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Cool Canadian History The wild, wacky, weird, wonderful and downright dark stories in Canadian history told in no particular order.
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Canadian History Ehx Follow me as I explore 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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Today in Canadian History 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, beautiful, diverse, and ours. Feel free to get in touch with Marc & Joe via-email:
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1865: The West Starts Getting Wild!! It's time for our first in-between-election episode covering 1865 and YOU LISTEN HERE BUSTER! AND LISTEN WELL! Just because the Civil War has ended doesn't mean folks are done firing guns at each other! In fact, out west??? It's QUITE THE CONTRARY!
The History Of New Norway New Norway started as a small community of Norwegian settlers from Minnesota in 1910. After it moved to be closer to the railroad, it become a thriving village that continues to stand to this day. Within the community and area, there are many historic buildings to explore.Boris Fundraiser: for Canadian History Ehx at Canada Podcasting Awards: History Atlas: https://atlas.digitalhistory.caSupport: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter:
Listener Request: The Edmonton City Centre Airport The first licenced airport in Canada, it had a hand in various parts of our aviation history, especially with Wop May. Eventually, it would be pushed to the side by the Edmonton International Airport but it is now home to the Alberta Aviation Museum.This episode was sponsored by Brock CrockerBoris Fundraiser: for Canadian History Ehx at Canada Podcasting Awards: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
ELECTION #20! Here we are! actively at yet another precipice of fate! For the second time in the nation's history, the US is given the task of picking a new CEO in the midst of active company warfare! Who will the new CEO be? Will they even be new? The tension is in the air!
Hockey Night In Canada Dating back nearly a century, Hockey Night In Canada has become a cultural touchstone of Canada. Beginning in 1952, Canadians gathered around their television sets to watch their teams battle on the ice and continue to do so to this day.Boris Fundraiser: for Canadian History Ehx at Canada Podcasting Awards: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Abraham Lincoln: Captain America, Civil War!! It's the 1864 US Election and THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, IS BACK!! And this incumbent is making some power moves with this REBROADCAST that has the NEW INFO at the 21:25 mark!
Nahnebahwequa The government took Nahnebahwequa's land, they removed her Indigenous status and they told her she was a minor under the law. So, Nahnebahwequa dedicated her life to fighting for Indigenous rights, even meeting with Queen Victoria in 1860.Boris Fundraiser: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Carstairs A place that stepped up big time during the First and Second World Wars, it is also home to a man who turned down the premiership of Alberta, and it has a long Indigenous history thanks to the trails that criss-crossed the area.Boris Fundraiser: History Atlas: https://atlas.digitalhistory.caSupport: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
George B. McClellan: You Can Tell He Mains Guile Bro! Ok now, this 1864 prezzy wezzy candidee is a WHOLE military general, so expect this episode to be filled with a stupid amount of juicy, spicy, PETTINESS!
The St. Lawrence Seaway Debated for years, construction finally began on this immense project in 1954 and by 1959 it was ready for use. It would fundamentally alter the economy of the northeastern United States, as well as Quebec and Ontario. It would also reshape the map of those two provinces in more ways than one.Boris Fundraiser: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Listner Request: George Beurling The Knight of Malta, George Beurling was a rock star in aviation during the Second World War. Known across Canada, his high-flying antics brought him lots of fans around the country but like a rock star his life would prove all too brief.Boris Fundraiser: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Ardrossan Named for a Scottish resort town, Ardrossan has a history dating back a century that includes a historic home, a deep Indigenous history and a very famous National Park nearby.Digital History Atlas: https://atlas.digitalhistory.caSupport: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Andrew Johnson: The Quintessential Rags-to-Riches Union Racist! The final VP Candideee we're looking at for this 1864 election is a man that whose existence in the history of the United States of America demonstrates so many contradictory forces at play all at once! Indeed, what a confounding figure...
George Hunt Pendleton: Captain of the Dunderheads! Ok, I know what you're thinking... The country is at war with itself quite literally how in the world are we even still having elections right now?! And, well, I dunno. But we DID and we have a VP candidate right here trying to run at probably the most politically stupid time to run against the sitting Admins but you do you bro!
