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Happy Valen-Riel Day!

This is an interesting long weekend, with Friday being Valentine's Day and Monday being a day off (for many people) for Louis Riel Day.

I've said before that I really appreciate the province deciding to name the day after Louis Riel. Love him as a Father of Confederation or hate him as a traitor, he's an undeniably historic figure, and having the day named after him is a great lead-in to educating people about the province's past.

And even if you do think he was a traitor (he was hanged as one) isn't it just adorably Canadian to name a holiday after him?

It's a million times better than Family Day, like some other provinces I could name.

Anyway, why didn't we just make Valentine's Day the holiday?

On Twitter and Facebook on Friday, I posted in the morning that it was awesome that people in a relationship got the day off. I think I fooled a few people (I know I fooled at least two) but I thought it was so obviously a joke that no one would have taken it seriously.

My takeaway? There is plenty of support for even MORE days off!

When you think about it, pre-Sunday shopping, there were basically 52 days a year when stores couldn't open, and when few people went to work. Now, with ever-expanding retail hours, you can count on one hand the number of days where everything's closed.

It's no doubt good for the economy — and it's probably added a few jobs as well — but I have to think we've lost something, too. Namely, the day of rest.

So enjoy Louis Riel Day (I'll make my standard joke, which is that it's the perfect day to occupy a case of Fort Garry (shamelessly stolen from the student newspaper at Brandon Universtiy, the Quill, a few Louis Riel Days ago)), but remember that days off like that used to come every weekend.

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