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Anonymous:

I think there are enough holiday's already. And the kids have like 2 1/2 months off in the summer. On top all the PTA day's.People should just have a little ceremony in school or workplace. To many holiday's already !!

Posted by Janis:

When I was growing up in Ontario, we had our two minutes of silence but we also always had an assembly so the veterans could come in and talk to us. That is how we commemorated remembrance day and learned about this special day. When I moved to Nova Scotia I was stunned that it was a day off. The kids thought of it as just another holiday to have off school. I never agreed with this and have always felt they should be in school on that day and learn about our veterans and what they go through. I think in every province, it should NOT be a holiday.

Posted by wynn:

It should be a federal statuory holiday because it the only day we officially remember and pay respects to past and present members of the armed forces.

Posted by carlotta:

we should have this as a stat.holiday in respect of the armed force members who fought and lost their lives for our country not a province

Posted by Zeta Rakocy:

It is ridiculous that not all provinces not observe this as a federal stat.holiday. Do we not all benefit for the sacrifice these men and women made? To not give everyone the opportunity to pay homage for the sacrifices that were made so we enjoy our freedom is utterly disrespectful to their memory and sacrifices.

Anonymous:

I'm torn on this. Observations in school is valuable, but I see how it can be treated just as time out of class as well. I grew up in Newfoundland and I was involved in Scouting and Cadet programs that held activities/observances with the Legion each year regardless of the day of the week. The general public showed a lot of support as well. In short affording a day off so that those interested can participate would be my preference, as long as the day off is the actual Nov 11 and not the adjacent Monday/Friday ... and close the malls. If some/most people do not want to observe, it's not a big deal. However as a counterpoint, many people take time off work to observe days important to them that are not stat holidays and it is not too much to ask those of us who care about this to do that same.

Posted by Cathy:

I do wish for it to be a Stat holiday as I run a home daycare and I can not go the Remembrance day Parade in our city as I have to work. I would love nothing more then to go and be at the parade and take the time to honor all current and past member of our armed forces. I have taken the children when I don't have a house full. I do make them sit for the 2 minute silence. If it was a holiday all around then I could attend each and every service and see my wonderful father in law lay a wreath at the cenotaph.

Anonymous:

I believe it should be a national holiday. I live in a Province that it is a provincial holiday. I have no family that has served but I honour this day as if I did, as all Canadians should. There is an argument that it should not be a holiday because children should be in school and learning about the day. My daughter’s school still has the Remembrance assembly on Nov 10th, they talk about it and read stories. On Remembrance Day we will attend the local ceremony afterwards we will celebrate the day with a family day because it was these rights that so many men and women have fought for us to have. I argue that the provinces that do not have the day off forget. I work for a national company. I do not get Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday and I have to take a vacation day. When I told my new manager that I was taking the day off she said “What holiday is it any ways?” She is very well educated, active in her community and has young children in school, but because the day is not a holiday she forgot. Her children’s school doesn’t make a big deal about it. If it was a holiday she would have never forgotten. Lest we forgot.

Posted by Scott:

I plan on using the time to spend with my young family, starting with a visit to a Remembrance Day ceremony @11a. The freedom to pursue whatever activities, is available to Canadians because of the sacrifice made - remember AND enjoy.

Posted by Rob Haines:

I'm torn on making it a stat holiday for the simple reason I'm not sure as many others have stated that the day would be used as intended and honor our fallen soldiers and service people. Personally I would take my daughters to a service as my wife and I talk at length to our daughters about the sacrifice that has been made by others for our freedom and the way of life we enjoy and most take for granted. We need to not lose site of the reason for this day and keep the message alive so others may not have to fight in wars. I pray for the safety of our people abroad keeping peace in other countries and keeping us safe at home.

Posted by Renata:

Here's the deal, I agree remembrance day should be observed. But being at work definitely does not allow for that. All the jobs I've had, it's a day like any other. I don't get to go to any ceremony to remember our valiant soldiers. I like that the kids have assemblies to go to. Couldn't it be just that... a holiday where we would have a chance to take our kids to remember and celebrate the lives of our courageous soldiers at school assemblies, and other events around town? For that, it would have to be a holiday or a civic duty imposed by the government on businesses.

Posted by Sukhdev Singh Riar:

A poet has said, "God and soldiers all men adore, in time of danger and never before ; When the danger is passed and things righted,God is forgotten and soldier slighted ." It is the prime duty of every country man /woman to pay homage to the past heroes of the nation and give respect to the living soldiers and their families.Ways may be different,but in educational institutions of all levels, should celebrate this day in their respective premises,may it be for few hours to inculcate national spirit in the students of all ages. Submitted with best wishes !

