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    Shipwreck survivors escape graveyard of the Atlantic

    June 30th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    “Sable Island, a 44-kilometre-long sand bar about 300 kilometres east-southeast of Halifax… was the graveyard of the Atlantic, an island hidden by waves, storms and fog that meant only death and destruction,” Read the rest of this entry »


    First Canada Day 1 July 1867

    June 23rd, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Cheering and wailing across the continent greeted the first Canada Day on July 1, 1867. Toronto celebrated with a roasted ox, while in Nova Scotia, a Father of Confederation was burned in effigy, with a live rat. Read the rest of this entry »


    A flower break for Toronto’s factory girls and street urchins

    June 15th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Hundreds of Toronto factory girls and street urchins were invited to enjoy the rare pleasure of freely picking thousands of flowers Read the rest of this entry »


    Imagine the autistic world

    June 13th, 2012

    Imagine your sensory world scrambled and unregulated, your auditory intake a rock station — or worse, mere static — blasting incessantly in your ears. Imagine your kitchen light as bright as a searchlight, Read the rest of this entry »


    Democracy’s challenge is inclusiveness

    June 12th, 2012

    The democracy envisioned by the towering figures of the Enlightenment, who were our Founding Fathers, was one of limited participation in the right to vote, but a society meant to serve the interests of all the people. Read the rest of this entry »


    When all the words mean the same thing

    June 11th, 2012

    “Do all those words mean the same thing?” gasped Milo. Read the rest of this entry »


    Uproar when U.S. seeks extradition of a “fugitive slave”

    June 10th, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: Stories of life and times in Canada past

    It was an anxious moment, as the Chief Justice produced his papers and began to read. The life or death of a human being hung on a thread; the liberties of hundreds of freeman depended on the opinion of three fallible men. Read the rest of this entry »


    Housing bubble pain—dêjà vu

    June 3rd, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Housing prices soar like Superman. Everyone rich. Bubble bursts. Financial panic, big recession, pain and suffering. Know all about it? That’s what happened in 1857. Read the rest of this entry »