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Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé were the first women judges on the Supreme Court of Canada. Their 1980s judicial appointments…delighted feminists and shocked the legal establishment. Polar opposites in background and temperament, the two faced many identical challenges. Constance Backhouse’s compelling narrative explores the sexist roadblocks both women faced in education, law practice, and in the courts. She profiles their different ways of coping, their landmark decisions for women’s rights, and their less stellar records on race. To explore the lives and careers of these two path-breaking women is to venture into a world of legal sexism from a past era. The question becomes, how much of that sexism has been relegated to the bins of history, and how much continues?
By Hugh Thomas. 1997
A history of the Atlantic slave trade, dating from the 1440s through the nineteenth century. Traces the ancient origins of…slavery, its operation and economics, the rise of antislavery sentiments, and its abolition. Describes the practice of slaving and its various sponsors and participants. Violence
Winner of the CrimeCon Clue Award for True Crime Book of the Year "When a doctor does go wrong, he…is the first of criminals," Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most puzzling murder investigations. Incredibly, at the time the words of the world's most famous fictional detective appeared in print in the Strand Magazine, a real-life Canadian doctor was stalking and murdering women in London's downtrodden Lambeth neighbourhood. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream had been a suspect in the deaths of two women in Canada, and had killed as many as four people in Chicago before he arrived in London in 1891 and began using pills laced with strychnine to kill prostitutes. The Lambeth Poisoner, as he was dubbed in the press, became one of the most prolific serial killers in history. In this fascinating book, Dean Jobb reveals how bungled investigations, corrupt officials and failed prosecutions allowed Cream to evade detection or freed him to kill, again and again. The first complete account of Dr. Cream's crimes and his many victims explores how the stifling morality and hypocrisy of the Victorian era allowed this monster to poison vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help. It offers an inside account of Scotland Yard's desperate search for a killer as brazen and efficient as Jack the Ripper
Often described as the longest undefended border in the world, the Canada-US border was born in blood, conflict, and uncertainty.…At the end of the American Revolution, Britain and the United States imagined a future for each of their nations that stretched across a continent. They signed treaties with one another dividing lands neither country could map, much less control. A century and a half later, Canada and the United States had largely fulfilled those earlier ambitions. Both countries had built nations that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific and had made an expansive international border that restricted movement. The vision that seemed so clear in the minds of diplomats and politicians never behaved as such on the ground. Both countries built their border across Indigenous lands using hunger, violence, and coercion to displace existing communities and to disrupt their ideas of territory and belonging. The border's length undermined each nation's attempts at control. Unable to prevent movement at the border's physical location for over a century, Canada and the United States instead found ways to project fear across international lines They aimed to stop journeys before they even began
By Donald S Johnson, Donald Johnson. 2002
Discusses the adventures of French explorer René-Robert Cavalier (1643-1687), the sieur de La Salle, who claimed thousands of acres of…North American land for France. Describes his exploits, the natural and political dangers he faced, and his murder by his own men. 2002
By Michael Barclay. 2022
Hearts on Fire is about the creative explosion in Canadian music of the early 2000s, which captured the world's attention…in entirely new ways. The Canadian wave didn't just sweep over one genre or one city, it stretched from coast to coast, affecting large bands and solo performers, rock bands and DJs, and it connected to international scenes by capitalizing on new technology and old-school DIY methods. Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Feist, Tegan and Sara, Alexisonfire: those were just the tip of the iceberg. This is also the story of hippie chicks, turntablists, poetic punks, absurdist pranksters, queer orchestras, obtuse wordsmiths, electronic psychedelic jazz, power-pop supergroups, sexually bold electro queens, cowboys who used to play speed metal, garage rock evangelists, classically trained solo violinists, and the hip-hop scene that preceded Drake. This is Canada like it had never sounded before. This is the Canada that soundtracked the dawn of a new century. Featuring more than 100 exclusive interviews and two decades of research, Hearts on Fire is the music book every Canadian music fan will want on their shelf