Anonymous:

With regards to previous comments I fail to understand then why the double standard. Why do government offices in Ontario close on November 11th if the date is not recognized as a Statutory Holiday for the rest of the general public in Ontario? Especially since the nation's capital is in Ontario... I would attend ceremonies at our local cenotaph with my family (currently I take time out of my work day if I can, and attend alone.) When November 11th falls on a Friday or Monday I would even consider planning a family road trip to Ottawa. It should be a National holiday. Schools can still discuss the importance of the date during the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Simply because the kids are not in school, does not mean the schools will not have a chance to discuss the topic. They can hold an assembly the day before if they like. I do not see the point of some provinces recognizing it and others not, and then to add fuel to the fire, the double standard that lets employees of the government and banks in Ontario attend ceremonies but not the rest of us.

Posted by Equal Treatment for all:

I do not work for the government/bank and therefore do not get to participate in any remembrance activities. When I watch the evening news recaps of the remembrance events around the city I wonder how many government/bank employees actually attend. Today while I'm at the bank I will ask the person what they are doing this weekend and for their day off. I wonder? I too have family that fought in both World Wars and do think about them. I don't understand why a holiday exists for reflection for some people and not others. Am I being discriminated against because I'm not a "government employee". But then again, I'm not happy on our current provincial government anyway. May we all remember the Canadians who fought not only for Canadian freedoms, but freedom for other countries as well.

Posted by M. C.:

All people should remember those who fought for others' well being. Stop and remember. Honour the veterans for a day.

Posted by Georges Lehner:

As a former Royal 22e Regiment member (yes French Canadian «VAN DOOS») this should be a national holiday. We must never forget what happen and NEVER forget those who fought for.... May these guys (girls) rest in peace in the poppy field. Thanks to all of them... Georges Lehner

Posted by Margarita:

I agree with "God Bless our soldiers who give us our freedom every day" and all similar sentiments. I also believe Ontario should NOT make this a statutory holiday because with both parents working therefore children being in daycare etc they would not get exposed to the real meaning of Rememberance Day. We cannot expect every person looking after a group of young children to make a formal setting to take a moment at 11:00 to remember. Schools have the opportunity on that day to turn every class into one wherein the soldier's and their families' sacrifices can be remembered. Best for Ontario to have FAMILY DAY in Ontario and demand our schools in Ontario have formal recognition of Rememberance Day and to include it in part of the curiculum. The Great War and World War II had hundreds of thousand and a great percentage of our male population give their lives (the women were home looking after the farms, factories and families proving they could do the job the men usually did). Such history lessons for this day.

Posted by Canada woman who cares :

I grew up know that Canada had seen so many people go war. Some came home alive some not. It hurts me when we as country dont all just sit remember why we don't live in a place of war. We live canada that why we all should have nov 11 to give thanks. Hold our family stories and go visit old war vets and keep our land feel safe. My kids all show love we are born raised in Canada. This to me is my land my home to show we are proud no war is happen at our country. How can we let kids know family who stood to help keep us safe.. then why should I or any say to new comers welcome to Canada were you not have war or all problem from your country.

Posted by susan:

Every province should be offered the respect to our military and vets We need to keep this day sacred to all Canadians and soldiers. Make it mandatory!!

Posted by Karthi:

Yes it must simply be a National Holiday, nobody needs any explanation for this, of course we have to salute those who served our country.

Posted by Sara:

Rememberance day can be celebrated with kids during the course of the week that leads to Rememberance day just like we wear poppies for almost a week before the day. Since it's a holiday in other provinces it should be one in Ontario too. The children don't learn anything specific only on that day..teachers talk to students in classes and assemblies about remembering our soldiers during the course of that week..not necessarily on Remeberance day only...by just having an assembly on Rememberance day no kid will understand the importance of that day

Anonymous:

By not having all of Canada observing November 11th as a stat holiday, we are telling our troops that we don't care about their efforts and the thousands that give their lives for our freedom

Anonymous:

Family Day is a B.S. excuse for a day off. Remembrance Day is a much more important day which should be a Stat Holiday for people to show their respect those who fought for our freedom and to show support for those who still do. If you want a day with your family it's called "Saturday" and you can do it once each week.

Anonymous:

Remembrance day should be a holiday every province in Canada with no exceptions. The Canadian government should make it mandatory that every province honor this day by having a holiday! We all owe a debt to our soldiers who given their lives for our freedom. We in Canada are lucky enough to live in one of the best countries in the world, thanks in part to the brave women and men of our armed forces.

