Monday, June 30, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 30 June 2014

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


New Website for Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
The Canadian government has asked each of its departments to re-do their home pages to confirm to the standard, and the CCI is the latest department to do so

Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Here is an introduction to Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the new Librarian and Archivist at the LAC. He took over the position on June 6th.

And here is the last speech that was made by the former acting Librarian and Archivists (Mr. Hervé Déry) of the LAC -

Background information: Setting the Stage for the Future Speech by the Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada to the Association des archivistes Québec at the Congrès 2014, on May 30, 2014, Laval

This Week in History

On June 24, 1534, the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, discovered Prince Edward Island, which he named Îles aux Oiseaux, believing that it was connected to the mainland.

Download the following PDF to read about the history of Cartier on Prince Edward Island
In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son, and several sick men were set adrift by mutineers in what is now Hudson Bay.

To read more about Henry Hudson, go to
In 1904, King Edward VII allowed the North-West Mounted Police (now the RCMP) to use the prefix "Royal." 

To read more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, go to
In 1918, airmail service was inaugurated in Canada with a biplane flight from Montreal to Toronto by Royal Air Force Capt. Brian Peck.

To read more on the subject, go to
In 1916, Toronto-born actress and silect-screen star, Mary Pickford, became the first Hollywood star to produce her own movies.

To read more about the subject, go to 

Social Media

A genealogy comic strip announced every Monday/Wednesday/Friday - one panel at a time!

Video: Young Vancouver historian studies Canada’s residential schools
Vancouver Grade 7 student Ava Weinstein-Wright has produced a video “explaining the evolution and lasting effects of the residential school system". This will make her one of six students chosen by Canada’s History Society to attend this year’s Governor General’s Awards.

The Newman Family in Elgin County Ontario Canada - Part 1 - John Newman and Jane Poulter
They have many parts to this story of the Newman a nd Poulter family. 

Newspaper Articles

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Cupids Legacy Centre has mounted a Hooked Rug Display of Newfoundland Stamps, 1857-1949.
This exhibition by the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador, started on June 8 and runs until July 31. The exhibition is about commemorating Newfoundland’s postage stamps in hooked rugs. 

RANL art project unveiled in Burin
The Realist Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (RANL) has a ew exhibit of paintings on the history of Burin at the Burin Exhibition Hall, formerly St. Patrick’s School in Burin, Newfoundland. 

Carbonear artist Michelle Penney-Rowe sees a lot of potential when she looks around Carbonear and the surrounding area. 
Artist Michelle Penney-Rowe, from Carbonear, finds that there is no shortage of subjects waiting to be put to canvas.

Nova Scotia

Saint Mary's demolishes historic Halifax Infants' Home building Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia unhappy about university tearing down 115-year-old building
The home, built in 1899 for single women and their children, was bought by the university in 1998 from the Salvation Army, and used for classroom space until last fall.

Nova Scotia Week kicks off July 3rd at PEI 2014 Celebration Zone 
The province of PEI will host the province of Nova Scotia, a partner of the PEI 2014 celebrations, during Nova Scotia Week, July 2nd to 6th. The performing arts community will be showcased throughout the week at the free, family-friendly Celebration Zone, and will include performances by fiddling sensation, Natalie MacMaster, and Cape Breton’s own, The Barra MacNeils, on July 4th.

Nova Scotia joy ride: Exploring the best of the Northumberland coast 
Besides the story, there are beautiful photos here to see and admire.

Living history on the high seas
Hillary MacKinlay is completing her BA Honours in history at Dalhousie University, and is spending April until October guiding visitors through the exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic as a historical interpreter.

February holiday dubbed Nova Scotia Heritage Day. New holiday starts in 2015 in honour of Viola Desmond
The province's newest holiday, to be celebrated on the third Monday in February, will be known as Nova Scotia Heritage Day.

New Brunswick

Renewed cultural policy unveiled 
The document, Creative Futures: a renewal Cultural Policy for New Brunswick, highlights new investments in cultural and heritage programs supported by the province. 


Soggy weather for St. Jean parade 
The rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of spectators who gathered along Montreal streets to watch the annual parade in celebration of Quebec’s 180th Fête nationale. It is supposed to rain, with thunderstorms, in Ottawa tomorrow as we celebrate the country’s 147th birthday. 


Hysterical history launches Globus summer season
Theatre at Lakeview Arts Barn kicks off with tongue-in-cheek jaunt through 50,000 years of evolution with The Canada Show.

Toronto’s Shing Wah Daily News lives on in an Ottawa museum in the form of an old printing press. It printed the paper from 1930 to 1978. It is now stored at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Canadians honoured for WW II rescue of Italian boy Gino Farnetti-Bragaglia, now 76, was cared for by members of Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 
Gino Farnetti-Bragaglia travelled all the way from his native Italy to honour a group of Canadian soldiers who saved his life when he was just five years old. 


Visitor centre at The Forks set for major facelift
Construction will begin this summer, with the new visitor centre slated to open in spring 2015.

Manitoba’s rich rowing history on display
The Manitoba Sports Hall Of Fame is paying tribute with the new “Rhapsody On The River” rowing exhibit 


No news stories this week  


Museum construction on budget and on schedule, Alberta culture minister reports
The $340-million Royal Alberta Museum is under construction north of Edmonton’s City Hall, near 100 Street and 104 Avenue. It is expected to be complete by late 2017.

British Columbia

Port Moody WW I soldier honoured with living history event 
The McKnight Trench living history experience is taking place this week, and over the weekend through Canada Day, on the museum's grounds off Murray Street in Port Moody. 

Story of the Week

Tomorrow is Canada Day! 

Get ready to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday tomorrow!

And don’t forget to check out my blog tomorrow because I will have my annual Brick Wall Contest in celebration of Canada Day! 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has Canada Day celebrations on their website entitled, A guide to CBC's July 1, with special event coverage at 

Have a great day!

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next 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 July 7, 2014.

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