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Monday, March 23, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 23 March 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 1900, Lord Strathcona's Horse, a unit of 537 mounted troops recruited in Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories for the Boer War, sailed to South Africa. It was the third contingent of Canadian troops sent to South Africa.
   For more information, you can read about Lord Strathcona Horse at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Strathcona's_Horse_(Royal_Canadians)#South_African_War

Social Media

(Photos) All Saints Anglican Church resurrected in Louisiana
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/all-saints-anglican-church-resurrected-in-louisiana-1.2997306
   For the first 200 years of its existence, it was the All Saints Anglican Church of Granville Centre in the Annapolis Valley. Now it’s Louisiana Church in Abita Springs.

(Video) Building demolitions in Saskatoon draw crowds
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Building+demolitions+Saskatoon+draw+crowds/10897822/story.html
   Like many others, Life of Pi author Yann Martel was drawn to the corner of Broadway Avenue and 11th ast to watch history disappear.

(Video) Two young men want to save an Alberta grain elevator: ‘It’s part of a disappearing history’
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/two-young-men-want-to-save-an-iconic-alberta-grain-elevator-its-part-of-a-disappearing-history
   Since watching the destruction of his own town’s elevator more than a decade ago, Kapcsos has been obsessed with the wooden structures that jutted into prairie skylines in the 1930s and once numbered nearly 1,800 in Alberta alone.

(Video) Bathurst bishop discovers 16th century books in diocese basement
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/bathurst-bishop-discovers-16th-century-books-in-diocese-basement-1.2998627
   Bishop Daniel Jodoin had no idea of treasures hiding in the basement library until flood cleanup. The books appear to be scripture,written in Greek and Latin, and some are bound in lamb skin.

Articles

Nova Scotia

Controversial black heritage poster to be displayed again
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1274473-controversial-black-heritage-poster-to-be-displayed-again
   A poster depicting a black slave in chains that was removed from a Shelburne high school after a complaint will be displayed once again.
   The poster was drawn by student Hannah Cameron after a Grade 8 class visit to the Black Loyalist Heritage Site in Birchtown.

Quebec

Souvenir album looks back at Roxboro's 100 years
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/west-island-gazette/souvenir-album-looks-back-at-roxboros-100-years
   Long before Roxboro merged to become the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, it was considered the summer destination for wealthy families from Hochelaga.

Ontario

Discovering that Canadians did not invent the painted highway divider
http://www.journalofcommerce.com/Home/News/2015/3/Discovering-that-Canadians-did-not-invent-the-painted-highway-divider-1006338W/
   This article was supposed to be an account of another great Canadian invention — the painted longitudinal road line — but it isn't. I was initially inspired by a web page on the site of Library and Archives Canada

Find haute and history in Toronto’s Distillery District
http://www.qconline.com/business/find-haute-and-history-in-toronto-s-distillery-district/article_9ee37860-dc28-52ad-b425-7c9b26e2d8c5.html
   At the core of the District is the history of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, whose predecessor company started in 1831. Established in 1837 as a distillery on the shores of Lake Ontario, 50 years later, it had evolved into the largest distillery in the British Empire.

Last box of Frosted Flakes from London, Ont., bound for museum
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/last-box-of-frosted-flakes-from-london-ont-bound-for-museum-1.2997479
   The box of Frosted Flakes that the Canadian Week in Review (CWR) reported last week, is now going to the Regional History at Museum in London, Ontario.
   If you wish, you can read the original story in the 16 March 2015 edition of the CWR at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/canadian-week-in-review-16-march-2015.html

SD&G Regimental Museum seeks cash to buy artifacts
http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2015/03/16/sdg-regimental-museum-seeks-cash-to-buy-artifacts
   Leon Chamois, curator of the Regimental Museum for the United Counties, addressed counties council on Monday looking for funding to help buy artifacts to keep the museum going.

Manitoba

Canadian History Ehx: The story of Jack McEwen
http://www.sasknewsnow.com/Community/2015-03-15/article-4077817/Canadian-History-Ehx%3A-The-story-of-Jack-McEwen/1
   One of the first people to travel through the area before Grenfell even existed, was a man by the name of Jack McEwen, who came to Winnipeg in 1876, along the Red River Valley.

Take a tour of North End history
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/times/Take-a-tour-of-North-End-history-296601311.html
   Local blogger and history buff Christian Cassidy wants to take you on a tour of the North End Winnipeg. He will deliver a presentation titled Wonder Who Lived There? The History of North End Buildings on Thurs., April 16 at St. John’s Library (500 Salter St.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saskatchewan

Thieves steal power tools, Lydia's signs from Farnam Block
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/thieves-steal-power-tools-lydia-s-signs-from-farnam-block-1.2998093
   The Lydia's signs were being preserved for the Saskatoon Heritage Society. It appears the theft happened on Sunday, before the building was torn down.

