Watson, city councilors and members of the Lebanese community at the Lebanese Festival flag raising at Ottawa City Hall.
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Nearly a century and a half after the first Lebanese person stepped foot in Canada, the city of Ottawa declared November "Lebanese Heritage Month" in recognition of the Lebanese community's contribution to the North American country.In Canada, he began a new chapter as the country's first Lebanese immigrant.According to the professor, who has done extensive research on Canada's Arab community, the Canadian government did not distinguish between Lebanese and Syrians until 1945 .Ottawa is now home to 25,970 individuals of Lebanese "ethnic origin" according to Statistics Canada, the country's central statistical office.The running joke is that if the Lebanese restaurants were to close down in Ottawa, Ottawa would starve," he laughed.In addition to the business sector, he said many Lebanese have taken posts in government and academia.
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