Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Month at Canada's History mag

.... is a pretty strong issue.  The cover story, a counterfactual about what would have followed had the Saskatchewan doctors won their 1962 strike against the introduction of medicare, is a must-read.
By the start of the twenty-first century, publicly run, universal, comprehensive, and portable medical insurance is dead in Canada. Canadians watch in amazement as President Barack Obama introduces the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- in the United States.
Okay, I'm biased. It's my story, and I kinda love it.

But Brandon Dimmel's story about opposition to commemorating the War of 1812 --- in 1914 -- is pretty terrific. A piece about Beothuk spirituality, which at first seems a little creepy, is actually thoughtful and sensitive.  Tina Loo ponders the burdens you history teachers carry.  Paul Jones explores that Mormon thing about genealogy.  Joe Martin's meditation on a WW 1 photograph, too.  And some guy who also blogs about CanHist devotes his column to the abolition of the upper house --  the provincial upper houses, that is, six times over in Canadian history.

Where else do these matters get explored? Nowhere.
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