EXHIBITION PLACE CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Through the Sakura Project, the Japanese Consulate has planted 3,082 trees at 58 locations across Ontario as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Canada. In 2002, 68 Japanese Flowering Cherry trees were donated to Exhibition Place by the Sakura Project.
Every year people from all over the city take a stroll through Exhibition Place's picturesque grounds to visit these Instagram-worthy trees overflowing with fluffy white or pale pink flowers. Following the recent City's recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19, as an alternative to avoid physical crowds, Exhibition Place is planning to live stream on Instagram (@ExplaceTO) the beautiful blooms of the many cherry blossom trees at the grounds. Dates are weather-dependent and will be announced when the bloom period is determined.
STAY STRONG NOVA SCOTIA
Canadians across the country were asked to wear something red and send messages of condolences online using the hashtag #WearRedFriday in honor of all the victims of the tragic shooting in Nova Scotia. With physical distancing being required due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police wanted to find a way to honour the victims. "Our hope is that this small gesture will help unite Canadians in a show of support for the RCMP and the families of all the victims of this tragic event," said Brian Sauvé, National Police Federation president, in a news release. Last Friday, April 24th, The Princes' Gates at Exhibition Place was lit up red in support of all those affected by this tragedy. #StayStrongNovaScotia
Many businesses and attractions have come together to show their love for the hospitality workers affected by the lockdown - One of the hardest-hit industries of the COVID outbreak is hospitality. Several buildings and landmarks across Toronto, including Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, turned the city into a bright purple symbol of hope and solidarity. The colour purple represents the hospitality industry and together, we are #HospitalityStrong.