Posted by Tony:

I find it appalling that some people are against Remembrance day for financial reasons! If you are a business owner, then holidays are simply a cost of doing business. Putting profits before people is morally bankrupt. Please make this a stat holiday so that families can honor the vets together, as a family, the way it should be.

Posted by dave:

Pitting Family Day against Remembrance Day is absolutely ridiculous! Family day is Family day, not relevant to the question of making 11/11 a national day! Shake you head!!! Remembrance Day should be a stat holiday, and Canada should get its act together to make the day/sights/memorials something respectable. It saddens me to no end that we have a tiny monument here, and a little one there. Put some damn effort into it and make it worthy of the respect of our veterans observe.

Anonymous:

Moved to Ontario from BC 3 years ago, in BC the stat was spent at one of the many events in our city with a parade, fly overs, speeches and canon fire. My children learnt more by participating and speaking with vets than would be learnt in another day of school with a small ceremony in the gym. We must also remember this day is about the vets who cherish this day to don their uniforms and mingle with an appreciative public. Now that I am in Ontario an announcement comes over the PA system and we observe a moment of silence before going back to work.....we can do better.

Posted by Kevin:

Remembrance day has so much significance for a stat holiday. It is a huge honor for me as a Canadian to remember, respect, and celebrate our freedom fought for by the brave soldiers who risked their lives to make this happen. This is the single most serious and sad day of the year in my eyes, and I think our vets deserve so much acknowledgement and respect for their service so what better honor than a Canada wide stat holiday.

Anonymous:

I do not agree that Remembrance Day should be a holiday. When I was a child, the children from our school were marched to the arena, where the ceremonies were held. We were taught in school what Rembrance Day was. After that we were allowed to go home. (Maybe that is what we did regardless). Children today do not recognize the horror and loss of people in WW11, or how our fathers and fore-fathers suffered, how they fought to defend our country. Our children(excluding mine, who attends services without fail) and their children have not been taught in schools and that should be more of a priority than a day off.

Anonymous:

it is absolutely ridiculous that every province in Canada doesn't hold this holiday !! the federal government should make it mandatory that every province hold this holiday ! God Bless our soldiers who give us our freedom every day!!

Posted by Megan:

As an Albertan who observes the day as a day away from work, my family and I attend the parade every year - arriving at the venue before 10 am to get our seats, and leaving after we've had time to mingle with the service members afterwards. As a day at work, dealing with international companies, I wouldn't even be able to count on the "moment of silence" to observe the sacrifice made by service members past, present, and future. Sure, not everyone will observe it, but even if it is "enforced" at schools etc not all the children are thinking of things other than what they will soon find in their lunch kits. As a day away from work/school, those who are civic minded can and do make a ritual of honoring service members.

Posted by Angus Walker:

Remembrance Day should not be a stat in any province. I agree with the Royal Canadian Legion that we should show our respects by stopping work/school and standing in silence for 2 mins. This day has stopped being a day to remember and just become another day to go out and do stuff or for the kids to sit at home playing video games. Making this a stat has actually had a negative effect and ruined this day as a day of respect.

Anonymous:

Outrageous. The day we remember our troops and all those who served the country during war time should be respected. It should be a country wide statutory holiday.

Posted by Shirleygail:

we go to the cenotaph and I am often heartened by the crowd there for the service here in CCNV (Corporation of the City of North Vancouver). I think it tasteless and a commercial grab to show Christmas décor prior to Remembrance Day. gh

Posted by Jean-Marc Veilleux:

I love your page, but I have many freinds that are uniquely French Canadian. Do you know if at one point your page will be translated in French for all to see? I am a retired Sergent from the erra 1974-1996 I did most of my time in Canada being a Radar technician by trade. hope this will reach a sympatetic ear. PS People of all ages should go see a parade it is a very proud moment for those who served. Bring your Canada flags.

Posted by Jaykumar Mungra:

Remembrance Day should be statutory holiday throughout the canada. Every single person of every single province should get equal chance of celebrating this day. The provinces, where it is not a stat. Holiday seems that they do not consider this day even.

