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The very bad winters of Samuel de Champlain

Most of us have experienced bad winters—record-breaking temperatures, snow up to the roof, winters that refuse to end. But few of us have known winters as bad as those of Samuel de Champlain. The winter of 1604-05 was spent at Sainte-Croix. It was extremely cold, unlike anything Champlain or his men had seen in...
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    The October Crisis

    September 14, 2010 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Robert Cote is 74 now, retired and living in east end Montreal, the city where he was born, raised and worked most of his life. He is a former city councillor, Montreal police officer and Canadian soldier who served on peacekeeping missions in Europe in...
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    This Land Of Verse

    July 28, 2010 by Tom MacGregor
    Cape D’Or, N.S. PHOTO: ©iStockphoto/creighton359 Canada is a large, rough country. It took tough, determined men and women to explore it, map it and give it place names. But when it came to defining the country in the minds of its citizens, it took artists,...
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    Backyard History – Little Stories, Big Nation

    May 21, 2010 by D'Arcy Jenish
    “Thank goodness for Sidney Crosby,” exclaims Janice Kirkbright. The NHL star and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins has done something she and many of her friends and neighbours have been unable to do, despite years of trying. Crosby has proudly told the world that he...
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    The Last Of The Soddies

    April 4, 2010 by Graham Chandler
    Vines adorn the Addison Sod House in 1929. PHOTO: COURTESY LENORE McTAGGART When early homesteaders arrived to claim their quarter section of western Canadian prairie, sod was often all they had to build temporary homes. One has endured nearly a century. If you follow Highway...
  • For Beer And Country

    March 28, 2010 by Matthew Bellamy
    From his trench barrack on the front line at Avion near Vimy Ridge, Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Molson ripped a piece of paper from his notebook and began writing his eldest son. “When this war is finished, when the battle has been won,” he resolutely stated on...
  • Raising Steel

    November 28, 2009 by D'Arcy Jenish
    A group of Kahnawake ironworkers in the 1950s. PHOTO: KANIEN’KEHAKA ONKWAWENNA RAOTITIOHKWA CULTURAL CENTER Danny Doyle grew up in the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighbourhood of Bay Ridge, the sixth of eight children of Newfoundland-born ironworker Fred Doyle. His father’s friends were mostly ironworkers and most were former...
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