Happy Family Day

Candace, 18 February 2008, No comments
Categories: Activism, Canadiana, Culture, Family, Feminism, Life, Relationships, School, Third Wave

Today is Family Day in Ontario. It’s a government initiative to help families with the crazy pace of life by giving everyone the day off so they can spend time together.

Except Family Day isn’t retrospectively applied to court orders signed before today. If your kids go to their dad’s on Mondays you are out of luck. Unless you want to go back to court…(Hah!)

And for the many people living in border towns and working in Michigan and other states, Family Day doesn’t apply to you. Get the kids to the sitter and get yourself to work already!

And if you work in retail, hospital, or at the university library you and some of your co-workers will be at work today.

And if you work for the school board and your contract was negotiated before Family Day was announced, you cannot go to work today but you will not get paid. You’re not entitled to any more days off this year. Sorry!

And if you’re a student, you’re busy preparing for mid-terms and writing major papers so keep in mind, if you take the day off today, you will probably FAIL!

But I’m not bitter.


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  1. leaf
    18 February 2008, 11:05 am

    I’ve been hearing that Family day in February will replace the Civic Holiday in August.

    Have you heard anything about this?

  2. jacqui583
    18 February 2008, 3:56 pm

    Yeah, I’m at work. Right now. On Family Day. sigh.

  3. Candace
    18 February 2008, 4:20 pm

    @ leaf: haven’t heard that but did learn that in Manitoba they call it “Louis Riel Day.” Australia calls it “Family & Community Day” and in South Africa since 1995 it’s replaced Easter Monday (which in many places is no longer a civic holiday).

    @ jacqui: Happy FD to you and yours, from the Canadian Government.

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