Labour Day Bits and Bites

By / Food / September 3rd, 2010 / Like

Here it is again, the last long weekend before the end of summer. Back to school, back to work … the great thing is that the weather continues to be fabulous. Make the most of this long weekend with a get-together. Whether you’ve planned a grand meal or just some snacks, Tidings has you covered. We’ve found some very tasty offerings that are sure to keep guests coming back for more.


Labour Day goes all the way back to 1872 when Canadian trades unions launched a demonstration for workers’ rights that was heard all around the world. Inspired by the approximately 10,000 Canadians who marched by Sir John A. MacDonald’s residence in Ottawa, citizens of other countries began to petition their own governments to repeal harsh anti-union laws and improve general working conditions. Eventually, work places became safer and healthier, pay increased and the length of the working day was reduced to eight hours. Were the labourers of the time victorious? They certainly accomplished a lot in the two or three decades before changes began to take hold. (That’s a very short span of time in terms of history.) Yet, we still have a ways to go.

The first Monday of September has traditionally been a time to head up to the cottage for one last celebration of summer or catch a parade honouring past and present labourers. Check out 13 Things To Do On Labour Day for some fun ways of spending the weekend. Throw a Mexican Labour Day party, or try some of these cocktails. Why not celebrate this time of harvest with a wine tasting party?


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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