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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...
  • Passage Through Pier 21

    May 1, 2000 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    Steaming into Halifax aboard the SS Stavangerfjord in January 1946 is an experience Patricia McLean will never forget. The Sudbury, Ont., resident was a 21-year-old war bride and she remembers holding her infant son in her arms while looking at the bright lights ringing the...
  • Seeds Of Settlement In Acadia

    May 1, 2000 by Valerie Wilson
    Nearly every Canadian province maintains one or more public gardens of significant repute, but only one–the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia–invites the exploration of 400 years of agricultural history that began with the arrival of explorerSamuel de Champlain and 79 French settlers in...
  • The Picnic King

    March 1, 2000 by James M. Whalen
    In September 1924, more than 3,000 excited children gathered at Exhibition Park in Toronto to meet a kindly gentleman who was known across Canada as the Picnic King, the Summer Santa Claus or the Orphans’ Friend. Each child who visited the park that day received...
  • Weather Station Eureka

    March 1, 2000 by Valerie Wilson
    There it was…on the bottom corner of page 25 in the Yellowknifer newspaper: “Handyperson–Department of Environment, High Arctic Weather Station, Eureka, Ellesmere Island. Position open to residents of the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta.” I qualified as a Northwest Territories resident by a scant three...
  • Century Of Duty

    January 1, 2000 by David J. Bercuson
    Canadians have often been called an unmilitary people but wars not only shaped the map of Canada, they also determined its political history and social development. And although Canadians never went to war for gain, Canadian resources and–more importantly–the lives of Canada’s servicemen bought this...
  • Century Of Achievement

    January 1, 2000 by Desmond Morton
    According to assorted popular histories and textbooks, Sir Wilfrid Laurier once proclaimed that “The 20th century would belong to Canada.” Well, not quite. What our seventh prime minister really said, when he wound up a speech to a couple of hundred festive members of the...
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