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Emancipation Day comes to Canada

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There’s so much happening in our little corner of Canada this weekend.

You might say that in New Brunswick we are being emancipated from the emergency restrictions put in place to combat COVID.  Starting yesterday, the province that cut off non-essential travel not just with Maine but also with all provinces west of here way back in March of last year, is now fully open to Canadians from across the country, with no border checks, registration requirements, or COVID tests.  Yikes, that will be a bit unnerving.  Masking and social distancing will now be up to individual establishments and individuals to determine.  That will take some figuring out.  One day in, most people are wearing their masks in most indoor places. Personally, I hope it stays that way.


Tomorrow is New Brunswick Day, a statutory provincial holiday when we all get a summer day off to appreciate how lucky we…

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14 thoughts on “Emancipation Day comes to Canada”

  1. Interesting post on slavery in Canada, which I was not aware of. It’s really encouraging to see how far humanity has come since the bad old days, but so much remains to be done! And every backslide we read about gives you the horrors.

    Enjoy your summer holiday with the new relaxations!

  2. Thanks for reposting this, Cynthia. Hope you were able to join in all the celebrations, albeit cautiously. We too, are taking our time in experiencing the new freedoms. It’s good to have the choice!

  3. Jane, I am so glad Cynthia has reposted this as we, in Canada, need to become more aware that slavery existed here and that remnants still remain. I live in Port Hope, Ontario, and a local historian has done extensive research on the first arrivals who settled here in 1790. A group of about 20 United Empire Loyalists walked from the US around the western end of Lake Ontario to the Ganaraska River on the north shore of Lake Ontario with their slaves. Wish I knew the exact number of slaves, but if I remember right from a talk the historian gave, it was four or five. Also, Lawrence Hill in The Book of Negroes (2007) shows copies of Halifax newspaper ads offering rewards for capturing slaves who had run away in 1772. So, this our first Emancipation Day is a good place to start for touching the truth of the past, and in turn this can lead to greater equity.

      1. This article, Cynthia, is faithfully reflecting the odious treatment that was reserved for the black people.
        Yes emancipation must always continue, in people’s minds .
        Love ❤

  4. Thank you for reposting Cynthia. Black lives, and Indigenous lives matter, as all lives do.
    We were not innocent in Canada, and Emancipation Day should be celebrated by all. Hopefully, education of the past can help keep Emancipation Day a day to remember and celebrate for the humane actions taken after that special day, Aug. 1, 1834. Hopefully, nobody could repeat this heinous history.
    Happy New Brunswick Day to all. Now they are opening up and letting everyone visit such a beautiful province with the friendliest people I’d met after living there for a few years .
    I am finally going to make a fast visit down. Hopefully my old friends recognize me still… with my mask still in place! Stay safe.

  5. Good luck with your various levels of unmasking and returned to normalcy (as it were). Those of us down who are vaccinated are feeling fairly unsettled with the variant around. Hope all is – and stays – well with you.
    And thanks for reposting the Emancipation Day piece, and congrats Canada for declaring it.

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