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Nova Scotia House of Assembly Chamber. Charles Paul Hoffman, 2009.

Nova Scotians elected a new government on Tuesday, delivering a crushing defeat to premier Darrell Dexter’s New Democrats and installing in their place the Liberals under incoming premier Stephen McNeil. The Liberals won a huge majority of 33 seats versus only 11 for the Progressive Conservatives and seven for the NDP. The Liberal majority came […]

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Not just the last long weekend of summer, the first Monday in September marks Labour Day in North America. It’s a time for unionized workers to march in solidarity. Across Canada, it’s a legal holiday away from labour in which people celebrate the accomplishments of organized labour. After all, the things unions fought for in […]

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Today is both National Peacekeeping Day and the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Lester B. Pearson, then Secretary of State for External Affairs and later Prime Minister of Canada, is credited with the idea for modern peacekeeping after suggesting that the United Nations deploy a peacekeeping force to ensure that the terms of […]

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After I wrote about Emancipation Day last Thursday, I headed to Fort York on August 5 to check out the ceremonies. There, I met Natasha Henry, who specializes in Black Canadian history. She explained that the Caribbean Carnival is always scheduled for the Simcoe Day weekend because it was itself inspired by the Trinidadian celebration […]

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When Loblaws recently announced its intention to buy Shoppers Drug Mart, it wasn’t the first time the grocery giant decided to purchase a national pharmacy chain. Half-a-century ago, it bought a majority interest in G. Tamblyn Ltd., a deal that didn’t work for either company over the long haul. A native of Belwood, Ontario, Gordon […]

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In music, as in life, timing is everything. So it was with eerie prescience that The Toronto Star published a story on Wednesday, 17 July, about how jazz festivals are coping with the frequent demise and increasing dearth of marquee name jazz legends. Later that night Peter Appleyard added himself to that list, passing away peacefully of […]

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A soldier and a girl fervently embrace on an otherwise empty railroad platform at night, the lamps in the background blurry, the tracks sweeping past clean and precise. A dark horse gallops along a railroad track at dusk,  while a train slowly grinds toward it across a treeless expanse, steam trailing off into a cloudy sky. Both Soldier and […]

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I had been looking forward to this day for weeks. On Friday, 28 June 2013, a fleet of Tall Ships sailed into Hamilton Harbour on Lake Ontario as part of the War of 1812 bicentennial. I had arranged to leave work early, catching the bus from Toronto to Hamilton in time to see the ships arrive. What […]

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Seeing the constant news footage of the flood in my home city of Calgary brought back sharp memories of the 2005 flood. I remember it very well because one of my favourite places in the city was completely destroyed. Fish Creek Provincial Park is at the end of my street. One of the largest urban […]

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The Historica-Dominion Institute’s national office, which houses The Canadian Encyclopedia, is at the corner of Yonge and Carlton streets in Toronto, in the Church and Wellesley Village. The village is Toronto’s largest LGBT neighbourhood and is the epicentre of Toronto’s Pride celebrations. The area has a long history of LGBT struggle, activism, and celebration. The […]

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Celebrating Pride 2013 Reproduced from the Toronto In Time App At 11 p.m. on February 5, 1981, patrons of four bathhouses in downtown Toronto were surprised by a series of coordinated police raids that law enforcement officials claimed were a result of six months of undercover work into alleged prostitution and other “indecent acts.” Those […]

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Growing up in Toronto’s east end, a landing-strip for many emigrant families, my parents’ included, playing the global game was a matter of course. In my teens, I played soccer for the local club. We couldn’t have represented the neighbourhood better. Caribbean, Italian, South Asian, Slavic, Hispanic, some Greek — a group of first-generation Canadians […]