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Canada Day Celebrations 2009
Sudbury Arena
Sudbury, Ontario
July, 01,  2009

Ontario International Development Agency celebrated Canada Day 2009 with Sudbury community at Sudbury Arena, Sudbury, Ontario on July 01, 2009. Meho Halimich, President, Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association delivered the welcome speech. Mayor John Rodriguez, Hon. Glenn Thibeault, MP, Hon. Rick Bartolucci MPP, Hon. France Gelinas MPP, Police Chief Frank Elsner, Fire Chief Marc Leduc, Lt: Col. Robert Hobbs, C.O. Second Battalion, Irish Regiment of Canada also addressed the gathering. Niranjan Vijay and Dinusha Dasanayake of Sudbury Sri Lankans Association received Canada Day community service award 2009. Multicultural food booths include Afro Heritage Association, Canadian Delicatessen, Caruso Club, Croatian Kolo and Tamburica of Sudbury, Filipino-Canadian Association, German Language School, Hellanic Ladies Society, India Canada Association of Sudbury, Pakistan-Canada Cultural Society in Sudbury, Sudbury Chinese Community Centre, Sudbury District Korean Canadian Association, Sudbury Prarthana Samaj, Sudbury Sri Lankans Association, The Black Arrow Domino Club, Turkish Canadian Friendship Association, Ukranian National Federation. Event was colorful with non-stop cultural performances till 4:00 PM. Paris street Bridge of Nations project officially completed and ceremony was held at the Tom Davies Square, Civc Hall Sudbury. Canada Day celebrations at Sudbury Arena hosted by Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association.


Canada Day is an opportunity to gather in our communities, from coast to coast to coast, and to proudly celebrate all we have in common. It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, which were born in the audacious vision and shared values of our ancestors, and which are voiced in nearly all of the languages of the world through the contribution of new Canadians. Canada Day is a time to celebrate the heritage passed down to us through the works of our authors, poets, artists and performers. It is a time to rejoice in the discoveries of our scientific researchers, in the success of our entrepreneurs, and to commemorate our history - a history in which each new chapter reveals itself to be more touching, more fascinating than the last. As we look ahead, we have every reason to face the future with confidence and enthusiasm. Canada is often described as a multicultural nation. Canadians today reflect a vast diversity of cultural heritages and racial groups. This multicultural diversity is a result of centuries of immigration. All Canadians, including the Native People, can trace their origins to an immigrant past. Far from it, about 16% of today's Canadian citizens were born outside Canada. Immigration to Canada is a privilege, not a right. Over the years, attitudes toward immigration and the development of immigration policies have evolved, reflecting economic, political and social issues in our country.