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Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Day highlights

January 9, 2015 -

Where: City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

When: Sunday, Jan. 11

Key Times:

  • 1:30 p.m. – Mayor's Welcome from front steps of City Hall.
  • 2:45 p.m. – Cutting of the Cake at Manulife Birthday Bash in Memorial Hall. Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of Manulife Canada and Mayor Paterson will do the honours.

Mayor Bryan Paterson will officially welcome all to the bicentennial festivities on the steps of City Hall at 1:30 p.m. This short ceremony will be attended by special guests, including a quarter guard from the Canadian Forces Base Kingston Joint Signal Regiment which is celebrating its own Centenary. They will be accompanied by music from the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards who will also play during the Manulife Bicentennial Birthday Bash.

After the Mayor's Welcome, everyone is invited to head upstairs to Memorial Hall to enjoy a piece of cake and other activities during the 2 to 4 p.m. Birthday Bash. Bring a toonie or two to participate in the coin exchange hosted by the Royal Canadian Mint and featuring a Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commemorative coin.

The 2:45 p.m. cutting of the cake will be one of the highlights of the Manulife Bicentennial Birthday Bash commemorating Sir John A. Macdonald.  In addition to being the first prime minister of Canada and a Kingston alderman, Sir John A. was also the first president of Manulife, which is sponsoring the Birthday Bash. 

Road Closures

To accommodate the day's events, the following roads will be closed Sunday, Jan. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • One lane closed on Brock Street from King to Lake Ontario.
  • Market Street from Ontario to King.
  • Ontario Street from Brock to Clarence.

Accessible parking: four temporary accessible parking spaces will be available on Clarence Street below Ontario Street.

About the City of Kingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.