Posted by Y. Cranddent:

Hello, I strongly, whole hearted and sincerely in my mind that "Canada's Remembrance Day/November 11 Of Every Year" Should be DECLARE as a "Stats. Holiday With Pay" for all level of employment. Regardless, IF you are a Government Employees, Crown Corp, or Private Sectors Employees." For once a year WE should pay a respect to those known and unknown soldiers or our country. We are living in the modern World but we should NEVER, EVER forget who made us today and how we got here! It is selfish to IGNORE this issue. . . Make it Official effective in 2017. Thank You, Y.Cranddent. Ottawa, ON Canada

Posted by Bruce :

Why do we the Canadian poeple allow foreigner to control our Country after so many Canadian fought for this Country and Died .The Canadian Flag and Remembrance Day should be an honor for us not about money or someone Who was never born in this great Country .I say Yes to an National holiday for everyone thoughout Canada.Don't let the memory of the fallen? Be forgotten ? Two Great wars How our family fought to save our freedom Dont let this happen because of foreigner who came here for their freedom . Repect our forces and give this Day to everyone in this Great Country of Ours.

Posted by Mike:

I'm 73, 5th generation Canadian - my late dad was a brigade commander in WWll, my younger brother is a retired senior officer & my son is active officer. In Quebec I'm concerned that a holiday would be just that. To have time to go to a cenotaph should be accepted as normal - like vote days , ie 2 hours off - or even 2 minutes at school or work. I'd be happy to keep as is.

Anonymous:

We used to go to ceremonies, but now all kids do is play video games!!

Anonymous:

As most stores and business are open on stat holidays anyways, it would not matter if it was made in to a "stat" holiday

Posted by Lorne:

I moved to Toronto from Winnipeg at the end of 2015. I'm a little appalled at the fact that Remembrance Day is not properly observed here. In my younger days, I remember when you could only buy milk, eggs, or bread on Remembrance Day...nothing else. Greed trumps respect. The Fallen are forgotten. It's shameful.

Anonymous:

it is absurd that remembrance day is not a statuary day as it is "only" to remember the men and women who fought and lost their lives for us, but we have no problem with a statuary day for Victoria day, queen Victoria who ?

Anonymous:

According to the Holidays Act, Remembrance Day is not a LEGAL holiday, it's just a holiday. Not all government agencies take a day off. It's a day to celebrate Canada's victory in WW1. The 2 minutes of silence is the only part of the parade meant to commemorate those who fought and are still fighting. The victory is tainted by the anglo-Canadian enforced conscription of French Canadians. ON, QC, NS and NWT represent more than half the population of Canada, and do not recognize Remembrance Day. So not only is Remembrance Day not recognized as a Statutory Holiday by law, nor is it recognized by a majority of the Canadian public, but even its true meaning as a day of Victory in WW1 is forgotten. Let's stop telling ourselves the story that feels good and let everyone appreciate Canada's WW1 contribution in celebration or commemoration as they see fit.

Anonymous:

Of all the holidays that we as Canadians have, I feel that Remembrance Day should be observed as a National Holiday. After all these men, boys and women gave their lives so we could have the freedoms we all enjoy today. I just don't get it.

Anonymous:

I personally think that Remembrance should be recognized as a Statutory Holiday all across the country. After all it's not necessarily to or implement so do something in particular on that day. But just to highlight the fact that lots of people got killed saving our country, should we at least acknowledge the facts, because we would not be where we are today if it was it because of are soldier. A day off would be a force to be recognized the sacrifice made and also to some of us who had ancestor who died in their families, because of the war. If BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and some other provinces can acknowledge this why can the the rest of Canada can't? It's beyond me.

Posted by Cal:

My thought on the topic as a compromise is that employers should be required Nationally to provide Nov11 as a holiday for any veteran in their employment (if it falls on a work day). A holiday for all is just another day off; but a holiday for veterans has meaning. One, it highlights to coworkers that they work side by side with a veteran and helps bring that recognition into the workplace that Nov11 we acknowledge all those who have served their Country. Two, it then allows veteran employee to go to their local community ceremony and pay their respect to the memory of comrades past and present, as we have many many modern day vets still in the work force who have personally been touched by horrors of war, or have buddies touched by war. Rememberance Day is NOT just a ceremony for the aging WW2 and Korea soldiers, 1000's of working men and women are veterans too, yet for Employers Nov11 is just another work day. Nov11 should be a Veterans Day. Thx

Anonymous:

Not having Remembrance Day a nationally recognized holiday across ALL provinces in Canada is an affront to the memories of those who served. Think of what they sacrificed and what we gained. The fact that Easter and Christmas ARE recognized as holidays, despite being religiously affiliated holidays, makes one wonder what the reasoning is. How does one justify this disparity, considering there are Atheists and non-Christians across Canada?

