Monday, April 11, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 11 April 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 

Saskatchewan legislature began in 1906

In 1906, the first session of the Saskatchewan legislature began with Premier Walter Scott as the premier. It met in the former territorial government building in Regina, and the city would be declared in May. The building would be finished in 1912.  

CN Tower

In 1975, Toronto's CN Tower became, at the time, the world's tallest free-standing structure when its height reached 555.33 metres. 

Its Space Deck, at 447 metres, is the world's highest public observation gallery. 

The tower opened to the public June 26, 1976 and the official opening took place Oct. 1, 1976. 

Social Media 

(Photos) Blogger attempting to document every lighthouse in N.L. 

Mark Funnell, a Newfoundland blogger, is taking his ongoing fascination with lighthouses to the next level, with the creation of a blog and Instagram feed dedicated to the province's lighthouses. There are examples of the blog onsite. 

(Photos) Dartmouth Heritage Museum supporters pushing for new municipal museum 

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is pleased with a recent decision by the municipality to take responsibility for its collection of 45,000 historical artifacts.

(Photo) Hants History: April 7, 2016 edition 

Here's a look at what was making the news 50 years ago in the Hants Journal. The 25 years ago segment is temporarily unavailable, and will be coming back in the early spring.

Newspaper Articles

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Rally to save Bryn Mawr heritage home in St. John's 

The Bryn Mawr house may be torn down, according to Cory Thorne, the head of Memorial University's folklore department. 

It is one of the few examples left of the Queen Anne architecture style in St. John's, and it was built by businessman James Baird as a summer home for his family in 1907. 

A piece of Second World War history is alive on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Bell Island 

Rolf Ruggeberg, a German submariner in the Second World War, “took photos of its rugged terrain and its quaint harbours. He recorded its daily weather. He made pencil drawings and charted the course of thousands of icebergs rubbing up against its rocky shores”. 

Only one spot in North America was hit by enemy fire during the Second World War and it was Bell Island, Conception Bay where two freighters waited to load iron ore. 

Nova Scotia 

ED COLEMAN HISTORY: Some venerable old newspapers in Kings County 

Since 1859 year, a number of county newspapers were founded in Kings County, and then quickly died. This has made it a bit confusing, trying to timeline these papers and achieve a reasonable idea of how long they lasted, who published them, and where.

New Brunswick 

St. Andrews council considers heritage bylaw 

The Town of St. Andrews took steps on Monday night to get heritage protection in place for its 300 historic properties.

Many residents were surprised to learn the seaside community had no heritage bylaws in place, said Lee Sochasky, a town councillor and member of the local heritage board.  


An important piece of history’: Government vault reveals secret of the ‘lost’ Last Spike 

The case of the lost Last Spike has been solved. 

In 2006, a group of Chinese Canadians presented then Prime minister, Stephen Harper, with an iron spike to coincide with the federal government’s apology for the head tax. And now they want to borrow it for a commemorative event, but the same spike went missing. 

Central bank announces advisory council to select women for new bank notes  

The Bank of Canada has announced a seven-member advisory council to help draw up a short list of Canadian women who could be featured on the next series of bank notes

Until April 15, Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada's website to submit nominations for the woman they think should appear on the bill. 

You can nominate a woman of note at, and you can read about it at 

The latest word is that 18,000 submissions have been received, and more are counting. Canadians have one week left to nominate their choice, or choices, for women whose picture should adorn their money. 


Museum showcasing a history of phones 

Alberta will launch its fourth area code this weekend. The new province-wide 825 area code will fill the void when the 403, 587, and 780 area codes run out. 

A display at the Musée Morinville Museum looks further back in the province’s, and Morinville’s, history with telecommunications. 

The display includes many phones, ranging from an example of the first phone used in the community to brick-sized early models of cellular phones. 

British Columbia 

Historic trail grand opening May long weekend 

In the next month, the 75 kilometre Hudson's Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail will join the ranks of B.C.'s epic, multi-day trails.

This trail once served as the primary passage of the HBC horse brigades through the Cascades during the fur trade, linking B.C.'s coast and interior region. 

You can read about the trail at 

Canadian Stories this Week

Canadian History Hall

Last week, the Canadian History Hall of the Canadian Museum of History held a meeting for the press where they told them of what is going to be in exhibit space when they open for the public on July 1, 2017.

There will be 12 exhibits from Gallery 1 - Early Canada, to Gallery 12, which will be a place where you can test yourself on Canada's geography.

And that was the week in Canadian news! 

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