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00ld Lang Syne?
By Solveig Singleton
January 28, 1999
Still reeling from the US government's entertainment-packed Y2K Awareness Week?
Now brace yourself for a fun-filled Y2K Mother's Day on May 9, 1999. The folks at Y2K Update Report have scheduled an online radio program with presentations including "women's issues experts" on community action planning, best "home" practices, and bringing your family together during Y2K. (We're hoping Mom can pick up some tips on shooting looters with those AR-15s we got her this year.)
Not to be outdone in the holiday-management biz, the Feds are pondering moving the federal New Year's Day holiday from Friday, January 1, to Monday, January 3. Proposals have also surfaced to make both Friday and Monday holidays. But is an extra day enough? How about a week?
Taking an impressively bold move to combat Y2K, the government of the Canadian province of New Brunswick has shifted the Christmas holiday schedule for the public schools. The Christmas break will start a week later than usual, with schools closing on Dec. 23, 1999 and reopening on January 10, 2000.
The officials made the change in response to the concerns of parents and
teachers. According to Stewart Bell's article in the National Post, spokesman Christine LaForge said, "A lot of parents and teachers were concerned because they'd heard a lot of stuff in
the media about all the hype with the Y2K." The education minister stressed the
move was a precautionary measure only and he did not (he stressed again) forsee major problems.
But if officials are anxious to give themselves an extra week, parents are hardly likely to
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