Category: Historical Figures

Ed Mirvish

Ed Mirvish

In 2007 the world lost a true humanitarian, philanthropist, and theatre mogul. “Honest Ed” Mirvish was best known on at least two fronts: first, for the iconic store Honest Ed’s. And second, for attracting world class acts, performers, and audiences to the Toronto live theatre scene. Ed was bigger than one city, however, and bigger […]

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Sir Alexander Mackenzie

Sir Alexander Mackenzie

Sir Alexander Mackenzie — knighted in 1802 by King George III (as Knight Bachelor) for achievements in exploration — was born in 1762 in Stornoway. Stornoway is on the isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. One of his greatest, grandest explorations and claims to fame was that his east to west crossing […]

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Canuck Quotes:  Jean Chrétien

Canuck Quotes: Jean Chrétien

[ 0 ] December 7, 2010 |

“A prime minister has a unique duty to preserve the integrity of the office. It is not about power. It is about responsibility.” Jean Chrétien Prime Minister of Canada 2002 “The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. It’s a […]

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Canuck Quotes: Alexander Mackenzie

Canuck Quotes: Alexander Mackenzie

“However narrow and inexperienced Mackenzie may be, I imagine he is a thoroughly upright, well-principled, and well-meaning man.” Lord Dufferin Governor General of Canada 1872-1874 “I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin.” Alexander Mackenzie, […]

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Canuck Quotes: Sarah Emma Edmonds

Canuck Quotes: Sarah Emma Edmonds

“My dear comrades, my heart is so full I cannot say what I would to you. Tears are in my eyes, but I shall never, never forget your love and kindness to Frank Thompson. All that I can say is that I am deeply grateful, and may God bless you.” Sarah Emma Edmonds during a […]

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Trivia EH? Sir Sandford Fleming

Trivia EH? Sir Sandford Fleming

[ 0 ] October 24, 2009 |

Fleming was born in 1827 in Scotland. Emigrated to Canada in 1845. Designed the first Canadian postage stamp, known as the Three-Penny Beaver issued in 1851. Was Chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway while being built coast-to-coast. He oversaw the surveys of the prairies and Rocky Mountains. While retired, Fleming devised a telegraph communications […]

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Trivia EH? Laura Secord

Trivia EH? Laura Secord

[ 0 ] October 24, 2009 |

Laura Secord was born a U.S. citizen, married and moved to Upper Canada. Her bravery occurred in 1813 – in 1860 she received her first formal recognition. She was visited by the Prince of Wales and given 100 pounds. The Secord home, is now a museum in the Niagara region. She had nothing to do […]

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Laura Secord

Laura Secord

[ 27 ] October 24, 2009 |

There are few women recognized in our history, which makes Laura Secord an even more important role model. Born an Ingersoll, in Massachusetts, Laura’s father didn’t want to live under the U.S. government of the day, so the family moved to Southern Ontario (then called Upper Canada). Given a land grant in Queenstown (near Niagara […]

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Trivia EH? Frank Thompson

Trivia EH? Frank Thompson

[ 0 ] October 24, 2009 |

Sarah’s mother conspired to help Sarah run away in order to avoid a marriage her father was forcing upon her. She went with her mother’s friend to work selling hats in another town. She then moved to Moncton, New Brunswick. For some reason she decided to disappear – it’s believed her father found her in […]

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Frank Thompson / Sarah Emma Edmonds

Frank Thompson / Sarah Emma Edmonds

(Featured August 2004) Initially written for a school project, we are proud to feature this article, written by 10 year old, Guest Writer, Brett. Canadians in the Civil War Canada and the United States share a long border and also many historical events. The American Civil War affected Canada too. Some of the ways the […]

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