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One half of one point. For stock quotes, a half represents one half of $1, or 50¢. For bond quotes, a half represents one half of 1% of par, or $5. For option quotes, a half represents $50.
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As early as 1908, Alex Peden, president of the local Merchants' Picnic Association, signalled his opposition to a common midweek half-holiday on the grounds that he and other local business people "were of the opinion that it was not business-like and besides the fact that merchants lost trade, it gave outsiders, who might happen to be in town, a very bad impression of the energy and progressiveness of the city.
45) Hence Dale Johnson's 1925 complaint that the city's half-holiday prevented visitors from seeing Victoria as a "business-like and attractive" urban centre.
In a 20 May 1925 letter to the Victoria Daily Colonist, local citizen Dale Johnson argued against the city's Wednesday half-holiday by pointing out the inconvenience this posed for visiting tourists.
But each of these subgroups also included an alternative voice that embraced restrictions such as the Wednesday half-holiday, even in the face of the growing power of the pro-tourism lobby.
During the 1920s and 1930s, some observers began to voice concerns that the city's single-minded determination to preserve its tourist business was placing store-hour regulations, and the half-holiday in particular, in jeopardy, and that this, in turn, would have negative affects on the community's social and cultural well-being.
Acknowledging, in 1949, that "anything so firmly entrenched in the business life of the community as the weekly half-holiday cannot be disturbed without the strongest of reasons," the Colonist took its arguments a step further in 1951 by focusing directly upon the welfare of the retail clerks.
90) Kinnis's position was endorsed by fellow letter-writer Alex McLeod Baird, who argued that the Wednesday half-holiday had "grown to be a recognized day on which all store employees gather together and enjoy themselves collectively.
Ask for Repeal of Half-Holiday Act," Victoria Daily Times, 18 October 1917.