O Canada

A day off

The 19th century wasn’t a golden era for workers. In Newfoundland, six-year-olds were given the job of splitting fish, while processing was done by 10-year-old girls. Eight-year-old boys worked in Cape Breton coal mines. At Toronto’s Gooderham and Worts distillery, child workers as young as 10 worked long days and were given rations of whisky to...
  • The Light Keepers

    January 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTO: GRAHAM CHANDLER Sundown at the Cape Scott light station on Vancouver Island. We hadn’t expected gourmet Hungarian goulash served up on Royal Doulton china. But at the Cape Scott light station on the remote northwestern tip of Vancouver Island–a place that is normally engulfed...
  • From Saddle To Surveying

    November 1, 2006 by Ray Eagle
    TOP PHOTO: GERALD ANDREWS; BOTTOM PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MARY ANDREWS Top photo: Members of Gerald Andrews’s team explore the B.C. interior in 1925; (bottom left) Andrews during WW II; (bottom right) Andrews (right) taught Cree-speaking Métis children at the Kelly Lake school in the 1920s....
  • Manitoba’s Rural Splendour

    November 1, 2006 by Jeannette Greaves
    Photography by Jeannette Greaves PHOTOS: JEANNETTE GREAVES Clockwise from top: The St. Leon Wind Farm forms the backdrop for bales of hay in rural Manitoba; time for refreshments on the Greaves family farm; Souris boasts Canada’s longest cable-stayed suspension foot bridge. Jeannette Greaves says it’s...
  • Riding The Cycling Craze

    September 1, 2006 by Jeffrey S. Murray
    PHOTO: HOWARD MORTON BROWN, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C002624 An 1800s bicycle owner in Ottawa. “If this craze for bicycle riding continues much longer our livery stable men will have to close down,” warned the editorial in the Fort Macleod Gazette in the early 1890s. “The...
  • Capturing The Light Fantastic

    September 1, 2006 by Dan Black
    TOP PHOTO: CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY; BOTTOM PHOTO: THEMIS CANADA From top: An aurora hangs brightly beneath a starry sky; Attached to the top of a tripod, the metal housing containing the camera resembles a stovepipe at this temporary location in Alberta. There’s a digital camera...
  • The Lady Of Labrador

    July 1, 2006 by L.D. Cross
    PHOTOS: MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND From top: Mina Hubbard and her party around a campfire during the 1905 expedition; Mina Hubbard does the laundry; the men get a bite to eat during the trek. In an era when a woman in New York City was...
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