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Ode of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Private Claude H. Cox; 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry

Vimy Ridge has always held a special place for me as a Canadian historian and educator. Beyond its status as a nation-maker though, Vimy has a personal pull as well. My Grandma Fraser’s uncle (making him my Great-Great Uncle) fought with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry at Vimy Ridge. He survived the initial attack, only

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This Week in Canadian History (April 9-15)

April 9, 1917 – For the first time in their history, all four Divisions of the Canadian Corps fight together, under then-General Arthur Currie and Canadian Corps Commander Sir Julian Byng, at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. With extensive rehearsals, shared knowledge of targets amongst ranks and the creeping barrage technique, almost 100,000 Canadian troops,

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Follow Friday: Ancestry.ca

I love genealogy. I’m also fortunate enough that my family’s ancestry is (relatively) trackable. My Scottish ancestors (the Frasers) arrived in Canada in 1815, my Irish ancestors (the O’Shaughnessy family) I have back to 1837 in Nova Scotia, my English side (Cox) arrived in 1907, and my French Canadian side (the Menards) – well, I

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This Week in Canadian History (March 26-April 1)

A day late, admittedly, but here’s the week! March 26, 1885 – The North-West Rebellion began at The Battle of Duck Lake, near modern-day Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Superintendant Lief Crozier and his force of approximately 100 North West Mounted Police and Prince Albert Volunteers were flanked by Gabriel Dumont and a larger Métis force. 12 Government forces

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This Week in Canadian History (Feb 27-Mar 4)

Feb 27, 1965 – Québec signs an international entente with France on co-operation in the education field; the entente is particularly important in light of issues surrounding sovereignty and power within a federal state. Feb 28, 1712 – Louis Joseph de Montcalm, Marquis of Montcalm, leader of the French forces at the Plains of Abraham, was

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This Week in Canadian History (Feb 20-26)

Feb 20, 1959 – The Avro Arrow program is cancelled under the Diefenbaker administration. Diefenbaker explains the cancellation to the CBC: “Having regards to the development that was taking place, particularly in intercontinental ballistic missiles, there was a probability that action would have to be taken in this regard… We were loath to take it.” For

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This Week in Canadian History (Jan 23-29)

Wow! Sorry about the extended absence all – after a lovely holidays and some adjusting to my new teaching gig, I’m back for more blogging! Let’s start off again with an old faithful – This Week in Canadian History. Jan 23, 1995 – After a number of home videos and evidence came to light of

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Toronto’s Built & Unbuilt Heritage

Last night I again found myself across the city at Fort York National Historic Site to attend another session in their “Parler Fort Speaker Series.” You may remember a previous post I did from another event – The Fenian Threat & Contribution to Canadian Identity. Last night’s session featured John Bentley Mays, author of Emerald City:

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This Week in Canadian History (Dec 12-18)

Dec 12, 1942 – 99 civilians and military personnel died and over 100 were injured in a arson attack on the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The hall broke several fire codes at the time, with doors that opened inwards and obstructed paths to and from those faulty doors. The fire is

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