The 1951 Royal Visit In 1951, Princess Elizabeth made her first visit to Canada, the first of 22 Official Visits. Arriving with her husband Prince Philip, she would spend a month touring the country. By all accounts, it was a massive success from start to finish, creating lifelong memories for those who took part.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Canada A Yearly Journey: 1867 I've launched a new podcast called Canada: A Yearly Journey, which will look at every year in Canada's history, beginning with 1867.The first episode dropped last week, with 1868 coming Thursday.Episodes release every Thursday. Find it on all your podcast platforms.
The History Of Campbell River The site of a heritage lighthouse, a ship that has become a National Historic Site and the home of one of British Columbia's greatest naturalists, Campbell River has a fascinating history. Its history also includes the legendary Tyee Club and one of the largest planned non-nuclear explosions in history.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Wong Foon Sien Through his life, Wong Foon Sien advocated for Chinese Canadians over voting rights, the ability to immigrate to Canada and the preservation of Chinatown in Vancouver. Along the way, he dealt with racism and a disregard for the Chinese Canadian causes he supported by municipal, provincial and federal leaders.Support: (Click Donate)E-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
What got missed in Medicare In this podcast episode, Greg Marchildon interviews Catherine Carstairs and Heather MacDougall. They made important contributions on what got missed in the making of Canadian Medicare. Their chapters on dental care, prescription drugs and public health are in Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions, and Opportunities in Canada, edited by Essylt Jones, James Hanley, and Della Gavrus, and published by the University of Manitoba Press in 2022. Catherine Carstairs is a Professor of History at the University of Guelph and has written books on the history of illicit drug policy and public health campaigns in Canada. Heather MacDougall was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo who has published on the history of public health and medicare in Canada.

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June 29 – Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Canada Queen Elizabeth II was in Toronto to attend the 99th annual Queen's Plate at Woodbine. To learn more we spoke with Louis Cauz, the Managing Director at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as the author of "The Plate: 150 Years of Royal Tradition from Don Juan to the 2009 Winner".
June 30 – The Chinese Exclusion Act The Chinese Immigration Act was passed on this day back in 1923. To learn more we spoke with Britt Braaten, the Curator and Manager of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
The On-To-Ottawa Trek What began as a trek to Ottawa by thousands of unemployed men in 1935, would end in a terrible riot in Regina. Wanting to get better pay and conditions at work camps, the protesters were met by a federal government who saw them only as revolutionaries pushing Communism.  This is the story of the Trek and the Riot that changed Canada. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Chief Nicola/Nikola Chief Nicola/Nikola was the chief of the Okanagan people for much of the first half of the 19th Century. During that time he fostered good relations with the Hudson's Bay Company, launched a huge war against the people who killed his father and changed British Columbia forever.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of The White Star Area The area of White Star, Saskatchewan has seen visits by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, bank robberies, some historic buildings, the first speech by John Diefenbaker and even a visit by Princess Margaret to a small farm house in 1958.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
June 28 – Chinese Canadians and the Prairie West Dr. Royden Loewen of the University of Winnipeg spoke to us about the stories of Yee Clun of Regina and Rosie's Restaurant in Calgary. Dr. Loewen is the co-author of "Immigrants in Prairie Cities".
The Welland Canal For nearly 200 years, The Welland Canal has transformed the Canadian economy, gave rise to cities, and gone through four different iterations. Prior to the St. Lawrence Seaway, of which it is now part of, it was arguably the most important waterway transportation system in Canada.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
1863: The Women Are Very Angry And Their Needs Are Not Being Met. Yes, it's the final in-between-election episode of 1863, and, while the men are at war, the women are feeling particularly neglected and unheard down south...
Railroad History of Tennessee part 1 hi everyone, todays podcast is gonna cover a tad of early railroad history. This is gonna be a series, so buckle down and lets go!


