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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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