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B.C. to observe national day of mourning

The provincial government is following the federal government’s lead and observing the national day of mourning on Sept. 19.

K-12 public schools, public post-secondary institutions, and most Crown corporations will be closed.

Private-sector employers are encouraged to find a way to recognize or reflect on the day in a way that is appropriate for their employees.

“Over the last few days, British Columbians have joined with people across the country and around the world in an outpouring of support for the Royal Family over the loss of Queen Elizabeth II,” said Premier John Horgan in a release.

“This will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of Canada’s Queen and the longest-serving monarch in British history.”

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The federal government announced earlier today that federal employees would have the day off. It was up to federally regulated businesses and individual provinces to follow suit.

With files from Josiah Spyker

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