Highlights / history

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

Turn out the lights, lock the doors, Newfoundland outport town closes down

The tiny community of Little Bay Islands is closing up and moving away.  It’s the latest in a long programme in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to move people out of the no longer viable coastal settlements into larger» 

International, Politics, Society

History Canada: Dec. 11, 1931, Canada becomes a sovereign nation

(public comments on RCI stories may take 24 h to appear if approved) Largely unknown and unrecognised by the vast majority of Canadians, Statute of Westminster Day is nonetheless a hugely important day in Canada’s history as a nation. The» 

International, Politics, Society

The Canadian who exposed the Holodomor

Holodomor – derivation of “moryty holodom” to kill by starvation Rhea Clyman was her name, a ground breaking woman in so many historic ways, yet few have heard of her, few remember. Self-taught and absolutely daring, this young Canadian woman» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Society

 History Canada: Nov 26,1917, birth of the NHL

The National Hockey league is one of the world’s best known and longest lasting professional sports leagues. After an internal squabble with the Toronto owner of the “Blueshirts” in the small existing National Hockey Association, the other team owners suspended» 

Economy, Politics

Canada History: Nov. 19, 1858; British Columbia comes into being

The vast area in what is now Canada’s Pacific province, was once known as New Caledonia, and was under the control of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Gold rushes of 1857 and 1858 meant vast numbers of American and other prospectors» 

International, Society

Berlin Wall: Canada’s role leading to the breach 30 years ago

Thirty years ago, on Nov. 9, during an hour-long press conference, the East German government officially eased, with immediate effect, its restrictions on travel to the West. In the hours that followed, people began to gather at the six checkpoints» 

International, Society

Remembrance WWII: Canada’s Black Watch in the tragic victory at Verrieres Ridge

As we approach Rememberance Day on November 11, a new book on Canadians in war has had a timely release. The book’s title is “Seven Days in Hell, Canada’s battle for Normandy and the rise of the Black Watch Snipers”.» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada history: Nov 5, 1939, the national time signal begins

It was on this day that Canada’s longest running, and shortest radio broadcast began. It’s the official time signal from the National Research Council (NRC) broadcast on the public radio network ever since, with other networks sometime joining in. The» 

Indigenous, Society

Montreal monument dedicated to John A. Macdonald vandalized once again

On the eve of Halloween, a Montreal statue dedicated to Sir John A Macdonald was once again covered with paint by a group of so-called “anti-colonial zombies”. The statue, located on Place du Canada in downtown Montreal, was covered with» 

International, Politics

Canada History: Oct 31, 1944; The vicious battle for the Walcheren causeway

By October of 1944 Canadians had fought their way from the Normandy beach to the French interior, then along the Atlantic coast through Belgium, capturing German rocket sites and all bitterly defended by hardened German troops. By the end of»