Month: November 2000

O Canada

A Bridge With Two Tragedies

The twisted remains of the 1907 Quebec Bridge collapse. Spanning the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City, the massive Quebec Bridge has a history of triumph and tragedy. Completed in 1917 at a cost of more than $22 million, it is the longest cantilever bridge in the world, stretching more than 1,800 feet between its main piers. For years, the bridge has been viewed as an engineering marvel, but few people know the full story behind its construction and the two disasters that claimed the lives of 89 workers. The story of the bridge begins in 1887 when a number of entrepreneurs from Quebec City decided there was a nee...
Memoirs

Beirut Days

by William M. Koch The author poses for a photo during a 1984 visit to the dividing line separating Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut. In 1983, after 32 years of service in the Canadian navy, I asked my career manager for a posting that would involve something different. At the time, I was serving on the staff of Maritime Forces Pacific, and after clawing my way from ordinary seaman to lieutenant-commander, I felt a change was needed—not that my career up to that point had been uneventful. After all, I had served in seven ships, including minesweepers, frigates, destroyers and a cruiser. Included was ...
Memoirs

The Case Of The Missing Canoe

by Andrew F. Maksymchuk   In 1967, with just three years of police work behind me, I was given the unenviable task of being in charge of the most northerly detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. My destination was Central Patricia, situated approximately 225 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ont. This part of the province was definitely the place to be if you had a mind for adventure and were a little foolhardy. All you had to do was turn north off the Trans-Canada Highway onto Highway 599 at Ignace and leave behind the reality of life commonly referred to as civilization. As I drove along the road ...
Memoirs

The Stringer’s Story

by Douglas How   One Saturday in 1941 I was on weekend duty with the Halifax bureau of The Canadian Press when an unusual teletype message arrived from CP’s Toronto headquarters. It stated that one of the three Toronto newspapers was carrying an East Coast Canadian port story about a sailor who was keeping a diary as he and others bobbed about on the Atlantic in a lifeboat after their ship was sunk by a German submarine. What’s more, the message stated that this was no ordinary diary. The sailor had no pencil or pen, but he was so determined to record what had happened that he punctured his flesh ...
O Canada

The Tidal Bore

The leading edge of the tidal bore arrives in Moncton, N.B. The first time I saw it I was standing on a promenade overlooking the river. Right next to me was a couple visiting from South Africa and both of them were very excited about the Petitcodiac Tidal Bore’s imminent and supposedly awe-inspiring arrival.After some friendly conversation, the visitors asked if I had seen the tidal bore. I hesitated for a moment because even though I had lived in Moncton, N.B., for two years, I had yet to witness the natural wonder that’s known around the world. It was then that the three of us became acquainted with this amazing ...
War Art

A.Y. Jackson

A.Y. Jackson loved the wild beauty of Canada and he painted it as only a Canadian could. As one of the founding members of the Group of Seven, which was formed in April 1920, he became known as the grand old man of Canadian painting. His time on the front lines during World War I influenced the way he approached landscape drawing and those motifs and themes reappeared in his later work. Born in Montreal in 1882, he worked as a commercial artist in Montreal and Chicago and took art classes in the evenings. He helped support his younger siblings, but once they had grown up he was free to leave for Paris where he mixed with some of the world’s most influential artists and took up studies at the Académie Julian. He returned to Canada and in June 1915 enlisted in the 60th Infantry Batta...

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