Monday, September 22, 2014

Canadian Week in Review - 22 September 2014

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

History Week in Canada

In 1890, the Hamilton Public Library opened.

Read more about the Hamilton Public library at
In 1893, Calgary was incorporated as a city.

To read more about Calgary, go to
In 1792, Upper Canada's first legislature convened at Newark – now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

To read more about Niagara-on-the-Lake , go to
In 1844, Canada's first suspension bridge, a 74-metre span over the Ottawa River, was opened for traffic.

To read more about the Chaudière Bridge, go to
In 1859, the Victoria Bridge at Montreal was completed. It was the first bridge over the St. Lawrence and was opened in 1860.

To read more, go to

Social Media

(Photos) Fire at Quebec City’s Museum of Civilization now under control
Although the fire was brought under control, here are some photos that were taken while the fire was fought this past week.

New Brunswick

Fire destroys St. John the Baptist church in Edmundston
Crews battled blaze for about 2 hours, but there was no hope of saving the Anglican church.

Tidal bore unveiling pieces of Moncton’s shipbuilding history
The Petitcodiac’s tidal bore is revealing relics from the city of Moncton’s shipbuilding in the 1800s.

Prince Edward Island

New heritage status celebrates 150-year-old family farms
Ninety-one farms on Prince Edward Island run by the same family for 150 years have received special heritage distinction recognizing their deep roots. The award was given to them by the P.E.I. Agriculture Sector Council at a special party in their honour on Friday night as part of the 2014 celebrations.


Excerpt # 5 – The First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard
For links to the other installments, visit last week's CWR post at -

RMS Seqwun, a historic Muskoka ship, needs tender-loving care
According toJohn Miller of the Muskaka Steamship & Historical Society, the immediate need is to replace the decking under the wheelhouse.

5 things Ottawa owes to Scotland
In Ottawa, about 16 per cent of the population is of Scottish origin, and Scottish heritage is an important part of Canadian history, with our first prime minister—Sir John A. Macdonald—being from Scotland.

Ship stats: Details about Canadian warships being decommissioned
The four ships being decommissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy are HMCS Algonquin, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Preserver, and HMCS Protecteur.

Remembering British Home Children 
The museum, housed at Upper Canada Village, opened last year as a joint effort between the Ontario East British Home Child Family and the Parks of the St. Lawrence. 

Sandy Hill heritage church sale raises concerns in community
The former All Saints Anglican Church on Chapel Street in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighbourhood is in doubt, and it may be sold. It was completed in 1900 and designated a heritage property in 1998.


Documents a vital part of our history
Nearly a dozen documents, including the proclamation of Canada’s 1982 Constitution and the first treaty with Cree and Chippewa people that helped settle Manitoba, was on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights when parts of the museum was opened for preview tours Saturday.


An almost forgotten village – predicted to be the 'Pittsburgh of the Prairies' – turned 100 in July
July 13th marked the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Bow City, which was located east of Lomond, on the edge of Vulcan County. The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation recently approved the placing of a permanent marker at the site of the former village.

Buzzing bees force Kemp roof repairs
An investigation into an early spring buzzing bee problem at the historic Kemp House has forced town council to approve spending of more than $21,000 to fix the problem.

British Columbia 

Explore B.C. in Burnaby library reading series
British Columbia is a land of adventure - and you can experience that adventure in an upcoming reading series at the Burnaby Public Library's McGill Branch.

Overseas ‘Angel’ to Canadian soldiers arrives in Vancouver
Jenny Morris, a London boarding housekeeper who befriended thousands of Canadian servicemen during the First World War, visited Vancouver on this day 76 years ago to be feted by former soldiers who had never forgotten her kindness.

Chilliwack Poppy project will create interactive map of WWI soldiers
It's historical research in the form of an interactive map, plotting the addresses of Chilliwack's war dead from 100 years ago.

Story of the Week

The newest Canadian museum opens in Winnipeg.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened this past weekend in Winnipeg, and there are lots to see and experience in the museum.

For instance, the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War was featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights when it officially opened this past weekend.

Among those attending the museum's opening ceremony on Friday was Art Miki, who was interviewed by museum staff about his experience in an internment farm during the war.

To read more, you can go to

There is a space where you can carry out research, and an oral history section at

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 29 September 2014.