By Joel A. Sutherland. 2022
The eleventh book in the bestselling series of hauntingly true Canadian stories — more chilling than ever!In this terrifying collection…of haunted stories, author Joel A. Sutherland has put together even more chilling ghost stories from all across our spooky land, including:A hateful house torments a new bride in Victoria, British Columbia.The chime of an old clock makes a grim prediction for a family in Fredericton, New Brunswick.The sound of mysterious footsteps signals the presence of spirits at a fire hall in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.Moody black-and-white illustrations and photographs enhance the hauntingly eerie read.With its first volume published in 2002, the Haunted Canada series is now an award winning series with over 500,000 copies in print. Kids can’t get enough of these spooky tales that allow them to learn about the eeriest corners of our country.“Joel A. Sutherland is quickly becoming Canada’s answer to R.L. Stine.” — QUILL & QUIRE
By Ken Dryden. 2022
A new book by Hall of Fame goalie and bestselling author Ken Dryden celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972…Summit Series SEPTEMBER 2, 1972, MONTREAL FORUM, GAME ONE: The best against the best for the first time. Canada, the country that had created the game; the Soviet Union, having taken it up only twenty-six years earlier. On the line: more than the players, more than the fans, more than Canadians and Russians knew. So began an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of games that became more and more riveting, until, for the eighth, and final, and deciding game—on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country—the nation stopped. Of Canada’s 22 million people, 16 million watched. Three thousand more were there, in Moscow, behind the Iron Curtain, singing—Da da, Ka-na-da, nyet, nyet, So-vi-yet! It is a story long told, often told. But never like this. Ken Dryden, a goalie in the series, a lifetime observer, later a writer, tells the story in "you are there" style, as if he is living it for the first time. As if you, the reader, are too. The series, as it turned out, is the most important moment in hockey history, changing the game, on the ice and off, everywhere in the world. As it turned out, it is one of the most significant events in all of Canada’s history. Through Ken Dryden’s words, we understand why.
By Darrell Fox. 2020
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERTerry Fox defined perseverance and hope for a generation of Canadians. Forty years after Terry's run ended, Forever…Terry reflects what Terry's legacy means to us now, and in the future.To mark the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, Forever Terry: A Legacy in Letters recounts the inspiration, dedication, and perseverance that Terry Fox embodied, and gives voice to an icon whose example spoke much louder than his words. Comprising 40 letters from 40 contributors, and edited by Terry’s younger brother Darrell on behalf of the Fox family, Forever Terry pays tribute to Terry's legacy, as seen through the eyes of celebrated Canadians ranging from Margaret Atwood, Bobby Orr, Perdita Felicien, Jann Arden, and Christine Sinclair, to those who accompanied Terry on his run, Terry Fox Run organizers, participants, supporters, and cancer champions. Appearing alongside never-before-seen photos of their hero, their reflections reveal connections that readers would never have expected, and offer a glimpse into the way goodness and greatness inspire more of the same. Forever Terry is a testament to the influence one brave man has had on the shape of Canadian dreams, ambitions, and commitment to helping others. Author proceeds support the Terry Fox Foundation, which has raised over $800 million for cancer research. Contributors include Hayley Wickenheiser, Tom Cochrane, Darryl Sittler, Shawn Ashmore, Doug Alward, Nadine Caron, Douglas Coupland, Rick Hansen, Sidney Crosby, Akshay Grover, Lloyd Robertson, Bret Hart, Leslie Scrivener, Isadore Sharp, Wayne Gretzky, Jim Pattison, Catriona Le May Doan, Malindi Elmore, Michael Bublé, Silken Laumann, Steve Nash, Karl Subban, and Marissa Papaconstantinou, among many others.
