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Follow Craig Baird as he explores the good, the bad and the weird of Canada's history from the pre-colonial era to 25 years ago. Whatever you want to know about Canadian history, this is your one-stop shop.
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Historian David Borys dives deep into the fascinating world of Canadian history in this bi-weekly podcast exploring everything from the wonderful to the weird to the downright dark. Get add free content at Patreon! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Immerse yourself in Canada’s history! Witness to Yesterday episodes take listeners on a journey to document a time in Canada’s past and explore the people behind it, its significance, and its relevance to today. If you like our work, please consider supporting it: https://bit.ly/support_WTY. To learn more about the Society and Canada’s history, subscribe to our newsletter at https://bit.ly/news_WTY.
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Canadian History with Steven Wilson’ takes you on a fascinating exploration of Canada’s past. From major turning points to the quirky stories that made us who we are, each multi-episode arc provides a comprehensive and entertaining look at the events and people that built our nation.
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Best-selling author, teacher and former army reservist, Russell Hillier, gets into the books and Canadian history you weren't permitted to learn about in school. Support the podcast by leaving a review and subscribing. Follow us on Twitter: @RussellHillier.ca And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DillonRHillier
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Canadian History Teacher

Canadian History Teacher

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Hello!! I made this podcast so that resources I use for school are made accessible to people who prefer to learn by listening, and so that I actually push myself to do my readings. I am studying Canadian History to be a Social Studies teacher, and my goal is to connect people with the resources they need in order to succeed. Hopefully production value will go up.. pls stick by me while that gets figured out!
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Today in Canadian History

Marc Affeld and Joe Burima

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Each episode of Today in Canadian History contains an interview with a Canadian professor, journalist, author, or “everyday” historian and focuses on a unique event or moment that took place on that day in Canadian history. Today in Canadian History presents Canada’s past in a unique and accessible manner. The series is designed to be a first step to learning more about our past. We would like to remind Canadians not just about what makes our country great, but what makes it complicated, bea ...
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Most readers of Stephen Leacock's works are familiar with his witty and humorous writings, but few may be aware that he was also a gifted teacher, political ideologue, economist and fiction writer. Though he wrote six books on Canadian history, none of them attained the status of a standard text on the subject and were regarded more as opinion pieces without much academic foundation. Yet, the Chronicles of Canada series by Stephen Leacock remains an interesting and entertaining read. In this ...
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The untold story of ongoing and past Canadian worker's movements within Canada; as well as that of all forms of struggle and resistance against tyranny, oppression, and exploitation. 'The truth of our history' as it were, the history of all those who have graced the soil of this land and offered up a spirit of rebellion to build a better future. As part of ongoing efforts by the Workers Liberation Coalition to unify worker's of all backgrounds and ways of life, to form a united front to stan ...
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In 1931, a larger than life prospector, in search of Slumach’s legendary lost gold mine goes missing in the wilderness of British Columbia. In this episode, we retrace the epic search and rescue efforts that went into looking for the missing prospector as well potential clues left behind at his campsite, that point to an even bigger mystery of what…
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Larry Ostola talks to Matthew Reeve about his book, Casa Loma: Millionaires, Medievalism, and Modernity in Toronto’s Gilded Age.Leading architect E.J. Lennox designed Casa Loma for the flamboyant Sir Henry Pellatt and Mary, Lady Pellatt as an enormous castellated mansion that overlooked the booming metropolis of Toronto. The first scholarly book de…
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When the British government declared war on Germany in August of 1914, no one in Canada (who was automatically thrust into the conflict by Britain’s declaration) ever could have predicted the incredible contribution the country would make in manpower, material and money. By the end of that war 650,000 Canadian soldiers were in unform and Canada had…
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The Boyd Gang was a group of four men who found each other in prison, escaped, robbed banks, got arrested and escaped again. It is the story of amazing escapes, daring chases and, sadly, a murder or two. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian-history-ehx Donate: b…
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Larry Ostola talks to Dimitry Anastakis, Elizabeth Kirkland and Don Nerbas about their book, Montreal's Square Mile: The Making and Transformation of a Colonial Metropole.In nineteenth-century Canada, the Square Mile was an elite residential district in Montreal that represented a dramatic new concentration of wealth. Montreal’s Square Mile chronic…
