- October’s birthstones are the tourmaline and opal.
- Its birth flower is the calendula.
- The zodiac signs for this month are Libra (until October 22) and Scorpio (from October 23 onwards).
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
In 2021, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Wednesday, September 22. Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere and spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere.
The day was founded by Sir George W. Ross, later the Premier of Ontario, when he was Minister of Education in Ontario. Ross established both Arbour Day and Empire Day – “the former to give the school children an interest in making and keeping the school grounds attractive, and the latter to inspire the children with a spirit of patriotism.”
In Canada, National Forest Week is the last full week of September, and National Tree Day (Maple Leaf Day) falls on the Wednesday of that week.
On Sept. 19, the annual Terry Fox Run will be held virtually with participants completing the event individually or in groups for a second consecutive year.
The annual Terry Fox Run has become a fall tradition in Canada, with more than 650 communities, big and small, urban and rural, English and French, fundraising for cancer research. This year, participate from wherever you are on Sunday September 19, One Day. Your Way! Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. Walk, Ride, Wheel, Run.