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The Selinger government of Canada's Province of Manitoba has gone ahead and, as promised, introduced legislation to rename the annual August non-statutory public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, in honor of 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.
Last summer (2014-07-31), we had reported that Manitoba Premier, Greg Selinger, had 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.
At that time, we had mentioned that the first Monday of August, is not currently an annual non-working public holiday (Manitoba Statutory Holidays) in Canada's Province of Manitoba, and wondered if this was to be a new public holiday or just a name change for a non-statutory holiday. Apparently, the bill now introduced in the Manitoba legislative assembly only purports to change the name of the August Civic Holiday non-statutory holiday.
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