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The History of The RM Of Sifton Today, I am looking at the RM of Sifton. The home to the Indigenous for thousands of years, it features many mounds on the landscape that were used for ceremonies. The RM is also home to Manitoba's only lizard, and the history of the community includes a plane crash, two rival schools, a Governor General visit and much more!Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Marathon Of Hope It was 40 years ago this year that Terry Fox first set out his Marathon of Hope. While he had to end it near Thunder Bay, his legend has only grown in Canada. Today, I speak with Bill Vigars and Gail Harvey, who were on the Marathon with Terry, as well as Darryl Sittler, about the amazing time in Canada's history.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
John A. Macdonald’s Anti-Fenian Spy Ring Patrice Dutil meets David A. Wilson to talk about his book Canadian Spy Story: Irish Revolutionaries and the Secret Police, published by McGill-Queens University Press. In an effort to disable the Irish revolutionaries from attacking Canada and stirring Irish sympathies in Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald established a sophisticated spy ring to infiltrate Fenian ranks. They examine the ideas that animated the Fenians, their success and their failures. They also reflect on the socio-political situation and on the actions taken by the Government of Canada’s, taking particular note of individuals like Gilbert McMicken, Frederick Ermatinger, Charles Clarke and the grand spy Henri Le Caron.

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June 24 – 1968 Saint-Jean Baptiste Day Today is La Fête nationale du Québec. To learn more about the infamous 1968 Saint-Jean Baptiste Day we spoke with official Pierre Elliot Trudeau biographer and author of "Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Vol. 2: 1968-2000".
S7E21 - The Dakota War and British North America For our last episode of Season 7 we look at how war in the US showed a deep connection between peoples on both sides of the US-Canada border. While the border between Canada and the United States is now regularly patrolled and controlled heavily on both sides, for many decades it was far more nebulous. It was a border that cut across territory where families and entire peoples had once moved freely. When the Dakota, starving and angry, rose up in 1862 against the US government and settlers in Minnesota a six week conflict ensued. In the aftermath many Dakota fled north across the border to seek safety, refuge, and shelter. These ”American Indians” as the British and later Canadian governments referred to them, would struggle to find a home in what would become Canada – and for many years would remain wandering refugees with uncertain status in a land not quite sure how to accept them. Get add free content at Patreon! See for privacy and opt-out information.
June 20 – National Library of Canada Opens Lester B. Pearson opened the Canadian institution in Ottawa in 1967.
June 21 – National Aboriginal Day – Treaty 8 Extended episode for National Aboriginal Day. Discussion on Treaty 8, signed back in 1899.
June 22 – Dief the Chief Becomes Prime Minister We spoke with Dr. Michael Atkinson, the Executive Director of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at the University of Saskatchewan to learn more about Diefenbaker's six years as PM. Diefenbaker served his second day as PM on this date back in 1957.
The History Of Mossbank Mossbank is the site of the first meeting between the NWMP and the Indigenous, with an interesting Indigenous legend surrounding Old Wives Lake nearby. It also features an original blacksmith shop from its early era and was the site of a pilot training base during the Second World War.The most iconic part of its history is the Debate of the Century, which happened in 1955 between Tommy Douglas and Ross Thatcher.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
1862: Super Mario's F.L.U.D.D Tramples on Your Sunshine! It's time for the second in-between-election episode covering 1862! And WHOA NELLY, we have a pretty wet and sticky SITUATION on our hands!
June 16 – Saskatchewan Wakes up to a Socialist Government The Saskatchewan branch of the CCF defeated the Liberals in an election on June 15, 1944, making Tommy Douglas Premier. To learn more we spoke with C. Stuart Houston, the author of "Tommy's Team: The People Behind the Douglas Years".
June 17 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Lunenburg's first church service was held by settlers on this day back in 1753.
The Seismic Shift from Left to Right in Saskatchewan Politics In this podcast episode, Greg Marchildon interviews Dale Eisler, the author of From Left to Right: Saskatchewan’s Political and Economic Transition. Published by the University of Regina Press in 2022, Eisler’s book explores the reasons why Saskatchewan evolved from being the cradle of social democracy to one of the country’s most conservative political cultures in the past half century. He traces the history of the left-oriented CCF-NDP as the long-time governing party of Saskatchewan to the dominance of the right-wing Saskatchewan Party since 2007. Dale Eisler is a former journalist, federal public servant (including time as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Finance), and Canada’s Consul General in Denver. Currently, he is Senior Policy Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He is also an author of four books, including two previous books focused on Saskatchewan history.

