Appreciating “Voice of Fire”

“My five-year-old could paint that.”  This was a familiar response from viewers staring at “Voice of Fire.” The huge painting—on a canvas measuring 5.4 metres by 2.4 metres—by American artist Barnett Newman occupied a central place in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The problem wasn’t that it consisted solely of a vertical...
  • 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...
  • History Rocks In Fundy

    March 1, 2009 by Legion Magazine
    Visitors look for fossils on the rocky shore at Joggins. PHOTO: JOGGINS FOSSIL INSTITUTE In our March/April 2009 issue, Legion Magazine published a story on Nova Scotia’s Joggins Fossil Cliffs. Listed below are just some of the other key attractions relating to coastal geology in...
  • A Century Aloft: The Rise Of The Silver Dart

    February 9, 2009 by John Boileau
    Douglas McCurdy flies the Silver Dart over the ice on Baddeck Bay, N.S. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA061741 “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Only 66 years separate American astronaut Neil Armstrong’s memorable moonscape statement from the first flights...
  • Milling Through History

    February 2, 2009 by James Careless
    Watson’s Mill was built on the Rideau River at Manotick. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CITY OF OTTAWA Escape the super highways and travel the back roads along popular waterways and you will find significant, but often overlooked connections to Canada’s industrial past. Your reward may be...
  • The Siberian Expedition

    November 22, 2008 by Benjamin Isitt
    Private Edwin Stephenson poses with some boys at Vladivostok in 1919. PHOTO: STEPHENSON FAMILY COLLECTION On a wooded hillside outside Vladivostok, Russia, 14 Canadians found their final resting place in 1919. Five others died at sea. They were ordinary folk who had enlisted in the...
  • Heart Of The Market

    October 28, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Customers visit a St. Lawrence Market fruit stand in the early 1900s. PHOTO: ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO—F4436-0-0-0-113 George Tsioros—proprietor of the Olympic Food and Cheese Mart in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market—can tell you the story of his life in a sentence, which is a small miracle...
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