MALL CRIT­I­CIZED FOR SANTA VISIT ON RE­MEM­BRANCE DAY

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

A Mon­treal shop­ping mall is get­ting crit­i­cized for trot­ting out Santa Claus on Re­mem­brance Day. Saint Nick ar­rives at Place Ver­sailles on Satur­day morn­ing — about an hour be­fore cer­e­monies are held to honour Canada’s war dead. The mall’s man­age­ment has been lam­basted on­line, with so­cial me­dia users call­ing on Santa’s visit to be resched­uled. But in re­sponse, the mall says it isn’t lo­gis­ti­cally pos­si­ble to have Santa come an­other day. Santa’s elab­o­rate en­trance by he­li­copter has been pro­moted for sev­eral days. Man­age­ment apol­o­gized in a Face­book post and says it will also mark Re­mem­brance Day in some fash­ion. “We apol­o­gize deeply to all those who were shocked by this choice of date,” they wrote. “We will make the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments to honour all those who served our coun­try on Novem­ber 11th.”

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