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He was egotistical, bombastic and totally convinced of his own legend. The man who was the Minister of Militia during the first part of the First World War became a controversial figure in our military history and the reason Canadian's are no longer knighted. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohc…
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Greg Marchildon talks to Murray Knuttila about his book, Eroding a Way of Life: Neoliberalism and the Family Farm. An analysis of how neoliberal policies have radically restructured farming in Western Canada.The establishment of a Western Canadian economy dominated by family farming was part of the government’s post-Confederation nation building an…
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No Stone Left Alone (NSLA) provides students with an authentic leadership experience centered around a uniquely moving, hands-on act of remembrance - laying a poppy at the headstones of veterans. Today, I speak with Maureen Bianchini Purvis and Randall C. Purvis about the program and organization. Learn more about No Stone Left Alone here: https://…
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On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadians stormed Juno Beach as part of the D-Day landings. Over 1,000 would become casualties on that day. This is the story of Canada on D-Day. Learn more about No Stone Left Alone here: https://www.nostoneleftalone.ca Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/c…
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Nicole O’Byrne talks to John Andrew Morrow about his book, The Legacy of Louis Riel: Leader of the Métis People.Based on a comprehensive review of Riel’s writing, Morrow uncompromisingly examines Riel’s views on vital subjects. These include the term Métis, Métis identity, “Indians,” Jews, Islam, Quebec, French Canadians, the Irish, the United Stat…
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For four decades, George Simpson was The Little Emperor of Rupert's Land as the Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. He guided the company through a transformative time in its history, but many of his policies came at the expense of the First Nations. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadash…
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Several episodes back, season 9 episode 15, we had on as a guest Alan Greer to talk about alcohol and its role in early colonial North America. One of the areas that was touched upon, that I thought would make an excellent future episode was alcohol’s role in the fur trade. As many are probably aware much of Canada’s early interactions between Firs…
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Greg Marchildon talks to Royden Loewen about his book, Mennonite Farmers: A Global History of Place and Sustainability.The book reveals the ways in which modern-day Mennonite farmers have adjusted to diverse temperatures, precipitation, soil types, and relative degrees of climate change. These farmers have faced broad global forces of modernization…
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When news about the end of the War in Europe spread to Canada, Canadians across the country celebrated. Some celebrated harder than others, and some in Halifax celebrated so hard they caused $5 million in damages. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian-history-ehx…
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Larry Ostola talks to Stephen R. Bown about his book, Dominion: The Railway and the Rise of Canada.In the late 19th century, demand for fur was in sharp decline. This could have spelled economic disaster for the venerable Hudson's Bay Company. But an idea emerged in political and business circles in Ottawa and Montreal to connect the disparate Brit…
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For a brief moment, the eyes of the world were on a small area of Vancouver Island called Nootka Sound. The events that unfolded there changed the world. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian-history-ehx Donate: buymeacoffee.com/craigu Donate: canadaehx.com (Clic…
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If you happened to grow up in North Vancouver, British Columbia (like I did) the name Harry Jerome was one seen everywhere. Harry Jerome was not just an Olympian, a world record holder, a Canadian athletic legend, a profoundly impacting community leader, but he was also Black in a time when the US was still embedded in the Jim Crow era and segregat…
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Nicole O’Byrne talks to Peter Ludlow about his book, Disciples of Antigonish: Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1880–1960.For generations eastern Nova Scotia was one of the most celebrated Roman Catholic constituencies in Canada. Occupying a corner of a small province in a politically marginalized region of the country, the Diocese of Antigonish neverthele…
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A lacrosse star in Canada, Jay Silverheels made the move to Hollywood in the 1940s and achieved immense fame as Tonto on The Lone Ranger. He took that success and worked to help other Indigenous actors in Hollywood for the rest of his life. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/colle…
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The War of 1812 is a pivotal chapter in Canadian history. But what led to it, and how did a young nation hold its own against a superpower? This YouTube series dives deep into the dramatic clashes, hidden strategies, and iconic figures that shaped the conflict. Episode 2: The Invasion Begins In this episode, we uncover: Missed Opportunities: Americ…
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Greg Marchildon talks to Ronald F. Williamson about his book, The History and Archaeology of the Iroquois du Nord.In the mid-to late 1660s and early 1670s, the Haudenosaunee established a series of settlements at strategic locations along the trade routes inland at short distances from the north shore of Lake Ontario. From east to west, these commu…
