Tuesday, December 13, 2011

100 days that changed Canada

If you were asked to list some of the important dates in Canadian history, how many could you come up with? Most of us probably couldn’t come up with very many. Mark Reid has compiled a new book, 100 days that changed Canada, in which he offers important dates in our history and the story behind them.

It is the photographs that first catch the reader’s eye, but one is quickly drawn into the story behind each headline. For example, April 12, 1876, the Indian Act came into force; November 16, 1885, Louis Riel is executed; June 21, 1919 is a day that is remembered as Bloody Saturday when Mounties charge into the crowd during the Winnipeg General Strike. More recent events, like April 27, 1967, the opening of Expo 67; and sports celebrations like October 24, 1992 when the Toronto Blue Jays won the world series; and Feb. 28, 2010, when Canada owned the podium at the Vancouver Olympics, are easier to recall. Political events that have shaped our country like the FLQ crisis, and the abolition of the death penalty are included, as are Canadian’s contributions to the arts. Articles are written by prominent Canadians from backgrounds that are as diverse as the people they write about.

Sometimes at this time of year our thoughts focus on the past. This book full of memories, and is as beautiful as it is informative.

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