Playing in the puddles at Labour Day picnic

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By Shawna O'Neill
Playing in the puddles at Labour Day picnic
Children gathered around to watch a magic show at the Labour Day Picnic (Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Families did not let the rainy weather stop their fun during the annual Labour Day picnic at Lamoureux Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“I think there has been some kind of event on for 70 years now,” said Louise Lanctot, President of the Cornwall and District Labour Council, who have hosted the fun over the last several years. 

Lanctot explained that there was a good turnout despite the weather, enjoying the live music and magic, bouncy castles and slides, face painting, a train ride and food. Lantot said that the Council tried to offer everything for free. Donations and proceeds will support leukemia research, which has been the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) charity of choice for several years.

“This is also a good chance to talk about the steps forward…(including) the Labour Council asks in the federal election,” said Lanctot.

“In this election, we’re asking voters to aspire to more,” added Lanctot, who noted anti-racism campaigns within the Council. “This is about upholding values like fairness and equality…we know that people in Canada are better than that, so we’re asking them to demand fairness for everyone in this next federal election.” 

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