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Spontaneous singing of O Canada from Vancouver balconies

Hope and pride on balcony

Vancouverties have been stepping outside each night to cheer for health care workers and first responders from their balconies, backyards, and doorsteps. However, the applause sounded a bit different in one neighbourhood last night. 

Fire Chief Darrell Reid shared a video to his Twitter account of his neighbours adding a unique twist to the 7 p.m. ritual: the Canadian national anthem. 

Reid filmed the video from the balcony of his condo, as a chorus of people in the area proudly sing "O Canada."

"Tonight, my awesome neighbours added O Canada to the end of the 7 p.m. celebration of health-care workers and first responders," wrote Reid. 

"What a unique way to meet neighbours!"

Reid also remarked that everyone is "alone together."

Some who commented on the video said it brought them to tears. Another noted: "We're Canadians, we'll get through this."

Deputy Fire Chief Rob Martin commented: "Goosebumps bigger than olympic gold medal ceremonies. I'm so proud of Canadians and our response to this challenge. Stay safe Chief, thanks for sharing messages that fill our cup."



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