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Each episode of Today in Canadian History contains an interview with a Canadian professor, journalist, author, or “everyday” historian and focuses on a unique event or moment that took place on that day in Canadian history. Today in Canadian History presents Canada’s past in a unique and accessible manner. The series is designed to be a first step to learning more about our past. We would like to remind Canadians not just about what makes our country great, but what makes it complicated, bea ...
 
Immerse yourself in Canada’s history! Witness to Yesterday episodes take listeners on a journey to document a time in Canada’s past and explore the people behind it, its significance, and its relevance to today. If you like our work, please consider supporting it: https://bit.ly/support_WTY. To learn more about the Society and Canada’s history, subscribe to our newsletter at https://bit.ly/news_WTY.
 
Most readers of Stephen Leacock's works are familiar with his witty and humorous writings, but few may be aware that he was also a gifted teacher, political ideologue, economist and fiction writer. Though he wrote six books on Canadian history, none of them attained the status of a standard text on the subject and were regarded more as opinion pieces without much academic foundation. Yet, the Chronicles of Canada series by Stephen Leacock remains an interesting and entertaining read. In this ...
 
The untold story of ongoing and past Canadian worker's movements within Canada; as well as that of all forms of struggle and resistance against tyranny, oppression, and exploitation. 'The truth of our history' as it were, the history of all those who have graced the soil of this land and offered up a spirit of rebellion to build a better future. As part of ongoing efforts by the Workers Liberation Coalition to unify worker's of all backgrounds and ways of life, to form a united front to stan ...
 
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One of the greatest athletes in Canadian history, who dealt with racism throughout his career. During his heyday, few Canadians were as famous as Longboat in North America. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Vote for Canadian History Ehx at Canada Podcasting Awards: https://canpodawards.ca/vote/cultural/ Digital History Atlas: https://atl…
 
New Norway started as a small community of Norwegian settlers from Minnesota in 1910. After it moved to be closer to the railroad, it become a thriving village that continues to stand to this day. Within the community and area, there are many historic buildings to explore. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Vote for Canadian History Ehx a…
 
The first licenced airport in Canada, it had a hand in various parts of our aviation history, especially with Wop May. Eventually, it would be pushed to the side by the Edmonton International Airport but it is now home to the Alberta Aviation Museum. This episode was sponsored by Brock Crocker Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Vote for C…
 
Dating back nearly a century, Hockey Night In Canada has become a cultural touchstone of Canada. Beginning in 1952, Canadians gathered around their television sets to watch their teams battle on the ice and continue to do so to this day. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Vote for Canadian History Ehx at Canada Podcasting Awards: https://…
 
The government took Nahnebahwequa's land, they removed her Indigenous status and they told her she was a minor under the law. So, Nahnebahwequa dedicated her life to fighting for Indigenous rights, even meeting with Queen Victoria in 1860. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.c…
 
A place that stepped up big time during the First and Second World Wars, it is also home to a man who turned down the premiership of Alberta, and it has a long Indigenous history thanks to the trails that criss-crossed the area. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Local History Atlas: https://atlas.digitalhistory.ca Support: patreon.com/ca…
 
The Knight of Malta, George Beurling was a rock star in aviation during the Second World War. Known across Canada, his high-flying antics brought him lots of fans around the country but like a rock star his life would prove all too brief. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.co…
 
Debated for years, construction finally began on this immense project in 1954 and by 1959 it was ready for use. It would fundamentally alter the economy of the northeastern United States, as well as Quebec and Ontario. It would also reshape the map of those two provinces in more ways than one. Boris Fundraiser: https://gofund.me/e2b58b58 Support: p…
 
Named for a Scottish resort town, Ardrossan has a history dating back a century that includes a historic home, a deep Indigenous history and a very famous National Park nearby. Digital History Atlas: https://atlas.digitalhistory.ca Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com (Click Donate) E-mail…
 
Through his life, Wong Foon Sien advocated for Chinese Canadians over voting rights, the ability to immigrate to Canada and the preservation of Chinatown in Vancouver. Along the way, he dealt with racism and a disregard for the Chinese Canadian causes he supported by municipal, provincial and federal leaders. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: …
 
The site of a heritage lighthouse, a ship that has become a National Historic Site and the home of one of British Columbia's greatest naturalists, Campbell River has a fascinating history. Its history also includes the legendary Tyee Club and one of the largest planned non-nuclear explosions in history. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https:…
 
In 1951, Princess Elizabeth made her first visit to Canada, the first of 22 Official Visits. Arriving with her husband Prince Philip, she would spend a month touring the country. By all accounts, it was a massive success from start to finish, creating lifelong memories for those who took part. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buym…
 
