Monday, October 21, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 21 October 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.


The Petworth Emigration Project This is a case study of assisted emigration from the south of England to Ontario in the 1830s.


As Canadian As Can Be As the blog says, “I remember the day I was standing in the gift shop at the Museum of Man and Nature here in Winnipeg, and stumbled upon my great-great grandmother’s name in a history book.  The book was Sylvia Van Kirk’s Many Tender Ties and the name was Margaret Taylor”.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

The Petworth Emigration Project also has two Facebook pages, and they are - This Facebook page concentrates on the emigration project, and the second Facebook page concerns the people who emigrated to Canada. The address is

Newspapers Articles of the Week

Minister Fantino Challenges Canadians to Remember: 30 Days, 30 Reasons A press release was issued by Veterans Affairs in which it said that "The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today launched 30 Days, 30 Reasons - a social media campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2013. As part of the annual Remembrance Campaign, Veterans Affairs Canada will use social media to engage Canadians in remembering the sacrifices and achievements of Canada's Veterans”.

State of the Arts: Production celebrates 85-year history of Ukrainian Hall Beverly Dobrinsky, who directs the Barvinok Choir at the hall and researched special anniversary shows Nov. 8 and 10, the building’s history for a new production, Bread & Salt, that celebrates its 85th anniversary.

Less is more for 150th bash The fields of science, literature, technology, political controversies, aboriginal history and other stories that make up the country's past are not to be included in the 150th birthday bash.

Canada plans to mark 100th anniversary of First World War  Canada met with other European leaders last week to discuss the ceremonies that will take place next year. Canada will be part of an international effort planning the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Story of the Week

Speech From the Throne

Last week was the Speech From the Throne. I went to the site to read it for myself, and I found a few things of interest to genealogists, such as -

2017: Anniversary of Confederation

As we approach our historic 150th anniversary in 2017, our Government will join with Canadians in honouring this momentous milestone by:

Marking the 150th anniversaries of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences;
 Celebrating the 200th birthdays of two of our greatest Fathers of Confederation, Sir George-Étienne Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald

Commemorating the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, and the enormous sacrifices made by Canadians and our Allies in both

Re-dedicating the National War Memorial to the memory of all men and women who fought for our country

Building a Memorial to the Victims of Communism, to remember the millions who suffered under tyranny

Marking the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan by honouring the service of our men and women in uniform, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice combating the spread of terrorism

Establishing the Canadian Museum of History to share the story of Canada with pride

Quite an ambitious schedule we have over the next four years.

There is one thing missing though – where are the programs that would help Canadians save their family stories? Genealogy has grown into a large industry in the world, and there hasn’t been a nod to that part of our society.

We, as genealogists, would ask for such an acknowledgement. Maybe the Library and Archives Canada could be a leader in this field.   

Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 28 October, 2013.