Monday, April 20, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 20 April 2015

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.

This Week in Canadian History

In April 1861 an ice dam caused St Lawrence River rapidly to overflow its banks, inundating one-quarter of Lachine and old Montreal with river water 24 feet deep.
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Also in April 1871 Parliament passed Act to create uniform currency in Canada; sets denominations of currency as dollars, and cents.
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And on April 14, 1872, Parliament passed the Dominion Lands Act to promote homesteading in the Western (prairies) of Canada.
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Social Media

(Photos) Northumberland’s historic records revealed in vault opening
   The 1845, first-ever meeting minutes of the former Alnwick Township landowners were among items found in a recently opened vault

(Video) Saving the disappearing prisms: Saskatoon heritage advocates try to save relics
   Saskatoon's downtown is less colourful after a section of sidewalk containing glowing purple prisms was yanked earlier this week.
   Construction crews tore up the concrete in front of the Avenue Building on 21st Street after a fire marshal deemed the tunnels below unsafe following an inspection.


Newfoundland & Labrador

Putting history afloat
   Basque whaler sunk in Labrador in 1565 will be relaunched in Spain
   A piece of Newfoundland and Labrador history is slowly being brought to life by the Albaola Foundation, a sea factory in Pasaia, Spain, to celebrate the Basques’ achievements in exploration and marine history.

Holocaust survivor Lisa Hurd: Her story, 76 years later
   The Jewish Community Havura of Newfoundland and Labrador is holding its annual Holocaust memorial service on Sunday night in St. John's.
   Sunday's special guest speaker is actress and long-time St. John's resident Lisa Hurd, who is a Holocaust survivor.

Nova Scotia

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   Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal

Province supporting region’s plans for 150th birthday
   Momentum continues to grow in southwestern Nova Scotia to build a regional legacy strategy to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, according to the local organizing committee.

Nova Scotia adoption record access urged in new petition
   More than 600 Nova Scotians have signed a new petition asking the province to allow more access to adoption records.

New Brunswick

Partridge Island tourism feasibility study now underway
   Partridge Island being established as a quarantine station in 1830.
   Up to 2,500 people were quarantined there with small pox and typhus fever during the peak of the Irish immigration. Over the past two centuries, the island has also served as a military post for soldiers, and home to lighthouse keepers.


Parliament Hill’s booze-filled history revealed as archeologists unearth thousands of 19th century artifacts
   Recent archeological digs outside some of the main buildings in the precinct have turned up tens of thousands of artifacts from the early 19th century.

Petition wants government to force return of drill rifles to Navy League cadets
   A petition is being circulated to try to force the Navy League of Canada to reverse its decision to take away replica rifles from its cadets.
   The online petition is at

Old Durham Road cemetery to get pavilion
   Some important pieces of Grey County's black history will be better protected thanks to a pavilion being constructed near Priceville this summer.
   The approximately 100-square-foot concrete structure is to better protect and display four headstones at the site of the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery.

Library and Archives Canada set to spend after six-year drought
   Library and Archives Canada is suddenly in a spending mood after six years of budget cuts and curtailing of acquisitions.
   In its first purchase in six years, the collector of national art and archives announced Thursday it would spend $175,000 on 10 items from the coveted Winkworth collection, including a variety of watercolour paintings and a journal of a tour in Canada, the United States, and Jamaica.


Rotten logs concerning Heritage North Museum board
   Board members from the Heritage North Museum spoke to the Chamber of Commerce on April 8 about concerns facing the Manitoba Star attraction site.


Railroad through Lac La Biche reaches 100-year milestone
   Railway reached Lac La Biche in 1915, became fully operational in 1916

Saskatoon's heritage at stake
   It seems everyone believes in the value of preserving a community's unique identity, but how far is Saskatoon willing to go to ensure that our city retains its own "sense of place"? Are we prepared to "walk the talk"?


Group wants to save historic structures in Lethbridge's shrinking Chinatown
   Walking through the green doors of the Bow on Tong building in downtown Lethbridge is like stepping back in time nearly a century.

British Columbia

Mining has made its mark on maps of British Columbia
   It should come as no surprise that mining has left its mark on our maps and our landscape. We are, after all, a boom and bust province.

Stories of the Week

This week, we have definitely felt spring with temperatures in the high 60s, and the report of crocus and daffodils and tulips are on their way to blooming in gardens across the National Capital Region.

We are getting ready for our annual Canadian Tulip Festival to be held from May 8th to May 18th, 2015 in Ottawa.

There will be the annual VE Day on May 8th, and it will feature a public ceremony from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Canadian War Memorial near the Parliament Buildings, and a Tribute to Veterans fireworks performance that night over Dow’s Lake.

This year the Floral Fireworks at Dow's Lake on May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th features an extravaganza of pyrotechnic artistry over Dow’s Lake at 9:30 p.m., which will commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Netherlands.

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One thing that is a regular rite of spring in Canada are the Heritage Fairs which take place across the land.

The Heritage Fairs program encourages students to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Students use the medium of their choice to tell stories about Canadian heroes, legends, milestones, and achievements — and present the results of their research at a public exhibition.

In 2013, heritage fairs were held in more than 80 communities across Canada. The fairs would not have been possible without the work of 7,500 volunteers who worked more than 30,000 hours to make the program a success.

You can see where Heritage Fairs are held each year in Canada at

Now I have to go outdoors and enjoy the sun, and take a research trip to the Library and Archives Canada – the records are not all online, you know!

And that was the Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news in Canada this past week!

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The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 27 April 2015.