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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...
  • The Happiest Prisoners

    March 15, 2012 by Graham Chandler
    In the shadow of Mount Baldy, where lodgepole pine and trembling aspen compete for space in Alberta’s spectacular Kananaskis Country, all that remains of a Second World War prisoner of war camp are weedy building foundations, a rundown guard tower and a restored commandant’s cabin....
  • The Rush For Rubber

    January 28, 2012 by Matthew Bellamy
    On Dec. 7, 1941, in a co-ordinated strike without equal in the annals of war, the Japanese wrought havoc on units of the United States Pacific Fleet in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, invaded the Philippines and Hong Kong, assumed control of Saigon and...
  • In The Shadow Of War

    November 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Nadia Jarvis was nine years old in September 1939. Her parents, Ukrainian immigrants by the name of Peter and Anastasia BosHuck, owned the Venice Cafe on a busy street in downtown Saskatoon and the family lived in a second-floor apartment above the restaurant. Young Nadia...
  • The Farmers’ War

    July 28, 2011 by D'Arcy Jenish
    On April 14, 1941, federal agriculture minister James Gardiner delivered an urgent address to the nation’s farmers. His words were broadcast coast-to-coast by CBC Radio. Canada had been at war for nearly 20 months and Gardiner began by summarizing where things stood. The Allies were...
  • High Tech Hide And Seek

    May 28, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    My husband’s smart phone tells me I’m 500 metres—as the crow flies—from our Ottawa home. At the minute, he and I are wandering into a thicket of bushes near the historic Rideau Canal. I’ve probably passed this spot hundreds of times, but until recently, I...
  • Animal Tales

    March 14, 2011 by Tom MacGregor
    More than 100 years ago—in the era of Rudyard Kipling, Robert Baden-Powell and the beginning of the scouting movement, the reading public had a great interest in stories about animals, both domestic and...
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