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History Slam Episode Sixty-Four: Canada Day & National Symbols Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham It’s Canada Day up Canada way on the first day of July. And we’re shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way, when the maple leaf flies high. When the silver jets from east to west go streaming through our sky. We’ll be shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way when the great parade goes by…. Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Three: Metis and the Medicine Line Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham  It’s rare that a book is called the definitive book on the subject. But that’s exactly how one review summed up Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. The book begins with the surveyors tracing the 49th parallel through the Prairies and tracks the Metis as… Read more »

Podcast: Isn’t All History Public? Knowledge, Wisdom, and Utility in the Great Age of Storytelling Play in new window | DownloadOn June 1, 2015, Dean Oliver delivered the Keynote Address of the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting. His talk was entitled “Isn’t All History Public? Knowledge, Wisdom, and Utility in the Great Age of Storytelling.” Oliver is the Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of History but his remarks are his alone and… Read more »

Indebted to History

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By Jonathan McQuarrie Personal and household debt has become a defining issue of the post-2008 world. In a series on debt, The Globe and Mail proposes to “[Explore] our dependence on debt—from the average household to global institutions—and the looming risks for a nation addicted to cheap money.” The “addiction” stems in part from the lengthy period of low interest… Read more »

Podcast: Pride and Prejudice: Anti-Americanism Among Canada’s Intellectuals, 1891-1945 Play in new window | is pleased to present a recording of Damien-Claude Bélanger’s talk ‘Pride and Prejudice: Anti-Americanism Among Canada’s Intellectuals, 1891-1945’. The talk was delivered as part of the Ottawa Historical Association Lecture Series on February 17, 2015.

Who built Toronto’s St Lawrence Neighbourhood?

(adapted from an earlier post on By Richard White Earlier this month, it was Jane’s Walk time again in Toronto, and thousands were out this past touring various urban locales under the guidance of local experts. It is a remarkable success story, this concept, and a fitting legacy for someone who conceived one of the most influential books of the twentieth century… Read more »

“What Next for WITH?”: A Scandalously Brief History of a Feminist Listerv

By Beth A. Robertson In 1983, eminent historian of technology, Joan Rothschild wrote “the omission of the female affects how we know and what we know, and our very deepest beliefs and concerns about technology…” [1] Her words were one of many that began to challenge how women were strategically distanced from technology, science and empirical knowledge more broadly. Not… Read more »

Moral Goodness and Venereal Disease: Sexual Health Education in Ontario

By Krista McCracken The Ontario government recently announced significant changes to the health and physical education curriculum in Ontario schools. This revision includes updating the outdated sexual health education curriculum that hasn’t been changed since 1998. The previous curriculum was designed in an era before text messages, smart phones, and the social media. Very similar to the curriculum changes proposed… Read more »

Podcast: Re-Imagining Universities in the Digital Age: Historical Reflections and Curent Questions Play in new window | DownloadOn October 7, 2014 Professor Chad Gaffield of the University of Ottawa addressed the issues facing universities in the 21st century as part of the University of Ottawa History Department’s Brown Bag Lunch Series. is pleased to present a recording of Professor Gaffield’s talk.

Spoils of the War of 1812: Part I: The Importance of Michilimackinac

By Alan Corbiere This post is part of a series of essays – posted once a month – by Alan Corbiere focusing on Anishinaabeg participation in the War of 1812.  The Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe, Odawa, Potowatomi) have always revered the island of Michilimackinac. So much so that at the conclusion of the War of 1812, the Odawa tried to keep it in… Read more »