Monday, June 20, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 20 June 2016

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History 

Louis Riel 

In 1884, Louis Riel left a teaching post in Montana for Canada to lead what was to become the Northwest Rebellion. He had been teaching at the Catholic mission of St. Peter's on the Sun River for about a year, but the job paid poorly and he didn't have time to pursue such interests as politics. 

Barry Morse

In 1918, actor Barry Morse was born in London, Ontario. With his Canadian-born wife, he moved to Canada during the early 1950s from England. He is best remembered as Lieut. Philip Gerard in TV's "The Fugitive." He died in February, 2008.

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Social Media 

Author runs across Quebec & Ontario to honour Irish heritage 

The United Irish Societies of Montreal and the Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation, Inc. got a big boost Friday as they try to build a park to remember their ancestors who died of typhus. 

Award-winning Irish author Michael Collins arrived at the Black Rock in Griffintown as part of his 900-kilometre marathon 

This Week in Hants History 

Here's a look at what was making the news 35 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal. 

Newspaper Articles 

Newfoundland and Labador 

Two Memorial students bound for First World War battlefields 

Two Memorial University students are set to walk in the footsteps of the bold young men who blazed a trail 100 years ago in Europe.

Prince Edward Island 

Souris heritage home may get a face lift

A historic house in Souris could be on its way to a new life. The house at 57 Main Street is know as the old Leard house.

It`s up for sale and a local, Brian Deveau, would love to see the history of it preserved.

Nova Scotia  

Dedication highlights history of two islands

Pictou County native John Ashton, Nova Scotia Representative for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, was a guest speaker recently at the unveiling of a plaque Commemorating the National Historic Significance of Deadman’s Island and Melville Island.

2016 Tattoo lineup mixes old favourites with exciting new additions

For the first time in two decades, a serving United States Military group will perform at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo this year, when the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team brings its skills to Halifax.


Daytripping: Quebec Hwy. 148 to Saint-Andrews

Crossing from Ontario to Quebec via the Cumberland ferry ($10 for a car), we drove east along Hwy. 148, which stretches along the north shore of the Ottawa River from the Pontiac to the Montreal suburb of Laval

'An insult': Vimy Park to be renamed for separatist premier Parizeau

A Montreal borough's plan to pay tribute to late sovereigntist premier Jacques Parizeau by changing the name of a park that currently honours Vimy Ridge is being blasted by some critics as disrespectful to Canada's war history


Simcoe County history

Many young men would have been satisfied with life as a successful businessman in a small town.

Thomas H. Best was not one of them.

Grays and Blues add a splash of colour to Lost Villages

A renowned military re-enactment organization and a local heritage site have joined forces to preserve the memory of thousands of soldiers.

City celebrates 175 years of being Canada’s ‘First Capital’ with a variety of events

On June 15, 1841, Kingston was named capital of the Union of the Canadas, the precursor to what would become the nation of Canada 26 years later; now 175 years later, the city is celebrating its roots and the unique history of both Kingston and Canada with a variety of history-focused events.

How a rare Superman sketch arrived at the Ontario Jewish Archives

Several years ago, OJA archivist Donna Bernardo-Ceriz was flipping through the newly acquired scrapbooks when she spotted a drawing of a caped superhero with the initials “BSR” – Beta Sigma Rho – emblazoned on his chest. The drawing was signed by Joe Shuster, the Toronto-born artist who, with Jerry Siegel, created the legendary Superman comics as published by DC Comics in the United States, beginning about 1938.


Manitoba Métis mark 200 years since the Battle of Seven Oaks

This weekend marked 200 years since the Métis flag's infinity symbol waved over Frog Plain in a confrontation that would go down in Canadian history.

Iconic Royal Bank 'ghost sign' to be completely covered by college

An iconic ghost sign in downtown Winnipeg is about to disappear. 

The faded blue Royal Bank of Canada sign at the top of the Union Bank Building in the Exchange District will soon be replaced with a sign for the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College.