Anonymous:

My son's schools, Elementary and Secondary, have always done a Remembrance Day assembly. They will have art they have made hung in the classrooms and hallways, have a Veteran speak to the children and to answer any questions they may have. So keep Remembrance Day a Stat holiday so families can go to the ceremonies in their cities.

Anonymous:

I agree with the young person who said we should focus our attention on preventing the horrors of war. Full stop.

Posted by T. Groves:

Although I personally would like to see Remembrance Day a statutory holiday in order for me to have the opportunity to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, I first want to respect the wishes of The Legion. As an alternative, how about providing guidance to businesses, that where employees express the desire to observe the day, that time be allocated to watch the televised Remembrance Day Ceremony, conduct their own ceremony or show their respects with a moment silence.

Posted by Mexican Rose:

To "Anonymous" regarding Nov. 11 being a financial loss to companies if Nov. 11 were declared a stat holiday. Why is it something as importance as Remembrance Day boils down to money? Would you have thought of money if the clocks were turned back & Canada was involved in war? What about your employees who voluntarily joined the militaries in order to protect YOU & the rest of the country? There's more to life than money. Quite frankly, I have the feeling that the moderator of this forum will not publish this comment, perhaps because I hit on a nerve.

Posted by Mexican Rose:

I do believe that Nov. 11 should be a statutory holiday..NATIONALLY, & should never take a backseat to anything. People lost their lives for our country in order that we may live in freedom, free of oppression. There shouldn't be anything else overseeing Nov. 11. Where Family Day is concerned, THAT's the biggest joke ever. "Family Day" is not given to services, such as Police, Fire, etc...While we know they are a necessary service, they do not even get any retribution whatsoever. If you're working, you don't get time-and-a half..if you're off, you're off.

Anonymous:

I believe Remembrance Day should be given as a holiday with a twist that each individual do something charitable for part of the day. God knows people have become selfish and too self absorbed and money hungry. As students are required to do some charity work as part of their graduation diploma we should make ontarians do 3 hrs of charity to get paid that day, possibly the ont govt could offer some incentive to get behind this. People get out and help others out.

Anonymous:

I believe Remembrance Day should be given as a holiday with a twist that each individual do something charitable for part of the day. God knows people have become selfish and too self absorbed and money hungry. As students are required to do some charity work as part of their graduation diploma we should make ontarians do 3 hrs of charity to get paid that day, possibly the ont govt could offer some incentive to get behind this. People get out and help others out.

Anonymous:

Remembrance Day should be a statutory holiday nation wide. We should honour and respect those who have sacrificed. Ontario only cares about the economic impact of having another holiday as they do with Boxing day. Our children can still learn the value and importance of this day in school prior to the holiday and at home with parents. I respect that people appreciate Family day but this day is a part of Canada's history. Both holidays should be valued.

Posted by Ross Rou:

Quite disgraceful that Remembrance Day is not properly recognized across the country. It's far more significant than others-Heritage Day, Labour Day etc. It's a shame.

Posted by Ken:

Jason needs to strap on some combat boots and go sit in a trench in the rain with little food and have people shoot at him and watch best friends die around him. The reason we can even have a family day is because of the people who served. So please, shake your head and show some respect.

Posted by Rhonda:

It should be a nation wide holiday. In my home we remember by either going to a service or on TV. Then family games and a big family supper. They served for our freedom. And we should make a big deal out of it. Be thankful.

Posted by Brian:

I am a veteran of many missions overseas and do not wish Remembrance day to become a stat holiday. I have attended and spoken on a couple of occasions at high schools. It is a much better way to advance knowledge. Lest we forget.

Posted by Shirlee Fraser:

I was very surprised to find out this was not a Statuary Holiday in all of Canada... All Canadians participated in some way to the wars of past... This is my option!! This should be corrected as soon as possible. ❤️

Posted by SG:

First, it is not a holiday and nor should it ever be termed as a holiday as it gives the wrong message. It should be a Statutory Day of Observation and Remembrance, for that is what it truly is. Calling it a vacation or holiday looses the respect it deserves. Lest We Forget.

Posted by TS:

I myself can not believe November 11th is not a statutory holiday across Canada and the world this would be the perfect way to show our vets our appreciation for laying down their lives defending our Country please Mr prime minister Justin Trudeau make this happen in Canada show our vets past and present how we look after our vets make it happen honor them before there are all gone,Those that remain would love to see that day and how they sacrifice their lives fighting for our country

Posted by Pamela Devine:

It is deplorable that the province the houses our House of Commons does not recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday.This is a national disgrace. I really look forward to attending Remembrance Day services in my home city out of respect for all of our Canadian Service men and women. The sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made deserve our respect on one day of the year at the very least. Shame on those who disagree.