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Laura Secord With her husband recovering from a war wound, and Americans staying in her home, Secord would overhear battle plans and venture out on a 32-kilometre trek through the bush to warn the British. Her actions would save much of Canada during the war and have lasting repercussions for years to come.  This is the story of Laura Secord, with an interview with Carl Benn of Ryerson University Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Elsie MacGill She was the first female aeronautical engineer in Canada, and a leader in her industry. She would be help get the Hurricane aircraft off the ground and produced at a record production rate for the Battle of Britain, and help save the United Kingdom from the Nazis as a result. In addition, she spent her later years fighting for women’s rights and the right to choose. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
An Interview With Sandra Battaglini Today, we have an interview with Sandra Battaglini, who wrote her thesis on the women who worked at the INCO mine in Sudbury during the Second World War. In her interview, and thesis, she sheds light on a role in the Second World War that women played that is often overlooked, as miners. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Eva Tanguay In her heyday, she made more than Harry Houdini and may have been nearly as famous as Charlie Chaplin. A master at publicity, she was the template followed by future female stars such as Mae West, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Eva Tanguay was a young girl from Quebec when she took the world by storm, yet today no one remembers her name.  Today, I look at her story. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
An Interview With Mark Terry Canada is a country that led the way when it came to documentary filmmaking. From the early days of the movie camera, used to bring settlers to our country, to the creation of feature length documentaries, it is part of our heritage. Today, I talk with Mark Terry from York University about the history of Canadian documentary filmmaking. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History of Bon Accord This town, north of Edmonton, has a history that dates back to long before Europeans arrive. Local Indigenous were the only band to disenfranchise in the 20th century in Canada, a 12-year-old started a successful paper in the 1930s and the community is the only Dark Sky Community in all of Canada.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Elijah Harper The first Treaty Indigenous MLA in the Manitoba Legislature, Elijah Harper made nationwide news when he was the lone 'no' vote in the Manitoba government when it came to the Meech Lake Accord. Since the Accord was negotiated without Indigenous input, Harper was instrumental in bringing it down.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The New Market Train Crash of 1904 | New Market Tennessee. Welcome back,
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The Spanish Flu In 1918, as the First World War began to come to an end, a new threat arrived on the shores of Canada.  It was the Spanish Flu and by the time it burned through the country in 1919, it had killed 55,000 people in the country. From homesteads left empty by entire families losing the battle to the flu, to the cancellation of the Stanley Cup, it was a terrible time for the country. I look at how that flu impacted Canada, from regular citizens to the government itself.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Francis Pegahmagabow He was a highly-decorated Indigenous soldier who served the entire length of the First World War. He is credited with more sniper kills than any soldier of the war, and he added 300 German prisoners to that.  After the war, he would go on to be a leader for Indigenous rights before his untimely death related to his exposure to poison gas during the war.  Today, I look at Francis Pegahmagabow. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Harriet Brooks Harriet Brooks, the first female nuclear physicist in Canadian history, would go on to revolutionize nuclear science before choosing to end her career to focus on her family.  During her physics career, she would help three physicists win Nobel Prizes, and would change nuclear science forever.  Her story is much more than that though, and in this episode we will learn about her life and speak with her great grand-niece, Ellen Denny, who is writing a play about her famous ancestor.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Big Bear He was born the son of a chief, and he would rise up to become one of the leading Cree in the Canadian Prairies.  The last to sign Treaty 6, and only when he had no choice, he knew that the Canadian government would not live up to its promises.  He would protect civilians during the 1885 Rebellion, yet still be tried for treason. This is the life of Big Bear E-mail: Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Coaldale Home to the oldest known arrowhead in Alberta, 12,000 years in age, Coaldale has a history that begins with the railroad and irrigation, and continues through soldiers' colonies, fires, a famous Mennonite preacher and a great museum to explore.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
June 13 – The Last Fatal Duel Upper Canada's last fatal duel happened on June 13, 1833 in Perth, Ontario. To learn more we spoke with John Fowler, the Chair of the Perth Historical Society.
June 14 – Province of Canada’s First Parliament Back in 1841, preparations were being made in Kingston for the first parliament, held June 15th.
June 15 – Herman ‘Jackrabbit’ Smith-Johannsen The ski pioneer was born on this day back in 1875 in Norway. We spoke with his grandson, Peter Austin.
