A daily blog about Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history
Monday, August 4, 2014
Canadian Week in Review 04 August 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,
History Week in Canada
In 1793, Gen. John Graves Simcoe,
lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the site for the city of
York, which today is known as Toronto, the fourth-largest city in North
America, and the capital of Ontario.
Previous to this, the capital had
been in Newark (now known as Niagara), but Simcoe thought it was too close to
the Americans, and fearing invasion, had it moved it to York.
A cemetery, a stadium and a golf
course - what is the link between these Regina landmarks and the First World
War? Reporter and history buff Will Chabun talks about these strange connections
in this video.
The Shubenacadie band, Nova
Scotia's second largest First Nations group, located in central part of the
province, has restored the traditional spelling and pronunciation of its name
and will now be known as Sipekne'katik.
Sir John A. Macdonald and others
also held the Quebec Conference in 1850 which built on the Charlottetown
Conference a few weeks earlier. Could Quebec and Ontario be forged together
within Canada as had the Maritime colonies been discussed in Charlottetown?
The Colonization of Canada and
The magazine the Worm has an
article called Beauty as Duty. It was a propaganda campaign launched in 1939
and it aimed to make women believe that wearing makeup and looking polished was
their patriotic duty!
Tom Wimbs is a probation officer
with the community corrections and release program with the Solicitor General
of Alberta, and his crew of adult offenders were on hand at the Heritage
Festival Friday, helping set up event tents at Hawrelak Park.
Canadian documentary series
features SFU professor
Professor Rudy Reimer has just
returned from Whitehorse in the Yukon, where he filmed Wild Archaeology, an
exploration of the history of First Nations across Canada.
Story of the Week
Parliament Hill: Sound and Light Show
You still got time to see the Sound
and Light Show on Parliament Hill, and what a show it is – it is spectacular!
We went to see two years ago, and sat
there in awe as the history of the county passed in front of our eyes, to be
sitting there in the dusk of a summer’s evening on Parliament Hill was just
If you have a chance to come to
Ottawa this summer, the show is on until September the 6th, and it’s free. But
be sure to get there in plenty of time because the seats fill up early. And
talk to the people. They are there from everywhere – from right here in Ottawa,
to places overseas.
All of them had said that they had
never seen anything like this before.
And then as we left Parliament
Hill, we stopped across the street to watch a fellow who was playing a set of drums made from plastic buckets, and learned that he travelled across the
country playing the drums in the summer time.
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Booklet #1 - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States
The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.