Canada Today: Burning Schoolhouses, Vanishing Ice and Urban Birds

Victoria Day, a holiday for federal public servants and everyone else in most provinces, started in 1845. Nowadays, it ends with a Burning Schoolhouse, a Canadian fireworks company’s creation.

Victoria Day, Monday’s holiday for federal public servants and everyone else in most provinces, is a curious thing. Australia has its own Victoria Day, which commemorates the formation of the state of the same name. By all accounts, Canada is the only place that marks the birthday of Queen Victoria.She was the reigning monarch when Canada took its current form as a nation 150 years ago, of course. But the practice of observing her May 24 birthday started in the Province of Canada (now Ontario...