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#1 Bingo

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 10:39 AM

Since August 4th, the Government of Canada, in collaboration with an array of partners, has been counting down the last 150 days of 2016 by revealing surprises throughout the country.

During these 150 days, a variety of activities that will delight and surprise you are being held across the country.

We invite all Canadians to continue to take part in the countdown to 2017 in person and through social media.

Show us your community spirit and join the countdown today!

The grand finale is on December 31, 2016 with the Canada 150 Kick Off in 19 urban centers across the country.

Don’t miss it, you will be dazzled! Visit our Celebrate page or the CBC/Radio Canada 2017 Web portal to learn more.

http://canada.pch.gc...g/1468262573081

 



#2 Mike K.

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 05:05 AM

I still think this concerted fireworks thing will be regretted once the dust settles. Forcing everyone to celebrate on Ottawa times is kinda silly without a proper follow-up light show at midnight.
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Posted 08 November 2016 - 11:39 AM

Scariest thing about the 150th Confederation celebrations is that I am old enough to remember the 100th Centennial celebration in 1967 (sigh). But I did get to see the Expo Train and attend the Montreal Expo '67 World's Fair so that is something I suppose....


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#4 Nparker

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 11:50 AM

Just as scary is that Canada's 150th means that we centennial year babies are going to be 50 next year.  :eek:



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 11:58 AM

Just as scary is that Canada's 150th means that we centennial year babies are going to be 50 next year.  :eek:

 

Like Pam Anderson?

 

 BornJuly 1, 1967 (age 49)

 


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#6 Nparker

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 12:03 PM

I guess she's the ultimate Centennial baby...well parts of her anyway.



#7 Bingo

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 06:27 AM

PREVIEW

What: Spirit of 150 Victoria — First Night

When: Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Inner Harbour

Admission: Free

Information: Spirit150Victoria.ca

Producers of this weekend’s New Year’s Eve celebration are envisioning large-scale fun for Victoria’s biggest year-end party in 20 years.

“We’re going to animate the harbour like it has never been animated before,” said Nick Blasko of event producer Atomique Productions. “We’re trying to paint the harbour in a completely different light — pun intended.”

Atomique Productions, which is producing the event for the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee, planned Spirit of 150 Victoria — First Night to accommodate between 20,000 and 30,000 revellers. The four-and-a-half-hour free celebration, the first New Year’s party of its kind since 1997, wraps at 9:30 p.m. following a fireworks display that Blasko is calling the biggest in the city’s history.

Large video screens will broadcast the performances from key points. 

- See more at: http://www.timescolo...h.P2RQ08Ue.dpuf



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:31 AM

The thing I hate most about "Canada 150" is that sadly I'm old enough to well remember "Canada 100" and visiting the Expo Train both here and in Montreal during Expo '67....it sucks getting older.....



#9 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:34 AM

Since when did First Night end at 9pm?  God we are lame these days...

 

 

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:14 AM

I believe the intent was to time the timing of the fireworks to coincide with Ottawa's when the seat of the national government officially celebrates our 150th year, heh....



#11 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:19 AM

I believe the intent was to time the timing of the fireworks to coincide with Ottawa's when the seat of the national government officially celebrates our 150th year, heh....

 

Ya, sure, that's what they say.  Yet of the 19 cities that got grants to do this, we (and Yukon) are the only ones lining it up with Ottawa.

 

Edmonton is doing fireworks at 8:30 and midnight.  Vancouver 9 and midnight.  


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#12 Nparker

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:35 AM

Ya, sure, that's what they say.  Yet of the 19 cities that got grants to do this, we (and Yukon) are the only ones lining it up with Ottawa...

It's absurd to celebrate the "new year" 3 hours in advance of its arrival in our time zone. Is St. John's NF waiting until 1:30 AM local time to shoot off their fireworks? At least it will be 2017 there if they do.



#13 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:35 PM

It's absurd to celebrate the "new year" 3 hours in advance of its arrival in our time zone. Is St. John's NF waiting until 1:30 AM local time to shoot off their fireworks? At least it will be 2017 there if they do.

 

In fairness, our cops are busy at all the low barrier housing spots, so maybe us regular folks have to do stuff earlier now.


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#14 Nparker

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:05 PM

...our cops are busy at all the low barrier housing spots, so maybe us regular folks have to do stuff earlier now.

If I thought this had anything to do with the decision to celebrate the new year while still firmly in the old, I might have more understanding, but this idea was dreamed up in Ottawa and they couldn't care less about a backwater like Victoria.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:47 PM

If you are planning any Canada travel next year you might want to order your free National Parks pass.

 

http://www.commandes...let/en/parksb2c



#16 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:49 PM

If I thought this had anything to do with the decision to celebrate the new year while still firmly in the old, I might have more understanding, but this idea was dreamed up in Ottawa and they couldn't care less about a backwater like Victoria.


It was NOT an Ottawa idea. The Victoria organizers came up with it.
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#17 Nparker

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:03 PM

It was NOT an Ottawa idea. The Victoria organizers came up with it.

They came up with the idea to get money from Ottawa?



#18 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:16 PM

They came up with the idea to get money from Ottawa?

 

Ottawa just sent them money.  But Ottawa did not say you have to do fireworks simultaneous with Ottawa.  Never part of the requirement.  So places like Calgary that also got federal money are certainly not doing early fireworks.


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#19 Bingo

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 05:50 PM

Since when did First Night end at 9pm?  God we are lame these days...

 

 

Ending at 9:00 pm gives families with young children a chance to partake of the celebrations before they're home and tucked in by 10 pm,  which includes seniors like myself.  :)

Nobody is being forced to attend if they don't like the timing, as there are plenty of other party's on the go.   :cheers:


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#20 Nparker

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 06:05 PM

Perhaps it should be renamed to "Last Night" since the official celebrations will all be over and done with well before the new year begins.



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