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Arts and Entertainment, Society

Halloween pumpkins like you’ve never seen

In recent years some talented people have taken the typical Hallowe’en pumpkin carving (jack-o-lantern) to a new and artistic level. This year however, an historic site in Ontario has set a whole new standard in artistic carving. As with all» 

Economy, International, Lifestyle, Society

Scots Canadians rejoice, Haggis is back!

After 46 years, Scottish haggis is back in Canada Scots have had enormous influence in Canada’s development. Indeed our first Prime Minister, and the man credited with creating Canada was a Scot.  In fact, Sir John A Macdonald’s first language» 

History, Lifestyle, Society

Windsor to restore antique streetcar

The southwestern Ontario city of Windsor Ontario, long a major centre of manufacturing and distilling, has another claim to fame. Known alternatively as trams or trolleys, Windsor was the first city in Canada to have electric “streetcars”.  Like many other» 

History, Society

….Gone.  Communications historic, heritage building torn down

It was a 10 year effort to save the Commercial Cable Building in Cape Breton, but it’s gone now forever. The building was erected in 1888 and an entire company community, Hazel Hill, was built around it for the employees» 

Arts and Entertainment, Education, History, Science and Technology, Society

Preserving another piece of Canada’s vanishing railway history

Canada’s history is that of it’s railways. For example, the west coast province of British Columbia only agreed to join Canada if a railway was built to link it to the east. Railways brought settlers to the wide open country,» 

History, International, Science and Technology

Going, going…last hope for historic building has gone

An old and now decrepit building in Nova Scotia is on the verge of being torn down. It’s not just any old building though, it is what’s left of The Commercial Cable Company building in Nova Scotia. It was through» 

History, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Maud set to finally return home, a century later.

The 36.5 metre long Maud was a purpose-built ship designed with the technology of the early 20th century specifically to conquer the Arctic sea and ice. Maud was built near Oslo and Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen intended to sail» 

History, Lifestyle, Society

Historic “jellybean houses” …gone

They were older than Canadian confederation itself. And they survived the great Saint John fire of 1877 which burned about 80% of the then existing city. But, they couldn’t survive local government. The three Saint John jellybean houses, so-called because» 

History, Society

New designation for historic lighthouse

The East Point lighthouse on Prince Edward Island has just been named “Canada’s Confederation Lighthouse”. For many decades, even a century or more in some cases, Canada’s many lighthouses were a much welcomed beacon to sailors. With modern technology like» 

Environment, History, International, Society

Suggest world heritage sites, asks government

The environment minister wants Canadians to suggest places of cultural, historic and natural significance to add to Canada’s list of nominees as UNESCO world heritage sites. There are already 18 designated sites in this country and more than 1,000 worldwide.»