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Should Montreal’s Mount Royal cross be lit purple to honour Queen Elizabeth II? – Montreal
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Should Montreal’s Mount Royal cross be lit purple to honour Queen Elizabeth II? – Montreal

Every night the Mount Royal cross illuminates the sky and can be seen kilometers away. The lights are a white hue, but historically they haven’t always been the same colour. According to historian Donovan King, the lights changed colour to mark moments in history. King says traditionally it was purple for the death of a pope, and the same hue for the death of Queen Elizabeth II‘s father King George.“There have been some exceptions. It was turned red for a world AIDS conference in the ’80s. It also changed blue for a Jean Baptiste celebration, for example,” said Donovan.However, he believes the nearly century-old cross has not changed colour since the City of Montreal took possession in 2004. In 2016, it did go dark for Earth Hour. Read more: ‘Symbol of the atrocitie...
School closures to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death creates problems for parents – National
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School closures to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death creates problems for parents – National

Workers are scrambling to find last-minute child care in several provinces after governments announced the sudden closure of schools to mourn Queen Elizabeth. The four Atlantic provinces, British Columbia and Yukon all declared Monday a holiday for provincial and territorial public-sector employees, including teachers and school staff. Read more: Canada announces a holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death. Here’s who gets it Read More Canada announces a holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death. Here’s who gets it Yet most private-sector businesses will remain open, leaving many workers struggling to find child care or in some cases taking the day off unpaid.Krist...
Toronto man among last to meet Queen Elizabeth in Canada: ‘Definitely surreal’
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Toronto man among last to meet Queen Elizabeth in Canada: ‘Definitely surreal’

His interaction with Queen Elizabeth II was only a few seconds long, but that’s all Robertson Hollingsworth needed to make a memory that’ll last a lifetime. As the queen was readying to leave Canada on July 6, 2010, following a nine-day tour of the nation — her last visit to Canada — she was greeted by a nine-year-old Hollingsworth who was standing near her plane at Toronto Pearson International Airport, holding a bouquet of flowers.The meeting was quick: “I remember her coming up (and) asking if the flowers were for her. So I bowed and said ‘Yes, they are,’ and handed them to her,” a now 21-year-old Hollingsworth told Global News on Tuesday at his Scarborough, Ont., home. Robertson Hollingsworth, 21, holds a photo of him and Queen Elizabeth II at his home ...