O Canada

Eyewitness to war

Now the rest of the assault troops are going in. I am going ashore with them.” This was the last line in Ross Munro’s dispatch on D-Day. As the lead correspondent in Europe for The Canadian Press during the Second World War, he covered D-Day on June 6, 1944, as well as the 1941 Canadian raid...
  • Landing The Big One

    March 1, 2003 by Tom MacGregor
    Mexico’s Juan de Dios de la Torre and fisherman Dick LeBlanc celebrate after landing a 655-pound tuna in September 1957. The bluefin tuna is one of the giants of the deep sea. Very active and strikingly colourful, it can sprint at a speed of 80...
  • Beware The Windigo

    January 1, 2003 by Steve Pitt
    Ojibway artist Mary Ann Caibaiosai’s depiction of the Windigo. Stories of the beast were often used to keep children from straying too far from villages. Transylvania has Count Dracula. Scotland has the Loch Ness monster. Florida has the Sasquatch Skunk Ape of the Everglades and...
  • Peace River Country

    January 1, 2003 by Les McLaughlin
    From top: Wheat grower Herman Trelle was “outstanding” in his field during the late ’20s; freshly cut timber is loaded onto the D.A. Thomas somewhere along the Peace River in August 1921. When my grandfather, Tom Kerr, rode on horseback from the Hudson’s Bay Company...
  • War Veterans In The Wilderness

    November 1, 2002 by Mark Bourrie
      Hearty, strong immigrants, United Empire Loyalists hacking a solid farm out of the woods, the simple life of Upper Canada: These are the images that draw us back to an idyllic time when anyone with an ambition could carve a home in Canada’s wilderness....
  • A Reputation For Innovation

    November 1, 2002 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    In 1916, Canada was a little less than 50 years old, but it was deeply embroiled in one of the most cataclysmic conflicts the world had known to that date: World War I. The federal government was doing everything it could to bring all of...
  • North To Alaska

    September 1, 2002 by Les McLaughlin
    A worker drapes his head with netting to keep insects at bay. I have no recollection of my first journey north over the Alaska Highway, although years after our 1944 bus ride my mother recalled that my shenanigans amused the Greyhound driver. We were travelling...
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