Wop May He was there when the Red Baron was shot down, saved hundreds of lives in the Race Against Death, participated in The Hunt for the Mad Trapper and above it all, had an immense impact on the history of aviation in Canada, and the history of Canada itself.  Today, I look at the legendary Wop May. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Victoria Bridge Once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, and for a time, the longest bridge in the world, the building of Victoria Bridge was a monumental effort in the 1850s that forever changed Montreal. Today, I look at the construction of that bridge.  Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
John Ware He was born into slavery but by the time of his death in 1905, he would become a legend of the Canadian West and one of the most respected men Calgary has ever seen.  This is the story of a man named John Ware, whose exploits border on tall tale, but who was a living breathing man who helped shape the Alberta ranching lifestyle. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Winnipeg General Strike It was the largest strike in Canadian history, and it involved 35,000 people from nearly every industry in the City of Winnipeg. It would last for weeks, result in deaths and change the landscape of Canada in many ways.  This is the story of the strike that crippled Winnipeg and would eventually bring us Universal Health CareSupport: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Grain Elevators They once numbered over 5,000 and dotted the landscape of the Canadian Prairies. Today, less than 500 remain and fewer survive each year.  The grain elevator is a symbol of Canada and its growth through the 20th century. Today, I look at the rise and the fall of this icon of the Canadian landscape.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
George Chuvalo He was never knocked out, he took Muhammad Ali the distance twice and was called “the toughest guy I ever fought” by Ali. He is George Chuvalo, and he can be considered the greatest Canadian boxer of all-time.  This is the story of his life, before, during and after the ring. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Leduc No. 1 Prior to 1947, Canada produced 1/10th of the oil that it used domestically. Alberta was a have-not province, and Imperial Oil decided to drill one more well after 133 dry wells. They chose a site near Leduc, Alberta.  The discovery they made there would change Alberta, and Canada forever.  Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Trans-Canada Pipeline The Trans-Canada Pipeline, at the time of its construction, was the longest pipeline in the world. It was also an intense issue in the House of Commons during the debate over it. One man would die, several would be hospitalized, as the legislation was pushed through for approval by the deadline.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Rossburn Rossburn has a fascinating history dating back to the 1880s, with waves of Polish and Ukrainian settlers arriving in the area. A visit to Rossburn can include a trip to the wonderful museum, the Ukrainian mass grave site that is the final resting place of scarlet fever victims, two one-room school houses, some beautiful Ukrainian churches and much more.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
1861: Fear In A Nation At War! Here we are! The first in-between-election episode after 1860! And! Well! Captain America Civil War seems to be all anyone can think about right now, so in a rare twist of events. we MUST stay abreast with the political news! That said, this incident is still pretty weird.
S7E17 A Thankless Task - Policing in New France Because New France was a colony almost perpetually at war the enforcement of law and order in the 17th and 18th centuries was considered vital to the very survival of the struggling French colony challenged by both a growing British empire and powerful Indigenous enemies. Yet, the imposition of law and order reflected the complex social layers that existed within the colony and saw different forms of 'policing' emerging depending on whether one lived in the urban or rural space. Get add free content at Patreon! See for privacy and opt-out information.
S7E18 To Pass or Not to Pass - The Emergence (and Divergence) of North American Football While both the modern American and Canadian game of football emerged from similar roots, they took very different paths to arrive at the game we recognize today. Americans were much quicker to modify and adapt their game into a uniquely American form of sport, while Canadians were slower to abandon the English roots of rugby and hesitant to adopt rules that could very well make their game seem too "American". Get add free content at Patreon! See for privacy and opt-out information.
S7E19 The Avro Arrow Part 1 There are a very few topics in Canadian history that have generated more acrimonious debate than that of the Avro Arrow. Some have called its cancellation a travesty that destroyed a Canadian industry, many of those have laid the blame at the feet of the Americans. Others have approached the topic with a more circusmpect eye, noting it’s exorbitant costs and the refusal of the Canadian government to pay for it. In the public consciousness the Avro Arrow has spawned numerous articles, books, documentaries, and even a film. To take us through this complex subject we've brought in an expert to do the heavy lifting. Russell Isinger did his graduate work on the controversial CF-105 Avro Arrow interceptor, one of the first researchers to access the declassified archival record on the project. Since then, Russ has continued his research and writing on the Arrow (usually in collaboration with his former graduate supervisor, Don Story), and they are currently working on a book delving into the political and military decision-making behind the project. Get add free content at Patreon! See for privacy and opt-out information.
