O Canada

John McCrae’s baptism of fire

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. He had pasted Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”...
  • The Sad Story Of Partridge Island

    September 1, 2007 by Linda Hersey
    PHOTO: MARK HEMMINGS/NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM COLLECTION—X13631 Partridge Island, viewed from Saint John. It’s considered one of the best-kept historical secrets in the country–Partridge Island, also known as Canada’s Emerald Isle. But unless you’ve got special permission from the Canadian Coast Guard, about the only way...
  • Iceberg Wranglers

    September 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTOS: PARKS CANADA/W. LYNCH 01.10.19(20); PARKS CANADA/W. LYNCH 13.01.03.19(30); HIBERNIA MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD. An iceberg in Swale Tickle off Newfoundland. Inset left to right: Icebergs along the east coast of Bylot Island; Hibernia crew on a support vessel perform exercises outside St. John’s....
  • Exploring David Thompson

    July 1, 2007 by D'Arcy Jenish
    PHOTOS: THE DAVID THOMPSON BRIGADE; ILLUSTRATION: C.W. JEFFERYS, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C073573 Clockwise from top left: A brigade logo; members of today’s David Thompson Brigade; a sketch of the explorer using a sextant to take an observation; a section of the Columbia River; one of...
  • Bones In The Badlands

    July 1, 2007 by Dan Black
    PHOTO: DAN BLACK The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s cast of a woolly mammoth. In seconds the classroom in Red Deer, Alta., erupts into a loud and prolonged burst of “Ewwwww!” followed by a short, but audible, “That’s gross!” Tucked in between those expressions–and originating from somewhere...
  • Expo 67: Bringing The World To Us

    May 1, 2007 by D'Arcy Jenish
    PHOTOS: © LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—E000990870; E000990869; E001096688; E000990869; E000756918 Clockwise from top left: Expo’s symbol, representing people with outstretched arms; Expo 67 and some of its architecture; aerial view of Île Notre-Dame and Île Ste-Hélène; Habitat ’67; an elevated train–the Monorail–travels past the U.S....
  • Left For Dead

    May 1, 2007 by James Careless
    PHOTOS: CHRIS ATTRELL; JON DIRKS An old railway car and grain elevators offer a glimpse of the past at Rowley, Alta.; time and weather have transformed these farm buildings near Perth, Ont. Ghost towns. The words conjure up visions of abandoned outposts, tumbleweeds, rusted farm...
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