Berton’s correspondent

Lester Giffin was a private with the 85th Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. In the years after that momentous battle, he felt its importance hadn’t been recognized by the general public, and in 1982, at the age of 89, he decided to remedy this by writing about Vimy himself. Typing...
  • The Evolution Of West Coast Logging

    November 1, 1997 by Richard A. Rajala
    There’s an old black and white photograph at the British Columbia Archives that shows a group of men standing next to a team of oxen. Most of the men are loggers and their hardened looks resemble the very stuff they are harvesting from Canada’s West...
  • A Royal Fair Turns 75

    November 1, 1997 by Christine Black
    On a cold and wet November day in 1922, a young farmer arrived at the newly constructed Coliseum in downtown Toronto’s Exhibition Park. His name was Alfred Ahiers and he was going to try and win a trophy for his poultry at the first-ever Royal...
  • Home On The Range

    September 1, 1997 by Kim Taylor
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines cowboy as a “boy in charge of cows; a man in charge of grazing cattle on a ranch; one who is boisterous or undisciplined, or recklessly unscrupulous in business.” You can take your pick, but if you want a different...
  • A Point Worth Protecting

    September 1, 1997 by Marla Fletcher
    A solitary red-winged blackbird hops expectantly around a gravel parking lot next to the takeout lunch trailer. The small bird isn’t at all shy, or wary of humans milling nearby. Pausing in front of a sign that warns “Please do not feed the fish,” our...
  • The Birth Of Basketball

    May 1, 1997 by Roy MacGregor
    On a brilliant Indian summer day in 1995, a slim, nattily-dressed black man from the United States headed out into a stiff wind to make his way across a rolling field outside Almonte, Ont. John B. McLendon Jr., then 80 years of age, did not...
  • Bridging Confederation

    May 1, 1997 by Sue Calhoun
    It has torn at the psyche of Islanders for more than a decade. On the one side there have been those afraid of environmental risk who also fear a loss of the Island way of life. On the other, those looking for convenience, cheaper transportation...