THINGS TO know
‘LORD’S DAY ACT’
On this date, in 1906, Parliament passed the “Lord’s Day Observance Act’’ to prohibit work, entertainment, sport and almost all commerce on Sundays. The law remained on the books until the Supreme Court of Canada struck it down in 1985.
On this date, in 1989, Ottawa sold its remaining 57 per cent interest in Air Canada, completing privatization of the airline. Air Canada’s new issue of 41.1 million shares was an immediate sellout. Ottawa had begun its sale of the Crown corporation in October. The Tories had sold 12 Crown corporations since coming to power in 1984.
On this date, in 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Que., igniting explosions and fires that incinerated the small town’s centre, killing 47 people and forcing the evacuation of nearly 2,000 others. Millions of litres of oil also leaked into the soil and nearby water bodies.