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What Are You Going To Do With A History Degree?

Maija Leivo | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

It was a question that many of us were asked repeatedly during university, at family functions, hanging out at the pub or making small talk during tra...

How To Rewrite Love This Valentine's Day

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

With Valentine's Day around the corner, people everywhere are scrambling to figure out a special way to show their loved one they care. If you're looking for a unique way of expressing affection to that special someone in your life, why not try something out of the ordinary.

Comfort Women "Settlement" Forgets and De-Legitimizes the Victims

Rosel Kim | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Rosel Kim

"Comfort Women" refer to women from Asian countries where Japan exercised colonial rule -- predominantly Korea -- who were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese soldiers. Many women did not report the crimes committed against them, but lived in silence due to shame. But a new settlement between the Japanese and South Korean governments is problematic in many ways.

Refugee Children Face Different Conflicts, Know The Same Struggles

World Vision | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Teresa was forced at gunpoint to leave everything she knew behind, never to return. She endured a long, perilous journey with little to eat and only the clothes on her back. Worst of all, this little girl watched helplessly as her mother died in the long exodus.

I Was A Refugee From The Soviet Bloc - This Is My Story

Artur Wilczynski | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Artur Wilczynski

What does the arrival of thousands of refugees mean to me and my family? Will we be safe? Will they integrate into Norwegian or Canadian society? How much will all of this cost? Canada and Canadians have answered these questions about refugees before. We have the experience of rescuing waves of refugees. We have the will and we have the compassion. I know. My family and I have been there. I am one of them. This is my refugee story.

How A Couple In Their 90s Is Helping To Care For The World's Children

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

There's nothing I admire more than a couple with an enduring love and a commitment to giving back. Such is the case of John and Olga Gattinger. They are in their 90s and are soon to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary! Perhaps the best part of the story, like most, is the journey.

This Wartime Postcard Took 64 Years To Deliver

Julie M Green | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Julie M Green

Somewhere in England, November 4th 1943... Thus began a postcard that took 64 years to deliver. Though the ink is still legible, the paper has yellowed. On the front is a picture of the Old Curiosity shop that Charles Dickens used to visit in London. It was a simple detail that Loyes Denny wanted to share with his baby sister, Mary.

Wartime Artwork Created To Comfort Soldiers On Display In Calgary

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Alberta

The exhibition, Barracks to Banks: Canadian Silkscreens for War and Peace, is on display until January.

Raise A Flag To Honour And Support Canada's Veterans

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

They answered the call when our country needed heroes; now we have the great privilege of caring for them. In honour of Remembrance Day, we'd like to introduce you to two of Canada's Second World War Veterans.

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

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.10.2016 | 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?

Tracing a Million Immigration Stories at Pier 21 -- Including My Own

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 06.26.2016 | Canada Living
Elisa Birnbaum

Yet, it's the luxury liner that brought them here, the beautiful Aquitania, that uniquely captures my attention. Like my family, the ship was tired, battle-weary, but she pushed ahead nonetheless, navigating her way through rough seas, a turbulent winter and plenty of unknowns to reach the final destination. As a proud Canadian and daughter, I'm terribly glad she did.

Canadian Gets Military Burial In Netherlands 70 Years After Death

CP | Mark Carlson, The Associated Press | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Politics

BERGEN-OP-ZOOM, Netherlands - Canadian Pte. Albert Laubenstein found his final resting place on Wednesday, 70 years after he was killed during the All...

World War II Bomb Shell Removed From Vancouver Park

CBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A World War II bomb shell has been removed from Stanley Park by Vancouver police. The mortar shell was discovered by someone with a metal detector...

The Last Bomber Crew: Austria Remembers a Doomed Canadian Flight

Charlie Angus | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada
Charlie Angus

Twenty-four-year-old pilot Wilfred DeMarco was badly wounded and ordered his crew to bail out. He tried to keep the plane steady while they escaped. Jack Cole, Art Shannon and Jack Speers managed to bail to safety. Soon after, DeMarco's plane exploded into the mountain.

November 11: I Remember and I Am Thankful

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am eight. Maybe nine. We are playing, my little friends and I, on a snowdrift at school. For lack of sleds and toboggans, we are using our snow pant...

Why I Do Not Wear A Poppy

Davide Mastracci | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

Every year, millions of Canadians take part in this campaign by attaching the poppy to their clothes. I do not wear the poppy, or donate to the RCL, because I believe that this campaign glorifies war instead of calling for peace. I believe that it is of the utmost importance to remember past wars and the soldiers who took part in them, but I remember these things quite a bit differently than how the RCL would like you to remember them.

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Why Your Gut Will Thank You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

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Lather Up for Global Handwashing Day

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.

Lessons From My Father: Strategies for Resilience and Survival

Jill Gabrielle Klein | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jill Gabrielle Klein

My father had to cope with an unfathomable situation: At the young age of 16, he was a prisoner in Auschwitz..Recently, he and I have begun speaking to business executives about resilience--the ability to face adverse events with fortitude and to enact successful coping strategies.

Why You Best Get to Budapest

Candice Walsh | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Travel
Candice Walsh

So the thing about Budapest is that it just kinda takes you by surprise. Everyone raves about Vienna and Prague and all those neighboring cities (and rightly so), but Budapest is kinda lonely. Its streets aren't cluttered with hordes of tourists jockeying for the best camera space or picking their noses in public. So, why was I so surprised by Budapest? Something to do with its beautiful streets and fascinating history, I guess.

Japan Says Sorry To Canadian POWs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada

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100 Days That Changed Canada: Mackenzie King Opts for Conscription

J. L. Granatstein | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada
J. L. Granatstein

Canada's soldiers suffered heavy casualties in the second half of 1944 in Normandy. Infantry units operated at half strength of less, their platoons frequently reduced to a dozen soldiers instead of the normal 30. And, the soldiers, grumbled, there were thousands of 'zombies,' or home defence conscripts, safe in Canada.

100 Days That Changed Canada: "You Had an Option, Sir!"

Peter Mansbridge | Posted 01.27.2012 | Canada
Peter Mansbridge

A Minimum Donation for Their Ultimate Sacrifice

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 01.11.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Military families, while never overlooked by the Canadian Forces themselves, are something that must be remembered. How do families work without an additional parent? What happens when a parent dies while serving his country?

The Problem With Fighting Anti-Semitism

Elah Feder | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada
Elah Feder

I should be grateful that my government cares enough to protect me (at least this aspect of me; they seem far less concerned about homophobia). But instead, I feel singled out. It's especially awkward since I didn't feel that unpopular in the first place.