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Year 2000 arrives in Central Canada

The Story

Broadcasting live from the atrium of the CBC's broadcasting headquarters in Toronto, Peter Mansbridge and co-host Laurie Brown join the millennium celebrations wishing everyone and each other a Happy New Year! Impressive fireworks in the nation's capital, Hull and Toronto ring in the 21st century in central Canada and most of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut, with a bang. 

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1999
Host: Laurie Brown, Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 1:28

Did You know?

• In Ottawa, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien addressed the nation saying Canada's future in the year 2000 was full of optimism. "The talents of Canadians and values of Canadians are renowned the world over," Chrétien told the crowd gathered on Parliament Hill.

• Ottawa's elaborate millennium bash featured performances depicting the evolution of time. Two daredevils also climbed to the top of the Peace Tower at midnight to launch an amazing display of fireworks.

• Nunavut uses three time zones. Most of the territory follows eastern standard time but several places use central and mountain time.

• About 1,300 technicians and tradesmen went on strike at Radio-Canada on Dec. 30, 1999. The labour disruption meant coverage of millennium celebrations in the province of Quebec and in Moncton, N.B., was unavailable.



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