By Thomas A. Desjardin. 2006
Primary sources chronicle American colonel Benedict Arnold's disastrous 1775 expedition through Maine to attack the British at Quebec City. Recounts…troops' endurance of hunger, cold, sickness, hostile natives, and storms to reach Canada. Concludes that, although unsuccessful, the battle forced the English to divert troops to the north. 2006
By Elizabeth MacLeod. 2020
See below for English description. Découvrez l’histoire légendaire de Terry Fox, l’homme qui a créé le Marathon de l’espoir et…la course Terry Fox : son amour du sport quand il était enfant et adolescent; la découverte accablante de son cancer des os; son séjour à l’hôpital qui lui a donné l’idée d’accroître la sensibilisation à sa maladie; le moment bouleversant où il a trempé sa jambe artificielle dans l’océan Atlantique à St. John’s, à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador; et l’arrêt déchirant de sa course. Tous ces moments sont dépeints dans ce livre captivant, accompagné d’illustrations expressives et en couleurs. Voici Terry Fox est un récit bouleversant et inspirant, qui motivera les lecteurs à surmonter leurs obstacles personnels pour laisser leur marque sur le monde.Discover the legendary Terry Fox, the man behind the Marathon of Hope and the Terry Fox Run. His love of sports as a child and teenager; his devastating bone cancer diagnosis; the hospital stay that inspired him to do something to raise awareness about this disease; the poignant moment he dipped his artificial leg in the waters of St. John’s, Newfoundland; and the heartbreaking moment he ended his run are chronicled in a simple yet compellingly written book with full-colour, expressive illustrations. An infinitely poignant and inspiring story, Voici Terry Fox will motivate readers to push past personal barriers and make their mark on the world. Original title: Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Terry Fox
By Barbara Smith. 2019
A concise history of the five women who changed the course of history and brought Canadians one step closer to…equality. On August 27, 1927, five women gathered at a house on Edmonton’s Southside to sign a letter that would change the course of Canadian history. Those women were Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards, who would become known as the Famous Five. The meeting of the women had been prompted by Emily Murphy, an Alberta magistrate, whose right to render judgements had been challenged by a lawyer who maintained that only men could be appointed as judges because only men were considered “persons” under the British North America Act. The battle for justice that began that Saturday afternoon on took several years and many miles, finally making its way to the Privy Council in London. Finally, in 1929, a landmark ruling found that women were indeed “persons” in the eyes of the law. But who were these women and how did they come together at such a pivotal moment in Canadian history? The Famous Five is a comprehensive look at the remarkable lives, prolific careers, sometimes disturbing contradictions, and extraordinary achievements of these five women who fought for equality at a time when women were barely recognized as relevant.
By Joyce Libal, Celeste Carmichael. 2008
Discusses the plight of migrant farm workers, their daily dangers, and hourly wages. Presents facts about the educational, health, and…social challenges facing children whose parents move around the country for agricultural work. Discusses available programs--and their limits--to help these youth and their families. For grades 6-9. 2008
By Sharon Dennis Wyeth. 2002
June 1858 to March 1859. Nine-year-old Corey Birdsong and his family, fugitive slaves from Kentucky, settle into their new life…of freedom in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. Corey makes friends, goes to school for the first time, and rescues Mingo--an old friend. For grades 2-4. 2002
By David Hackett Fischer. 2008
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Washington's Crossing (RC 58946) chronicles the life and times of French explorer Samuel de…Champlain, who founded Quebec in 1608. Portrays the European wars of religion, court life, and colonial exploration. Describes Champlain's humanist vision for the people of Canada's First Nations. Violence. 2008
By James M. Deem. 2009
Discusses ice mummies discovered as glaciers melt in the European Alps, South America's Andes, and Asia's Himalayas. Explains that scientists'…study of these frozen remains of hunters, children, and mountain climbers reveals information about food, tools, clothing, and conditions in the past. For grades 5-8. 2008
By Elizabeth MacLeod. 2022
