Canada at 150

Canada was formed by a combination of hope and fear; hope that something great could be created in the wilderness, and fear of American imperialism and Fenian raiders. At 150, we are no longer young, but compared to our aging parents (England is 1,146 years old, if you count Alfred the Great as its...
  • 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...
  • The Last Veteran Of The Plains Of Abraham

    September 30, 2009 by Peter Black
    Sir Benjamin West’s painting The Death Of Wolfe depicts the final moments of the British general in 1759. ILLUSTRATION: SIR BENJAMIN WEST, BEAVERBROOK COLLECTION, CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19910216-332 A Union Jack snaps in the breeze on a sunny, but chilly November morning. It’s hoisted high on...
  • Rays Of Hope On The Sunshine Coast

    August 11, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    The sun sets on Lund marina and boardwalk. PHOTO: SUNSHINE COAST TOURISM In Powell River, B.C., a small balcony at the Manzanita Restaurant overlooks what was once the city’s biggest employer, the Catalyst Paper mill. By 2010, the mill will have just 350 employees, a...
  • The Short Season Of High Society

    June 4, 2009 by Graham Chandler
    The remains of the Walhachin water flume. PHOTO: GRAHAM CHANDLER It was to be an overseas Utopia for the upper classes of England—lush gardens and orchards, a heavenly climate and all the familiar trappings of aristocracy. It lasted about a decade. What went wrong? It...
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