Monday, April 27, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 27 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 1862, Simon Fraser, who explored the B.C. river that bears his name, died in St. Andrews West, Ontario.
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In 1904, fire raged through downtown Toronto, causing an estimated $12 million in damage and destroying 104 buildings. No one died in the fire!
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In 1907, Tom Longboat, from Ontario's Six Nations Onondaga Reserve, became the first Canadian to win the Boston Marathon, and in 1948, Gérard Côté of St. Barnabe, Quebec won the Boston Marathon for the fourth time.
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Social Media

(Video) WATCH: Historic Alberta water tower comes crashing down
   A water tower that was built in the 1930s was torn down Wednesday in the town of Edson.



History on display
   History will be on display in Grand Falls-Windsor next month as area students participate in one of seven regional heritage fairs across the province.

New Brunswick

Elm Hill's black settlement sign damaged by gunfire
   RCMP are asking for the public's help to determine who shot and damaged the welcome sign in Elm Hill, N.B., which pays tribute to the community's black heritage.


Beyond maple syrup: Chefs embrace unconventional Canadian ingredients
   The average diner is probably unfamiliar with obscure-sounding – but truly Canadian – ingredients such as pennywort (a herb in the dill and carrot family) or pembina (a low-bush cranberry). But to a growing number of chefs, these and other unconventional foodstuffs are at the forefront of a new era of local food.


Explore your country with a Maritime adventure
   This year, do some creative planning for your 2015 summer vacation. If you are ready to embark on a domestic adventure, get ready for the 11 days, 10 nights Maritime Tour!

Three Quarters of Canadians (74%) Believe 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 Should Be One of Canada’s Most Important Celebrations During Sesquicentennial
   Majority (51%) of Canadians Support Changing the Name of $20 Bill to a “Vimy”.

Battle of Ypres a baptism of fire for fledgling force of Canadians
   The 1st Canadian Division had only been in the field a few weeks when the Germans, who had regularly shelled the tiny bulge of territory known as the Ypres Salient, opened a massive offensive.

NATURAL ROOTS: North York’s 250-year-old red oak touched by the lives of explorers, loyalists and rebels
   The age of the tree varies, but the experts seem to agree the oak is more than 250 years old, with the circumference measuring 16 feet, four inches on Aug. 23, 2006.


New microbrewery takes Saskatoon through family history
   A century ago two families set up homesteads north of Swift Current, just nine miles apart.
“When we decided to open a brewery a year-and-a-half ago we started thinking about who we were as a business and reflected that our partnership goes back longer than the two of us,” Nine Mile Brewery co-founder, Shawn Moen, told News Talk.

Stories of the Week


Here is a really neat idea. I know it would take work to put it together, but the Archives of Toronto has put on an online display called April in Toronto.

They take you through 1801 with the establishment of the Jarvis Collegiate Institute , to the 1904, the Great Fire of Toronto, ending with the 1973 completion of the CN Tower.

This would be a great way to bring people to your site, and to show off the holding that the archives has to be researched. And it provides ‘historical context’ to your genealogical research – it’s a win-win situation!

The website is at

April 23rd was World Book and Copyright Day, with events happening all over the world, and when I started the Canadian Week in Review (CWR).

In the 2012 “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation,” held in Vancouver (Canada) in September 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

There is an interview with Anne Thurston, International Records Management Trust, in which the future of digital records are discussed.

She contends that the records are fragile and subject to “If digitized records are to survive and be accessible over time, international standards, including the capture of metadata must be applied. This is true in relation both to our digitized heritage, such as records included on the Memory of the World Register, and to digitized modern government records, for instance, land and court records, which will be needed over long periods of time and must retain their legal authenticity”.

Because genealogical records have been digitized, have the organization made sure that they will remain accessible for years to come? Something to consider.

There is more information at

And the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) is three years old!

Back in April 23 2012, after six years of doing the Genealogy Canada blog, I came to realize that nobody was doing a weekly summary of Canadian genealogy, history and heritage news.

So I started the newspaper – the Canadian Week in Review (CWR).

It has changed a bit during the three years – I have added This Week in Canadian History, and I do a wrap-up of the stories trending in Canada for the previous week in Stories of the Week section. It now has a very popular Social Media section, where I list the stories in the week’s blogs, and the stories that have photos or videos attached to them.

So as I start the third year, I am joined by my husband, Mario, in putting the paper together each week. He has been watching from afar, but now is the time he jumps into the genealogy business, so I welcome the helping hand.

As I sign off each edition every week - "And that was the Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news in Canada this past week!"

If you missed last week's issue, it is found at

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The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 05 May 2015.