Restored building serves as reminder of the past
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Restored+building+serves+reminder+past/10899197/story.html
   A red brick house that was built as a residence for the superintendent of the Forestry Farm Park, at the time it was known as Sutherland Forest Nursery Station (part of the PFRA or Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Program). At one time, the prairie shelter belt program shipped seven million trees annually to farms for shelterbelts, which helped protect land from drought and wind.

Alberta

Where a gated community meets with history
http://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/condos/white-where-a-gated-community-meets-with-history
   When it comes to local history, most people’s first thoughts are probably the Glenbow, Heritage Park, Fort Calgary or Military Museums, maybe places like Stephen Avenue, Inglewood or Kensington. Bet you didn’t guess Currie Barracks!

British Columbia

Squamish, B.C. history: from fur-trappers to homesteaders
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/squamish-b-c-history-from-fur-trappers-to-homesteaders-1.2992888
   Less than an hour's drive from Vancouver, Squamish, B.C. is a community that is growing fast.
   The community has an official plan to grow, renew, and to re-branding itself as Canada's Outdoor Recreation Capital.

Recognizing British Columbia's Chinese Canadian history
http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/living/recognizing-british-columbia-s-chinese-canadian-history-1.1791430#sthash.1hTExFNb.dpuf
   Such was the recent mandate of the Heritage B.C. Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council which advertised, "Do you know a historic place associated with the Chinese community in B.C. that is important to you and your community?

News Stories of the Week

The anniversaries that Canada has celebrated already, for instance, the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag in February, will continue for the rest of the year.
April will see the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, and Canada played a major part in the liberation.


During the Second World War (1939-1945), tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen played a key role in the Liberation of the Netherlands, including up to 175,000 Canadian soldiers of the First Canadian Army. More than 7,600 Canadians lost their lives.

You can go to http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/second-world-war/liberation-netherlands where they have a calendar of events in the Netherlands, and a history of the liberation.


And our national game, hockey, (my apologies to the players of Lacrosse) is celebrating its 100th anniversary as an association this year!


The Chateau Laurier, a hotel in Ottawa, was the setting for the formation of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. And it was formed to oversee the amateur game at a national level, and the Allan Cup, donated by Montreal banker and steamship line owner Sir H. Montague Allan, C.V.O. in 1908, was selected as the championship trophy of amateur hockey.

You can go to http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Corporate/About/History to see when the exhibit will come to your city.



And the Magna Carta is coming to the History Museum of Canada this summer!



As you probably know, it is celebrating its 800th Anniversary (1215-2015) this year, and it along with the Charter of the Forests.

This will be the first time that Canada will have participated in the anniversary by touring the Magno Carta in cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Edmonton, beginning in June.

You can learn more about the Magna Carta and Canada’s plans for a momentous celebration of the 800th anniversary, and contribute to the celebration at www.magnacartacanada.ca


Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed last week’s edition, it is at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/canadian-week-in-review-16-march-2015.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012



Need help in finding your Canadian ancestors?

Susan I. of Toronto, Ontario says –
"With her wonderful suggestions, including provincial and local archival holdings, books, and local church records, I was delighted to uncover a marriage certificate naming my paternal great, great grandparents and their original county in Ireland.

Elizabeth also mentored me regarding further educational opportunities. I was delighted with her services."
If you do, go to Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services and see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor. 

The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 30 March 2015. 


Monday, March 9, 2015

Canadian News in Review - 09 March 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 1875, the Hospital for Sick Children opened in Toronto with six beds and one nurse. A group of women led by Elizabeth McMaster rented an 11-room house and declared the hospital open for "the admission and treatment of children."
   To read more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hospital_for_Sick_Children

In 1888, parcel post between Canada and the United States was established
   To read more, go to http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/cpm/chrono/chs1868e.shtml#yr-1881

In 1917, the Alberta Provincial Police Force was established.
   To read more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_Provincial_Police

In 1939, Trans Canada Airlines, now Air Canada, inaugurated the trans-continental airmail service.
   To read more, go to http://www.lib.uwo.ca/programs/companyinformationcanada/cr-transcanada.htm

Articles

Nova Scotia

Black Halifax project a ‘labour of love’ as African Nova Scotian heritage brought to life
http://metronews.ca/news/halifax/1303550/black-halifax-project-a-labour-of-love-as-african-nova-scotian-heritage-brought-to-life
   Black Halifax: Stories From Here is a new video project and website telling the stories of people, places and events significant to African Nova Scotian history, including Davis, Dixon, Rocky Jones, William Hall, and the 15 ships that left Halifax carrying hundreds of Black Loyalists to Sierra Leone in 1792.

Make the most of a Nova Scotian staycation
http://thechronicleherald.ca/go/1271668-make-the-most-of-a-nova-scotian-staycation
   While many of these events may appear to be designated for tourists and out of province visitors, Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, says that isn’t the case. These events are fpr Nova Scotians, too.

Grade 9 students share African Heritage studies at Academy
http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2015-03-05/article-4067023/Grade-9-students-share-African-Heritage-studies-at-Academy/1
   North Nova Education Centre Grade 9 students went back to elementary school on Thursday, making presentations to New Glasgow Academy students based on their studies during African Heritage Month, which was celebrated in February.

