Happy birthday, Canada

This issue, for Canada’s 150th birthday, I am writing about my great country – the land of my birth and, to me, the greatest country in the world. As an amateur historian, I thought I would write about some of the different parts of our history. Canada has gone through many changes since 1867, and […]

Readers ask for more Sir John A.

Since I wrote my last article on Sir John A. Macdonald, and whether we should reward his memory with a plaque or by naming a park after him, I have been told by many people that they think something along those lines would be appropriate. Others wanted more information about Sir John A., his life […]

Is first PM plaque-worthy?

On Jan. 10 it was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first prime minister of Canada, probably the leading nation-building spirit behind the founding of our country. There are many things that are good about the founder of our beloved country, and there are other things which in retrospect are not so good. […]

Is Canada still the coldest nation?

I am pretty darned cheesed off these days and I will tell you why. Canadians don’t have a whole lot to brag about most times but we do require a certain persona when winter rolls around. The Brits have those hoity toity accents, the Americans have all that money and the Greeks have pretty well […]

Scots get credit for Canada

How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan, 2010, Harper Collins, 415 pages, $29.99 Writer and historian Ken McGoogan paraphrased the title of his most recent book from Arthur Herman’s classic How the Scots Invented the Modern World, published in 2001. McGoogan said that his book, How the Scots Invented Canada, expands on “the relatively few […]