Update February 2013: I have compiled a list of events and activities for BC’s first Family Day.
BC is finally getting a statutory holiday in February. The province’s first “Family Day” will be February
18 11th, 2013, reported Bob Mackin from the Throne Speech at the provincial legislature this afternoon.
According to CTV the speech also discussed funding to address class composition at BC schools, promises to bring retired judges back to work to reduce overcrowding in the courts, and broadcasting the trials of those charged in the Stanley Cup riot.
The response to the Family Day announcement was already overwhelming on Twitter, just minutes after the word spread. As a couple with a wedding anniversary in February, I’m rather excited about the possibility of a long weekend to celebrate in years to come. Here’s hoping this extra day off will help us all beat those winter blues.
Update May 14, 2012: The Government of BC wants your input as to whether the stat should be the second or third Monday in February (starting in 2013). They are asking people to tweet using the tag #MyBCFD tomorrow, May 15, 2012 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm to discuss.
Update May 28, 2012: The date has finally been set for BC’s first Family Day!
It will take place on the second Monday in February starting in 2013 — so the first will be Monday, February 11, 2013. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario all have a Family Day stat holiday on the third Monday of February.
According to the @CBCSmart Twitter account: “Family Day feedback: 31146 comments, 18000 wanted 2nd Mon in Feb, 9400 wanted 3rd Mon. 3500 just want another day off!”