Monday, October 24, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 24 October 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 

22 October 1844

Louis Riel, Manotiba politician and Métis leader, was born. He led two popular Métis governments in the West, and was executed for high treason for his role in the 1885 resistance to Canadian encroachment on Métis lands. 

He was hung in 1885. 

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Social Media 

(Photo) Colours of Nova Scotia's First World War fighting units repatriated 

A wish of veterans of the 25th and 85th battalions that the colours be prominently displayed has been fulfilled, said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, at a ceremony on Oct. 15 in Halifax. 

Newspaper Articles 


A Haunted Hike in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada 

Newfoundland has a long and rich supernatural history. This island, suspended in the North Atlantic, is said to be home to ghosts, fairies, and the occasional witch. 

Road Trip: One Week in Newfoundland  

Day 1: St. John’s
Start the morning by exploring Cape Spear, the place where North America receives its first ray of sunlight, and feel the unforgiving weather coming off the Atlantic.  

Nova Scotia 

Philip Pacey, Halifax heritage advocate, dies at 75 

A well-known advocate who campaigned for the preservation of many heritage buildings in Halifax has died. 

Philip Pacey, the former president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, died Thursday in hospital.  

Saint Mary's University home to 50 years of newspaper clippings 

Nova Scotia activist Lynn Jones has collected newspaper clippings for 50 years. 

Those now have a home at Saint Mary's University's archive library, as the Lynn Jones African-Canadian and Diaspora Heritage Collection 

Prince Edward Island 

Summerside Ghost Walk reveals darker aspects of city history 

Culture Summerside is lifting the veil between the living and the dead this Thursday for its 16th annual Ghost Walk.  

The Ghost Walk will guide people to places of historic murders and tragedies in the P.E.I. city. 

Islanders invited to help shape future of national park 

Parks Canada is asking for public input on how to maintain and improve Prince Edward Island National Park — which it calls one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world.  


Canadian War Museum acquires ship’s wheel from HMCS Niobe  

The Canadian War Museum has acquired one of the few surviving artifacts from one of Canada’s first two warships, HMCS Niobe — the historic ship’s wheel. HMCS Niobe saw active service in the First World War, and its crew members played a significant role in responding to the 1917 Halifax Explosion. 

Chinese Canadian National Council sees road closure signs near Algonquin as 'thinly-veiled racism'

The Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter has been serving and supporting the Chinese-Canadian community for over 35 years promoting equity, social justice & diversity through community & civic engagement, and public education initiatives. 

View the homestead of former soldier and historian 

The community is invited to explore the childhood home of Brigadier-General Ernest Alexander Cruikshank, a First World War soldier who was born in Bertie Township and died in 1939. 

LIBRARY LINE: Tracing family history 

October is Family History Month, a month dedicated to genealogists and family historians around the globe. Genealogy is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the world. Researching your family history and discovering where your ancestors came from can be fun and rewarding. 

After years of austerity, Library and Archives Canada is ready to (re)meet its public 

Now, following six years of austerity measures that saw massive budget cuts and a hold on new acquisitions, LAC is once again becoming an animated place and a force in the arts community. 

REMEMBERING OUR YESTERDAYS: Reclaim the Records victory helps genealogists preserve family history 

This fall, a U.S.-based grassroots organization called Reclaim the Records (RTR) celebrated its first major victory by opening a website ( to allow the public to search the indexes of New York City marriage records from 1950 to 1995 for free.

Famed Dionne quintuplets’ original home could be on the move

More than 80 years after the Dionne quintuplets were whisked away from their family and transformed into human tourist attractions that drew millions, the home where they were born could be on the move. 


Saskatoon seminar showcases forgotten steamboat history

In 1877, a steamboat cruised Saskatchewan waters for the first time. 

It was called the Lily — the namesake of today’s Prairie Lily that is a familiar sight on the river in Saskatoon 


The history of the smallpox cemetery 

Halloween is rapidly approaching. It is a time of year when attention turns to the supernatural as well as old tragedies and unsolved mysteries. There is also a lot of attention given to cemeteries, particularly ones that have been largely forgotten.  

British Columbia 

Pieces of naval history emerge during Esquimalt Harbour clean up 

The Royal Canadian Navy expected to find contamination at the bottom of Esquimalt Harbour after more than 150 years of shipbuilding and naval activity. 

Restoration work on Centennial pole eyed 

Coquitlam to consider the project for Canada's 150th, retired civil servant says First Nations people should be involved and pole possibly moved to a better location 

Canadian Stories this Week 

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