Canada’s first National Truth and Reconciliation Day will take place on Thursday.
The federal legal holiday is intended to give people an opportunity to pause and reflect on the legacy of the residential school system in the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
In Ottawa, indigenous groups and institutions are organizing a series of events to mark the day, remember the lives lost in residential schools, and provide opportunities to learn the truth about Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
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While public sector employees and workers in federally regulated industries like banks will have the day off, Ontario did not move to make National Truth and Reconciliation Day a provincial holiday.
As such, many businesses will remain open on Thursday, although some may have tight hours.
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Malls, grocery stores and retailers will be able to open on September 30.
Most drugstores, like Shoppers and Rexall, are open. Contact a specific store to verify their holiday hours.
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There will be no changes to opening hours at The Beer Store, but LCBO stores will open after noon on Thursday.
Recreation and activities
Most indoor recreational activities and walk-ins at city-run facilities will take place as scheduled on Thursday, although there are a few exceptions.
The City of Ottawa says to check with your local recreation center to make sure your activities are going on schedule.
The city’s museums and archives will be closed on September 30. Some art galleries will remain open, but may have tight hours.
The Canadian Food and Agriculture Museum, the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canadian War Museum will be open according to their regular hours on Thursdays, all of which offer admission. free in the last hours of the day.
Both the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History will also be open from noon and offer free entry throughout the day. The Canadian Museum of Nature will also be open from 11am to 6pm. M. A 7 p. M. With free admission.
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OC Transpo will operate according to the regular schedule of the week on September 30. Please note that the Confederation Line LRT remains out of service due to the recent derailment and is being replaced by the R1 bus service.
For Transpo it will operate according to the regular service.
All overtime parking regulations and restrictions will be enforced.
There will be no changes to curbside trash, green bin, and recycling pickup on Thursday.
The Trail Road Waste Facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 testing hours will not be affected at the testing centers in Ottawa on Thursday. The vaccination clinics and neighborhood centers will also operate with regular hours.
The supervised injection site and partner program office at 179 Clarence St. will be closed. The site’s mobile van will operate from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
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The OPH Information Center and the COVID-19 hotline will be closed.
Also closed on September 30:
- the Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics
- Dental clinics
- The OPH Baby Helpline and Breastfeeding Parent Phone Support will not be available.
The customer service centers at Ottawa City Hall and Ben Franklin Place will be closed, as well as the provincial crime court at 100 Constellation Dr.
City of Ottawa run child care centers will be closed.
All branches of the Ottawa Public Library will also be closed.
Rest centers at Bayview Road, McArthur Road and Cumberland Street will be closed.
Residents can still call 311 for urgent matters that require the immediate attention of the city.
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day to anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.
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