O Canada

The RCMP turns 100

When Canada bought Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870, it needed to police those millions of square kilometres, so in 1873, the North West Mounted Police was formed by an act of Parliament. Successful applicants had to be males between the ages of 18 and 40, of sound constitution and good...
  • This Land Of Verse

    July 28, 2010 by Tom MacGregor
    Cape D’Or, N.S. PHOTO: ©iStockphoto/creighton359 Canada is a large, rough country. It took tough, determined men and women to explore it, map it and give it place names. But when it came to defining the country in the minds of its citizens, it took artists,...
  • 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...
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