Monday, March 3, 2014

Canadian Week in Review - 03 March 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.


No new websites this week.

Social Media

Black History Month is Not a Feel-Good Mass Therapy Session
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson, in the Huffington Post blog, offers her view on Black History Month.

Top five Team Canada wins in hockey history
Here are the top five Team Canada hockey victories in history (with accompanying videos).

New Montcalm videoconferencing activity - Quebec High School students virtually visit the Plains of Abraham
Here is a new way to learn history. The National Battlefields Commission has produced new video called Montcalm, an interactive way to learn about the history of the siege of Québec and the battles of the Plains of Abraham.

So Many Ancestors!
Beth Gatlin studies her ancestors including a Canadian ancestor, Ann Walker, whom she thinks was born in Ontario, Canada.

South Coast Family Research
This blogger is studying the surname Hiscock in Canada, as well as in other countries such as England and Wales.

News Stories

Groups worry Saskatoon historic site threatened by cell tower
The Friends of the Forestry Farm House and the Saskatoon Heritage Society are teaming up to try and protect what they consider to be a valuable piece of prairie history, but SaskTel already has approval for the tower.

History and memory lives in the archives at the Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre
John Althouse, from the Alberta Genealogical Society, says taking a course may be the best way to get started — and incidentally, he’s teaching a few of them in March at the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain.

Vaughan African Canadian Association pays tribute to accomplishments of community
Members of the Vaughan African Canadian Association marked Black History Month with a brunch at the GTA Faith Alliance office in Richmond Hill last Saturday.

The story of Canada in Oshawa: Historical prints on display at Robert McLaughlin Gallery
The prints, which date from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries, are being publicly exhibited for the first time. There is a video on the news site called Capturing Canada.

Never pause blankly over history
Red Deer historian, Michael Dawe, is the subject of an article that talks about Alberta history.

Young Newport woman nets provincial African Heritage Month award
A West Hants resident is one of six recipients of a provincial award recognizing young Nova Scotians of African descent who are making positive contributions to their communities.

Inclusive society best way to honour pioneers
There is an opinion piece in The Chronicle Herald which says that the best way to honour the pioneers of our community is to include them in our history – something which is not always done.

Column: For one dollar, a history of Nova Scotia,-a-history-of-Nova-Scotia%0D%0A/1
Learn how a family discovered how the book Atlantic Hearth: Early Homes and Families of Nova Scotia was available for a dollar on the Internet.

Conservation of Painted House earns AGNS a heritage award
The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia has recognized the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for its conservation of Maud Lewis’ painted house.

Redpath Mansion is history — will be demolished
After a 10-day reprieve, Quebec Culture Minister Maka Kotto issued a decision late Friday declaring the mansion, built in 1886 for the Redpath family, “does not present a national heritage interest” and can be torn down.

City riddle of WWI soldier's ID found in Sefton Park
Thomas Evans from Liverpool, England found a WW1 Canadian dog tag in 1991 as he was planting daffodil bulbs for the Field of Hope in Sefton Park, England. And he is wondering how to get in touch with the descendants so that he can return the tags. This story was first seen on Gail Dever’s blog, Genealogy à la carte at

Story of the Week

March 8th is International Women’s Day in Canada , and this year, the theme of the day is Strong Women. Strong Canada. Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a time.

Some facts about women and business in Canada are –

According to the BMO Financial Group, women-owned businesses currently employ over 1.5 million Canadians. The same study indicated that 71% of Canadian women would like to start their own business

Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality of women in Canada. We honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.

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 10 Match 2014.