Party political papers

There is a rather unfortunate idea around these days that newspapers have to be “objective, balanced, not opinionated”, an idea that we assume is...

A new province in British North America

By 1791, the number of Loyalists refugees living west and south of the Ottawa River had risen to around 10,000. They had suffered greatly,...

Deeks Quarry: an industrial phenomenon

A few weeks ago, we profiled the campaign back in 2001-3 to have the memorial cairn at Deek’s Quarry renovated and restored. Since then,...

1955 – Farm Calendar

Most of the time, historians depend on documents, oral history, and photographs to understand what life was like in earlier times. But in this...

A forgotten memorial

Is there anything sadder than a memorial that no-one remembers? In the first half of the last century, Deek’s Quarry was a hive of...

Canadians and the Russian Civil War, 1919

Canadian chaplains Harold McClausland and Jacques Oliviere, joined by other Canadian officers, at the dedication of the Canadian Memorial, Marine Cemetery, Vladivostok, Russia, 1...

This and that

The history of any country, county, or community is full of little incidents and facts that are often overlooked in telling their stories. Little...

The Harp and the Maple Leaf

The impact of the Irish on Canada goes well beyond the immigrants who arrived here in droves throughout the Nineteenth Century. Most of those...

The early references to the South Branch River

Debate continues about whether a certain stretch of waterway should be called the Kemptville Creek, or the South Branch of the Rideau River. What...

Charles Ferguson, medic and politician

In this series of men and women from North Grenville who had an impact beyond the borders of their community, Charles Ferguson is a...