O Canada

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...