Alberta’s farming heritage celebrated

Alberta was built on the backs of farmers and ranchers, and Farmer’s Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate that heritage


Saskatoon civic pancake breakfast history dates back to Pioneer Days

It's a breakfast with a history.

For the past four decades, local politicians, police, fire fighters and celebrities put on the white hats, stepped behind the big griddle and flipped flapjacks at the civic pancake breakfast

British Columbia

Vancouver Italian culture and food on display in June

If you were anywhere near Vancouver's Commercial Drive Sunday, you probably already know: June is Italian Heritage Month across Canada


'You see time pass by': Archivists reuniting Yellowknifers with old photos

Archivists in Yellowknife have spent two years sifting through almost 60,000 portraits, in order to reunite them with their rightful owners.

The photos were taken by photographers at the city's Reimann Studio, later known as Yellowknife Photo, and were donated to the NWT Archives in 2008.

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Canadian Stories this Week 

The Canadian Week in Review received three press releases this week -

The genealogy of Acadian families of Prince Edward Island, c. 1764 to c. 1900

The public is invited to the launch of Volume VII: R – W, the last volume of the series on the genealogy of Acadian families of Prince Edward Island, c. 1764 to c. 1900, by historian-genealogist Mr. Jean Bernard. The launch will be held at the Acadian Museum of P.E.I., in Miscouche, on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m.

This book includes 325 pages on the genealogy of Island Acadian family names beginning with the letters R - W, such as Richard, Thériault, Thibodeau, and Waite. Although mainly in French, the volume includes translations in English of all the key words and abbreviations used, thus making it user-friendly for English-speaking researchers.

The public is invited to come and meet the author, and to benefit of a book discount on the evening of the launch. There will be background music with fiddler Louise Arsenault accompanied by Jonathan Arsenault. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, Mr. Jean Bernard can be contacted by email at

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

 Library and Archives Canada (LAC) program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada. The announcement of the recipients of this second cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) was made today at the annual meeting of the Association des archivistes du Quebec held in Quebec City from June 13 to 15.

The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of and access to materials held by Canada's local documentary heritage institutions. It also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve, promote and showcase the country's documentary heritage. The DHCP provides contributions to eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will also allow citizens to access and engage with their nation's history like never before.

Funded projects from Quebec are:

-- Celanese: A Last Salvage (Societe d'histoire de Drummond),

-- Fonds and Collection Description and Management of Archival Services on
Servers and Management Software (Centre d'archives regional des Iles),

-- Preservation by Technological Transfer and Promotion of the Multimedia
Document Collection of the Lanaudiere Archives (Corporation du centre
regional d'archives de Lanaudiere), L'Assomption;

-- 75,000 Pages of History (McCord Museum), Montreal;

-- Di Folks Archiv / People's Archive (Jewish Public Library Archives),

-- Statistical portrait of Quebec Archival Centres and Services - Phase 2
(Reseau des archives du Quebec), Montreal;

-- Creating a Professional Development Program - Phase 2 (Association des
archivistes du Quebec), Quebec;

-- The Litery and Historical Society of Quebec Transactions: The
Intellectual Heritage of Quebec's English-Speaking Community (Literary
and Historical Society of Quebec), Quebec;

-- Archives and Heritage: A Vast Laboratory (Musee regional de Rimouski),

-- A Living Past: Promoting and Preserving the Archival Legacy of Yvette
Seguin-Theriault and the Families of Ripon (Comite du patrimoine de
Ripon), Ripon.

The deadline to apply for the next funding cycle (2017-18) is January
27, 2017.

Consult the list of the 2016-2017 recipients from Quebec and other provinces and territories:

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of June 2016 

As of today, 297,013 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 database.

Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. Please note that over the years, the content of some boxes has had to be moved and, you might find that the file you want, with a surname that is supposed to have been digitized, is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized. So far, we have digitized the following files:

Latest box digitized: Box 5003 and Karpuk.

Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact us directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

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