June, 2004 News

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 at <http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca>.

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 all.”
    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 Ontario.
    The center opens on 23 August, 2004. Its website is <http://www.freedomcenter.org>.

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