Prince Edward Island

North Rustico gets $446K to promote Acadian heritage
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/north-rustico-gets-446k-to-promote-acadian-heritage-1.2978462
   North Rustico will receive funding to continue developing the town as an Acadian tourism destination.


Quebec

Snowman welcomes guests to Quebec and biggest winter carnival in the world
http://www.dailynews.com/lifestyle/20150302/snowman-welcomes-guests-to-quebec-and-biggest-winter-carnival-in-the-world
   Since it began in 1894, the Carnaval de Quebec has grown into the largest winter carnival in the world. Since then, the inhabitants of New France have enjoyed getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry.

Canadian History Ehx: Looking back at the Grenfell School
http://www.grenfellsun.sk.ca/Community/2015-03-01/article-4061327/Canadian-History-Ehx%3A-Looking-back-at-the-Grenfell-School/1
   The children who were in the community were educated in the Agricultural Hall. This was in 1888 and one year later, council passed an order to form the Grenfell School District. The school would be built on the future site of the United Church.

Ontario

Key genealogy resources for researching your family tree
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5451559-key-genealogy-resources-for-researching-your-family-tree
   Plenty of resources available in Toronto to help you uncover your family’s past.

TORONTO ROOTS: Into genealogy? Talk to your relatives and join your local family history society
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5458645-toronto-roots-into-genealogy-talk-to-your-relatives-and-join-your-local-family-history-society
   There are a few key pieces of advice that most of us who take the plunge into researching our family history receive early on: start with what you know and work back in time.

Grimsby receives three Ontario Heritage Awards
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/5461512-grimsby-receives-three-ontario-heritage-awards/
   John and Josie Dunstall, Allan Smith, and Town of Grimsby recognized.

Manitoba

Winnipeg's human rights museum bans selfie sticks
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-s-human-rights-museum-bans-selfie-sticks-1.2978092
   The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has banned the use of selfie sticks.

Heritage status sought for Armstrong's Point neighbourhood
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/heritage-status-sought-for-armstrong-s-point-neighbourhood-1.2978606
   The City of Winnipeg is looking at giving heritage designations to entire neighbourhoods.

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon says farewell to Lydia's building; Historic Broadway Avenue building set to be demolished
http://cjme.com/story/saskatoon-says-farewell-lydias-building/539382
   The new owners say the century-old brick structure is too expensive to renovate. The building was last home to Lydia's bar.

Alberta

Proposed power line threatens iconic views in southern Alberta
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/proposed-power-line-threatens-iconic-views-in-southern-alberta
   The iconic scenery in southwestern Alberta featured in tourism commercials and Hollywood movies could soon be criss-crossed with power lines, according to landowners in the area.

British Columbia

Breathing life into B.C.’s ghost towns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/breathing-life-into-into-bcs-ghost-towns/article23225716/

News Stories of the Week


MooseRoots.com, an new American genealogy site, hit the airwaves this week, with their PR people saying what an innovate site it is - new and exciting!

As I watched their publicity, I wondered why Canada companies and individuals don’t make a bigger effort to break into the American market, such as the Innovator Summit held at RootsTech every year.

MooseRoots has two Canadian record sets on their site – Canadian World War I Enlistment Records and Canadian World War II Casualties.

These site are already available on other sites like Library and Archives Canada, and Ancestry.com – so it isn’t a big deal, but what about other record sets that can’t be seen right now? What about those local records that haven’t digitized? Who is taking care of them?


Let us see Canada represented at next years Innovator Summit at Rootstech 2016, to be held February 3–6, 2016. To check out the site, go to https://rootstech.org/About/FAQ?lang=eng

That was the Canadian genealogy, history and heritage news in Canada this past week!


Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.


If you missed this week’s edition, it is at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/canadian-week-in-review.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since April 23, 2012.


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The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 16 March 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Toronto Time Capsule online



Metroland Media, a newspaper company in Ontario, has launched a new history project, complete with stories, columns and resources called Toronto Time Capsule

This online treasure of columns, articles and resources will be dedicated to Toronto’s history and  genealogy. This collection bring Toronto's history to life.

On the site, you’ll find these sections -

- In ‘Flashback’ you can peruse articles on heritage news and events written by Metroland Media news staff.

- In ‘Local Tales’ read interesting columns from local historical associations and expert historians.

- In ‘Genealogy’ you’ll find insider tips from local genealogists and resources to help you with family history research.

As the project grows, so do the opportunities for the public to contribute. They want local historical groups, heritage groups, and genealogical socities to contribute.

Anyone wishing to contribute can email gpeacock@insidetoronto.com

Go to the site at www.insidetoronto.com/history


Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed this week’s edition, it is at 
http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/canadian-week-in-review.html


 It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!
It has been a regular post every Monday morning since
April 23, 2012.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 02 Mar 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

1917 Women in Ontario win right to vote in provincial elections. On December 6, 1921, at the age of 31, Agnes Macphail became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.

