I occasionally go two or three weeks without shaving, and when my hairy face begins to itch, I face a choice: a bearded fork in the road. Do I shave it off, alleviate the itch and re-join the ranks of respectable society? Or do I go full bore and attempt a glorious beard befitting a […]
I have no distinct memory of the first time I saw a Heritage Minute. I watched a lot – like A LOT – of television as a child in the early nineties, probably more than I or my parents would like to admit. Much of it was CBC programming, if that may redeem me or […]
On June 12, at Ohsweken’s Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), The Historica-Dominion Institute, premiered our newest Heritage Minute – Queenston Heights. Previously, we’d only seen the minute on our laptops and blowing it up to cinematic proportions gave it a new power. Canons and muskets crackled and boomed through the halls of the college, much to […]
The Quebec film Rebelle (War Witch) has been nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category! Directed by Montreal’s Kim Nguyen, it tells the moving and heartbreaking story of child soldiers in Africa. [Montreal Gazette]
The Grammy Awards will honour legendary Toronto pianist Glenn Gould with a lifetime achievement award this February! With four Grammys to his name, the famously eccentric Gould was one of the 20th century’s most celebrated classical pianists. [Globe & Mail]
The new Heritage Minute tells the story of Richard Pierpoint, a black Loyalist and hero during the War of 1812.
If there’s one refrain I hear over and over from my fellow teachers, it is that schools are in regular (and often desperate) need of resources. In a world of online and often unreliable resources, The Canadian Encyclopedia manages to provide a solid, well researched alternative for teachers and students of Canadiana.
But for World Teachers’ Day, I am not going to gift teachers with a diatribe on resources. As I said, it’s a regular refrain that is part of our everyday, and hardly a gift. Instead, I will use this blog post to gift them with five ideas on how to use The Canadian Encyclopedia in their classroom. Free resource and free ideas? That’s something to put a bow on.
Agnes Macphail began her career as a country schoolteacher. Interested in agricultural problems, she became a member and active spokesperson for the United Farmers of Ontario. Her move into politics stemmed from her desire to represent the farmers of her region. In 1919 women gained the right to run for Parliament, and Macphail was elected in 1921, the first federal election in which women had the vote.
The names of women are conspicuously absent from the lists of famous Canadian medical pioneers. During the 19th Century, while male physicians and surgeons were exploring new treatments and innovative medical procedures, Canadian women were struggling for the mere right to practice medicine. For them, acceptance into a medical school was a major achievement. The two women most responsible for breaking down the barriers and advancing medical training for women in Canada were Emily Stowe and Jennie Kidd Trout.