810, but was not abolished throughout the Empire until 1834).
The holiday is known by many other names in other parts of Canada including the term "Civic Holiday," a name that brings tears to your eyes.

I think the entire country should name this holiday "Simcoe Day" in honor of John Graves Simcoe, the founder of Toronto, which is, after all, the greatest city in Canada. If Canada were to officially recognize the superiority of Toronto (and Torontonians) it would go a long way toward unifying the country.


10 comments :

  1. I'd say that Montreal is slightly better than Toronto, despite the Quebecois.

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  2. How about Cornwallis Day, since Cornwallis founded Halifax, where all the best conferences are, and facilitated the creation of Canada by surrendering the USA.

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  3. No argument in the history of the Earth has been won with animated dancing bananas.

    Sorry :^P

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  4. Random anecdote: The terrible film 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' was filmed in Toronto, which was called 'Raccoon City' in the movie. At the end of the movie, the city gets nuked (ground zero is Toronto's city hall). I saw this film at the theater while living in Vancouver, and when the scene where the nuclear explosion goes off, destroying what is very obviously Toronto's skyline, at least half the theater jumped out of there seats and cheered.

    That's what the rest of Canada thinks of your opinion of Toronto's superiority.

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  5. Now go on and repeat that last paragraph in public in Vancouver. Come on, I dare ya~


    They even insist on showing off their enunciation of ToronTo whenever one gets caught saying 'Chrona'. Like, just having lived there for a few years makes you a very, very bad person. Inhabitants of far-out provincial towns tend to be rather envious of the cultural and economic centres they're missing out on... *runs for cover*

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  6. "People of the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island hold “birthday” parties for their provinces on the first Monday of August. . . .

    It is important to note that Natal Day is held on the first Monday of August in Nova Scotia each year, but the date can vary in Halifax from year to year, usually in August or July."

    timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/natal-day

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  8. Carlo

    If you saw the film _Resident Evil: Apocalypse_ in Vancouver, you saw it in a theatre.

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  9. Larry,

    Make sure to scrub this post before you head out Toronto. You are about to find how much people love Toronto!

    -Truti

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  10. Carlo

    If you saw the film _Resident Evil: Apocalypse_ in Vancouver, you saw it in a theatre.


    Yeah, that's what happens when you're writing out a blog comment while your boss is trying to talk to you from across the lab... I also meant 'their' not 'there'.

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