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B.C. adds Terry Fox Day 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Visitors to the Terry Fox memorial in Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Visitors to the Terry Fox memorial in Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

So when’s B.C. going to get its own Terry Fox Day?

After all, Manitoba announced Wednesday its intention to change the August civic holiday in order to honour the national hero from Port Coquitlam.

It turns out Victoria regularly proclaims Terry Fox Day each year —marked on Sept. 14 — though it’s not a holiday or anything like that.

“He is our hometown son here in British Columbia ... we’ve already beat them to the punch on Terry Fox Day,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“Manitoba has something they call, for years — very imaginatively — a civic holiday. We don’t have any, I don’t think, any plain old civic holidays here in British Columbia.”

The latest proclamation — bearing Justice Minister Suzanne Anton’s and Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon’s signatures — was made official July 22.

Clark said “a number of” MLAs have also been working with Fox’s family on further ways to honour the marathon runner.

“We’ll probably do some more,” Clark added.

“We want to make sure we honour Terry the way he deserves to.”

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