Monday, June 2, 2014

Canadian Week in Review - 02 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.

Events in History

Samuel Cunard
On June 1, 1840, Samuel Cunard, an owner of a fleet of ships from Halifax, navigated his 700-tonne wooden paddlewheel steamer, Unicorn, to Halifax; Nova Scotia, after a two-week trip from Liverpool with 27 passengers onboard.

To learn more about Samuel Cunard, go to

In 1873, Prince Edward Island officially enters Confederation as a province of Canada
To learn about Canada’s smallest province, read about it at

Joe Shuster and Superman
On July 10, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario, Joe Shuster was born. Who was Joe Shuster, you ask? He was a comic book artist and the son of Jewish immigrants from Rotterdam who drew the DC Comics character, Superman, the DC Comics character, Superman. He was a cousin of one of Canada's most popular comedians, Frank Shuster (of Wayne & Shuster fame).

To learn about Joe Shuster, go to

Social Media

Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)
This is one of the features of the city of Toronto, and this webpage on the Toronto Public library website gives a good overview of the Don River area of the city.

Starting Points: Researching Canadian Immigration and Ethnic History
This blog post can give you an overview of Canadian immigration and ethnic history, and suggests some starting points to help get you started on your research.

Newspaper Articles

Settlement in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children case 'very significant'
A law professor is describing the legal settlement between the Nova Scotia government and former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children as “very significant.”

Lost war medals returned to Nova Scotia granddaughter
Two weeks ago, Heather Desveaux from Nova Scotia made a stunning discovery - medals from both world wars belonging to her grandfather and great-grandfather.
Read how she succeeded in getting them back from a collector in Calgary.

CBC offers sneak peek at Book of Negroes
The filming of the TV series, The Book of Negroes, has wrapped up in Nova Scotia, and the CBC has a sneak preview. It will be aired next winter.

Cloverdale’s heritage charm is a draw for provincial conference
British Columbia Historical Federation’s 2014 conference will be underway next weekend in the beautiful town of at Cloverdale. There are all sorts of things to see and experience.

Allied paratroopers tour Polish military history museum
Paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry joined their counterparts in Poland’s 16th Airborne Battalion on a tour of the central European nation’s military history at the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg, Poland.

Canada’s Titanic – The Empress of Ireland: Discover the story of Canada’s greatest maritime disaster
Read about the newest exhibit at Canada’s Museum of History just unveiled this past week.

Accent: Celebrating Northern Ontario's mining history
Did you know that Northern Ontario also had discoveries in mining like the 1903 silver boom in Cobalt, the gold rushes in Kirkland Lake (1911), and the Red Lake (1925), and Hemlo (1981)?

Local students in Halifax for provincial heritage fair
Students are gathering in Halifax for the Heritage Fair this week.

WW II aircraft and remains recovered from Vancouver Island mountainside
A Second World War training aircraft and the remains of four airmen (one of which was a Canadian), who went missing in 1942 have been recovered from a remote logging site on Vancouver Island.

Cemetery find ups city budget
Additional archaeological studies cost the city of Ottawa an extra $1.8 million when an old graveyard turned up on Queen Street last year during Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction work.

Ed Coleman's history: Memories of the war
Read how the memory of a cavalry charge at the Battle of Vimy Ridge brought back memories of the First World War. 

Nova Scotia calls off long-awaited Bluenose II test drive
The Bluenose II has run into another legal roadblock in doing test runs in Lunenburg.

New Brunswick to Celebrate Acadian Heritage with Maine & Quebec
From August 8 to 24, 2014, more than 600,000 of their descendants will return to the area, known as “Acadia of the Lands and Forest” for the World Acadian Congress (or Congrès Mondial Acadien, CMA), a huge international event held every five years as a salute to Acadian heritage.

‘Forgotten Empress’ sank 100 years ago, took 1,012 lives
Another article written about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland.

What are Canada’s most important headlines? Canadians can vote on their favourite front pages
This is a neat idea - what is the most important newspaper headline that you have seen?

Vets made history
Read about the 16-day pilgrimage of remembrance to northwest Europe, where the author was able to walk in the places our veterans once trod during two world wars.

Nova Scotia’s Baddeck beckons with culture, heritage
Discover all of the sights to see at Baddeck, including a museum dedicated to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, among other imventions.

Seven things you didn't know about a WWI Commonwealth Cemetery
This is a photo essay of WWI Commonwealth Cemeteries taken by Richard Lautens. (Special to the CWR by Gail Dever and her blog, Genealogy à la carte)

For Kids: Making tracks in history, fantasy
This is a book called Boundless, which is centered around a boy named Edward Mallandaine at the opening of the transcontinental railline that united the country. (Special to the CWR by Montreal's Gail Dever)

Story of the Week

70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
Canada and Canadians will be well-represented in France next weekend as they commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

And there will be ceremonies all across Canada, and in Ottawa.

On June 6th, the Government of Canada and the Canadian War Museum will hold a Commemorative Ceremony for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Landing at Normandy, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Theatre of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will present a live broadcast of the ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in France
From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., 14:00 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, a ceremony will take placeto mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

To see what is taking place near where you live, go to 

To read up on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy go to

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 June 9, 2014.