28 May 2012

Happy "Family Day"

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the second Monday in February will now be known as Family Day, a brand new statutory holiday. The Premier explained her reasoning thusly:
"Having our own unique day in B.C. creates distinctive opportunities for families and local businesses. British Columbians will be able to enjoy all kinds of local attractions with fewer lineups and less out-of-town traffic."
In the happy eventuality that Family Day aligns with Valentine's Day, which it surely must every seven years or so, perhaps Family Day will do double duty as family-making day.

The first Family Day will be celebrated on 11 February 2013. Enjoy the diminished traffic.

Update: 3 June 2012

"What's a statutory holiday," you ask? I'm glad you did. A statutory holiday is a day that is defined as a "holiday" within the meaning of s. 29 of the Interpretation Act. Those holidays, at present, are:
(a) Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday,
(b) Canada Day, Victoria Day, British Columbia Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day and New Year's Day,
(c) December 26, and
(d) a day set by the Parliament of Canada or by the Legislature, or appointed by proclamation of the Governor General or the Lieutenant Governor, to be observed as a day of general prayer or mourning, a day of public rejoicing or thanksgiving, a day for celebrating the birthday of the reigning Sovereign, or as a public holiday;