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BC marks first mid-winter statutory holiday

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Family Day will be held annually in BC on the second Monday in February — and events are planned in communities across the province to kick off the first-ever celebration.

The provincial government is urging families to enjoy a “staycation” at family-focused special events, such as the gathering on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery that will close Howe Street in downtown Vancouver until 11:30 tonight.

But the BC Government and Service Employees Union is using the day for protests, saying families are being squeezed financially and if the BC Liberals are truly committed to family values, they would implement a new, affordable daycare system.

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Just came back from the US tonight. It was a 3hr wait to get back to Canada. The number of cars tell you that this BC holiday is not an economic benefit for the province.

February 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

This holiday is costing the taxpayers of BC big time with all the overtime and extra day off for governmenet employees, never mind the undue costs to private enterprise. Think about it people!!! Everyone complains about paying more taxes etc., but when it comes to an extra day off it is okay. Not much thought put into this scenario.

February 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm