Thursday, January 23, 2020

This Month at Canada's History

After having a column in every issue literally for decades, I still get a little twinge when I receive a subscriber's copy of Canada's History and there's no me in it. But I'm on the masthead and I have an article soon to appear and another in progress, so patience, patience.

This month's subscription-copy cover story offers a fashion icon, a smalltown Ontario girl who became a leading London couturier of the Edwardian era (and survived the Titanic), rediscovered by former book packager and publisher Hugh Brewster.  

Elsewhere in the issue, teacher Bill Moreau explores aboriginal Toronto, surveying the historical and archaeological traces of the intense Indigenous settlements of the Toronto region over thousands of years. Janice Cavell, historian and northern specialist at Global Affairs Canada, writes of the efforts of early 20th century Arctic venturers Peary, Stefansson, Bartlett and others to evoke into being a polar continent "an Arctic Atlantis" around the north pole. (An ice-rimed Peary is the cover on the newsstand issues). CH editor Mark Collin Read provides a long piece on the Canadians' liberation of Holland 75 years ago.  

Hilton Hassell, Pattern of Axel Heiberg, 1976

And there's a gorgeous photo spread on the Arctic artist Hilton Hassell, previously unknown to me.  So subscribe.
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