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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.
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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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This Week in Canadian History (April 2-8)

April 2, 1871 – The first Census of the new Dominion of Canada is taken. Our population? About 3,689,250 strong, with approx. 2,110,500 claiming British origins and approx. 1,082,940 claiming French. (My family history has a little of both!) – 1975 – The final pieces of Toronto’s CN Tower are put in place, forever changing the skyline

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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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Book Review: Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII

Hello all! It’s been a busy March. In addition to a 2-week March Break (I’m itching to get back into the classroom!) , I’ve also switched Internet/Cable providers and… oh yes, gotten engaged! I’m glad to be back in the swing of blogging, though. I’m excited to share with you my thoughts on my most recent

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Footage of Funeral of Last American 1812 Veteran

An absolutely amazing find (thanks to Fort York for passing it along!) This video is footage from the 1905 funeral procession for Hiram Cronk, the last surviving veteran of the War of 1812. I’ve recently been surrounded by research into early film, so it’s exciting for me to see such rare footage that is so closely

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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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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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