Included in almost every list of the greatest inventions of all-time, the telephone, in my opinion has changed the world forever. Yesterday was 138 years since Alexander Graham Bell made that fateful first telephone call uttering the words “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you.” to his assistant. But I wonder […]
Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear), a Plains Cree Chief, 1885. Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear), un chef des Cris des Plaines, 1885. Image: O.B. Buell. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. C-001873.
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King, Anchor Canada, 2012. Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian1 is a partly traditional, partly experimental history of Indians in Canada and the United States.2 It might be confusing to Canadian readers to see so much American content, but as King points out, separating […]
The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country, Charlotte Gray, HarperCollins, 2013. The Massey family are well documented figures of Toronto’s history. As one of Toronto’s founding — and wealthiest — families, their names are literally carved into the city’s streets. Massey Hall, for example, was a gift from […]
A British Commonwealth poster from 1941. Une affiche du Commonwealth de la Grand-Bretagne de 1941. Image: Luntz. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
Ray Mead, Star Gazer II, 1998. Ray Mead, Star Gazer II, 1998. Image: Ray Mead Estate/Christopher Cutts Gallery.
Scuba diver Heather McEwen walking along water's edge with an elderly woman, crayfish in hand. La plongeuse en scaphandre autonome Heather McEwen marche au bord de l'eau avec une femme âgée, une écrevisse à la main. Image: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
J.B. MacKinnon, The Once and Future World, Random House Canada (2013) We live in a 10 per cent world. Said again, we live in a world in which 90 per cent of the natural environment is gone. It’s a mean average, and it’s tough to fathom. Still, it’s a level claim that J.B. MacKinnon makes […]
Poster for the Canadian Opera, 1977. Une affice de l'Opéra canadien, 1977. Image: Heather Cooper. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
Members of the Canadian Women's Army Corps having fun during a break from the course on the use of gas masks, Chilliwack, British Columbia, January 1945. Des membres du Service féminin de l’Armée canadienne en s'amusant pendant une pause d'un cours de masque à gaz, Chilliwack, Columbie-Britannique, janvier 1945. Image: Aileen Hanger. Memory Project Archives.
Members of the Korean Service Corps, August 1953. The Korean Service Corps included Korean males who were unable to serve because of age or disability. They worked on infrastructure projects such as building roads and drainage ditches. In emergencies, they acted as ammunition porters. Membres du Corps de service coréen en août 1953. Dans le […]
With the illustriousness of the Olympics — not to mention the ongoing political turmoil between Russia and Ukraine — it may be easy to forget about the Paralympics, which begin this Friday with the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi. Though often not celebrated on the same grandiose scale as the Olympics, the Paralympics feature athletic feats […]