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For the first time in history, officials were forced to cancel hockey’s biggest game as a flu pandemic continued to rage 
Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book "Bush Runner"

Images courtesy Biblioasis

Images courtesy Biblioasis
In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 
Flight of the Highlanders, settlement, Canada, Scotland, Scottish, Manitoba, Metis

Ken McGoogan’s new book encompasses both the eviction of Scots from their homelands and their efforts to settle in pre-Confederation Canada. “Summer View in the environs of the Company Fort Douglas on the Red River,” by artist Peter Rindisbacher, depicts the early years of the Manitoba settlement, but cannot evoke the extreme hardship and conflict that defined the experience. (Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37)

Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37
A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada
Map of Eastern Canada, and Joey Smallwood

A 1945 map of Eastern Canada and a picture of Joey Smallwood taken in 1949.

(Map: Detail of Geological map of the Dominion of Canada, map 820A [1 sheet of 2], published by Department of Mines and Resources, Mines and Geology Branch, Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1945, Robert Alexander MacKay fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011202575. Photo: Joey R. Smallwood, 11 Jan. 1949, © Yousuf Karsh, Yousuf Karsh fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e004665476-v6.

Joey Smallwood and a map of Eastern Canada
How a divisive political battle put Newfoundland on the map
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
Vinessa Antoine as Marcie Diggs in CBC's new television show Diggstown

Vinessa Antoine plays Marcie Diggs in CBC's new television show Diggstown, set in Nova Scotia. (Photo: CBC)

Photo: CBC
The star of CBC’s Diggstown discovers Nova Scotia’s black history
The Flag Committee, Canada, Flag, maple leaf, 1965

The Flag Committee (left) began its deliberations with a sense of historical mission and in a spirit of cooperation. It wouldn’t last. Nevertheless, on Feb. 15, 1965, Canada had a new national flag to raise (right) at a celebration in front of Parliament’s Centre Block. (Left: Queen’s University Archives, John Matheson Fonds, Locator #2131; right: Duncan Cameron/Duncan Cameron/PA-168019, Library and Archives Canada)

Left: Queen’s University Archives, John Matheson Fonds, Locator #2131; right: Duncan Cameron/Duncan Cameron/PA-168019, Library and Archives Canada
Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down
The Tuglavina family at Okak, 1915, right to left: Arnatuk, Renatus (Kuttaktok), Josef and Jonas

Renatus Tuglavina, second from right, with his mother Arnatuk and younger brothers Josef and Jonas at Okak, Labrador, 1915. Years later, in Hebron, Renatus would orchestrate a series of break-ins at the HBC store to raise awareness of the unfair treatment of the local Inuit at the hands of the HBC. (Photo: Dr. S.K. Hutton. Memorial University of Newfoundland Archives and Special Collections)

Photo: Dr. S.K. Hutton, 1915.
The amazing story of Renatus Tuglavina, remembered in northern Labrador as a folk hero
teachers caring for students sick with the Spanish Flu

Des enseignantes s’occupent d’enfants malades de la grippe espagnole au collège La Salle de Thetford Mines, au Québec. (Photo : Centre d’archives de la région de Thetford - Fonds Galerie de nos ancêtres de l’or blanc, Donateur : Juliette Dallaire)

Photo : Centre d’archives de la région de Thetford - Fonds Galerie de nos ancêtres de l’or blanc (Donateur: Juliette Dallaire)
L’histoire méconnue de la grippe espagnole de 1918 et notre état de préparation à la prochaine grande pandémie
Josiah Henson, log cabin, Ontario, historic site

The Henson House has been moved many times since Josiah Henson’s death in 1883, but its current location by the Sydenham River on Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is similar to its original setting. (Photo: Heather Greenwood Davis)

Photo: Heather Greenwood Davis
Heather Greenwood Davis visits Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ont., to learn more about the contentious inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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