Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This month at Canada's History

Handsome new issue of Canada's History in my mailbox yesterday. Editor Mark Reid leads with a photo essay on the treasures of Canada's museums: from a bison amulet of unknown age to Dilly Moffatt's hockey stick from the 1830s, from the assassin Patrick Whelan's revolver to Louis Riel's ceinture fleché.

Plus an essay on the 1930s dust bowl from Bill Waiser (something of a national treasure himself). And a powerful piece on Canadians' historic ambivalence about immigrants by George Melnyk, himself a child of refugees  (Yeah, him too.).

My own column this month is a reflection on R. v Comeau, the "free" beer case in which the role of history and historians in making law (including an affidavit of mine) came to the fore at the Supreme Court of Canada.

If you subscribed like you oughta, you'd have it already. Meanwhile, find a newsstand if you can.

Update, August 1:  Re George Melnyk's article, Helen Webberley responds from Australia:
It is fascinating to me that a powerful piece on Canadians' historic ambivalence about immigrants emerged in your post at  EXACTLY the same time as I am thinking about the subject in Australia. When half of my family moved to Australia as migrants (to Melbourne), the other half moved to Canada as migrants (to Winnipeg), I would like to think that Canada handled the immigration issues with more grace. Thanks for the link

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