For more information, go to http://www.cbc.ca/history/EPISCONTENTSE1EP12CH3PA1LE.html

On February 24, 2013, the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, unveiled a plaque at the former site of Hogan’s Alley, officially recognizing the area’s deep historical ties to the city’s first Black community

For more information, go to http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cseh-twih/index_e.asp

Social Media

(Video) Black Halifax’s unseen histories

http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/black-halifaxs-unseen-histories/Content?oid=4553663

Black Halifax: Stories from Here highlight 14 important historical African Nova Scotian moments
(Photos) Sir John A. Macdonald's gold watch impresses students

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/sir-john-a-macdonald-s-gold-watch-impresses-students-1.2971780

A pocket watch owned by the first prime minister of Canada has proven popular with students at a Summerside school.

New Brunswick

Girl Guides seek memorabilia for Saint John archives
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/girl-guides-seek-memorabilia-for-saint-john-archives-1.2973309
Former N.B. Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders asked for uniforms, photos and other items

Nova Scotia

Creignish stone cottage restoration wins heritage award
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/creignish-stone-cottage-restoration-wins-heritage-award-1.2971559
Settler's descendant reclaims family homestead. Ian MacMaster built what's known as Moidart house around 1801


Broughton ghost town attracts heritage interest
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/broughton-ghost-town-attracts-heritage-interest-1.2968959
Cape Breton heritage group hopes to preserve former mine town

Ontario

Museum of History among local cultural institutions to get a boost in funding
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/museum-of-history-among-local-cultural-institutions-to-get-a-boost-in-funding
Local museums and cultural agencies will be among the beneficiaries of federal government largesse this year, according to spending plans outlined in the 2015-16 main estimates.

Saskatchewan

A special month for black history in Saskatchewan
http://www.leaderpost.com/life/special+month+black+history+Saskatchewan/10836909/story.html
A pphysician, politician, pharmacist, farmer and publisher: Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd was the man whom history records as the first black settler in Saskatchewan.

News Stories of the Week

This week The Stories of the Week is slanted towards the youth of Canada – your talents are wanted!

Canadian Day Challenge 2015


This year, the youth from ages 8 to 18 years across Canada are asked to tell us what makes them proud to be Canadian by submitting their best, most dynamic drawings, photos or pieces of creative writing that represents everything that Canada is as a strong, proud and free nation.

Enter the 2015 Canada Day Challenge for a chance to win great prizes, including all-expenses paid trip for two to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill: go backstage, meet some of Canada’s most inspiring people, tour museums, galleries, the iconic Parliament Buildings and be part of a special summer exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History!

Plus, there’s even more to be excited about this year! Winners will also receive the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented team of education specialists from the National Film Board of Canada to create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa.

How cool all of this is. So parents and grandparents, be sure to encourage the young people in your lives to enter the contest. The deadline is coming fast, so be sure to enter before March 20, 2015.

Contact the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages at 819-997-7788
for further information.

Commonwealth Day


Commonwealth Day  is March the 9th, and the theme this year is 'A Young Commonwealth'.

"A Young Commonwealth recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy," said Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, announcing the theme.

"The Commonwealth is also a family of dynamic countries at the forefront of innovation, growth and contributing global value. As a diverse and increasingly connected global network, we bring fresh perspectives and new ideas.”

Find out about youth events taking place throughout the year at thecommonwealth.org/ayoungcommonwealth

That was the Canadian genealogy, history and heritage news in Canada this past week!
 
The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 09 March 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Archive CD Books Canada has a new website



Great news for Canadian genealogy!

The Archive CD Books Canada website has returned to a new website, and it looks fabulous!

It is easy to see exactly what they have to offer, and you get a first-hand look at the products that they have onsite.

So congratulations Malcolm and Chris Moody on their new website, and stop by to see if there is anything that you would like in Canadian books!

Remember to support out Canadian booksellers. They, and societies, are the backbone of out genealogy community. 

And subscribe to their newsletter. It has regular news on their new products. As Malcolm says 'Remember this Newsletter is published for you so if you think we're missing something important drop me a line to Malcolm@ArchiveCDBooks.ca'.

The website is at www.ArchiveCDBooks.ca





Check the Canadian Week in Review every Monday morning for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada.

If you missed this week’s edition, it is at 
http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/02/canadian-week-in-review-23-february-2013.html

It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in Canada!

It has been a regular post every Monday morning since
April 23, 2012.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 23 February 2013

 

 
 

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 1932, following a 48-day manhunt, Albert Johnson, known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River, was shot dead by the RCMP in the northern Yukon.

For more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Johnson_(criminal)

In 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated.

The Ontario Genealogical Society is celebrating the CPR this year with their conference held in Barrie. The CPR was the not only operated a railraod in Canada, but operated ship’s that transvered the Atlantic Ocean 1884-1915 and they brought immigrants to Canada.

For more information, go to http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/canadian-pacific-railway/

Social Media
PHOTOS: Grain elevator moves down Manitoba back roads to museum
http://globalnews.ca/news/1839539/photos-grain-elevator-moves-down-manitoba-back-roads-to-museum/
The grain elevator was moved from a family farm to the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum.

