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Canada Day event with declining attendance cancelled at Ontario legislature

Ontario's legislature will no longer host a Canada Day celebration. Government officials say the decades-old tradition has seen a huge decline in attendance over the years. It's estimated that 5,000 people attended last year's event, down from 25,000 in 2009. Premier Doug Ford's executive director of communications says the celebration has cost more than $400,000. Laryssa Waler says the government is instead putting up to $80,000 toward free admission at attractions around the province. Waler says the first 500 visitors will get in free at 10 sites. The sites include the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ont., and Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ont. The Canada Day celebration at the legislature has taken place since 1967 and has included performances, crafts, and a 21-gun salute.
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