O Canada

Michael Mountain Horse at Vimy Ridge

On Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, Canadian troops waited in the cold dawn, preparing for the assault on Vimy Ridge. Among them was Mike Mountain Horse, a Blood Tribe member from southern Alberta. He was there to avenge the death of his brother Albert, who had been gassed at Ypres and died at the age...
  • 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...
  • All The World’s A Stage

    May 1, 2009 by Legion Magazine
    Actors perform in a 2005 Kanata Theatre production. PHOTO: WENDY WAGNER The May/June 2009 issue of Legion Magazine includes a feature article on the lure and popularity of Canadian community theatre. Many of the amateur companies referred to in our story enter productions in yearly...
  • Highway H2O

    April 4, 2009 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Construction of a diversion canal at Cornwall, Ont. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C-022733 Jim Coke graduated from Montreal’s McGill University in 1953 with a degree in electrical engineering, worked for a year and in the spring of 1954 embarked on a backpacking tour of western...
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