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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 (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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This Week in Canadian History (Nov 28-Dec 4)

Nov 28, 1812 – The Battle of Frenchman’s Creek during the War of 1812. American forces under General Alexander Smyth cross the Niagara River with aims of seizing the British battery and destroying a bridge that connected Fort Erie to Chippawa. Although the attack on the battery was initially successful, British, Canadian and Aboriginal forces

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