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Misty contact : Giovanni Caboto and sponsor in Atlantic Canada , 1485–1689

Nov 19th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Children of the Global Village Canada in the 21st Century : Tales about the history that matters Randall White eastendbooks  2014 (For background on the larger series of which this is a part, see The Long Journey to a Canadian Republic.) PART I THE DEEP CANADIAN PAST, 1497–1763 1 Misty “Contact” : Giovanni Caboto in [...]

175th anniversary of 1837 rebellions more important for Canadian democracy today than War of 1812

Dec 4th, 2012 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

A recent poll on the pride Canadians place in more than a dozen symbols and achievements found that the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 this year came in near the bottom — even though the federal government has budgeted more than $28 million to mark the occasion. The 175th anniversary of the so-called [...]

Let’s put David Thompson and wife on 25-year-old loonie .. to celebrate the real history of Canada

Jul 6th, 2012 | By Citizen X | Category: Heritage Now

This past Saturday, June 30, 2012, marked “25 years since Canada ditched its one-dollar bill in favour of a gold-coloured coin.” Every time I go to the United States, I still remember the alternative convenience of having several lightweight $1 bills in your pocket. I nonetheless agree that “while the move was somewhat controversial at [...]

Geronimo : An American Legend .. thoughts almost 18 years later : Occupy Wall Street has some very deep roots?

Nov 14th, 2011 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

The first entry on TV Ontario’s Saturday Night At The Movies this past weekend was Geronimo : An American Legend — “directed by Walter Hill from a screenplay by John Milius” and first  “released on December 10, 1993 by Columbia Pictures.” According to its Wikipedia entry this movie “had a mixed reception from critics,” and [...]

Middle Eastern pro-democracy uprisings ought to remind us of Canada’s Rebellions of 1837-38

May 24th, 2011 | By Ashok Charles | Category: Heritage Now

Considering that we admire and support the Middle Eastern rebels fighting to oust corrupt, undemocratic governments, it’s odd that we don’t give greater recognition to the Canadian popular uprisings which tried to achieve the same thing. In the 1830s the governments of Upper and Lower Canada — what are now Ontario and Quebec, respectively —  [...]

Not everyone agrees with Happy Louis Riel Day 2011 across Canada, but …

Feb 21st, 2011 | By Citizen X | Category: Heritage Now

Today — the third Monday in February — is President’s Day (aka Washington’s Birthday) in the USA, Family Day in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Islanders’ Day in Prince Edward Island, and Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. (And the BC Federation of Labour has recently renewed “its call to create a statutory holiday in February for [...]

Pat Martin’s Bill C-417, An Act respecting Louis Riel .. another way of helping Canada lean forward

Nov 17th, 2010 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the hanging of the Canadian Métis leader, Louis Riel,  shortly after 8:15 AM, local time, in what is now Regina, Saskatchewan. The preceding summer he had been tried for treason to the then 18-year-old Dominion of Canada, for his role in the so-called North West Rebellion of 1885. And [...]

There’s Pontiac .. then there’s Pontiac .. both worth a few historical tears

Jun 5th, 2009 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Heritage Now

Mostly, the historian Jill Lepore wrote in a New Yorker article a few months ago, “we’re bankrupt of history.” And in the wake of General Motors’  April 27, 2009 decision to discontinue the manufacture of Pontiac automobiles (and the still more recent GM filing for US bankruptcy protection on June 1), the historian Gordon Mitchell [...]

Are we all Métis peoples of Canada now?

Oct 19th, 2008 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Heritage Now

Just for the record, the former Governor General’s consort, John Ralston Saul, is not one of my favourite authors. And I haven’t exactly read his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada. But I have bumped into a few of its key messages in the mass media. The other night I saw him [...]

End of Bay store downtown will end some minor magic

Jul 19th, 2008 | By Citizen X | Category: Heritage Now

I once took a girl to the Georgian Room on the ninth floor of the old Eaton’s department store in Toronto. It must have been around 1970. I was in my 20s by that point. I had been going to the Georgian Room since before I could remember, with my mother and brother and aunts [...]