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When Winnipeg erupted

In Germany I fed on grass and rats. I would prefer going back to eating grass than give up the freedom for which I fought so hard and suffered so much.”       This outburst, voiced by a First World War veteran in Western Labour News, captures all too well the disillusion and...
  • 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...
  • Bombardier’s Soaring Success

    January 1, 2001 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    The 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet assembly line at Dorval, Quebec. A willingness to take risks, as any modern business maverick will tell you, is one of the keys to corporate success. And Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation that builds everything from motorized recreational products to...
  • A Bridge With Two Tragedies

    November 1, 2000 by James M. Whalen
    The twisted remains of the 1907 Quebec Bridge collapse. Spanning the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City, the massive Quebec Bridge has a history of triumph and tragedy. Completed in 1917 at a cost of more than $22 million, it is the longest cantilever bridge...
  • The Tidal Bore

    November 1, 2000 by Alex Madsen
    The leading edge of the tidal bore arrives in Moncton, N.B. The first time I saw it I was standing on a promenade overlooking the river. Right next to me was a couple visiting from South Africa and both of them were very excited about...
  • Forced Relief

    September 1, 2000 by Richard A. Rajala
    Like many Canadians of the baby boom generation, I gained my first knowledge of the Great Depression from my parents. In particular, I remember my father’s stories about the dirty thirties and how he always emphasized the precarious nature of the times, when jobs were...
  • Our Place In Space

    September 1, 2000 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    It seems every generation has at least one massive building project that involves more science and more technology than anything that came before. The desire to build it big and build it anywhere is behind everything from the Great Pyramids and Great Wall of China...
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