Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 16 May 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

King's William War 

In 1690, the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts seize Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French.

Social Media 

(Photos) 'Transported to another time and place': Saskatoon historian talks history of radio 

These days it's easy to come by various radio programs, whether it's through a car stereo or streaming on a computer. But 100 years ago, tuning in wasn't a reality for people who lived in Saskatchewan. 

ARCHIVES: Inside the Kingston Penitentiary in 1981 

As the notorious former Kingston Penitentiary is set to open up for public tours in June, we take a look at archival footage from inside the prison more than 30 years ago. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

Acadian Recorder heritage building in Halifax could go to developers 

A heritage building that was home to one of the longest-running newspapers in Nova Scotia needs hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs as it is offered up by the province to developers. 

The provincial government wants to find out who is interested in the Acadian Recorder building and the adjacent Dennis Building, both located on Granville Street near Province House in Halifax. 

Annapolis Royal Canada Needs A New Website 


The Town of Annapolis Royal is rich in history, arts, culture and beauty which makes Annapolis Royal the place where history meets opportunity – and they seek to build a new website. Home to Canada’s oldest National Historic Site, Fort Anne, where you can see the Royal Charter from which Nova Scotia gets its name and flag. 

Proposals are due by  May 27, 2016 to: Attention: Gregory Barr, CAO, PO Box 310, 
Annapolis Royal, NS, B0S 1A0 

Subdivision streets to be named after N.S. women who propelled province forward 


The new subdivision going up in Rockingham South is more than just a development. 

It recognizes women of great importance to Nova Scotia’s history. Five street names in the area near Clayton Park pay homage to the great Nova Scotia women who propelled the province forward. 

EDITORIAL: CHNS has woven Halifax’s story on air 


Its list of on-air personalities reads like a broadcast who’s who. 

Think Don Tremaine, Ian Hanomansing, Stan Carew and Frank Cameron. Radio greats all. 

Hank Snow began his professional career there in 1933. 

CHNS, Nova Scotia’s oldest radio station, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month and is sharing a storied past with listeners. That past has been woven into the tapestry of everyday life in Halifax for almost a century. 

Tall Ships to return to Nova Scotia for Canada’s 150th anniversary 


What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than with a fleet of Tall Ships? 

Returning to Halifax just in time for the province’s anniversary celebration, a fleet of 40 vessels will sail into the harbour next July. 

Halifax's Mi'kmaq poet laureate calls council's decision on Cornwallis 'disrespectful'


Halifax's first Mi'kmaq poet laureate says she is disappointed — but not surprised — city council rejected a debate over reviewing public sites named for Edward Cornwallis, the city's controversial founder. 

Rebecca Thomas criticized the all-white group who appointe\d her to the role in March, noting the "sweet irony" of some concerns that history would be erased in favour of an indigenous narrative. 


Tilbury and District Historical Society recognized by University of Windsor 


There's a lot of interesting family history in this West Kent community that a fairly new organization has received recognition for preserving and making available to the community. 

The Tilbury and District Historical Society (TADHS) is the latest recipient of the Community Heritage Medal from the University of Windsor's history department. 

Painful' Ottawa street name changes done by 2017, councillors told 


Sunnyside Drive in Stittsville became a continuation of Brightside Avenue in March, to avoid confusion with Sunnyside Avenue in Old Ottawa South. But Stittsville's Bell Street, Meadowland Drive and Elm Crescent are still waiting for their new names. 

Once Upon a City: Will Ontario’s gem glisten again? 


Ontario Place, a cutting-edge showpiece in 1971, lost its lustre. It’s set to reopen next year. 


Bylaw changes recommended to protect Winnipeg heritage buildings 


A city committee has endorsed recommendations from Winnipeg's planning department to put more pressure on heritage building owners to maintain their properties

Holding on to history: Northeast Winnipeg Historical Society preserving the past 


A small group of volunteers is working tirelessly to preserve Northeast Winnipeg’s history, and there’s plenty of it to preserve, Jim Smith said. 

Happy birthday, Manitoba! Province turns 146 today 


Take a deep breath, Manitoba, that's a lot of candles to blow out

It's Manitoba's 146th birthday and throughout the province, museums and other facilities are hosting events or offering free admission to mark this special occasion. 

CP derails plans for train museum in Minnedosa, heritage group says 


A Manitoba heritage group's plan to open a rail museum is in limbo because Canadian Pacific Railway told them the company wants the old train station back — after the group spent more than $50,000 renovating the building. 

British Columbia 

Vancouver heritage house could be saved from demolition after city intervenes 


A heritage house in Vancouver could be saved from demolition after the City of Vancouver ordered a heritage inspection of the property under the terms of a new bylaw passed by council in September last year. 

The property — at 1550 West 29th Ave. — a Tudor-style home built in 1922, was once used to demonstrate how electricity could be used in the home. It is not currently listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register. 

Opinion: 'This used to be Chinatown …' 


I travel to cities around the world that have Chinatowns — San Francisco, Honolulu, Brisbane, Yokohama, even Amsterdam. I visit because of my research as a historian, but I also have a personal interest. 


Pierre Berton sculpture unveiled in Whitehorse 


Pierre Berton, who always had an eye for a good story, now has a central viewpoint in his storied birthplace — Whitehorse. 

A bronze bust of the late historian, writer and broadcaster was unveiled Tuesday on Main Street in the city's downtown. It was commissioned by local entrepreneur Rolf Hougen and his family. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

Tulip Festival 

Tulip Festival is back for another year, in fact this will be the 71st year that it will be held. 

This has been the first weekend, and it will be held until the 23 May 2016 in Ottawa. 

This year it is being held at Lansdowne Park at the historic Aberdeen Pavilion, and it should be just beautiful. 

Be sure to go out and see the tulips. They are beautiful!

The website is at http://tulipfestival.ca/

The OGS Blog 
Building a Yearly Genealogical Research, Writing and Learning Plan 

Have you read the OGS blog lately? 

Alan Campbell, the author of the blog, comes up with some great subjects, and the subject this month is building your yearly research plan. 

He gives credit to George G. Morgan, an American professional genealogist, and one of the Genealogy Guys, for being his 'unofficial mentor in building yearly research plans'. 

He gives credit to George credit for his article “Genealogical Resolutions for 2003,” which describes how you can plan to do your research, and how you can use spreadsheets and research tools to do your research. 

Read the rest of the post at https://www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6327 

First World War Service Files 

The Library and Archives Canada, as of today, has put 2786,285 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War 1914-1918 database.

Latest box digitized: Box 4810 and Jellyman.

Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact them directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

In closing today, I see where Findmypast didn't put any Canadian records on the site last week, as they were going to. Maybe they will this week. I am so interested to see what they put on the Internet. 

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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