Do we have to be copy-cats?

Many Canadian retailers, desperate to get people in the door, are advertising Black Friday sales. Besides the ugly name, Black Friday has no relevance to Canadians. In the USA it is the first day after Thanksgiving. Doesn't it cheapen Thanksgiving to make it the day of preparation for Black Friday? Thanksgiving in Canada came almost … Continue reading Do we have to be copy-cats?

Happy Canada Day!

Today, July 1, 2016, is the 149th anniversary of Confederation, the union of Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to form the nation of Canada. It soon expanded to the west – Manitoba was added in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905. In 1949 Newfoundland became the 10th … Continue reading Happy Canada Day!

Fur traders and Indians

The fur trade, in which millions of Canadian beaver gave their lives to provide felt top hats for European gentlemen, was the major impetus for the exploration and settlement of Canada.  The fur traders employed by the Hudson's Bay Company were of French and Scottish origin.  They fanned out across the country, establishing trading posts … Continue reading Fur traders and Indians