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Fireworks, outdoor events scrapped for Canada Day

City of Sault Ste. Marie says pandemic restrictions, uncovering of residential school graves factored into decision
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Canada Day 2019. Donna Hopper/SooToday

The City of Sault Ste. Marie confirms that there will be no Canada Day events held by the municipality this year. 

Chief administrative officer Malcolm White says the usual events, consisting of outdoor activities and entertainment – and the fireworks show that draws people to the waterfront – doesn’t jive with current COVID-related restrictions in place across Ontario.  

“To be honest, we really hadn’t planned to do anything for Canada Day this year,” said White. “The things that we usually would plan to do don’t fit in with the pandemic requirements, especially with this last lockdown and last wave that we experienced.” 

The uncovering of unmarked graves tied to Canada’s residential school system plays a factor as well. 

“And obviously, we understand with the other issues which are going on across the country, that it’s tied to the other issue as well,” White said.