Anonymous:

If it were not for school plays an being at school I never would have been taught about it an I beleave if the veterans wanted it a holiday it would be but they want us at school to learn about the war an how many people lost there live So it's my belief that if the people who died for are freedom want us in class then we should respect there wishes not the wishes of those who want another day off

Posted by M R :

Give all of the one that give freedom and lost life respect and also the one alive the respect on this day to remembered that is an obligations holiday for freedom respected.

Posted by Doug:

my father was a war vet. I personally think to remember is great but not just another holliday. there should be something to do like cleaning a cemetary, spending time with seniors, cleaning city streets in memory of. making the day a learning experience for the young. rededicate a park or a street or a memorial.

Posted by Susie:

Remembrance Day is to remember all the fallen soldiers, people. families. who sacrificed there lives for us. How is it logical that only government officials, offices, banks get the day off to participate and attend ceremonies and all other hard working citizens of this beautiful country we call home. the land of freedom still have to go to work.. Its not enough that working class citizens don't make what government workers make and work double the time and hours to make ends meet. Why is always government workers who get the break from it all. I don't quite understand the logic behind all of it. I am a citizen of this country just like them.. Give us the opportunity and the equality they have to attend and respect our fallen soldiers.

Anonymous:

The idea that people will only view Remembrance Day as a "day off" without respecting those who gave their lives is simply not true. I grew up in BC where Remembrance Day is a stat holiday. Schools would simply move school Remembrance Day ceremonies to the day before and children still learn its significance as well as the learning the songs, poems, and speeches about the horrors of war and those brave enough to lay down their lives for the greater good of the world and in service to their country. On Remembrance Day itself, the freedom of the stat holiday allows families to attend local Remembrance Day ceremonies as a family unit or they can watch such ceremonies from home as they are broadcast from Ottawa or local news outlets air the ones in other major cities. I grew up watching the ceremonies broadcast from Ottawa with my family since I was free from school and my parents were free from work. Imagine my excitement when I moved to Ontario at being close enough to drive to attend the Ottawa ceremony. I had always wanted to attend the one in Ottawa to show my respect and be privileged enough to partake in the annual laying of poppies on the Unknown Soldier's grave. Now imagine my shock at finding out Remembrance Day isn't a stat in Ontario and I couldn't attend. Instead, I had to settle for my boss announcing a moment of silence for one minute at 11:00AM over the announcements. That was it. No poems, songs, speeches, trumpet solo, or other aspect associated with the significance of the day. I can only attend a Remembrance Day ceremony if it falls on a weekend or I take a vacation day. If anything, I argue that NOT having Remembrance Day as a stat is far less respectful because people cannot partake in or watch Remembrance ceremonies and therefore the significance of the day is lost when they are busy at work and it's just another workday. I can't even imagine how terrible it must be for those who lost loved ones to war and peacekeeping efforts and are not granted the stat holiday to visit those loved ones' graves. Family Day is something completely different and BC and Ontario now have both. The argument for Family Day OR Remembrance Day holds no water. Do you know the current difference in stat holidays between BC and Ontario? While Remembrance Day is a stat holiday in BC, Ontario chooses to have Boxing Day as a stat in Ontario (it is not one in BC). That's right. Ontario places its commercial interest as being more important than remembering the lives and sacrifices of veterans. I'm simply appalled.

Posted by Terry Chisholm:

I think that Remembrance Day should be a holiday to remember the men and women who served, and still serve our country. My dad served in the Canadian Army from 1939 to 1972, and out of respect and admiration of his service to our country, I am a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion now going on 40 years. November 11th should be a statutory holiday all over the world to remember our fallin troops as well as the troops who still serve. A day to reflect and appreciate the freedom that we have because of what our troops have done, and still do to keep this country safe.

Posted by Michelle:

Why do certain provinces want to be excluded from this stat? I live in BC but my company is a national one and denies statutory holidays that are not federal. Veterans Day is federal in the US. Let's get on board already!

Posted by A parent, a citizen:

Let's find the time to teach our children the meaning of the words "Lest we forget." And hold our government accountable to keeping our country strong and free and aid other countries do the same.

Posted by JMK:

Today I was notified by email that our school principal is denying access to the Remembrance Day ceremony to our senior level students because there just isn't room to accommodate all the students at our school. I teach grade 11&12...I'm being denied access to attending a ceremony that honours my own military family and friends. I'm so ashamed of my government again this November 11th.

