Monday, March 10, 2014

Canadian Week in Review - 10 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.


Timber Trade History
This site tells the Timber Trade History in Canada in the 1800s, and the effect that world events had on the industry.

Social Media

No blogs this week.

New Stories 

Canadian War Museum
The exhibition is called Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War and will be ob at the Canadian War Museum from April 10, 2014 to September 21, 2014 at the Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery.

It examines how Canadians captured their First World War experiences in art, both at home and overseas, whether as official war artists or as soldiers in the field.

Anne Murray's Nova Scotia hometown of Springhill applying to dissolve status
There is news that the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia is applying to the government to have the town dissolved of its town status. The reason: economics!. 

Roderick Benns: Our prime ministers are worth honouring
The plan for 22 life-sized statues of Canada’s prime ministers, once intended for central parkland in Kitchener, Ontario, has been quashed because 79% of the survey’s 2,441 respondents rejected the plan!

Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history
An amateur treasure hunter has discovered a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island, and he may have found something that may overturn the theory that says that a British explorer (Sir Francis Drake) had made the voyage here two centuries before it was discovered by Spanish sailors. 

Words take on different meanings to describe Quebec’s history
Apparently, young francophones and anglophones see Quebec’s history differently — they even use different words to recount that history.

Heritage policy getting an overhaul
Saskatoon city council has been asked to look at a proposal to create a public database listing all heritage properties in the city, but also a comprehensive resource for people interested in heritage. 

Restoring tradition
Learn of the history of the Pelley House in Boyd’s Cove, Newfoundland, as it receives a Heritage Plaque from the province. 

Medalta receives grant money to preserve kilns
Read how the flood which hit Alberta in 2013 almost destroyed an historic kiln in the torn of Medicine Hat.

After the deluge, High River’s museum thaws out Alberta’s history
And in High River, learn how the archivist is undertaking a groundbreaking project to reanimate part of Alberta’s history that was nearly wiped out by last summer’s floods.

MP Greg Kerr speaks about Cape Forchu Light in House of Commons
The lighthouse at Cape Forchu at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is on this year’s cover of the 2014 Nova Scotia Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide.

Story of the Week

The Ukrainian Uprising 

In 2011, there were an estimated 1,209,085 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada. It is the 9th largest group living in Canada. It is the third-largest Ukrainian population behind the Ukraine itself, and Russia.

The first wave of settlement was from 1891 to 1914. The first wave of Ukrainian immigration came to Canada in 1892. Ivan Pylypow helped found the Edna Star Settlement, east of Edmonton, the first and largest Ukrainian block settlement.

The second wave was in 1923 to 1939. The majority of immigrants who came became workers in the growing industrial centers of Montreal and southern Ontario, and the forests of Northern Ontario.

And the third wave from 1945 to 1952, when most of the immigrants were political refugees and displaced persons who tended to move to cities in southern Ontario and Quebec.

With the political unrest in the Ukraine over the past couple of weeks, there had been newspaper reports showing that the Ukraine people in Canada still remember their homeland.

Rich Ukrainian history in Saskatchewan: Province's ties to Ukraine date back to late 1800s
The earliest Ukrainian settlements in Saskatchewan date back to 1896. By the 1930s, Western Canada had over 200,000 Ukrainians.

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 17 Match 2014.