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Throwback Thursday: DDT's history in Canada

Posted by Calvin Dao in History on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Early morning view of Port Arthur Airport taken while DDT experiments were in progress. It was from this airport that R.C.A.F. spraying planes functioned. (Photo from October 1945 Canadian Geographic article on DDT. Read full story here)

In 1945 after the Second World War, the pesticide commonly known as DDT — which stands for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane — was revered as a miracle solution for the increasingly prevalent spruce budworm infestation in Ontario’s balsam forests. This was the subject of A. P. Leslie’s article entitled “DDT in Ontario’s Forests” in that year’s October issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal. Leslie described DDT as potentially the “only one hope” for immediate control of the budworm and as something ...

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Throwback Thursday: Screefer madness

Posted by Nick Walker in History on Thursday, April 16, 2015

A photo essay about tree planting, by tree planters, in the May/June 1997 issue. Read the full story here.

The cracked, bandaged fingers, slightly weathered smiles and all-over dirt stains in “Screefer madness” — a photo essay about tree planting, by tree planters, in the May/June 1997 issue — are timeless [Read the full story here]. And with the exception, perhaps, of the 90s-chic Tilley-style hat, the utterly practical, breathable outfits of the Canadian tree planter haven’t much changed in almost two decades. Today, many young easterners looking for work still bypass the hotels and bars of Banff, ...

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Throwback Thursday: House of Seagram advertisements

Posted by Harry Wilson on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Click on this image to see full advertisement

When does one of the world’s largest and most successful liquor empires not act like one of the world’s largest and most successful liquor empires? When it’s October 1945 and that company, Seagram, runs ads not about the whisky that made it rich and famous but about the “radio-phonograph of tomorrow.”

The device, which promised to “bring you complete novels, dramas and symphonies, magnetically impressed on small spools of steel wire” — take that, iPods and Kindles! — was not the real product ...

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Throwback Thursday: Whaling in the North Pacific

Posted by Breanna Adams in Wildlife on Thursday, March 19, 2015

A 56-foot male sperm whale being cut up at a British Columbia shore whaling station. Read the story from our April 1968 issue here.

“The practise of steam whaling, using the explosive grenade harpoon, was adapted by Japan in 1899 and later by the United States and Canada with the opening of several shore stations along the west coast of North America in 1905-06.”

So reported Gordon C. Pike in his article “Whaling in the North Pacific — the end of an era,” published in April of 1968 in the Canadian Geographical Journal. Pike’s 10-page story — complete with black-and-white photos of whale corpses, sturdy ships and rugged whalers ...

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Book Review of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

Posted by Calvin Dao in History on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The cover of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Edited by James K. Barnett and David L. Nicandri, Heritage House Publishing, 429 pp., $59.95 hardcover

In 1776 Captain James Cook set sail on his third voyage across the Pacific Ocean, this time in an attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage and find a route between Europe and Asia. The British explorer had previously completed two voyages in the Pacific, during which he’d created some of the most detailed maps of eastern Australia.

Cook’s ...

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