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Natasha Simon reviews Fiona Polack, ed. Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Fiona Polack, ed. Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018). By Natasha Simon The vanishing Indian has been a persistent image in the settler imagination: it points to an indistinguishable time in the past … Continue reading

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Mary MacDonald’s Kitchen Party Praxis

By Henry Adam Svec Also an artist and a writer, Mary MacDonald was a curator who pushed back against the standard definition of the word (according to the OED, “guardian”) in favor of a more open and auditory orientation towards … Continue reading

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World Down Syndrome Day

By Corey Slumkoski (and Martha Walls) Please Note: Today’s blog post is more personal than historical. Yesterday was my daughter’s sixth birthday. Today is World Down Syndrome Day. These two things are related. Seven years ago I knew nothing about … Continue reading

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Future Possible, Peut Etre Horrible: Reading Newfoundland in Madeline Ashby’s Company Town

By Paul Chafe In his hilarious one-man show, To the Wall, Newfoundland actor, comedian, and gift-to-the-world, Andy Jones, reflects on a particularly Newfoundland tendency to imagine the worst possible outcome for any situation: “I don’t know if you do this, … Continue reading

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Tragic Compassion in David Adams Richards’s Lives of Short Duration

By Kait Pinder A newly appointed senator, David Adams Richards is the author of more than a dozen novels and many more short stories, plays, and works of non-fiction. Richards’s creative work is usually set in New Brunswick’s Miramichi region … Continue reading

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“The Power of Curing”: Spawning Remedies in Pre-Modern Medicine

 By Lyn Bennett Pre-modern medical remedies included some of the familiar and much of the strange. Among the strangest – at least to our 21st-century sensibilities – is the “frog spawn water” specified in medical recipes well into the 19th … Continue reading

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Over the Causeway, Stories are Told: Studying Cape Breton Out-migration History as an Out-migrant of Cape Breton

By Dana Campbell Every Cape Bretoner knows the heartache of leaving home – or, of having a loved one leave home. While the Sydney steel plant and the numerous coalmines use to prosper, most of the heavy industry in the … Continue reading

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Writing Stories about the History of Canadian Medical Malpractice Law

By R. Blake Brown  Every historian hopes that their work will engage and interest the public. However, when I told friends and family the topic of my first book – a history of the jury system in nineteenth-century Canada – … Continue reading

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In Appreciation of Beckey Daniel

By Gail Campbell The retirement of Beckey Daniel at the end of this month [ed. note: Today is Beckey’s last day at Acadiensis] marks the end of an era in the history of Acadiensis. For nearly forty years, Beckey has … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Creation: The ‘Missing Indigenous Link’ in the Origins of Canadian Hockey

By Paul W. Bennett Few subjects in Canadian sport arouse as much passion as debating the origins of ice hockey, Canada’s mythical national pastime.  Hockey fans, hobbyists, and even a few sports scholars have been known to “mix it up” … Continue reading

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