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Canada at 150

Canada was formed by a combination of hope and fear; hope that something great could be created in the wilderness, and fear of American imperialism and Fenian raiders. At 150, we are no longer young, but compared to our aging parents (England is 1,146 years old, if you count Alfred the Great as its...
  • Home On The Range

    September 1, 1997 by Kim Taylor
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines cowboy as a “boy in charge of cows; a man in charge of grazing cattle on a ranch; one who is boisterous or undisciplined, or recklessly unscrupulous in business.” You can take your pick, but if you want a different...
  • A Point Worth Protecting

    September 1, 1997 by Marla Fletcher
    A solitary red-winged blackbird hops expectantly around a gravel parking lot next to the takeout lunch trailer. The small bird isn’t at all shy, or wary of humans milling nearby. Pausing in front of a sign that warns “Please do not feed the fish,” our...
  • The Birth Of Basketball

    May 1, 1997 by Roy MacGregor
    On a brilliant Indian summer day in 1995, a slim, nattily-dressed black man from the United States headed out into a stiff wind to make his way across a rolling field outside Almonte, Ont. John B. McLendon Jr., then 80 years of age, did not...
  • Bridging Confederation

    May 1, 1997 by Sue Calhoun
    It has torn at the psyche of Islanders for more than a decade. On the one side there have been those afraid of environmental risk who also fear a loss of the Island way of life. On the other, those looking for convenience, cheaper transportation...
  • The Arid Years

    March 1, 1997 by George Hoffman
    For Saskatchewan the beginning of the 20th century was a time of optimism. The land was free and there was money to be made by anyone willing to work. Hundreds of thousands of settlers poured into the province and there seemed no bounds to the...
  • The New National Dream

    March 1, 1997 by Bill Fairbairn
    Pierre Camu, 73, of Ottawa, had no problem deciding what to buy his two youngest grandchildren last Christmas. The gifts were personal and affordable; for each he donated $36 towards building a new national dream known as the Trans Canada Trail. In return, both grandchildren...