Most people now use this weekend as a time to take one last summer trip, go camping, enjoy their country cottage/cabin one last time before the school year gets well under way. According to www.timeanddate, Labour Day's origins can be traced back to April 15, 1872 when the first significant demonstration for workers' rights was held in Toronto by the Toronto Trades Assembly. Similar parades were held in Ottawa where Sir John Macdonald promised to repeal all Canadian laws against trade unions. Labour day was first celebrated in the spring but was moved to the fall after 1894.
My Labour Day weekend is usually reserved for celebrating my daughter's birthday as she was born on September 2nd. In the past we have gone camping, bowling and for the last two years enjoyed the waterslides at a hotel here in Lethbridge. Afterwards my family gathers together for pizza and cake. Another highlight for myself and many others during Labour Day is the Labour Day Classic football game between the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos. Go Eskimos!
There are many activities one can take part in over the Labour Day weekend; picnics, BBQ's or some other relaxing event with family members. Let's not forget that without Canada's organized labour movement we would not have 40-hour work weeks, 8 hour days, annual vacations, minimum wage legislation etc. (unless you are a farmer, lol). Enjoy Labour Day everyone!
Thought of the day; What happens when you swallow your pride?
Quote of the day: A year from now you may wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb