Monday, December 16, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 16 December 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, social media websites, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


No new websites this week.

Social Media
Writing Up the Ancestors Janice Hamilton writes about her family (James Hamilton) who emigrated from Scotland to Upper Canada and the United States.

News Articles
Sikh Heritage Month April has been designated as Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario, the bill passed final reading in the legislation this month.

Oversized map brings history to life The newspaper reports that “Students at Huron Park Public School follow in the footsteps of Laura Secord, Sir Isaac Brock and other historical figures on an 88-square-metre map produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, with the support of Canadian Heritage”. What a cool idea!

Dave Obee: At 155 years, we offer a fresh look at the past Dave Obee tells us that they now have expanded the digitization project to include all of the Colonist issues from 1910 to 1920, which means that the newspaper now covers the First World War.

Conservatives ask public how we should celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 The Heritage Department is asking us how we want to brand the 150th Anniversary of Canada?

Story of the Week
Canada Post

M. François-Xavier Giroux dressed in his fall clothing. 
Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-012269

I suppose everyone has heard of the changes coming to Canada Post – eg the elimination of door-to-door delivery, but how many of us know the history of the post office in Canada.

It all started in 1755, the first post office in Canada opened in Halifax. It was started so that military communication could be improved between Britain and North America, so the British started a monthly packet run to New York. From there, any available vessel carried mail to Halifax, until 1788, when regular packets called in the port.

And did you that one of the first databases to be put on the Library and Archives Canada website was the

The database documents changes of postmasters at individual post offices located across Canada. The data relate to open and closed post offices located in the ten provinces and territories.

For additional information, you can go to which is also at the Library and Archives Canada website and they have Canada Post Publications, biographical notes about the people who have created stamps used by Canada Post, and the government files about the post office.

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