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‘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.

PRI­VA­TI­ZA­TION

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.

RUN­AWAY TRAIN

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.

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