In this podcast episode, Greg Marchildon interviews Catherine Carstairs and Heather MacDougall. They made important contributions on what got missed in the making of Canadian Medicare. Their chapters on dental care, prescription drugs and public health are in Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions, and Opportunities in Canada, edited by Essylt Jo…
 
The area of White Star, Saskatchewan has seen visits by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, bank robberies, some historic buildings, the first speech by John Diefenbaker and even a visit by Princess Margaret to a small farm house in 1958. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com E-mail…
 
For nearly 200 years, The Welland Canal has transformed the Canadian economy, gave rise to cities, and gone through four different iterations. Prior to the St. Lawrence Seaway, of which it is now part of, it was arguably the most important waterway transportation system in Canada. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/…
 
Patrice Dutil meets David A. Wilson to talk about his book Canadian Spy Story: Irish Revolutionaries and the Secret Police, published by McGill-Queens University Press. In an effort to disable the Irish revolutionaries from attacking Canada and stirring Irish sympathies in Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald established a sophisticated spy ring to infilt…
 
Today, I am looking at the RM of Sifton. The home to the Indigenous for thousands of years, it features many mounds on the landscape that were used for ceremonies. The RM is also home to Manitoba's only lizard, and the history of the community includes a plane crash, two rival schools, a Governor General visit and much more! Support: patreon.com/ca…
 
For our last episode of Season 7 we look at how war in the US showed a deep connection between peoples on both sides of the US-Canada border. While the border between Canada and the United States is now regularly patrolled and controlled heavily on both sides, for many decades it was far more nebulous. It was a border that cut across territory wher…
 
Mossbank is the site of the first meeting between the NWMP and the Indigenous, with an interesting Indigenous legend surrounding Old Wives Lake nearby. It also features an original blacksmith shop from its early era and was the site of a pilot training base during the Second World War. The most iconic part of its history is the Debate of the Centur…
 
The first Treaty Indigenous MLA in the Manitoba Legislature, Elijah Harper made nationwide news when he was the lone 'no' vote in the Manitoba government when it came to the Meech Lake Accord. Since the Accord was negotiated without Indigenous input, Harper was instrumental in bringing it down. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buy…
 
In this podcast episode, Greg Marchildon interviews Dale Eisler, the author of From Left to Right: Saskatchewan’s Political and Economic Transition. Published by the University of Regina Press in 2022, Eisler’s book explores the reasons why Saskatchewan evolved from being the cradle of social democracy to one of the country’s most conservative poli…
 
This town, north of Edmonton, has a history that dates back to long before Europeans arrive. Local Indigenous were the only band to disenfranchise in the 20th century in Canada, a 12-year-old started a successful paper in the 1930s and the community is the only Dark Sky Community in all of Canada. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.…
 
Home to the oldest known arrowhead in Alberta, 12,000 years in age, Coaldale has a history that begins with the railroad and irrigation, and continues through soldiers' colonies, fires, a famous Mennonite preacher and a great museum to explore. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com E-mail: …
 
Rossburn has a fascinating history dating back to the 1880s, with waves of Polish and Ukrainian settlers arriving in the area. A visit to Rossburn can include a trip to the wonderful museum, the Ukrainian mass grave site that is the final resting place of scarlet fever victims, two one-room school houses, some beautiful Ukrainian churches and much …
 
The Trans-Canada Pipeline, at the time of its construction, was the longest pipeline in the world. It was also an intense issue in the House of Commons during the debate over it. One man would die, several would be hospitalized, as the legislation was pushed through for approval by the deadline. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.bu…
 
Rockwood, a Rural Municipality in Manitoba, is the home to a Victoria Cross winner and a Hockey Hall of Fame player. It also has a deep Indigenous history, several historic buildings and many things to explore locally if you love history. Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com E-mail: craig@…
 
Patrice Dutil meets Daniel Ross, professor of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal, to talk about his book The Heart of Toronto: Corporate Power, Civic Activism and the Remaking of Downtown Yonge Street(University of British Columbia Press). The focus of the discussion is the politics of development during the 1960s and the 1970s when com…
 
The community of Gibbons features a couple terrible fires, a family who helped build the railroad that they were travelling on, a wonderful museum, a prehistoric forest of dinosaurs and much more Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com E-mail: craig@canadaehx.com Twitter: twitter.com/craigbai…
 
In Part 2 of our two-part series we explore the aftermath of the Avro Arrow’s cancellation. While the cancellation sent short-term shockwaves through Ontario but not much beyond, in later years the cancellation becomes wrapped up in the larger conversation of Canada’s role in the Cold War world. Specifically, our relationship to our American allies…
 
Some great historical buildings and a wetland interpretive centre make for great places to check out in Bruderheim. On top of that, it is the location where a meteroite lit up the sky in 1960. SPONSORED IN PART BY GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Donate: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/craigU Donate: canadaehx.com (Click Donate) E-…
 
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