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The Premier of Canada's Province of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, has announced plans to rename the annual August non-working public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, into an annual non-working public holiday in Canada's Province of Manitoba named after Terry Fox.
Terry Fox, whose right leg was amputated in 1977 due to cancer, began the Marathon of Hope in April 1980, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research, running the equivalent of a full marathon every day, and succumbing to cancer near Thunder Bay, Ontario, after having run 5373 kilometers in 143 days.
Interestingly, the first Monday of August, is not currently an annual non-working public holiday (Manitoba Statutory Holidays) in Canada's Province of Manitoba, despite the tenor of Premier Selinger's announcement. Perhaps he plans to add another new annual non-working public holiday in Manitoba, as was done for Louis Riel Day, a few years ago (2007-09-26).
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