April, 2004 News

23 April, 2004 World Book Day Celebrated in Ottawa
    The University of Ottawa Press Open House Celebrates World Book Day by holding an Open House and Great Toonie (2 dollars) Book Sale.
    Learn about 68 years of publishing histories, Canadian studies, literature, religion and cultural and about their archival library.
    The press also publishes the Canadian Journal of Development Studies which is celebrating 25 years of publishing.
    The press is the only official bilingual (French/English) university presses in Canada and Canada's oldest French Language University press.
    The doors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 23 April and they are located at 542 King Edward, Ottawa.
   
12 April, 2004 Nova Scotia Archives
    On 04 February, 2004, Nova Scotia Archives and Research Management (NSARM) announced that they have updated their website.
    Added to the website at <http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/directory> is the MacAlpine's Nova Scotia Directory 1897-08" which lists all of the 1556 pages of the provincial directory.
    Also, there is the new "Genealogical Research Tools" which features an online 'How-To' guide of NSARM's most popular sites.
    Added also has been the NSARM Library Catalogue 'Book Worm' which contains 18,500 titles of their most popular secondary sources.

12 April, 2004 "An Acadian Parish Remembered: The Registers of St. Jean-Baptiste, Annapolis Royal, 1702-1755"     According to the Nova Scotia Archives and Research Management (NSARM), this is the most popular searchable database receiving over a million page-view hits in the past six months.
    The website is at <http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/acadian>. If you are of Acadian descent, this may be helpful to you.


09 April, 2004 "In the Service of Canada - The Seventh Book of Remembrance"  
    On 01 April, 2004, the Honourable John McCullum, Minister of Veteran's Affairs, invited Canadians to help Veteran's Affairs create a Seventh Book of Remembrance.
    It will be the newest edition to the collections of six other books online at <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=collections/books> which will recognize members of the Canadian Forces who died in service to their country since October 1947 exclusive to those who are commemorated in the Book of Remembrance - Korean War.
    Anyone who has a name not included in the books are asked to provide the name, the service number and the date of death of the service member.
    "The Books of Remembrance are symbols of Canada's pride and appreciation towards the Canadian Forces. This Book will continue this tradition and ensure that Canadians always remember those who have given their lives to protect others. Any information Canadians can give us will help ensure the complete accuracy of the Seventh Book of Remembrance."
    A committee has been set up of representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force, Veterans of Canada, the National Council of Veterans Associations in Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Peacekeepers Veterans Association, the Canadian Association and Veterans in U.N. Peacekeeping, the Gulf War Veterans and the Department of National Defence.


09 April, 2004 Vimy Ridge Day

    On 03 April, 2003, the 9th of April, 2003 and every year after has been declared as National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge by the Parliament of Canada.
    Vimy Ridge, in France in World War I, was the first place that all four divisions of the Canadian Army went into battle, and their injuries were so great, 10,000 out of which 3,569 died, that they were given a separate signature on the Versailles Peace Treaty.
   Be sure to read about The Canadian National Vimy Memorial at  <http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=memorials/ww1mem/vimy>

07 April, 2004 International Year of Rice, 2004 "Rice is Life"
    The United Nations has designated 2004 as the Year of Rice - "Rice is Life"
    At their website, <http://www.fao.org/rice2004/index_en.htm>, one can find out about the cookbook which is being prepared, the photocopy contest, the scientific awards which will be given out and the world wide conferences which will be held.
    Rice is eaten by half of the world's population.

    
07-17 April, 2004 Rwandans Remember
    Almost 10 years have passed since a million Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were slaughtered in just 10 days in Rwanda. It is the worst episode of genocide since the Holocaust.
    Commemorative events will be held across Canada in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver with a candlelight vigil to be held in Ottawa on 07 April, and a symposium to be held on 17 April, 2004 called "Rwanda, the Genocide and The Aftermath."
    The group is also lobbying the Canadian Parliament to declare 07 April as a "day of reflection of the Rwanda Genocide and as a tribute to the righteous people such as Romeo Dallaire who saved many lives."
    For a complete list of events, read the website at <http://www.visiontv.ca/RememberRwanda/RR10_OTTAWA.htm>

04 April, 2004 Hudson's Bay Company Employee's  Descendants Reunion 2005
    Descendants will gather at the Lower Fort Garry Historic Site on the 175th anniversary of the fort.
    The reunion will be held on the final day and participants will be given researching tips to help located descendants.
    The company is older than Canada, being 300 years old. The archives was transferred to Canada in 1974 which included such things a weather reports, trading records, maps of the 500 posts the company maintained.     
    Ms. Barbara  Gessner, c/o Box 394, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B1 is the organizer and she can also be reached at <hbcreunion.committee@3web.net>
    One can search the Hudson's Bay Company archives website at <http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca> or write to them at Hudson's Bay Company Archives, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1T5 Tel: (204) 945-4949 Fax: (204) 948-3236 E-Mail <hbca@gov.mb.ca>

03 April, 2004 Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia Cemetery Indexing
    Bob Hegerich writes that the Lunenburg County Cemetery Indexing has begun with the following cemeteries already online -
    He has an even longer list of cemeteries to be indexed. If you wish to help, please contact him at <bobh36@cox.net>

01 April, 2004 April Fool's Day
    April Fool's Day is celebrated in Canada. See how it may have come into being and is celebrated in other countries at <http://www.calendar-update.com/Holidays/Canada/aprilfools.htm>



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