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We were welcomed by what I can only describe as peacefulness; only the sounds of rustling leaves and swaying trees could be heard even though the grounds were full of people. It was the polar opposite, I imagined, of what was going on in that same spot in April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The Canadian Forces are able to go to a foreign, hostile land like Afghanistan and realize unparalleled feats. In addition to its impressive list of accomplishments, one wonders: Is there anything our Canadian military can't do? Um. Well. It turns out there is a challenge the military cannot meet. It's recruiting women and minorities right here at home.
William Lyon Mackenzie King was a political survivor who consistently beat those opponents who underestimated him. He was a complex and canny man, and few realized how good he was as a political operator. King was safe, staid, even boring, like an elderly aunt, who never changed the fading lace and served watery tea in cracked china. Canadians at the time evidently took solace in him. What a surprise when, after his death in 1950, it was revealed that King had a robust spiritual life, found solace in séances with the dead, and kept a 30,000 page diary that was filled with deep revelations.
Researching a family's military history used to be a real challenge, but as more and more paper archives go digital and are transferred to the internet, it's becoming possible for anyone to leaf out a...
This week marked the 252nd anniversary of the Battle of Quebec or The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, as it is also known. This conflict marked the virtual end of French rule of Canada.