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Heritage Week 2017
My Canada!

February 21st 2017

Happy Heritage Week! February 21-25, 2017 marks Heritage Week in Canada, and the National theme is "My Canada!" - in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With that theme in mind, we ask you to share your stories of Mississauga with us: celebrate your roots and the historic places in Mississauga that are significant to you! Tell us about your favourite historic place in Mississauga and why it is important! We look forward to hearing from you and sharing the heritage of our city with you! history@heritagemississauga.org

Mississauga stands in solidarity
A city of many cultures together

February 2nd 2017

In a strong show of solidarity to condemn violence, Islamophobia and hatred, more than 100 people gathered at Mississauga City Hall on the evening of Feb. 1 to mark the deadly attack that took place at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City.

Mississauga News article: www.mississauga.com/news-story/7097347-mississauga-vigil-we-condemn-all-acts-of-violence-islamophobia-and-hatred-/?s=n1

Happy Groundhog Day
A February 2 Tradition

February 2nd 2017

February 2 is groundhog day! And what did Wiarton Willie & Shubenacadie Sam have to say? They agree that there will be an early Spring in 2017!


But now for a little history ...

What Do People Do?
Many Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day. Some Christian churches also celebrate Candlemas on this day, while others use Groundhog Day to take down their Christmas decorations.

Groundhog Day is growing more and more popular in Canada.  There is a festival in Wiarton, Bruce County, Ontario, where the town groundhog, Wiarton Willie, delivers his “prediction” early in the morning on February 2 every year.

Public Life
Groundhog Day is not a public holiday in Canada. However, areas around parks and some streets may be busy or congested in towns where Groundhog Day events are popular.

Early or Late Spring?
Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the part of Europe where Germany is today, believed that the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

This tradition was brought over to North America, predominantly to Pennsylvania in the United States, where it was the groundhog, not the badger, which made these “predictions”.

According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will return to its burrow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way.

The Groundhog Day concept first became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February weather predictions. Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival grew as Willie’s fame increased. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

There are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Shubenacadie Sam is reportedly the first groundhog in the country to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

From: www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/groundhog-day

Remembrance Day Concert
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

November 4th 2016

Remembrance Day Concert at the Living Arts Centre, 7:00 pm
http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/a-remembrance-day-concert-17

Lest We Forget
Rememberance Services in Mississauga 2016

November 3rd 2016

Lest We Forget

I Am Mississauga: Mississauga Remembers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnylUJRlRUQ


Remembrance Services in Mississauga 2016

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Army Navy and Air Force Veterans In Canada – Lakeview Unit 262
765 Third Street, Mississauga
Parade time: 10:15 am at the Army Navy and Air Force headquarters (765 Third Street)
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the Army Navy and Air Force (Lakeview) Cenotaph

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Royal Canadian Legion – Colonel Tom Kennedy (Cooksville) Branch 582
456 Hensall Circle
Parade time: 10:15 am at the Cooksville Legion
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the St. John’s Anglican Cemetery Cenotaph

Friday, November 11th, 2016

City of Mississauga Community Memorial
Celebration Square, Mississauga Civic Centre (300 City Centre Drive)
Ceremony time: 10:45 am to 11:20 am

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville Branch 139 (Streetsville Overseas Veterans Club)
101 Church Street, Mississauga
Parade time: 10:15 am from the Streetsville Legion
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the Streetsville Cenotaph / Streetsville Village Square

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Royal Canada Legion – Port Credit Branch 82
35 Front Street North, Mississauga
Parade time: 9:30 am from the Port Credit Legion (35 Front Street North)
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church / Port Credit Cenotaph (Stavebank Road)

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Remembrance Day Concert at the Living Arts Centre, 7:00 pm

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/a-remembrance-day-concert-17

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