Anonymous:

Remembrance Day is much more important than family day and our future generations need to know about this very important day inhistory.

Anonymous:

Though it is called Remembrance Day - it is also called Veteran's Day in some countries. This is not only about World War 1 or World War 2 but about all the armed service personnel who still sacrifice their lives in service to their country.

Posted by steve:

Never again! Our fathers and grandfathers fought for the freedoms we have today and its so sad that we can't have Nov 11 commemorated as a statutory holiday, to those that never made it back .a sacrifice that should never be forgotten for as long as we live and breath.

Posted by BM:

It should be a mandatory stat holiday. Other provinces have both Family Day and Remembrance Day, so why not in Ontario(Regarding that other gentleman's comment)? How else are we going to make sure that children learn and remember what it is all about? It is a very important message. Something they should also be learning at home. Not just left up to the schools to educate them.

Anonymous:

Stat holidays are not free. Employers wind up having to pay all employees for doing nothing. This is easier for governments to handle because they don't need to generate revenue, they simply add the losses to the tax payer's deficit debt. For private employers it becomes a straight loss to them.

Anonymous:

If it wasn't for the bravery of the Canadian soldiers overseas, I would not be here. Of course they should be remembered especially on the day when it was declared over.

Posted by JM:

It's disappointing and sad that Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday. I come from a family of individuals who fought in the wars, and honor and respect those who have contributed to the protection of our country. Every year there are a number of events which occur on this special day, and I would like to be able to pay my respects to the veterans who attend, and those who have passed. While I understand the reasoning behind having children in school on this day to learn about the meaning of Remembrance Day, it could certainly be done leading up to this day, as it was when I went to school. Learning about the history of war shouldn't just be a one day event. I really wish that all provinces would provide the acknowledgement and honor to those who fought, and continue to fight on our behalf.

Posted by D. James:

Talk for yourself if you are going to stay home and waste 'Remembrance day. Who are you? Are you God or what to know the future that people will not be observing Such honorary day?! Maybe you are an employer why you would be negative to a remembrance holiday. Remembrance day should be a holiday and the most important of holidays.

Posted by Joanna Kurtz:

It should be a manditory stat holiday. The argument that it should be a stat because we need to keep kids in school to ensure they attend a ceremony marking the day we need to remember shows ignorance towards every other province which honours our soldiers on this day. It also shows significant ignorance in our school system. Schools celebrate every event on the calendar. When Halloween falls on a Sunday, do the decorations and candy fail to flank the walls and hallways of our schools? Of course not. Why would Rememberance day be treated any differently? It will be honoured. As the granddaughter, daughter, sister, and friend of those who have served or are serving, I want to go to a formal service and be with those who know why I cry every year during the service, and not have to suppress my pain because I'm with my student. As a teacher in Ontario I have been denied this right for the past decade. I feel somewhat failed by my own government.

Posted by Frank:

Despicable!!!! Left leaning Liberals that know nothing about the real world. Idiots of the highest order and Insult to all our brave warriors that gave so much so these ungrateful creeps could be safe and sound

Posted by Kerry:

Rememberance day needs to be a statutory holiday in all provinces. Why the divide? Are we a unified country? Speaking of United, this holiday is recognized in America as a statutory holiday. If it's good for them it should be good for us.

Posted by BES:

This day should be a stat holiday everywhere, I am sure that people in Ontario have family members that are active or have been active in military deployments. I know that I am the mother of an active member of the military who went to Afghanistan and would like attend Remembrance day ceremonies but have to work. If other areas of Canada have this as a stat holiday and Federal have this off what makes everyone in Ontario any different. We should all have the same ability to Remember. it is not the same when we have to do it during work it is not given the respect it deserves.

Posted by kb:

Remembrance Day should be celebrated across the country. It is not just for Canadian soldiers but also for soldiers all over the world. Reflection day is a must and must be taught. Someone mentioned here that FAMILY DAY is a more useful day.... Well, sorry, that is the most ridiculous invention. Guess what: The original family day used to be SUNDAY (or Saturday, before it was taken away from us.

Anonymous:

did Ontario not participate in the War, that's why we're not given a stats holiday.. is Ontario not part of Canada? it should be given the same holidays as that of other provinces and other provinces should be given the same. I don't understand why one is treated differently than the other, they're all in CANADA after all ?

