By Karne Cheng, The Ottawa Citizen
Photo by Julie Chen, The Ottawa Citizen
Under a blazing sun, people celebrated Canada Day across the capital. Citizen reporter Karen Chen is bringing some of their stories to our Canada Day vignettes page. What did you do? Let us know in the comments area or send Karen your tweets: @ckaren15.
Family celebrates 17 years of citizenship
Silvie Cheng, 21, and her parents had two reasons to wear red and white on Canada Day. Not only were they celebrating the national holiday, but they were also celebrating 17 years as Canadian citizens.
In 1994, after living in Canada for three years, Cheng, who was 3 at the time, climbed on stage at the Parliament Hill where the Governor General presented the family with their citizenship.
“I guess that doesn’t happen anymore, there are too many immigrants for them to do that now,” she said, beaming in a Canada emblazoned tank top. About 1,500 immigrants became Canadian citizens this Canada Day, and although Simple Plan and Feist occupy the stage in front of the Peace Tower, the country still organizes special ceremonies to celebrate its new citizen
Read more: Canada Day vignettes
- Canada Day packs Hill, Photo collection, Ottawa Sun, July 1, 2012
- From red-and-white fashions to fireworks, thousands celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen, July 2, 2012