Monday, August 5, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 05 August 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, blogs, Facebook, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


Eagle River History  Eagle River, Ontario is located in Northwestern Ontario, and the origin of town goes back to the late 1800s.

The website says that “The town has a varied background including being a Canadian Pacific Railway stop for coal and water in the steam engine period.  Logging, power generation, tourism are some of the other principal mainstays of the town”.


Canadian History Association Blog (CHA) The site has a list of all Canadian historical blogs in the country, and an Historian Database, where historians put in their profile, so that you may contact them if they are researching the same area as you.  

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

Newspapers Articles of the Week

Social media buffs help find heirs of property lost in Holocaust on the Internet Read how Gilad Japhet, CEO and founder of Israel-based is helping descendants claim their property lost in the Holocaust.

The dark history of the Old Prison of Trois-Rivieres is brought to light in guided tours A glimpse into early penal life in Canada

NovaStory…bringing light to your stories Read how the Pictou County, Nova Scotia library, and how they have an online database of maps, histories, and cemeteries.  

Fire Destroys Canadian Library, Archive Read how the Lac-Mégantic library, destroyed by fire in the train derailment a month ago, will move to a new facility in November.

Heritage designation sought for St. Charles Church in Vanier St. Charles Church in Vanier may soon be on the market as a "tear down" to make way for condos. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa says that the church lacks historic value, a Vanier resident is seeking heritage designation for the 105-year-old building.

Welcome to Internment Camp B70, a little known piece of New Brunswick's history Read the article about Camp B70, a internment camp for 700 Jewish people during the Second World War.

Gore Park buildings likely to receive heritage status, councillor says Hamilton industrial neighbourhood most likely will receive Heritage Status

Story of the Week

Operation Husky 2013

In July and August of 1943, 25,000 Canadian soldier took part in the liberation of  Sicily.  My uncle, Perley Arnold BARCLAY, was a member of the 1st Canadian Division that landed in Sicily in July that year.

Operation Husky has been formed to help honour the memory of those people who died in the operation, and they have definite plans to remember the liberation  of Sicily.

They have a new war memorial to the memory the Canadians who landed there on that date 70 years earlier, and they are looking for support to erect markers to the men who dies there. Each one of the markers will carry the name of a soldier who died there. 

In so doing, they feel that they can “visually represent the loss suffered by so many Canadian families in the liberation of Sicilian soil while funding the legacy initiatives”.

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