Posted by Ed Hamilton:

There are those who never participate on Remembrance day. They never did nor will they ever. There are many of us who do. My father passed this year. He was a soldier for 33 years. Many of my relatives fought in all the wars. They deserve to be remembered by those of us that will. The Legion does not speak for many of us including my father. He did not agree with many of their thoughts, they speak for a select few. Its long past time Remembrance day was made a holiday.

Posted by Emily:

As previous comments have suggested, outside of assemblies at school when you are a kid, there is no time in a work day to really pause and reflect. As a young person in the work force the amount of time and effort expected and expanded at work superceeds most things in life. To have a day to reflect on the privilage of not living through the World Wars but remebering the people who did whether they lived or died would be a good thing for our society. In my family I know there are great-unlces I will never meet and grandparents I will never meet because of those wars.

Posted by MJ:

I agree... this should of been made the number one day off for EVERYONE! I am an "army brat" so are my kids and grandchildren. I have lost friends and loved ones. Yes we remember them everyday. But the 11th of November is the only day we can come together as a country to honor them. And working on that day makes it hard to due just that. Myself and many others need that time to shed a tear together...

Posted by Nadia:

I think it should be a statutory holiday all over Canada. To be honsest with you, it is not celebrated at all by it being a normal work day. Do we have time to celebrate anything during the work hours - not at all is the answer. On the other hand, if it is a stat, then more people will have time to think and observe it for what it really is. Once it is a stat, provide more activities such as TV and radio discussions, broadcast films ect, on it so that people can enjoy litening to the history and knowing the importance. Otherwise, we don't even remebmer it is such a day - people are just engaged in the normal rat race of daily living. So give people the time off to think and celebrate.

Posted by Blair Anderson:

It should be a national holiday, without those who sacrificed their lives people wouldn't be able to go to work or school. A day should be taken to pause and remember those who had the incredible courage to fight for our free country.

Anonymous:

Financial companies are taking advantage of this day as the markets are open. Before it was double time, then it was time in half pay AND now, there giving one day in lieu. It should be a mandatory holiday for all regardless which financial sector you work in.

Posted by Jerry Thomas:

Remember - it's good. But practice - it's better. So remember to do good on Remembrance Day!

Posted by Jeff:

I am a Veteran and also a Legion member. I have thought about this question a lot here and whether this should be statutory holiday or not. In my view, when I have gone to many Remembrance Day services, I still see people walking about or by our parade or driving by. Obviously they do not have the time to remember our fallen. I feel that making this a statutory holiday, you would not see anymore come out to the parade. I know a lot of friends who take the time off from work to attend, but a lot if given the day off would not. It would be just another holiday for them to have. It is the sad reality that this would happen. I know someone will say here, I would go...I am sure you would. I would think that we would see a little increase in numbers but definitely not in the hundreds. If it were to be made a stat holiday...would love to be proved wrong on this. As for your work not observing the time, maybe that should be brought up to your supervisors, managers, owners of your company to maybe observing two minutes of silence at 11am on November 11th.

Posted by Geneveive:

I think Remembrance Day should be an observed holiday. My workplace has never taken the time to recognize Remembrance Day during our workday, yet growing up in Newfoundland it was always a holiday my family made a point of taking time to recognize. We would always visit our local Legion for their service and memorial, but since being in Ontario, I've only been able to attend on Remembrance Day service when my friend and I took the day off work last year to go to a service and honour those who gave their lives for our freedom and country. Both of us had family who were involved in the wars and wanted to honour them. It seems sad that some provinces don't recognize this day as a holiday when so many Canadians fought and died for the liberties we have today, the least we could do is take a day to remember them.

Anonymous:

Why any province is exempt, is an obvious oddity. The entire country was and continues, to be affected by this historical occasion. not just select provinces within Canada.

Posted by Adam:

I don't agree that giving people the day off work will mean they "sleep in, watch TV or do nothing." No workplace I've ever worked in has "observed" remembrance day - so giving people a day off would allow families (children included) to go to their local cenotaph together and talk about what Remembrance Day means to them, to their parents, grandparents, etc., just as it does on the occasions when Nov 11th falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Those people who would "sleep in or do nothing" on Remembrance Day aren't getting anything out of mandatory observance anyway - so it's a bit ironic that people can argue against allowing folks to decide how to honour war veterans who themselves died for our freedom.

Anonymous:

Ottawa shame on you for not making this a STAT Canada wide holiday in honour of everyone's freedom - You are 150 years old now and you are 100 years overdue for this recognition. Of all the STAT holidays this SHOULD have been the 1st one on the list of approved STATS.

Anonymous:

If government employees get the day off with pay, so should everyone else. Period.

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