S7E20 The Avro Arrow Part 2 In Part 2 of our two-part series we explore the aftermath of the Avro Arrow’s cancellation. While the cancellation sent short-term shockwaves through Ontario but not much beyond, in later years the cancellation becomes wrapped up in the larger conversation of Canada’s role in the Cold War world. Specifically, our relationship to our American allies and our ongoing efforts to try and grasp on to potentially unifying Canadian symbols. Certainly the cancellation of the Arrow had immediate ramifications for the Canadian aviation industry but its long term significance is arguably even more important. To wrap up our two part series we are going to deep dive into why the Arrow becomes such a polarising issue and settle once and for all why was it cancelled and who was to blame. Our guest host is Russell Isinger. Russell did his graduate work on the controversial CF-105 Avro Arrow interceptor, one of the first researchers to access the declassified archival record on the project. Since then, Russell has continued his research and writing on the Arrow (usually in collaboration with his former graduate supervisor, Don Story), and they are currently working on a book delving into the political and military decision-making behind the project. Get add free content at Patreon! See for privacy and opt-out information.
The Fight for Yonge Street Patrice Dutil meets Daniel Ross, professor of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal, to talk about his book The Heart of Toronto: Corporate Power, Civic Activism and the Remaking of Downtown Yonge Street(University of British Columbia Press). The focus of the discussion is the politics of development during the 1960s and the 1970s when competing visions of urban development prompted a number of experiments. The projects around the lands owned by the Eaton Company in downtown Toronto, the push for a democratization of the street and the rising rate of crime along the famed artery are examined. The reaction of politicians in this story is examined and the various visions that shaped the famed street are analyzed. Is Yonge Street today any better than it was?

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How The Provinces Were Named From British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador each province and territory has a unique story to tell with its name.  In this episode of Penny Sized History, I look at the origin of each name. If you enjoy the episode, please give it a like and review. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Don McLeod He was a goalie who could defeat Bobby Orr in the Memorial Cup, but he only played 18 games in the NHL for two teams.  Nonetheless, Don McLeod would go on to become one of the greatest goalies in the history of the rival WHA.  Today, we learn his story. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Wreck Of the Empress of Ireland When the Empress of Ireland sunk beneath the waves of the St. Lawrence River in 1914, the disaster killed nearly as many people as the Titanic.  Not as well-known, but just as tragic, “Canada’s Titanic” shook lives and the country to its core.  Today in Penny Sized History, I take a quick look at the ship, the disaster and the people it impacted. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Johnny Quilty He was on his way to NHL stardom after winning the Calder Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. Unfortunately, the Second World War and a horrific on-ice injury would end his career after two seasons.  This is the story of Johnny Quilty Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Matchless Six In today’s short look at Canada’s history, I dive into the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and tell the story of the Matchless Six.  In a time when some people thought women couldn’t compete at the Olympic level, six women from Canada showed them how wrong they were.  Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Eddie Panagabko He spent part of a season with the Boston Bruins, and then went on to have success in the WHL on a team that would eventually make its own way into the NHL. Today on Small Town Hockey Heroes, I look at the story of Eddie Panagabko of Torquay, Saskatchewan Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Pemmican War After a two week break, I come back to Canadian history and a look at a war fought between two fur trading companies that few people know about: The Pemmican War!Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Sunnyslope Shelter In today’s brief look at various aspects of Canadian history, I explore the Sunnyslope Shelter. This small dugout in the middle of a field in Central Alberta was once home to two men over 100 years ago.  Today, it is a provincial historical site and a very unique place to visit.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Joseph Montferrand Joseph Montferrand was a man of exceptional strength and moral code who became a hero to the French-Canadian loggers he worked with. Today, he has become a Canadian folk hero for his tales of amazing strength and ability to bring people together. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Blairmore’s Communist Council The thought of a Communist-led town council seems very unlikely today, but for a period of three years in the 1930s, Blairmore, Alberta had one such council and they brought in some unique changes to the community. Enjoy my latest short look at Canadian history! Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Alberta Rat Patrol If you look at a large map of the distribution of brown and black rats, you will see they cover the planet. You will also see a large Alberta-shaped space on that map. This is the story of the Alberta Rat Patrol, which has worked since the 1950s to keep the province of Alberta rat free. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
