Berton’s correspondent

Lester Giffin was a private with the 85th Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. In the years after that momentous battle, he felt its importance hadn’t been recognized by the general public, and in 1982, at the age of 89, he decided to remedy this by writing about Vimy himself. Typing...
  • Golden Boy

    September 14, 2008 by Chris Balicki
    The Golden Boy up close. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA Poised atop the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building, standing 5.25 metres (17.2 feet) tall—from the bottom of his bare feet to the tip of his torch—and weighing in at 1,650 kilograms (3,640 pounds), the Golden...
  • Meet Me At The Fair

    August 6, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Twins Boyd and Lloyd Ayre exhibit twin sheep at an Oshawa, Ont., fair in 1930. PHOTO: ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO—RG 16-274, ALBUM 2 On May 21, 1765, approximately 100 farmers from the District of Windsor in central Nova Scotia, just west of Halifax, trudged along rough...
  • Bonne fête Québec

    May 21, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Fireworks help launch Quebec City’s 400th anniversary on New Year’s Eve. PHOTO: STEVE DESCHENES Residents of Quebec City went to the polls in a byelection late last year to choose a successor to Andrée P. Boucher, the popular and effective mayor who died in late...
  • The Rainmakers

    March 5, 2008 by Graham Chandler
    A Martin Mars water bomber at rest on the water. PHOTOS: JIM MUMAN They sit, majestic, on the quiet surface of Sproat Lake on the road from Parksville to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. Waves gently lap their hulls and turn the sunshine into dances on...
  • Hockey’s Forgotten Pioneer

    January 18, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Hockey action at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink in 1893 PHOTO: NOTMAN AND SON/MOLSON ARCHIVES/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA139443 James Creighton—the law clerk of the Canadian Senate for 48 years and a man who has been called “the inventor of hockey”—was one of history’s forgotten figures for...
  • When Cod Ruled the Rock

    November 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA188224; GRAHAM CHANDLER; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA202293; GRAHAM CHANDLER Clockwise from top: Ships at anchor off Newfoundland, 1857; archeologist Peter Pope examines the remains of 18th century galets, used for drying cod; cod is dried and collected at Cape Rouge, Nfld.,...
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