Monday, November 23, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) 23 November 2015

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, 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 1883, the first operation of Standard Time in North America began at midnight in eastern Nova Scotia. Scottish-born Sir Sandford Fleming played a major role in introducing the concept around the world.

Fleming, who was also Canada's foremost railway surveyor and construction engineer of the 19th century, first proposed the international standard time measurement at a Toronto conference in 1879.

To read more about Sir Sandford Fleming, go to

On 23 November 1936, The Globe merged with The Mail and Empire itself formed through the 1895 merger of two conservative newspapers, The Toronto Mail and Toronto Empire, and it became The Globe and Mail.

In the 1850s it became known as 'Canada's national newspaper', and in 2000, the website began covering breaking news with its own content and journalists in addition to the content of the print newspaper.

To read morte about the Globe and Mail, go to

Social Media 

(WEBSITE) Saskatchewan World War 1 Casualties

It has been created to supplement the physical War Memorial located on the grounds of the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina, Saskatchewan.

(WEBSITE) Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria

The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is dedicated to researching, preserving and encouraging the appreciation of Victoria's heritage cemeteries.

(NEW WEBSITE) Leeds and Granville Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Beside having a new website, there is news about the The Brockville Rifles which will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary in 2016.

(PHOTOS) HANTS HISTORY — Nov. 19, 2015 edition,-2015-edition/1

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

(PHOTOS) Exhibit photographs the remains of First Nations churches

A new photography exhibit is hoping to capture some of the stories of First Nations churches in British Columbia. Brian Kipp has been taking photos of what's left of some of the oldest churches in the province.

(DRONE) Nova Scotia lighthouses the subject of drone passion project

They are sweeping views of the Nova Scotia's coastlines that are usually only available to the birds.

But a Waverley man is capturing these sights of the province's lighthouses using a drone that showcase the landmarks in a way that few people have seen before.

Upcoming Events

Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Welcome to Genealogy: Back To Basics! Genealogy B2B is a short lecture on a genealogical topic, followed by a Question and Answer session with Ottawa Branch members. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us!

This month’s topic is The World of Webinars with Heather Oakley, and it will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 10:30 am till 12:00 pm at City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115), Ottawa, Ontario.

Coffee and tea will be available throughout the morning.

Bruce & Grey Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

A meeting will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the L.D.S. Family History Centre, 490 2nd Ave. S.E. Owen Sound, and the speaker will be Bonita Johnson-de-Matteis, and she will talk about African-Canadian Black Veteran's.

Call 519-534-1875 for further information, or go the website at

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia

Boston Christmas tree a thank-you gift from Nova Scotia for disaster aid in 1917

The 49-foot Christmas tree that will be installed on Boston Common Friday is a cheery holiday tradition in the city.

But the iconic tree, delivered for free each year from Nova Scotia, has roots in one of the darkest days in Canadian history.


ROOTS AND REMEMBRANCE: Many of Toronto’s synagogues have been torn down including Holy Blossom, which was at Richmond and Yonge

When InsideToronto invited me to blog on genealogy for Toronto Time Capsule, I requested Toronto heritage and history, including architecture, also be part of the mix.

If you want to read more about Jewish culture in Toronto, you can go to his website at

Special watches commemorate 150th anniversary of Lorne Scots

Robin Devine makes watches for veterans.

The retired owner of Checker Cabs has been making watches for the Canadian Military for the past 20 years. She has made pieces for the Black Watch in Scotland and the Royal Canadian Navy.

NCC board approves designs for science and tech museum, Holocaust memorial

A reborn museum and a new Ottawa landmark received design approval Wednesday from the National Capital Commission’s board of directors.

The board approved the proposed design of the remodelled Canada Science and Technology Museum and the revised design of the National Holocaust Monument. Both are scheduled to open in 2017.

Government to erect plaques across Ottawa to honour Fathers of Confederation

The federal department overseeing Canada 150 celebrations is embarking on a capital-wide project to place commemorative plaques at locations where 15 Fathers of Confederation made a home during their time in Parliament.

Communism memorial opponent welcomes Liberal rethink

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said last week that she wants more consultations before making a decision on the Memorial to the Victims of Communism on Parliament Hill, and that was music to Ottawa architect Barry Padolsky’s ears.

The monument, whose main proponent is the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty, was a lightning rod for criticism under the last government since the first public support for the project was announced in 2012.

Vaughan church grieves for bones unearthed to build pool

Cathy Pearson never thought her words would come true.

The longtime parishioner at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Thornhill sent an odd letter to the City of Vaughan over the summer. Protesting plans by the Thornhill Golf and Country Club to construct an in-ground pool and cabana just a few feet away from Holy Trinity Cemetery, one of the oldest in the city, she ended her letter with a unique wish: for the project to unearth human remains.


History Harvest event upcoming at museum

Described as a celebration of High River’s history, the stories and cherished memories behind keepsakes, heirlooms and other objects will be featured during the upcoming History Harvest event.

The event, to be held Nov. 21 at the Museum of the Highwood, is part of a larger oral history project titled Placing Memory in High River’s Built Environment that is already underway in our community.

British Columbia

Vancouver: A Distant Mirror offers glimpses into city's history

Investigating placenames can be a way of connecting with an unknown - or untold – history.

University of Northern B.C.'s writer in residence stated that conversation last Thursday as part of the Anthropology in our Backyards public lecture series that looks at names in Prince George.

Canadian news stories this week

Moore and Sombra Townships in Lambton Country, Ontario 

To continue on from last week's Letter from Veterans of the First World War, a 32-page index is a collection of names of men from the former Moore and Sombra Townships in Lambton Country, Ontario who were part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The list includes men who were born in this community or who may have moved here after the First World War.

Go to

Louis Riel Day

For the Métis, November 16 was a national public commemoration of Riel's life and struggles with the government of the day.

For many years, Riel fought for tolerance, and equal share of social justice from the Canadian government, and even fought for Métis nationalism and political independence.

There is a database of materials held by the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and the University Archives under the The Northwest Resistance.

You can go to, and the Table of Contents to the database contains The Adam Shortt Library of Canadiana, Canadiana Pamphlet Collection, Morton Manuscript Collection, and the Jean E. Murray Fonds (University Archives MG 61).

For more information, you can go to

1921 census for Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia 

Thanks to Beverley Sumpter, Alice Frauzel, Bill Bruhm, John deRoche, Pat Smith, Wayne Cross, and me (Dwayne Meisner), the 1921 census for Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia is now fully transcribed and available to view at the link below. As usual, if you are not already a member of my site, you will have to complete a free registration form.

Go to

Library and Archives Canada survey

How many of you have taken the survey that the LAC has on the Nanos Research Site at

It is important that you do take the survey, so the the LAC can see where they can make improvements within the next three years.

They truly do want to provide a good service to the public, and youi can have a say in how this is done.

The survey will take approximately 8 to 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are confidential and protected.

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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