Monday, May 4, 2015

Canadian Week in Review - 04 May 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 1831, Emily Howard Stowe, the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada, was born in Norwich, Upper Canada (Ontario). She earned her medical degree in New York, and set up a Toronto practice in 1867.

To read more about her, go to

In 1912, Canada's first $5 note was issued.

To read more about the subject, go to

In 1916, Actor Glenn Ford was born near Portneuf (Quebec City), Quebec. He died in 2006.

To read more about him, go to

Social Media

(Photos) Historic buildings could be saved by new infrastructure program
A national heritage group is praising a new federal infrastructure program that puts a focus on heritage buildings.

(Photos) Canadian Canoe Museum hoping for anniversary funding to help with move to Lift Lock
The Canadian Canoe Museum is hoping to snag some of the cash the federal government is putting aside to help ring in the country’s 150th anniversary.

(Photos) Photos trace French Canadian immigration to central Maine
Miller Library at Colby College (Maine) debuted an exhibition Friday documenting waves of French-speaking Canadians who came to the area in the 19th century.


Newfoundland & Labrador

Biking the Viking Trail in Newfoundland
The 600 km trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride. The route primarily follows the rocky, barren coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head, and Brig Bay.

Nova Scotia

Friends of Sable Island Society conference aims to protect island
The Friends of Sable Island Society ran a 2-day one-of-a-kind conference this past weekend about the science and history of the island at the University of King's College, Halifax.
   The website of the Friends of Sable Island Society is at
   The Facebookpage is at


Students showcase Canadian history
Their display was one of about a 100 showcased by Grades 4 to 10 students at the annual North Bay Regional Heritage Fair, which took place Friday at Nipissing University's athletic centre.

THE JOY OF GENEALOGY: Cemeteries a great place to dig up valuable information
A trip to the cemetery can reveal a wealth of information if you know where to look and what you’re searching for.


Care and keeping of saskatoon berries
Since it has a short history of cultivation, we are still learning how to domesticate it.

Stories of the Week

Asian Heritage Month

May is the Asian Heritage Month, a celebration of the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

In December 2001, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada.

This year, Asian Heritage Month honours Asian-Canadian athletes, both past and present, for their contributions to sport on the national and international scenes.

To learn more about the contributions of Asian-Canadians throughout Canada’s history, visit

This poster is available in PDF format from

This year is also the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the 40th anniversary of the Journey of Vietnamese Canadians.

On April 30, 1975, the fall of the city of Saigon marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a refugee crisis. Millions of Vietnamese fled their homes seeking refuge and freedom, with many trying to escape across the South China Sea in small leaky boats. Canada played an important role in helping these refugees.

Read about Canada’s part in this at

Jane's Walk

And with the advent of warm weather again in Canada, Jane's Walk are starting up again, and it was the Global Festival was held on May 1st to the 3ed.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a Canadian urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building while learning about the history of the area.

 Jane’s Tours bring citizens together, and they learn about their neighbourhoods by listening to lectures given by people from their area.

You can go to and read about her and the effect she had had over the world.

The Facebook page is at

And 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 11 May 2015.