Thursday, February 23, 2006

School Holiday in Newfoundland on Friday

From CBC (thanks to Canadian Econoview for the pointer):
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is closing schools early on Friday so that students can watch the Canadian men's curling team compete for the gold medal at the Torino Olympics.

Schools across the province will be dismissed at lunchtime, before the St. John's-based rink skipped by Brad Gushue competes in the Winter Games curling final in Italy, Education Minister Joan Burke said Thursday.

"It's a historic moment for Newfoundland and Labrador," she said. "[We] certainly want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to see the game. It's exciting for the young people of this province."

... Burke said while schools could have arranged to have children watch the final in the classrooms, buses would have arrived during the final ends.

"Schoolchildren just can't walk out of school and declare a holiday," Burke said. "We have to do that for them."
As if she could make them go to school anyway. How many students do you think would have stayed home anyway? How many do you think will stay home even though she has declared a half-day holiday and arranged to have buses ready to drive them home at noon?


At 2/23/2006 3:03 p.m., Blogger Icecrystal said...

It's a holiday! It adds to the general hype and celibrations. We can show the rest of Canada how to celibrate!!

At 2/23/2006 3:07 p.m., Blogger Laurie said...

They all would have stayed home. It's Friday afternoon anyways. And the ones that were there would probally be watching the game in the gym.

Go Team Gushue!

At 2/23/2006 4:53 p.m., Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Well, and the University of Western Ontario is cancelling all classes next week so faculty and students can better enjoy The Scott Tournament of Hearts in London! This is not simply out of respect for the sport but surely also has feminist motivations.


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