See below for English description.Voici Mary Ann Shadd! Née dans un état esclavagiste de parents militants, Mary Ann était la…plus âgée de treize enfants. Marchant dans les traces de ses parents, elle a décidé de militer pour la communauté noire et de s’installer au Canada. Des années plus tard, elle est devenue la première femme noire à publier un journal en Amérique du Nord. Et ce n’était que le début… car Mary Ann a dédié sa vie à faire changer les choses.Découvrez l’incroyable histoire de Mary Ann, éducatrice, éditrice et abolitionniste. Son parcours a marqué l’histoire et son héritage vit encore aujourd’hui.Meet Mary Ann Shadd! Born in a slave state to activist parents, Mary Ann was the eldest of thirteen children. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she decided to pursue community activism as well and settled in Canada. Years later, Shadd became the first Black female newspaper printer in North America. But that was just the beginning for this inspirational woman who was dedicated to making a change.Follow the remarkable story of Mary Ann, an educator, publisher, and abolitionist whose amazing legacy lives on today.Original title: Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Mary Ann Shadd
By Richard Preston. 1992
En 1965, le Canada reçut son nouveau drapeau ; ce événement reflétait les grands changements qui s’étaient produits au cours…des vingt années qui avaient suivi la Deuxième Guerre mondiale : la société canadienne était devenue hautement industrialisée, à l’avant-garde de la technologie et cosmopolite. Ce nouveau drapeau s’inspirait de celui qui flottait depuis des années au Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), ce qui lui donnait, par le fait même, une signification qui allait bien au-delà du simple souci esthétique, le développement du RMC étant intimement lié à celui du Canada. Durant les quarante dernières années, le RMC a su s’adapter à plusieurs changements. C’est ainsi que, devenant un lieu d’apprentissage privilégié et l’une des plus importantes universités du pays, il a formé des officiers professionnels de carrière. Le RMC a su relever les défis que représentaient, entre autres, l’intégration militaire et l’unification des forces, le bilinguisme, l’émergence du Collège militaire royal et du Royal Roads Military College, l’arrivée des femmes dans des rôles non traditionnels, les aspects culturels changeants du Canada et la montée fulgurante des nouvelles technologies. Dans un monde où les préceptes de la vie militaire apparaissent de plus en plus abstraits, la compétition constante que se livrent les candidats désirant être admis au RMC est la preuve irréfutable de sa pérennité comme lieu de savoir et de leadership.
By John M. MacFarlane, Lynn J. Salmon. 2019
Anticipating fame and wealth, Captain John Voss set out from Victoria, BC, in 1901, seeking to claim the world record…for the smallest vessel ever to circumnavigate the globe. For the journey, he procured an authentic dugout cedar canoe from an Indigenous village on the east coast of Vancouver Island. For three years Voss and the Tilikum, aided by a rotating cast of characters, visited Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and finally England, weathering heavy gales at sea and attracting large crowds of spectators on shore. The austere on-board conditions and simple navigational equipment Voss used throughout the voyage are a testimony to his skill and to the solid construction of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth vessel. Both Voss and his original mate, newspaperman N.K. Luxton, later wrote about their journey in accounts compromised by poor memories, brazen egos and outright lies. Stories of murder, cannibalism and high-seas terror have been repeated elsewhere without any regard to the truth. Now, over a century later, a full and fair account of the voyage—and the magnitude of Voss’s accomplishment—is at last fully detailed. In this groundbreaking work, marine historians John MacFarlane and Lynn Salmon sift fact from fiction, critically examining the claims of Voss’s and Luxton’s manuscripts against research from libraries, archives, museums and primary sources around the world. Including unpublished photographs, letters and ephemera from the voyage, Around the World in a Dugout Canoe tells the real story of a little-understood character and his cedar canoe. It is an enduring story of courage, adventure, sheer luck and at times tragedy.
By James H. Marsh. 2022
In Know It All: Finding the Impossible Country, James Marsh tells of his evolution from a troubled childhood to a…career in publishing that culminated in the creation of The Canadian Encyclopedia. Through friendships, curiosity, the insights of a psychiatrist, and the intimate encounters with the authors he met, he championed a diverse and inclusive view of Canada, which was used to draw the great minds of an impossible nation together in a common enterprise.