Monday, March 28, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 28 March 2016

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

On March 14, 1916, women in Saskatchewan won the right to vote after years of government stalling. In 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event, and the advancement of women's rightful participation in the democratic process. 

To read more about this, go to 

Social Media  

Hants History: March 24, 2016 edition
   Here's a look at what was making the news 50 years ago in the Hants Journal, Nova Scotia. 

Georges Island 3D model part work, part passion for Halifax man
   An owner of an engineering survey company in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has created an impressive three-dimensional interactive model of Georges Island in the Halifax Harbour, and has given us a bird's eye view of its fortifications, some that date back to 1798.

(Photos) Hants History: March 17, 2016 edition
  Here's a look at what was making the news 50 years ago in the Hants Journal, Windsor, Nova Scotia. 

The Past Whispers 
   This is from the a new blog this weekend which says “who was born in Montreal to French - Irish parents and moved to America at age 4, I wasn't able to connect with my roots. The past whispered again and I began my search. The search for my elusive great-grandparents took me to County Cavan, Ireland and northern France and Belgium”. 

Upcoming Canadian Events 

The conferences will be migrated to the website in the next few weeks.  

Newspaper Articles  


Countdown begins to 100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel 
   In a hundred days, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will mark the 100th anniversary of the deadly battle of Beaumont-Hamel in which 324 men of the Newfoundland Regiment were killed within minutes engaging the enemy near the Somme River in France. 

Nova Scotia  

Cuba and Nova Scotia's connection runs deep 
   When Cuba's first president, was elected in 1903, one of the first things he did was open a consulate office on Main Street in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on the province'' southwestern shore.        Why? Because Yarmouth was the center of North America's salt cod industry at the time. 

Canadian geophysical technology aids archeology in Fort Edward  
   Geophysical technology has changed the was that the we can see into the soil as they have 'soil mapped' the area around the hill that Fort Edward sits on at Windsor, Nova Scotia.
   To read about Fort Edward, go to 

Louisbourg boatbuilder reconstructs vintage Nova Scotia sloop
   A young cabinet maker from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Darcy Hart reconstructing and restoring a Nova Scotia sloop of the 1940s 

Inverness County committee aims to create municipal archives  
   There is an archives committee in Inverness County, want to save precious historical documents and is looking to move those historical document into a environmentally controlled facility. They hope to raise money from all three levels of government. 

New Brunswick  

Elephant Rock at Hopewell Rocks near Bay of Fundy collapses 
   Elephant Rock, one of the most photographed of the Hopewell Rocks near the Bay of Fundy, broke almost in half. Park officials said roughly 100 to 200 tonnes of rock fell to the ground. 

Wayne Long wants ferry service to Partridge Island 
   Saint John MP Wayne Long wants regular boat access to Partridge Island, and he wants it to happen soon.  
   It is estimated that a safe pedestrian causeway to the island would cost between $27 million and $40 million.
   Partridge Island is comparable to Grosse-Île in Quebec. Both of these islands were used as quarantine stations in the 1800s, and if you want to learn more, go to   


Snapshot of Talbot Settlement life now online 
   The newly released online database of Col. Thomas Talbot will help genealogists learn who owned what land in Southern Ontario. 
   It is being put on the Internet by the Elgin County Archives. Each of his 45 documents, registered between 1802 and 1849, are available to the public for the first time at the archive's website.  


Q&A: An uncomfortable history of the Irish in Alberta 
   A hundred years ago a small contingent group of Irish immigrants who emigrated to Alberta’s prairies looking for opportunity to settle. 
   By 1916, Alberta had about 6,500 Irish immigrants and another 51,000 who could draw their lineage back to Ireland according to federal census documents from the time.

Canadian Stories this Week

The “Ottawa Cold" 

As you may have noticed, there wasn't an issue last Monday. That is because we were both afflicted with the “Ottawa Cold”, and were down for the count with a very bad head cold. 

However, we are back this week, with two weeks' worth of much sought-after Canadian news!

Canada's plan for the country's 150th anniversary next year
The federal government has unveiled $17.5 million in funding for local projects and a national “soundtrack” to help ring in Canada's 150th birthday next year. 

Next year, the government plans to commemorate several other events such as the centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the National Hockey League, the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games.

If you are interested, you can go to 

New books at the Library and Archives Canada 

Every so often, the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) tells us that they have received a new shipment of books, and here are some - 

Fegan’s homes newsletters. Volume 10: the Red Lamp 1913-1920 compiled by Douglas V. Fry & Fawne Stratford-Devai 

Arnprior area death notices, 2000-2007: compiled from Arnprior newspapers and funeral home notices [electronic resource] by Andriend Schlievert 

The Linossier and Montagnon family pioneers in the Interlake region: homesteading – R.M. of Eriksdale, Manitoba, Canada by John Paul Linossier 

And that was the week in Canadian news!

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