Doors Open Ontario 2004 Since its inception in 2002, over 700,000 visitors have been greeted in various facilities across Ontario.
“Doors Open Ontario invites residents and visitors
to explore intriguing buildings, many of which are normally closed to
the public,” said the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Ontario Heritage
Foundation Chairman. “In addition to looking behind closed doors,
visitors participate in on-site demonstrations and discover Ontario’s
rich heritage first-hand.”
The first "Doors Open" event took place in Ontario
this year in Guelph on April 24th. There are 34 events covering 185
Ontario communities, and they go on until the closing event takes place
at Niagara (New York and Ontario) on the 16th and 17th of October.
A guide is available by calling toll-free
1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746), or by visiting the Doors Open Ontario website
60th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
The allied assault on Normandy will be remembered across Canada on June 5th and 6th.
On the Veterans Affairs Canada website <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca>
are listed events to attend across Canada and monuments to visit in
Europe (in person or by the Internet). As well, the Books of
Remembrance can be accessed by the website, and a history of D-Day and
the Battle of Normandy are also present.
Nationally, on June 6th, there will be a 10 a.m.
Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Be sure and read the article posted to this website entitled "Ottawa Celebrates Juno Beach Centre Opening 06 June, 2003", about the opening of the newly constructed Juno Beach Centre —
located next to the landing place of Canadian soldiers in the Second
World War on Juno Beach, France — by the Prime
Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and the
Prime Minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
The CBC Now Calls For Votes on “The Greatest Canadian”
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is now
calling for all Canadians to vote on the nominations which have been
received, their “one last chance to tell us who is the greatest of them
There will be a series in the fall in which a list
of the nominees will be counted down based on the number of nominations
received. The “Top Ten Candidates for the Greatest Canadian” will then
be presented in 10 one-hour series, and people will be asked to vote
either by phone or at the website. At the end of the 10 series, they
will be given one last chance to vote.
The website is <http://www.cbc.ca/greatest>.
Xerox Donates $1 Million to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
It has been announced that Xerox has donated $1
million to the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This is of interest to Canadians, for it will hold
research tools, a digital archives, and a genealogy research center on
the many who came to Canada in the late 1800s.
In the search engine are biographies on such names
as Harriet Tubman, who brought many people to the St. Catharines area
of Ontario, and on Mary Ann Shand Cary, who, in addition to being the
first black newspaper woman in North America, also started a school.in
The center opens on 23 August, 2004. Its website is <http://www.freedomcenter.org>.