Tag Archives: Canada

There’s a New Governor General in Canada

Mary Simon (August 21, 1947) She was sworn in yesterday as Canada’s 30th Governor General (the next highest person after the Queen, for those who don’t know these things). The fact that Mary Simon is indigenous is a big deal: … Continue reading

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In View of What I’ve Learned Lately…

Some Reincarnational Timelines (Part 1) In the older traditions, reincarnation is a progressive, linear development of an individual soul. And, until recently, I would have totally agreed with that premise. In truth, I’ve only had one life that I could … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Bruce McArthur’s Victims This is a shameful episode in police indifference when eight gay men went missing in Toronto between 2010 and 2017. Rumours of a serial killer were ignored by the Toronto Police Service until Bruce McArthur was implicated … Continue reading

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Forty-Six Years Ago Lightfoot Highlighted a Racial Issue

Cherokee Bend (1975) This song has been haunting my sleep. That probably means I need to write something about it. The story isn’t new, and in this case, fictionalized, but the recent news of unmarked graves at so many Residential … Continue reading

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We’ve been told to contemplate our history today…

Canada Day, 2021 This image is our usual way of making fun of ourselves. But this year due to the ‘discovery’ of unmarked graves at residential schools across Canada, our national celebrations have been toned down, and we are being … Continue reading

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As Missionary to the Huron, He was Killed by the Iroquois

Jean de Brébeuf (March 25, 1593 – March 16, 1649) I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, but it seems to me that this Jesuit priest tried and failed to bring peace to the Huron and the … Continue reading

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The Huron Didn’t “Eat Him”: They Beat Him in a One-Sided Melee

The Murder of Étienne Brûlé (June 30, 1633) When someone is knocked off his high horse, we say he has been brought down a peg or two. The Huron Bear tribe were not cannibals. So the inference that they ate … Continue reading

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The Man Credited with Creating Canada

Samuel de Champlain (August 13, 1567 – December 25, 1635) When I was young, I knew all about this man, but I was never impressed with his story. I always wondered why. But I know better now. As this chart … Continue reading

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Treachery: A Whole Lot of Faking Going On

Surrender of Quebec (July 20, 1629) Oh dear. This is the moment when a permanent stain was placed on Étienne (Stephen) Brûlé’s memory. As a background movement, he may have been instrumental in the Kirkes’ capture of Quebec, but history … Continue reading

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Here’s How Much the Past Impinges on My Present Life

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario . . . . . . . All for this…

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