A Celebration Of Great Canadian Moustaches Going through Canadian history, there have been many great moustaches. From the neat and tidy moustache of Sir Robert Borden, to the wild moustache of Lanny McDonald.  In celebration of Movember, I dive into the world of moustaches and look at some of the best lip brooms in Canadian history. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
George Dixon Considered to be the greatest featherweight boxer in history, and the first black person to win a world championship, George Dixon was a marvel of athleticism and a Canadian hero.  This is the story of Little Chocolate, the boxer who changed the sport.  Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Confederation Train During Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the Confederation Train took Canada’s history to dozens of cities and hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Over the course of the year, the train would stop in cities and spread the message of our history. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Gibbons The community of Gibbons features a couple terrible fires, a family who helped build the railroad that they were travelling on, a wonderful museum, a prehistoric forest of dinosaurs and much moreSupport: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The History Of Rockwood Rockwood, a Rural Municipality in Manitoba, is the home to a Victoria Cross winner and a Hockey Hall of Fame player. It also has a deep Indigenous history, several historic buildings and many things to explore locally if you love history.Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The Champlain Sea For a brief period of time, about 3,000 years, there was an entire sea in the confines of Canada, and the United States.  In my new short-form history dives called Penny Sized History, I look at the history of the Champlain Sea. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Jack Leswick Jack Leswick was one of three brothers from Humboldt to make the NHL. He was a star of various leagues before making the jump to the Chicago Black Hawks, winning the Stanley Cup in his first and only season.  Sadly, tragedy would strike and the world would never see just how good Jack Leswick could be. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Israel Umbach And The Stony Plain Chained Train In 1907, the CNR wasn't paying its taxes and Stony Plain sheriff Israel Umbach had enough. With a chain and a padlock, he would ensure the company paid its taxes to the town.  In this episode of Penny Sized History, I am looking at the tale of the chained train in Stony PlainSupport: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
The North West Company From 1784 to 1821, the North West Company would employ several legendary explorers, found many forts that became prominent Canadian communities, and start a war with the Hudson's Bay Company.  In this look at Canadian history, I am going to dive into the history of this organization and how it shaped Canadian history over the years.  Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
Hal Winkler If he was born a few years earlier, or a few years later, Hal Winkler would probably be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his career lasted only two seasons in the NHL before he was in the minors for good. Yet, he holds a regular season record that still stands to this day. Today, we look at the legendary Hal Winkler and his almost Hall Of Fame career. Support: canadaehx.comE-mail: craig@canadaehx.comTwitter: @Bairdo37YouTube:
June 9 – The Politics of The Great Depression RB Bennett and Mackenzie King sparred while the 1930 election loomed. We spoke with John Boyko, the Dean of History and Social Science at Lakefield School in Ontario, as well as author of "Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation".
June 8 – Mackenzie King Becomes Longest Serving PM We spoke with Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, as well as co-editor of "Mackenzie King: Citizenship and Community."
June 3 – Newfoundland Referendum of 1948 For more than a decade the dominion of Newfoundland was governed by a non-elected Commission of Government. We spoke with Keith Collier, a freelance writer and historian who works at the Maritime History Archive at Memorial University of Newfoundland to learn more about the referendums that decided the future of Canada's newest province.
June 6 – D-Day We spoke with Dr. Desmond Morton on the anniversary of the Allies launching the invasion of Normandy back in 1944.
June 7 – The Beothuk This day back in 1829 was widely considered to be the first day with no living survivors of the Beothuk. We spoke with Teresa Greene, of the Beothuk institute.
Who Was Bill Barilko? Every Canadian knows the song about him, and the myth surrounding him, but who was Bill Barilko? Where did the man who scored the winning goal for Toronto in the Stanley Cup Final grow up, how did he die and how did they search for him when he went missing? Today, I dive into the history behind the man who became a legend thanks to a Tragically Hip song.  Reach me at Visit my website at
Industrial Women's Softball League For a period of 15 years, the Industrial Women's Softball League in Ontario thrived in places like London. Many stars would emerge, including Hazel Shackleton. This episode was sponsored by Lionel Romain. Get 20% off your Manscaped order by going to and using the code EHX Support: Donate: Donate: E-mail: Twitter: Instagram: @Bairdo37 YouTube:
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