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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 .. and 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 [...]

Canada Day 2008 .. does the old British North America Act have a future?

Jun 26th, 2008 | By Citizen X | Category: Heritage Now

“Toronto,” the local historian Percy Robinson wrote in 1933, is “the citadel of British sentiment in America, and Ontario, the most British of all the Provinces.” An even 75 years later things have changed. Early in 2008 Angus Reid Strategies asked Canadians: “Would you support or oppose Canada ending its formal ties to the British [...]

Remembering the Lord Elgin Hotel .. and the Scotch .. Montreal riots .. V.S. Naipaul strikes back

Apr 26th, 2008 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Heritage Now

When 55% of Canadians say they support “Canada’s ending its formal ties to the British monarchy” (and only 34% oppose), the bad old colonial days of British North America are on at least the beginnings of their very last legs. Yet who can deny that the old anglophone global empire has left a few enduring [...]

It should be Louis Riel Day in Ontario too

Feb 18th, 2008 | By Randall White | Category: Heritage Now

The real “Central Canada” in the year 2008 is arguably best defined as the two provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. Quebec nowadays, even in Montreal, is a world unto itself (and the Quebecois have recently been certified as a nation by no less an authority than the Canadian House of Commons). The real Western Canada [...]