Reclaiming the History of the Maritime Marshland Rehabilitation Administration
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by The Acadiensis Blog
3d ago
The following is an excerpt from Mark McLaughlan’s review of Against the Tides: Reshaping Landscape and Community in Canada’s Maritime Marshlands that was published in the latest issue of Acadiensis. To read the full article please click here and subscribe. IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 2023, the Isthmus of Chignecto, the land link between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, became a hotly debated political topic. The Canadian federal government urged New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to apply for disaster mitigation and adaptation funds by a deadline of 19 July to help pay for protecting transportation ..read more
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Disaster at Westray
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by The Acadiensis Blog
6d ago
This is the sixth of a six-part auto-biographical series about the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) by Gerald Wright, who was from 1989 to 1992 a senior policy advisor to the federal minister responsible for DEVCO. Tragedy struck at 5:18 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 1992, when a methane-ignited coal dust explosion shook the Westray Mine. I was immediately sent on a fact-finding mission to DEVCO’s head office so that if questions were asked in the Commons about the safety of workers in the government-owned mines the minister would be ready with answers. Executives met me with a list of r ..read more
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A TRIBUTE TO BILL PARENTEAU: ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS WORK TO NEW BRUNSWICK HISTORY
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by The Acadiensis Blog
1w ago
This tribute originally appeared in the Journal of New Brunswick Studies. Reprinted with permission. Mark J. McLaughlin It is a daunting task to attempt to assess the impact of someone’s body of research, amassed over the entirety of an academic career. It is especially so when the scholar in question was your PhD supervisor, colleague, collaborator, and (most importantly) friend. Bill Parenteau passed away in mid-October 2023.[1] Others, including Bill’s sister Kerry Pascetta and his friend Daniel Samson, have expounded upon what made Bill an incredible person.[2] I will be limiting my commen ..read more
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DEVCO and the Community
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by The Acadiensis Blog
1w ago
This is the fifth of a six-part auto-biographical series about the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) by Gerald Wright, who was from 1989 to 1992 a senior policy advisor to the federal minister responsible for DEVCO. The Cape Breton community possessed many heart-warming, uplifting and beguiling attributes but hard experience had indelibly marked its psyche. The official unemployment rate was reported to be 17.8%[1], but a presentation of the Cape Breton Industrial Board of Trade to a Senate Committee placed it at closer to 42%.[2] The region had already been abandoned by the offshore ..read more
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The Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the “New Dominion”
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by The Acadiensis Blog
2w ago
The following is an excerpt from Michael Boudreau’s article that was published in the latest issue of Acadiensis. To read the full article please click here and subscribe. ON 22 JULY 1904 GEORGE GEE WAS EXECUTED in Woodstock, New Brunswick, for the murder of his cousin Millie Gee.  The question of Gee’s guilt was not necessarily in question since he had confessed to the crime. Nineteen-year-old George Gee and eighteen-year-old Millie Gee had been “keeping company” and George had become “much attached” to Millie, so much so that he believed that they were husband and wife.  But when M ..read more
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DEVCO and Unions
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by The Acadiensis Blog
2w ago
This is the fourth of a six-part auto-biographical series about the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) by Gerald Wright, who was from 1989 to 1992 a senior policy advisor to the federal minister responsible for DEVCO. We knew from the start that the unions were the major roadblock in our way.[1]Their members earned modest wages (annual pay packets in the vicinity of $30,000 – $35,000 were common) and laboured in harsh and dangerous conditions, a recipe for continual labour strife. The illegal strike in 1990[2] was the thirteenth stoppage since 1976, including one twelve-week strike in ..read more
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Land Rich, Cash Poor: The Settler-Colonial Beginnings of the University of New Brunswick, 1785-1829
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3w ago
The following is an excerpt from Richard Yeomans’ article that was published in the latest issue of Acadiensis. To read the full article please click here and subscribe. RICHARD YEOMANS IN FEBRUARY 1844 NEW BRUNSWICK’S HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY first read Lemuel Allen Wilmot’s bill for the amendment of the charter of King’s College Fredericton, a collegiate school that had been in operation since 1829 but conceived during the late 18th century. Though debate was short, Wilmot bluntly remarked that since the school was first incorporated in 1800 by provincial articles of incorporation “forty five thous ..read more
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Battling for DEVCO
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by The Acadiensis Blog
1M ago
This is the first of a six-part auto-biographical series about the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) by Gerald Wright, who was from 1989 to 1992 a senior policy advisor to the federal minister responsible for DEVCO. [1] I’ve Been Down Under Ground Cabinet shuffles engender anticipation mixed with apprehension. In the aftermath of the 1989 shuffle, Tom Hockin, the federal minister for whom I had been working since March 1987, acquired new responsibilities. I scanned the list, my eye fastening on the Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO). DEVCO had been established in 1967 b ..read more
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The Disappearance of the Brunswick News Archive
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by The Acadiensis Blog
2M ago
By Ronald Rudin Over the past few years, I have been working on a book exploring the 1959 Escuminac Disaster, which saw the death of 35 men when a hurricane struck the salmon fishing fleet just outside Miramichi Bay, which empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in northeastern New Brunswick. In developing this project, in pulling together a research grant application, and in the early stages of writing, I became heavily dependent on (really addicted to) the amazing Brunswick News online archive, a searchable database that made it possible to dig into the content, sometimes stretching back over ..read more
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Love, Art and History: A Review of With Love, cur. Emily Falvey, Owens Art Gallery (22 July 2023 to 15 May 2024)
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by The Acadiensis Blog
3M ago
What role does love play in art? What role does it play in the creative process? With Love, a modest exhibition of works by Mary Pratt and Alex Colville addresses precisely these questions.  The pairing of two canonical figures in modern Atlantic Canadian art history should, alone, draw attention to it, but in really important ways this exhibition is not what one might think. It does not, for example, take a celebratory approach to either Pratt’s or Colville’s work. That alone sets it off from the general tenor of commentary that has surrounded the canonization of Colville at the forefron ..read more
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