Canada History

The Day Canada's Parliament Went Up In Flames

Robert Waite | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

Should you happen to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature in the days ahead, look for a small plaque that reminds visitors that the museum doors were, for four years beginning 100 years ago, the entry way to a productive and effective Parliament.

Truffle Oil: Chemicals Or Culture?

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

If you use a truffle sauce at home you are using chemicals called dimethylsulfide and or bismetiltometano which are petrol chemical based and designed to replicate the smell and taste of truffles. Unfortunately this also happens with almost all truffle oils, or if one eats in a restaurant hoping to economize.

What Should Black Progress Look Like?

ByBlacks.com | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
ByBlacks.com

In our highly competitive and technological post-modern era, what does Black progress even look like? While the Black community has accomplished so much thus far, there's a lot of progress to be accomplished still.

Why I Spent A Year Documenting Social Change In Canada

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Elisa Birnbaum

Here's the thing: social change is not an easy process. It takes effort, stubbornness and the ability to persevere in spite of all obstacles and opposition. Once achieved, social change and any newfound rights and freedoms should never be taken for granted, yet they often are.

My Global Journey To Discover The League Of Nations

Susan Pedersen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Pedersen

I did the best I could, the historian on the plane, landing again and again in some remote (to me) place for a week or two of intensive archival digging. As I dug, though, I found that I was tracing the footsteps of American academics 80 years earlier.

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

Don't Wait to Preserve Your Legacy

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

Said Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it's because they're always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." It's a reminder that legacy-building shouldn't wait.

How I Ensured My Father's Story Would Live for Generations to Come

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

I saw my father cry twice. The first time was just after my mother died. The next time was when I was gathering the stories of his WWII experiences, because I didn't want them to go away. I spent two years gathering my father's stories -- do you know someone whose story you'd hate to disappear?

The Value in Teaching Anti-Semitism

Sara Akrami | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Sara Akrami

Growing up in Iran has helped me to see many similarities between the Third Reich's propaganda system and the propaganda system that is currently employed by Iranian clerics -- they both justify hatred and especially anti-Semitism.

Your Jokes About A 'Useless' History Degree Are Getting Old

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

I've heard the joke -- what's the difference between a large pizza and a history degree? One can feed a family of four. For the purposes of the pun, history can be replaced with any liberal arts major; however, history often gets an especially bad reputation for being particularly unemployable and well, pointless.

When We Forget History, We Forget Our Values

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

History doesn't exclusively disappear through a sword, a bomb, or a mallet. It can as easily be brought about through a lack of attention to detail as it can through explosives. The affluent countries of the West are showing disturbing signs of neglect for values that once were sacred to how they worked.

Why Truffles Make You Feel So Good

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Why do some foods make us feel good? Is it cultural or chemical? Or something else... At the 17th Festival del Tartufo Vero in Montefortino, a little...

Cultivating 'Wild' Food: The Ethics of Truffle Farming

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Tamara Griffiths

Climate warming means countries that never cultivated truffles now have the appropriate climate conditions. For example, the North American truffle, the Oregon White, which was originally discovered in California in the 1890s, is now being farmed in southern B.C. The new cultivating countries have a new approach to truffle production. This sound good, but is it? And who monitors what you are eating?

Canada and Norway's Shared Polar History: An Important Testament to Cooperation in the Arctic

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway, like Canada, has a time-honoured history of polar exploration. Canada's Arctic Archipelago is one of the least accessible regions in the world; this maze has been the object of fascination and obsession for centuries.

The Real People Behind Canada's Most Famous Ghost Stories

Lesley Anderson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

This Halloween I've been looking at some of the creepiest ghost stories in Canada's communities and since we have recently moved house, I was inspired to investigate my own neighbourhood of Stittsville, Ontario. There are a few historic buildings still standing and I wondered about the people who had lived there and if there were any "ghost stories" that I could uncover.

Put Some Colour into Your Family Tree This Fall

Lesley Anderson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. The leaves begin to turn and the heat of the summer (such as it was!) fades to cooler days. Kids are set...

How to Eat Meat Like a Neanderthal

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Eating the mountain way would mean we eat meat, but only top-quality, from small-scale local producers with animal welfare at heart. Yes, it costs more so we eat a lot less. We return to minimal meat consumption, just as history and mountains demonstrate humans have done in their most natural state for many thousands of years.

Would Politicians Make Good Goalkeepers?

Yanick Labrie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

In a penalty kick situation, goalkeepers must decide what to do before clearly observing kick direction. Basically, goalkeepers feel worse, and are judged more harshly, if they stay in the centre and fail to stop the ball than if they jump left or right and fail. Another profession that exhibits action bias, and for much the same reason, is politics.

Will the 'Culturally Compatible' Immigrant Please Stand Up?

The Nudge Report | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
The Nudge Report

PM Harper, Kenney and his crew have been careful not speak publicly on immigration matters. But Kenney slipped up while unrolling the red carpet for the Irish, not long after he cancelled 300,000 patiently-waiting skilled workers' applications. "The employers in Canada are increasingly identifying Ireland as a great source of talent, hard-working, highly-educated folks who are culturally compatible," Kenney said.

Noor Inayat Khan: The Muslim Spy Who Fought The Third Reich

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

With our media landscape filled with historical wartime accounts of various heroes and heroines and their respective call of duties, I honestly though...

Saving Mr. Mowat: An Art History Mystery

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

When the opportunity arose to play one of my predecessors in my favourite TV drama, I seized the moment. In the The Ghost of Queen's Park episode of t...

What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Have you ever thought about your last name and where it might have come from? It's hard for us today to believe that there was a time, not that long ago, when many people didn't have a last name. So, where did last names come from, and were they assigned or randomly selected? In fact, there are a number of ways your ancestors might have first acquired the surname you currently use.

An International Women's Day Alphabet

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

A is for Austen, the Regency hellion B is for Boudica, who raised a rebellion C is Cleopatra, fierce Queen of the Nile D is Diana, whose voice does...

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

When a Maid Murdered Her Master

Charlotte Gray | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living
Charlotte Gray

Carrie behaved as if in a stupor, oblivious to the furor outside in the street. When she heard a policeman's voice, she thrust her hands into the arms of a shabby brown cloth coat and picked up the gun again. This time, she held it by the muzzle. Then she started downstairs.