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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...
  • Of Glaciers And Grizzlies

    November 1, 1999 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    One of the great ironies of Glacier National Park is that the reason it exists at all is also the greatest threat to its survival. “The number 1 challenge to the ecological integrity of the park is the national transportation corridor,” says John G. Woods,...
  • Roughing It Royally

    September 1, 1999 by James M. Whalen
    Royal tours Of Canada are normally associated with official receptions, visits to public institutions, speeches, state balls, formal luncheons and fancy banquets. Besides such formalities, the itinerary usually offers the royal visitor an opportunity to participate in field sports and other diversions for pleasure and...
  • Pride On The Vine

    September 1, 1999 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    For the Canadian wine industry, spring 1999 was a heady time indeed. First, in late April, the Ontario government passed legislation that would make it easier for the province’s wineries to market their products abroad. Six weeks later, Brock university in St. Catharines, Ont., opened...
  • Settling For Scrip

    May 1, 1999 by Jeffrey S. Murray
    “The mission of the…Half-breed Commission has been entirely successful,” boasted commissioners James Walker and Arthur Côté in their final report to the federal government’s minister of the interior. Writing from Calgary in the fall of 1899, Walker and Côté had every reason to be pleased...
  • A Capital In Bloom

    May 1, 1999 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    In January 1943, a foreign country’s flag flew from the top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa for the first and only time. Even though Canada was at war, the flag raising was not an aggressive act, but a symbol of joy. Princess Juliana of...
  • A Viceregal Kettle Of Fish

    March 1, 1999 by James M. Whalen
    Tourists visiting the New Richmond area in Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula may come upon Stanley House, a spacious summer residence nestled among the trees just west of the village. Located near the mouth of the Grande-Cascapédia–a premier salmon fishing river renowned for its annual run of...
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