Category: Canada

Canada Edwardian era History United States World War One

Thanksgiving in the 1910s

Finding something to be thankful for is difficult during wartime. But every autumn during World War One, millions of Canadians and Americans counted their blessings. Let’s take a look at the Thanksgiving holiday a century ago. Canada The first Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada was celebrated in 1578. When it became a national holiday in 1879, […]

Canada Edwardian era History Victorian era Women's history

A Time Line of Women’s Suffrage

Women’s suffrage is back in the news thanks the 2015 release of the film “Suffragette.” The movie follows a young woman caught up in the suffrage movement in 1912 London. Most of the characters are fictional, but Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison were real individuals. Let’s take a look at the timeline of women’s suffrage […]

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Who Lived Through the Most Changes?

The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed great technological changes at rates unseen in previous centuries. This brings about a very interesting question in my mind: Who lived through the most changes: My main character in Angel of Mercy, Henrietta, or her great-grandmother, Claire, the subject of a future novel? You decide. Let’s compare the changes […]

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World War One Flying Aces

During World War One, the airplane became a new weapon of war.  It was less than two decades old, and first was used for reconnaissance.  It didn’t take long for planes’ value in battle to be recognized.  Soon, people on the home front had a new hero — flying aces. Being a fighter pilot was […]

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Winnipeg the Bear

During World War One, soldiers and sailors on both sides of the conflict used animals for transportation, manual labor, companionship and mascots. Such was the case of the Fort Garry Horse cavalry regiment, whose mascot was a bear cub named Winnie. The cub was purchased by soldier and veterinarian Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, […]

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In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields,” written by a doctor during the Second Battle of Ypres, is perhaps the best known poem to come out of World War One. Canadian military physician Major John McCrae was serving as brigade doctor when his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed. The chaplain was engaged elsewhere, so McCrae was asked to […]

Canada History World War One

Second Battle of Ypres: Gas, Boys, Gas

The Second Battle of Ypres is the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s baptism by fire.  The CEF had been in Europe for about six months, and the majority of the men had never experienced combat. Combat was an experience, many believed, that tested a man’s masculinity. “Being under fire for the first time exists, as a psychological […]

Canada History World War One

Canadian World War One Enemy Alien Camps

Many people are aware of the Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War Two. Internment camps, however, are not unique to that conflict.  There were camps during the Boer War, and in World War One, the Canadian government established enemy alien camps. Who was considered an enemy alien? The bulk were Ukrainians […]

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Canada: Our Fascinating Neighbor to the North

I have always been a history lover, and I am obsessed with World War One to the point of addiction. In recent years, this focus has grown to include Canada and its history. Why, you may ask, would an American be interested in Canada? It began with the conception of my novel, Angel of Mercy. The […]

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