Video: From the CBC archives: Festival du Voyageur in the '70s
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/from-the-cbc-archives-festival-du-voyageur-in-the-70s-1.2956898
With the 2015 Festival du Voyageur underway in St. Boniface last weekend, the CBC looked back at the annual Franco-Manitoban celebration in the early 1970s.

Newfoundland
Stephenville to mark U.S. heritage with 50th anniversary festivities
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/stephenville-to-mark-u-s-heritage-with-50th-anniversary-festivities-1.2956197
The U.S. pulled out of Stephenville in 1966, but the legacy of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base is still present through the culture, architecture and landmarks of the town.
New Brunswick

Exhibit celebrates 50-year history of provincial and national flags
http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/News/2015-02-14/article-4044366/Exhibit-celebrates-50-year-history-of-provincial-and-national-flags/1
50 Years of Our Flags: Canada & New Brunswick, on display starting on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Government House in Fredericton. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and each weekday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 27.

Ontario

Tree shows how my family has evolved over 300-year period
http://www.insidehalton.com/opinion-story/5334548-tree-shows-how-my-family-has-evolved-over-300-year-period/
A keen interest in family tree research among local residents is evident to me based on the number of inquiries I have received about how my tree has progressed.

Snowbirds, including first flag seamstress, party in Florida for 50th birthday
Five decades ago, a young Joan O'Malley was summoned by her father one snowy November night to sew Canada's first Maple Leaf flag.

Manitoba

Legislative Library receives collection of rare books

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/legislative-library-receives-collection-of-rare-books-291634241.html
Manitoba Heritage Minister Ron Lemieux has announced the donation of 27 books, a gift of the Manitoba Historical Society, at the downtown Manitoba Archives.

Saskatchewan

Knock ‘Em Down
http://www.planetsmag.com/story.php?id=1825
The historic Farnam Block in Saskatoon is headed towards being torn down, as a filed demolition permit suggests at least the possibility of the buildings coming down.

Alberta

Grande Prairie’s francophone heritage gets spotlight
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2015/02/12/grande-prairies-francophone-heritage-gets-spotlight Along with the mayors from Moncton, New Brunswick and Lafayette, Louisiana, Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume is on a mission to shine a spotlight on cities that are historically, culturally and linguistically connected to French North America.

British Columbia

Opposition mounts to block new B.C. mine as town shuns its coal-mining heritage
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/13/opposition-mounts-to-block-new-b-c-mine-as-town-shuns-its-coal-mining-heritage/
Built in the 1890s atop one of the richest coalfields in coastal British Columbia, the ground below the village’s downtown is criss-crossed with hundreds of now-flooded mining tunnels. 

News Stories of the Week


                             
 
Cliff Seibel of CanadianHeadstones.com is looking for Cemetery Photos!

He has put various Canadian Facebook queries out there this week,  and if you or anyone has headstone photos that they would like to share with Canadian Headstones, but you don't have the time to upload and transcribe them, let the people at Canadian Headstones know. Although they would prefer complete cemeteries, any contributions would be appreciated. Cliff also accepts photos of churches – new and old.

 

RootsTech, like last year, was about stories, and Dennis Brimhall, Chief Executive Officer, FamilySearch International debuted the Museum of Me, which is all based on the story of you. Apparently, it is a big hit in Salt Lake City at the Family Search Library. They plan to expand the facilitary to other cities. 

One way to do this too is through the excellent exhibits put on by Canadian libraries. archives, and museums.

For example, the Fredericton Region Museum is now hosting the travelling exhibit, “New Brunswickers and the Great War”. The exhibit commemorates the contributions of New Brunswickers during the First World War and will travel for the next two years.

If you go to visit the exhabit, you learn more about the contributions of their province to the First World War.

The news of the exhibit can be viewed at https://frederictonregionmuseum.wordpress.com/

And they have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FrederictonRegionMuseum

 
And a new exhibit at Conrad Grebel University College (on the campus of the university of Waterloo, Ontario), showcases the work of David Hunsberger, a St. Jacobs photographer well-known for his portraits of the Old Order Mennonite community.

The exhibit, Taking Community From the Farm to the World, features photographs of barn raisings, suppers and candid portraits of Ontario Mennonite communities from the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibit will close at the end of April. You can go to the Grebel Gallery at Conrad Grebel University College at https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/mscu-centre-peace-advancement/grebel-gallery

That was the Canadian genealogy, history and heritage news in Canada this past week!

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The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 02 March 2015.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Canadfian News in Review 16 February 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 1894, Canadian fighter pilot Billy Bishop was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He was given credit for shooting down 72 enemy aircraft in the First World War, and was the first Canadian airman to win a Victoria Cross for a 1917 solo attack on a German airfield. Bishop died in Florida in 1956.

For further information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bishop

In 1995, Roméo LeBlanc was sworn in as Canada's 25th Governor General, the first Acadian to hold the post.

