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City Plans For July 1 Canada Day Celebration

The City of Powell River will be celebrating Canada Day on July 1 as has been planned all along.
Although an announcement has been made about a “CANADA 150 party” on June 14, the City of Powell River is not changing the date of its Canada Day celebration, said CaroleAnn Leishman, Powell River City Councillor with the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio and Powell River’s CANADA 150 representative.
“The announcement that was meant to be conveyed was that the three local governments in the region are collaborating and proposing to host a CANADA 150 event, which are being held across Canada all year long, on June 14, with a symphony orchestra and some special guests,” Leishman said. “This is completely separate from Canada Day celebrations on July 1.”
Leishman said the proposed CANADA 150 event on June 14, if approved by the City, Powell River Regional District and Tla’amin Nation, will be a regional event to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation; the Powell River Regional District's 50th year; and acknowledging that the Tla'amin people have been here for somewhere between 5000 to 9000 years. She added that the CANADA 150 event on June 14 would be the first of what could be a string of other events celebrating being Canadian, such as June 21 National Aboriginal Day, June 24 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, June 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day and then finally, Canada Day on July 1, hosted by the City of Powell River, which will have a celebration down at Willingdon Beach for the whole family.
“The June 14 event is meant to kick-off ‘a Season of Celebrating Being Canadian’ for Canada's 150th year,” Leishman said. “It will be awesome!"
Before the CANADA 150 celebration goes ahead fully, all three local governments still must confirm their commitments at the board and council levels.
“The announcement was meant to be a good news story about an exciting opportunity to collaborate between the three local governments and join with PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy) to host an extra-special CANADA 150 event,” Leishman said. “A Canada Day celebration hosted by the City of Powell River will still follow on July 1.”
For more information, contact:
Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman


Event date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:00am


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