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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 (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 (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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This Week in Canadian History (Oct 24-30)

Oct 24, 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 World Series, making it the first World Series win for Canada. Watch the coverage here (or just skip to the 12 minute mark to see the final out.)   Oct 25, 1854 – Alexander Roberts Dunn becomes the first Canadian

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This Week in Canadian History (Sept 26-Oct 2)

Sept 26, 1813 – After defeating the British fleet, almost 5,000 American troops are ferried across Lake Erie, landing at an already deserted Fort Malden. – 1826 – Bytown, later to become our country’s capital, Ottawa, was founded. The city originated as a base for construction of the Rideau Canal by its namesake, John By. Sept 27,

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This Week in Canadian History (Aug 15-21)

Aug 15, 1917  – The attack on Hill 70 begins. It was the first major action fought by the Canadian Corps under a Canadian commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie. It was successful and the Canadians withstood a German counterattack. – 1925 – Jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, whose numerous awards include a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, was

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This Week in Canadian History (Aug 8-14)

Aug 8, 1918 – Allied forces launch an attack at Amiens, France, beginning what is known as The Hundred Days Offensive, or Canada’s Hundred Days, the great final push of the First World War. John Bernard Croak is wounded and later dies in action that earns him the honour of being the first Newfoundlander to win the

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