For further information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom%C3%A9o_LeBlanc

Social Media

For all the Canadians who were at RootsTech 2015, for the keynote speakers online, and for those interviewed by Dear Myrt’s AmbushCAM http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2015/02/fgsrootstech-2015-myrts-ambushcam.html, here is a summary of the blog posts -
For a listing of Dear Myrt's AmbushCAM from the the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2014 Conference, visit Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings blog post at http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/05/did-you-watch-dearmyrtles-ambushcam.html

Articles

Nova Scotia

Howe, Lewis among next 7 Heritage Day honorees
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1267791-howe-lewis-among-next-7-heritage-day-honorees
   As the province prepares for the first official day to celebrate its history, the government unveiled the focus of celebration for future years.

Ontario

70 years After the Second World War: Remembrance Endures
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/70-years-after-world-war-two-remembrance-endures
   This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and important historic dates are dotted across the calendar.

Petrolia man finds a piece of family history
http://www.sarniathisweek.com/2015/02/10/petrolia-man-finds-a-piece-of-family-history
   Petrolia’s Don Gibson is a man with a keen interest in Canadian military history. And he’s recently solved a military mystery of sorts that involved his great-grandfather, the Fenian Raids, and a missing medal.

Navan's St. Mary's Anglican Church pleads for return of records
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/navan-s-st-mary-s-anglican-church-pleads-for-return-of-records-1.2950881
   Although no money was taken, the safe stolen from church contained birth and death records of parishioners.

Find haute and history in Toronto’s Distillery District
http://www.daily-journal.com/life/travel/find-haute-and-history-in-toronto-s-distillery-district/article_7b91fadb-2f40-5f60-9342-fcc4388b3fed.html
   At the core of the District is the history of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, whose predecessor company started in 1831. Established in 1837 as a distillery on the shores of Lake Ontario, 50 years later it had evolved into the largest distillery in the British Empire.

How black Canadians fought for liberty in the American Civil War
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/01/31/how-black-canadians-fought-for-liberty-in-the-american-civil-war.html
  Many black Canadians headed to the U.S. to join the fight against slavery in 1863. Nearly 1,000 of them came from Canada West.

Discover the Moving History of the Holocaust with Insight Vacations
http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/02/11/705489/10119776/en/Discover-the-Moving-History-of-the-Holocaust-with-Insight-Vacations.html#sthash.e7W2EYCT.dpuf
   Dr. Jody Perrun will host Insight guests on an exclusive two-week journey starting June 4th through Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany to explore the locales where the events of the Holocaust unfolded in a tour named the History of the Holocaust.

GENEALOGY WITH JANICE: Genealogist Janice Nickerson shares her passion in new column
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5338473-genealogy-with-janice-genealogist-janice-nickerson-shares-her-passion-in-new-column
   Ontario genealogist and Association of Professional Genealogists member debuts a new column in Inside Toronto. As she says, “Genealogy is my life”.

Manitoba

Manitobans don kilts, skates to celebrate Canada’s first prime minister
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/manitobans-don-kilts-skates-to-celebrate-canada-s-first-prime-minister-1.2215088#ixzz3RCEMQWlU
   To celebrate the bicentennial birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, hearty Canadians in five cities across the country donned kilts – and headed outdoors.

Saskatchewan

Archives Week shows Humboldt history
http://www.humboldtjournal.ca/news/local-news/archives-week-shows-humboldt-history-1.1760931
   A variety of photos showing fundraising efforts and other events were donated to the museum by City Hall, and museum staff is inviting people to check them out and part with any information they may have about them.

Alberta

History on display at City Hall
http://www.meridianbooster.com/2015/02/06/history-on-display-at-city-hall
   The walls of City Hall are displaying the region’s history as part of a special visual display provided by the Lloydminster Regional Archives.

Galt exhibit on the money
http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2015/02/07/galt-exhibit-on-the-money
   “Voices from the Engraver” will open today, and showcase more than 60 artifacts dealing with the creative process—behind the scenes, as well as the technical skill and the sheer artistry—that goes into every series of Canadian stamps and bank notes.

British Columbia

Chinese made big contribution to pioneer B.C.
http://www.vicnews.com/news/290721701.html
   In the spring of 1858, news of gold in the Fraser Canyon transformed Fort Victoria from a quiet fur trade outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company into a booming town. Hop Kee & Co. of San Francisco played an instrumental role in the first wave of Chinese to Victoria.

Clyde Duncan: Black history is central to the beginnings of B.C.
http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/02/01/clyde-duncan-black-history-is-central-to-the-beginnings-of-british-columbia
   Sir James Douglas, who in 1858 became the first governor of the colony of British Columbia, and who is known as the “Father of British Columbia,” was born in British Guiana (now, Guyana) to a mixed-race mother with African ancestry.

Black artist a trailblazer in Victoria's early days
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/black-artist-a-trailblazer-in-victoria-s-early-days-1.1756470
   Grafton Tyler Brown became the first professional artist in the province when he reinvented himself in his move to British Columbia in 1882.

