Dominion: The Railway and the Rise of Canada
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1d ago
Larry Ostola talks to Stephen R. Bown about his book, Dominion: The Railway and the Rise of Canada. In the late 19th century, demand for fur was in sharp decline. This could have spelled economic disaster for the venerable Hudson's Bay Company. But an idea emerged in political and business circles in Ottawa and Montreal to connect the disparate British colonies into a single entity that would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. With over 3,000 kilometres of track, much of it driven through wildly inhospitable terrain, the CPR would be the longest railway in the world and the most difficu ..read more
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Disciples of Antigonish: Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1880–1960
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1w ago
Nicole O’Byrne talks to Peter Ludlow about his book, Disciples of Antigonish: Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1880–1960. For generations eastern Nova Scotia was one of the most celebrated Roman Catholic constituencies in Canada. Occupying a corner of a small province in a politically marginalized region of the country, the Diocese of Antigonish nevertheless had tremendous influence over the development of Canadian Catholicism. It produced the first Roman Catholic prime minister of Canada, supplied the nation with clergy and women- religious, and organized one of North America’s most successful socia ..read more
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The History and Archaeology of the Iroquois du Nord
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
2w ago
Greg Marchildon talks to Ronald F. Williamson about his book, The History and Archaeology of the Iroquois du Nord. In the mid-to late 1660s and early 1670s, the Haudenosaunee established a series of settlements at strategic locations along the trade routes inland at short distances from the north shore of Lake Ontario. From east to west, these communities consisted of Ganneious, on Napanee or Hay Bay, on the Bay of Quinte; Kenté, near the isthmus of the Quinte Peninsula; Ganaraské, at the mouth of the Ganaraska River; Quintio, on Rice Lake; Ganatsekwyagon, near the mouth of the Rouge River; Te ..read more
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The Harris Legacy: Reflections on a Transformational Premier
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
3w ago
Larry Ostola talks to Alister Campbell about his book, The Harris Legacy: Reflections on a Transformational Premier. Elected for the first of his two terms as premier of Ontario in 1995, Mike Harris introduced some of the most sweeping reforms the province has ever seen: substantial reductions in spending and taxation as well dramatic changes to welfare, education, health care, municipal affairs, labour relations, energy, the environment, and much more. He altered the way elections were fought, how the provincial government is held accountable, how it works with its counterpart in Ottawa, and ..read more
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Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1M ago
Nicole O’Byrne talks to Martin Friedland about his book, Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases. Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases explores the development of criminal justice in Canada through an in-depth examination of ten significant criminal cases. Martin L. Friedland draws on cases that went to the Supreme Court of Canada or the Privy Council, including well-known cases such as those of Louis Riel, Steven Truscott, Henry Morgentaler, and Jamie Gladue. The book addresses such issues as wrongful convictions, the enforcement of morality, Indigenous experiences with criminal law, bail and trial ..read more
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The Avro Arrow: For the Record
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1M ago
Larry Ostola talks to Palmiro Campagna about his book, The Avro Arrow: For the Record. The controversial cancellation of the Avro Arrow — an extraordinary achievement of Canadian military aviation — continues to inspire debate today. When the program was scrapped in 1959, all completed aircraft and those awaiting assembly were destroyed, along with tooling and technical information. Was abandoning the program the right decision? Did Canada lose more than it gained? Brimming with information to fill the gaps in the Arrow’s troubled history, Campagna’s new edition also brings to light recently d ..read more
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Terry & Me: Inside the Marathon of Hope
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1M ago
Larry Ostola talks to Bill Vigars about his book, Terry & Me: Inside the Marathon of Hope. A twenty-two-year-old cancer survivor and amputee, Terry set out from St. John’s Newfoundland in April 1980, aiming to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His first months on the road in Atlantic Canada and Quebec were not only physically taxing—he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day—but frustrating as Canadians were slow to recognize and support his endeavor. That all changed when he met a young man named Bill Vigars, who on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society led a campaign t ..read more
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We Shall Persist: Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
1M ago
Nicole O’Byrne talks to Heidi MacDonald about her book, We Shall Persist: Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces. We Shall Persist captures both the long campaign and the years of disappointment. Suffrage victories across Atlantic Canada were steps in an unfinished and contentious march toward gender, race, and class equality. This insightful book will appeal to readers with an interest in women’s history, as well as to historians, political scientists, and women’s studies scholars and students. Heidi MacDonald is the author of numerous articles on women’s and gender history in Atlantic ..read more
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Unsettled: Lord Selkirk’s Scottish Colonists and the Battle for Canada’s West, 1813–1816
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
2M ago
Larry Ostola talks to Robert Lower about his book, Unsettled: Lord Selkirk’s Scottish Colonists and the Battle for Canada’s West, 1813–1816. The fascinating story of the Red River Settlement, now Winnipeg, in the years 1813 to 1816, told with archival journals, reports, and letters. Unsettled takes you inside the experience, relying on journals, reports, and letters to bring these days of soaring hope, crushing despair, and heroic determination to life — to bring their present into ours. Robert Lower is a native of Winnipeg, where he wrote, edited, and directed films for over 40 years. Always ..read more
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Cheated: The Laurier Liberals and the Theft of First Nations Reserve Land
Witness to Yesterday (The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History)
by The Champlain Society
2M ago
Nicole O'Byrne talks to Bill Waiser and Jennie Hansen about their book, Cheated: The Laurier Liberals and the Theft of First Nations Reserve Land published by ECW Press in October 2023. Cheated is a gripping story of single-minded politicians, uncompromising Indian Affairs officials, grasping government appointees, and well-connected Liberal speculators, set against a backdrop of politics, power, patronage, and profit. The Laurier government’s settlement of western Canada can never be looked at the same way again. Bill Waiser is the author of more than a dozen books, including A World We Have ..read more
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