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Old Oct 11th 2021, 5:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Siouxie
Remember 'Harvest Festival' when we were at school as youngsters? Thanksgiving in Canada is the same - just a different name.
I remember that. I have a vague memory of a fruit basket being made up by the school and delivered to someone in hospital. But maybe t hat was just a coincidence
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Old Oct 11th 2021, 6:57 pm
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Me too although more from church than school. I recall large bales of straw, sheaves of wheat together with a large variety of fruit, flowers and other produce stacked up before the altar. I think the produce went to the local hospital. It was a time for favourite hymns too and usually with a full congregation so the singing was loud if not impressive.
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Old Oct 11th 2021, 7:26 pm
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I went to an Anglican church connected primary school. We had to go into the church for a service every Thursday in term time. The Thursday before Harvest Festival Sunday, we would have to take some fruit or vegetables to the church. For some reason, my mother always got a large marrow for me to take to that service

They were used to decorate the church until Sunday, when the church-goers also took fruit or veggies, and added them to the piles already there. My parents usually went to the evening service, but on Harvest Festival Sunday, they went in the morning. I usually refused to go with them, but a couple of times they did drag me along (the service was long and boring to a child!!), but I have memories of piles of lovely fruit and veggies piled up on the steps at the front of the church, on all the window sills, and wherever there was room.

My understanding was that the vicar and "ladies of the parish" distributed gifts to needy people around the Parish.

We didn't do anything like that at the grammar school.

The first Canadian thanksgiving is now generally accepted to have been in ca 1578, several years before the American one. Martin Frobisher landed in what is now Newfoundland and held a "thanksgiving meal" to celebrate a successful voyage and landing. Over 40 years later, in 1606, Champlain did something similar in Quebec, with First Nations included.

The Pilgrims first Thanksgiving was not until 1626.
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Old Oct 11th 2021, 11:38 pm
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I made the mistake of grabbing a shawarma after Hooters on Friday night.

Worst food poisoning and Thanksgiving ever.

Still not normal.
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Old Oct 12th 2021, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by JamesM
I made the mistake of grabbing a shawarma after Hooters on Friday night.

Worst food poisoning and Thanksgiving ever.

Still not normal.

Oh, I am sorry to hear that!

Hope you feel normal (whatever that is) soon.
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Old Oct 12th 2021, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by JamesM
I made the mistake of grabbing a shawarma after Hooters on Friday night.
Worst food poisoning and Thanksgiving ever.
Still not normal.
Well, one of the traditional images is food spilling out...



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Old Oct 13th 2021, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by caretaker
Well, one of the traditional images is food spilling out...
I love most of everything in there but my diet as a diabetic doesn't allow me to have them. Yes, I cheat and have a small amount now and again. Love the squashes, butternut and acorn, carrots and corn and potatoes but except for the corn which is high in sugar, root vegetables are a no-no.
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Old Oct 13th 2021, 5:13 pm
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I would have been annoyed working on holidays if there was no holiday pay, so the holiday pay kind of makes up for it, but still would be nice to have holidays off at times, if in a job that gets every stat that adds another 10 days off per year, so 20 days off per year is better than just 10 days off.

*BC has 10 stats, so only speaking of BC, mileage may vary by province.
it is annoying but pretty standard for hospitals. You don't get extra pay for working the Saturday and Sunday part of a holiday weekend, just the stat Mondays etc. So if Christmas Day is a Saturday or Sunday, tough luck.
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it is annoying but pretty standard for hospitals. You don't get extra pay for working the Saturday and Sunday part of a holiday weekend, just the stat Mondays etc. So if Christmas Day is a Saturday or Sunday, tough luck.
There are lots of organisations that that applies to, not just hospitals All of which is known by those seeking membership.
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it is annoying but pretty standard for hospitals. You don't get extra pay for working the Saturday and Sunday part of a holiday weekend, just the stat Mondays etc. So if Christmas Day is a Saturday or Sunday, tough luck.
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There are lots of organisations that that applies to, not just hospitals All of which is known by those seeking membership.
Indeed - no pay for the 'weekend' part in Ontario..
Employment Standards regulations: https://www.ontario.ca/document/your...ction-8Special rules apply to employees who work in the following types of businesses:
  • hotels, motels and tourist resorts;
  • restaurants and taverns;
  • hospitals and nursing homes;
  • continuous operations (which are operations, or parts of operations, that do not stop or close more than once a week – such as an oil refinery, alarm-monitoring company or the games part of a casino if the games tables are open around the clock).
An employee who works in any of these businesses can be required to work on a public holiday without their agreement, but only if the holiday falls on a day that the employee would normally work and the employee is not on vacation.

If an employee is required to work, they are entitled to either:
  • their regular rate for the hours worked on the public holiday, plus a substitute day off work with public holiday pay;
    or
  • public holiday pay plus premium pay for each hour worked.
The employer chooses which of these options will apply.
Further information on working in healthcare and employment standards regarding public holidays in Ontario -https://www.ontario.ca/document/industries-and-jobs-exemptions-or-special-rules/ems-healthcare-and-health-professionals

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BC the employment standards act sets the minimum with some exclusions:

If you work the stat holiday- Employees are paid time-and-a-half for hours worked on a statutory holiday – double-time for hours worked over 12 hours.

To qualify need to
  • Have been employed for 30 calendar days and
  • have worked or earned wages on 15 of the 30 days before a statutory holiday
nursing students, volunteer firefighters, farm workers, managers, fishers, high tech professionals, silviculture workers, comission sales, new and used car sales are generally excluded from reveiving holiday pay.

If the stat holiday falls on your day off then Employees should be paid statutory holiday pay (an average day's pay) for a regular or scheduled day off that falls on a statutory holiday.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/e...ry-holiday-pay


Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Boxing Day are not stat holidays in BC.(schools, provincial government employees do generally get these days off however no holiday pay for most workers.)


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Old Oct 13th 2021, 11:24 pm
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There are lots of organisations that that applies to, not just hospitals All of which is known by those seeking membership.
Of course. It goes with the territory.
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Old Oct 14th 2021, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by Former Lancastrian
Who cares its a day off work.
And it sure beats going hammer and tongs over whether it should be "Columbus Day", or "Indigenous Peoples Day", or both, or nothing, or whatever...

"Thanksgiving we're Canadian".
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Originally Posted by caretaker
Well, one of the traditional images is food spilling out...
That reminds me of a Harvest Festival.
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Old Oct 21st 2021, 11:09 pm
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So it transpires it wasn't food poisoning in the end.

Last Thursday I was submitted to Mount Sinai for emergency Gallbladder removal. Apparently a gallstone was wedged in and it was in danger of killing me if it moved the wrong way.

Whilst I found some of the processes in the hospital frustrating the medical folks were in the main fantastic, kind and caring and I am pleased to say I am now at home making my recovery.

I'm lucky to live in a City with several world class hospitals around the corner.

That is all. Worst Thanksgiving I've ever had but it is usually my favourite long weekend. Oh well- next year :-) !

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