Stories of the Week

National Flag Day

Poster for the 50th Anniversary of the Flag

The 50th anniversary of Flag Day was celebrated yesterday in Canada (February 15th). The (new, then) Canadian Flag was first raised over Parliament Hill 50 years ago in 1965, replacing the beloved Canadian Red Ensign http://tmg110.tripod.com/canada_flag.htm

I can remember watching the ceremony on TV, and wondered if I would ever get to see Parliament Hill in Ottawa from a small town in Nova Scotia. Now I can see this place every day in person if I want to because I live in the area.

The represents the county - strong, proud and free. It represents we have accomplished together over the years - the historical moments that have shared, and the served to define us, and to the promising future of this great country.

Share your Moment with the Flag!

Did you celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada by taking part in the “Share your Moment with the Flag” Challenge.

This challenge gives us an opportunity, as Canadians, to honour the National Flag of Canada, by putting your memory on the Internet. You can go to #flag50 https://twitter.com/hashtag/flag50 and #drapeau50 https://twitter.com/hashtag/drapeau50 on Twitter to see the photos and videos of everyone who took part in the challenge.

The Library and Archives Canada also put on a special page which celebrates the flag. There is a Flickr page, podcasts, and a history of the flag which can be seen by reading the Lester B. Pearson fonds. He was the prime minister of the time.

This is all available on their blog, Celebrating 50 years of Canada’s national flag, at http://thediscoverblog.com/2015/02/12/celebrating-50-years-of-canadas-national-flag

Additional blog posts about the Canadian Flag are available here -

John Matheson, 'Father' Of Canadian Flag dies at age 96 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/01/canadian-week-in-review-06-january-2014.html

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Flag Day - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/02/statement-by-prime-minister-of-canada.html

May 9th will be a National Day of Honour - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/03/canadian-week-in-review-24-march-2014.html

Red Ensign flag protected for future generations - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/09/canadian-week-in-review-01-september.html

Hope Restored announced as theme for Heritage Week 2015 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/11/canadian-week-in-review-03-november-2014.html

How social media is being used so that Canadian flags can be placed on soldier’s graves in Italy - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/11/ogs-first-world-war-heritage-society.html

Blackwell & Beddoe Lawrence: The maple leaf has symbolized Canada for 50 years, but its origins are still misunderstood - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/12/canadian-week-in-review-22-december-2014.html

In 1924, the Canadian Red Ensign was given official recognition as Canada’s official flag until the Maple Leaf was adopted in 1965 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-19-january-2015.html

Feds spend $50K on Canadian flag birthday celebration- http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-19-january-2015.html

The federal government has allotted $50,000 for celebrations for the upcoming 50th birthday of the iconic Maple Leaf flag - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-19-january-2015.html

Canadian MP offers excellent primer on the Canadian Flag, and its history - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-19-january-2015.html
and http://www.mauril.ca/the-canadian-flag

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As well, I recently reported on the Canadian Flag on my weekly Canadian Week in Review (CWR) blog post, dated 26 January 2015 http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-26-january-2015.html

In addition to news stories from television and Canadian newspapers, there is a link to the history of the flag (including a free PDF download of a Canadian Flag poster depicting its chronology and historical background) from a Canadian Member of Parliament, the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, representing the a local riding of Ottawa East http


Celebrations around Heritage Day/Family Day and Flag Day has broken out all over Canada.

Heritage Day is a nationwide celebration that encourages all Canadians to explore their local heritage, and this year the theme is Our Main Streets and traditional downtowns are a heritage worth celebrating. As venues for commerce, entertainment, worship, shopping and more, they demonstate the community's social and economic history.

For instance, Heritage Day has been  to Heritage Week in British Columbia this week and the theme is Main Street: At The Heart of the Community. The week kicked off with the national Heritage Day designated by Heritage Canada The National Trust.

In Toronto, a plague has been unveiled honours Chinese-Canadian association
http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/heritage-torontos-first-plaque-unveiling-of-2015-honours-chinese-canadian-association/1003450245/?&er=NA
The plaque commemorates the Wong Association of Ontario (Wong Kung Har Wun Sun Association). The Wongs have been part of the historic fabric of Toronto and Chinatown for over 100 years and the Wong Association of Ontario is the first Chinese-Canadian family association to receive a coat of arms.

That was the Canadian genealogy, history and heritage news in Canada this past week.

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If you do, go to Elizabeth Lapointe Research Services and see how I can help you find that elusive Canadian ancestor.

Great service. Reasonably priced.

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The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 25 February 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 02 February 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

February 1, 1799 - Royal Assent is given by the British government to change the name of Île St- Jean to Prince Edward Island. It was named after George III’s son – Prince Edward Augustus.
   To read more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Prince_Edward_Island

February 1, 1854 - Fire destroys Parliament Buildings at Montreal, Québec. The government is transferred to Toronto, and from there, it will be transferred to Ottawa in 1867.
   For more, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_the_Parliament_Buildings_in_Montreal

February 2, 1800 - Massachusetts farmer Philemon Wright—attracted by offers of free land in Canada—leaves Woburn with 25 men, their wives, and 15 children to travel by sleigh to the Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River. They founded Wrightstown, later known as Hull, and today, it is known as Gatineau, Quebec.
   To read the full story of Gatineau, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatineau

Social Media

Toronto Custom House Records
http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/toronto-customs-house
   Jane MacNamara writes about the records of the Toronto Custom House Archives (fond 214) that are found in the Archives of Ontario.

