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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...
  • A Killer Named Hazel

    September 1, 2001 by Steve Pitt
    Survivors work in teams to salvage valuables from a destroyed house. About half an hour before midnight, Marion Sherman was awakened by a strange noise coming from the Humber, a docile river which ran a few hundred yards from their farmhouse near Toronto. She asked...
  • Captured In Stone

    September 1, 2001 by James Hale
    Federal Sculptor Maurice Joanisse translates a concept into a finished sculpture. “One of the best things about this job is helping to show the history of the country so people realize what we have here,” says Maurice Joanisse, Canada’s current official sculptor. As he speaks,...
  • Mapping The Mountains

    May 1, 2001 by Jeffrey S. Murray
    Topographer James McArthur and assistant W.S. Drewry carry photographic equipment to a mountaintop in 1887.   In the fall of 1910, an inconspicuous wooden box, measuring about a foot square, arrived in the basement shipping rooms of Department of the Interior, the Ottawa-based federal agency...
  • The Harvesters

    March 1, 2001 by Glenn Wright
    size=”2″> For almost 40 years, harvest excursions were organized in Eastern Canada to assist prairie farmers with the grain harvest. Thousands of men and women were recruited, no experience necessary, and transported out west to work in the fields, to ensure that Canada maintained its...
  • Land Of Lady’s Slippers

    March 1, 2001 by Marla Fletcher
    Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids add light and beauty to the Purdon Conservation Area near Ottawa. You have to wonder what Joe Purdon would have thought as a hot pink tour bus comes crunching in off Concession Road 8 in Lanark, Ont., shattering the morning quiet...
  • More Deadly Than War Itself

    January 1, 2001 by Pat Sullivan
      In 1918—just as World War I was coming to an end—along came a virus, a previously unknown killer that would claim more lives than the war—and in a shorter period of time. In less than two years, the Spanish influenza killed 21 million people...