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For five seasons in the 1980s, Fraggle Rock was a must-watch show for a generation of Canadian children. Created by Jim Henson, it was produced by HBO and CBC and featured many Canadian puppeteers and actors, and was filmed in Toronto. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collection…
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The First World War occupies a complicated space in our public memory. For many Canadians, places like Vimy Ridge or Passchendaele are certainly familiar, Remembrance Day is generally well attended, issues like shell shock are broadly understood, and the traumatic events of the conscription crisis are often taught, though in very different ways whe…
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Canadian historian Charles Perry Stacey described the War of 1812 as one where the memories of it make everyone happy. He wrote: “The Americans think they whipped the British. Canadians think of it equally pridefully as a war of defense which their brave fathers, side by side, turned back the massed might of the United States and saved the country …
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Larry Ostola talks to Alister Campbell about his book, The Harris Legacy: Reflections on a Transformational Premier.Elected for the first of his two terms as premier of Ontario in 1995, Mike Harris introduced some of the most sweeping reforms the province has ever seen: substantial reductions in spending and taxation as well dramatic changes to wel…
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For centuries, pirates such as Ned Low and Black Bart, came to Canadian shores to rob fishermen, steal ships, restock supplies and pick up new crews. Some pirates were nice, others were bloodthirsty, but all were interesting. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian…
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Nicole O’Byrne talks to Sean Carleton about his book, Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia.Lessons in Legitimacy brings the histories of different kinds of state schooling for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – public schools, Indian Day Schools, and Indian Residential Schools – in…
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Stolen from his home in Africa by enslavers when he was 16, he remained enslaved for two decades. Then, using his new freedom, he fought for the British and Canada not once, but twice, and helped many other Black Canadians in his area. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collection…
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I’m sure all our listeners at some point in their lives have encountered an uncomfortable moment when discussing sex and sexuality, and in many places and communities within Canada discussions of sex are still quite taboo. Today, we’re breaking that taboo and asking some real questions about sex in Canada. How has the subject of sex in Canada chang…
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Nicole O’Byrne talks to Martin Friedland about his book, Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases.Canadian Criminal Law in Ten Cases explores the development of criminal justice in Canada through an in-depth examination of ten significant criminal cases. Martin L. Friedland draws on cases that went to the Supreme Court of Canada or the Privy Council, inc…
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For one season in 1946, prior to changing Major League Baseball forever, Jackie Robinson played for the Montreal Royals. He never forgot his time in Montreal, nor the kindness he received from the city's residents. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian-history-eh…
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Larry Ostola talks to Palmiro Campagna about his book, The Avro Arrow: For the Record.The controversial cancellation of the Avro Arrow — an extraordinary achievement of Canadian military aviation — continues to inspire debate today. When the program was scrapped in 1959, all completed aircraft and those awaiting assembly were destroyed, along with …
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When one thinks of the pre-confederation development of North America one might think of war and empires, competing nations, economic trade, fur, colonization, resistance and so many other themes and topics that have been enshrined in our understanding of early French and British North America. What’s interesting, is that present in almost all of t…
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For a brief period, the Klondike was the biggest piece of news on the planet. Over 100,000 people ventured towards the Klondike to find their fortune, but only a few hundred actually did. It is the story of big names, big stories and a changing world. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadasho…
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Larry Ostola talks to Bill Vigars about his book, Terry & Me: Inside the Marathon of Hope.A twenty-two-year-old cancer survivor and amputee, Terry set out from St. John’s Newfoundland in April 1980, aiming to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. His first months on the road in Atlantic Canada and Quebec were not only physically tax…
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In the summer of 2006, a young Calgary woman was on top of the world. She had a supportive family, amazing friends and a great job. But life as she knew it came to an abrupt stop in the middle of the night on August 6, 2006. In this episode, Global News senior crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of a violent attack- a story that’s every woman’…
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On Sept. 19, 1889, a huge chunk of Cap Diamant broke off and fell on two dozen homes below. It was one of the worst rock slide disasters in Canadian history. Artwork/logo design by Janet Cordahi Support: patreon.com/canadaehx Merch: https://www.ohcanadashop.com/collections/canadian-history-ehx Donate: buymeacoffee.com/craigu Donate: canadaehx.com (…
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