Articles

Ontario

Fiona McKean and Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke buy Opinicon Resort
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/fiona-mckean-and-shopify-ceo-tobi-l%C3%BCtke-buy-opinicon-resort-1.2933662
   Short-term plans include reopening the Opinicon restaurant and ice cream shop for this summer.

Second bid launched to dub Manitoba-Ontario area world heritage site
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2015/01/20150126-192214.html
   Ontario, Manitoba, five First Nations, and the federal government have teamed up again to have land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg declared a world heritage site.

The man who pointed the way to the Erebus: Louie Kamookak on searching for the Franklin expedition
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/23/the-man-who-pointed-the-way-to-the-erebus-louie-kamookak-on-searching-for-the-franklin-expedition
   Louie Kamookak, an amateur historian from the hamlet of Gjoa Haven, spent 30 years collecting oral histories from Inuit elders and comparing them to the journals of subsequent expeditions. He came up with a theory of where the ships might be found, one that gave the Parks Canada explorers a much better idea of where to start looking.

Portrait of Simcoe County's first judge ready to be unveiled after months of restoration work
http://www.orilliapacket.com/2015/01/25/portrait-of-simcoe-countys-first-judge-ready-to-be-unveiled-after-months-of-restoration-work
   Sir James Robert Gowan's portrait is primed for its grand unveiling. Restoring the oil painting, which measures four feet by five feet, has been a costly venture for the Barrie Historical Association (BHA) – at nearly $18,500, including tax.

On Vimy Ridge, mighty oaks will grow again — thanks to a Canadian soldier
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/24/on-vimy-ridge-mighty-oaks-will-grow-again-thanks-to-a-canadian-soldier.html
   No trees were left standing in the aftermath of a bloody battle that defined the Canadian effort in the First World War. Thanks to a Canadian soldier and his passionate friend, that’s about to change.

Saskatchewan

Canadian History Ehx: A look back at St. Andrews Ceylon
http://www.grenfellsun.sk.ca/Community/2015-01-25/article-4019979/Canadian-History-Ehx%3A-A-look-back-at-St.-Andrews-Ceylon/1
   The church was officially built in 1889, and was consecrated by Bishop Anson. Donations to build the church came from across the area, and as far away as England.

British Columbia

Chinese historical sights sought in Richmond
http://www.richmond-news.com/news/chinese-historical-sights-sought-in-richmond-1.1740876
   Do you know of a historically significant place in Richmond connected to the Chinese community? If the answer is "yes", the B.C. government wants to know so it can be formally recognized for its heritage value.

Stories of the Week

Black History Month

Canada joins other countries celebrating Black History Month in February every year.

This year, the Governor General has declared 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada, and Black History Month has taken the opportunity to spotlight Canada’s black athletes as they have performed on the international stage.

I have a bit of common history with one of the people that Heritage Canada highlights at
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/photo-sports.asp#a10, and that is Marjorie Turner-Bailey, who won two bronze medals at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City (100 metres, 4x100-metre relay) in track and field, and went on to represent Canada at the 1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montreal.

How many people know that she used to train in the summer by running on the mile-long Crescent Beach that is part of the causeway that leads to her hometown of Lockeport, Nova Scotia? I grew up in the area, and it was always a proud thing to know Marjorie, and follow her career.

You can read all about Black History Month at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/index.asp



And for something completely different, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Groundhog Day!

Did you know that the tradition of our Groundhog Day comes to us from Germany? The Germans believed that the badger (their version of our groundhog) had the power to predict the coming of spring. They even watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

February 2 is Groundhog Day in Canada, and although we don’t use it to predict when to plant our crops, we use it to “indicate’ if there will be six more weeks of winter (if he sees his shadow), or six week to spring (if he does not see his shadow).

Groundhog Day became popular in Canada, as it is today, when, in 1956, Wiarton Willie, from Wiarton, Ontario, became a household name. A festival grew up around him, and today, it is one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Ontario.

Since then, other celebrity groundhogs have popped out and joined Willie from other parts of Canada, including Schubenacadie Sam from Nova Scotia, Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba, Fred la Marmotte in Quebec, and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

And I forgot to mention last week that on 25 January 1791, the British Parliament approved the Constitutional Act which separated the old province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada. Before 1791, Quebec was a colony from Labrador down to the present-day border with the United States at Detroit. After 1840, Lower Canada became Quebec, and Upper Canada became Ontario.


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And that was the week that was in Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news!

Reminder: Check the Canadian Week in Review next Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country!

If you missed last week's post on 26 January 2015, visit http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/canadian-week-in-review-26-january-2015.html

The next Canadian Week in Review will be posted 08 February 2015.