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On May 2, 1670, King Charles II granted a Royal Charter to The Hudson’s Bay Company.  Happy Birthday, HBC, you are looking pretty great for 344! In honour of the occasion, here’s a look at “The Bay” by the numbers: 1 beaver pelt = cost for an HBC Point Blanket in 1733 1.5 pounds = pounds of pemmican […]

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It would be reasonable to assume that today’s 75th anniversary celebrations at the National Film Board, commemorating the signing of the National Film Act in 1939 that brought the board into being, might be a rather muted affair. Given the recent cutbacks and layoffs at the CBC — not to mention similar slashes at the […]

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5 - Sleeping Car - 2 May 2014

Canadian National Railways sleeping car, 1937. Une voiture-lit du Canadien National, 1937. Image: Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

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4 - Swing - 1 May 2014

Two girls on a swing set, Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), Nunavut, c. 1974. Deux filles sur une balançoire, Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), Nunavut, vers 1974. Image: Health Canada. Santé Canada. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

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3 - Peace is here - 30 April 2014

  Poster for the Rochdale Peace Centre in Rochdale College, Toronto, circa early 1970s. Une affiche pour le Centre de paix Rochdale à Rochdale College, Toronto, vers le début des années 1970. Image: Rochdale Peace Centre. Marshall McLuhan Fonds. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

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McGimpsey - Lil Bastard

So here it is — your basic essay on poetry for teenagers, the very people in our society on whom poems are most often unwillingly pushed. The poetry you’re reading for school is probably old and foreign. On me was foisted Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Coleridge, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, a little Keats, a little […]

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3 - Film Office - 30 April 2014

Alma Duncan, (left), animation artist, and Nina Finn, of the music department, National Film Board of Canada. October 1949. Alma Duncan, (à gauche), artiste d’animation, et Nina Finn, du département de musique, office national du film du Canada. Octobre 1949. Image: National Film Board of Canada / Office National du Film du Canada. Library and Archives […]

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Reel Canada, a terrific organization that holds mini-festivals of Canadian films in Canadian high schools, has designated today, 29 April, the first annual National Canadian Film Day.1 Why did no one think of this before?! It’s a fantastic initiative. Canada has produced a wealth of cinematic gems that deserve to be discovered, and because of […]

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1 - Raging Grannies - 28 April 2014

The Raging Grannies, peace and environmental activists, protest against nuclear proliferation. Victoria, BC, c. 1980s. Les Raging Grannies (Les mamies déchainées), militants de la paix et de l’environnement, manifestant contre la prolifération nucléaire. Victoria, BC, vers les années 1980. Image: Pamela Harris. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.  

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7 - Fishing - 27 April 2014

Mrs. D. Buss and Mr. C. Kennedy hold up their catch of blueback salmon at Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C. Mme D. Buss et M. C. Kennedy montrent leur pêche de saumon rouge à Qualicum Beach sur l’île de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique. Juin 1955. Image: G. Lunney. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.  

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6 - Wedding - 26 April 2014

Wedding party on a flat-bed trailer being pulled by a Ford tractor, Toronto, c. 1950s. Un cortège nuptial sur une plateforme tirée par un tracteur, Toronto, vers les années 1950. Image: Michel Lambeth. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.  

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5 - Dingy - 25 April 2014

A demonstration of the capacity of a DIGBY liferaft. 17 April 1952. Une démonstration de la capacité d’un radeau de survie DIGBY. 17 avril 1952. Image: Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.