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...
  • Canada at 150

    June 30, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    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...
  • Our Journey to 150 | Narrated by Mike Myers

    June 2, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    To celebrate 150 years of Canadian history, Canada’s Ultimate Story and Legion Magazine present a powerful video essay on the history of our home and native land called O Canada | Our Journey to 150. The video is narrated by Canadian comedian and actor Mike Myers, who recently published...
  • John McCrae’s baptism of fire

    May 17, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    The Boer War started the year John McCrae graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school. He had served as an officer in the military reserves and had a romantic view of war, partly gleaned from Rudyard Kipling’s vivid accounts of war as British adventure....
  • The very bad winters of Samuel de Champlain

    January 4, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    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,...
  • Happy New Year! (almost) Happy Birthday!

    January 4, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    When Newfoundland Joined Confederation 11:59 p.m., March 31, 1949 They were the last to join the party, and not everyone wanted to join. A narrow majority—52 per cent—voted to become the 10th province of Canada. On April 1, Newfoundlanders woke up as Canadians and Joey...
  • Care through the Commonwealth

    November 15, 2016 by Jennifer Morse
    I landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 32nd Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) Conference on June 25, arriving to a midnight traffic jam, horns beeping and impatient motorcycles threading between cars. It is a sprawling metropolis of seven million with a vibrant nightlife, and...
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