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[Wednesday's FTB]: Fête du Canada

Today is the first day of free agency, and someone scheduled it so that all of Canada could take the day off to watch for moves. Amazing!

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I admit that before I started writing for PPP, I took very little notice of Canada Day. In the US south, today is widely regarded as "the first day of July," which is a lot less important to us than the fourth day of July, so I had to rectify my ignorance. Through wikipedia, I have learned that before 1867, Canada was divided into three bloody enormous colonies, and that on 1867 these were united into one kingdom. I always wondered why "67" was such an important year to Leafs fans, and now I know!

According to Wikipedia, Canadians celebrate this day with "outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens." I wondered why free agency would fall on such a day, and then spotted something else in Wikipedia: "Canada Day also coincides with Quebec's Moving Day, when many fixed-lease apartment rental terms expire." From this, I surmised that the coincidence is due to the NHL being polite to Quebec-area players, so that they know not to renew their rental leases. What a polite country!


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