February, 2005 News

(This news feature is now divided into topics of Genealogy, Heritage, and History)

New Feature - Website Pick of the Month!


"Genealogy News"

01 January, 2005 - Canadian Genealogy Webring
    The Canadian Genealogy Webring is a non-commercial entity  which links together Canadian genealogy websites representing  Canadian genealogical research.
    As part of the webring, visitors will be able to surf websites with similar content - each website must contain Canadian content.
    Once an application form has been filled out and accepted, your website will be added to the rotation of the webring.
    The website provides a list of members, links, and resources, as well as information on how to join the webring.
    The website is located at <http://geocities.com/genealogypages>, and the e-mail is <larryjam@sympatico.ca>.

Dig Up Your Roots at the Peel Heritage Complex
    The Peel Heritage Complex is offering a free 90 minute public lecture entitled "Discovering Your Family History: An Introduction" by genealogist, J. Brain Gilchrist on 03 February, 2005.
    In addition, three lectures, for a cost of $10.00 each, will also be given at the heritage centre as follows -
    The Peel Heritage Complex is located at 9 Wellington Street East, Brampton.
    The website for the centre is <http://www.peelregion.ca/heritage/index.htm>. The phone number of the centre is (905) 791-7800 ext. 4499.



"Heritage News"

Canada Chooses Rideau Canal as UN World Heritage Nomination

    The government has recently announced that the Rideau Canal in Ottawa is to be placed in nomination as a World Heritage Site before the United Nation's World Heritage Committee, which expects to make a decision in 2006.
    "With it's unique design and innovative technology, the Rideau Canal is a wonderful example of 19th century engineering achievement in Canada," said the Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of Environment.
    First opened in 1832, its route from the city of Kingston on Lake Ontario to Ottawa on the Ottawa River is 202 kilometers long, and encompasses 47 locks and 74 dams.
    Canada is allowed to place one site in nomination per year. If approved, the Rideau Canal will be the 14th World Heritage Site.
    The website of the canal is <http://www.rideau-info.com>.

New Brunswick Celebrates Heritage Week
    Heritage Week 2005 will focus on  celebrating the province's "Celebrating Our Built Heritage - Celebrons nos oeuvres du patrimoine", said Intergovernmental and International Relations Minister Percy Mockler, the department responsible for the province's heritage.
    Heritage will be celebrating from 14-21 February.
    "As one of the oldest parts of Canada, New Brunswick has a rich history," Mockler said. "Naturally, New Brunswick leads the way in celebrating Heritage Week. An important goal of the week is to provide New Brunswickers with an opportunity to celebrate their shared past."
    More information is available on the web at <http://www.gnb.ca/0007/HW-SP/2005/index-e.asp>.

United Empire Loyalist Conference
    The 2005 conference, "Westward Ho!", is being held in Regina, Saskatchewan this year from 01-05 June, and is sponsored by the Grand River Branch at the Ramada Conference Centre.
    On Thursday, the conference will discuss the RCMP and Early Settler Relationship with the unveiling of the UEL Cairn; Friday will cover Genealogy in Saskatchewan; Saturday will look at Loyalist Roots in Saskatchewan; and Sunday, there will be a service at the Knox Metro Presbyterian United Church.
    The website is <http://www.grandriveruel.ca/2005_Comference.htm>, and the e-Mail is <gerry.pat@sasktel.net>.



"History News"

Veterans Affairs Announces Outstanding Service to Canada by it's Citizens
    The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs have announced the list of outstanding citizens who have received, or will receive, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for their service to fellow Canadians. Edmund (Ted) Griffiths from Ottawa received the citation on 05 November, 2004, and others will receive the citation during 2005.
    The Commendation is awarded to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices, and achievements.
    The following will receive their Commendation on 05 November, 2005:

Jack Amber - Regina, Sask Howard Anderson - Punnichy, Sask
George Aucoin - Cheticamp, NS Fred Bannister - Mt. Pearl, Nfld & Lab
Joseph Bishara - Yarmouth, NS Arthur Boon - Stratford, Ont
Mary Ann Burdett - Terrace, BC James Cohen - Rexdale, Ont
Christian Couture - Saint-Gedeon, Que  
Thomas Cove - Victoria, BC
Rufus Covey - Halifax, NS Leslie Deane - Burbany, BC
David Davidson - Kitchener, Ont Frank and Izaline Davidson - Concord, Mass
Gerry Den Hartogh - St. Thomas, Ont Louis DesChamp - London, Ont
Russell Dillabough - Deep River, Ont Fred Doroshenko - London, Ont
Ronald Edison - Toronto, Ont Aurele Ferlatte - Dalhousie, NB
William Ford - St. John's, Nfld & Lab J. Richard Genin - Laval, Que
Edward Gillette - Saskatoon, Sask John Gillis - Winnipeg, MB
Larry Gray - Carleton Place, Ont John Grenning - St. John's, Nfld & Lab
Foster Griezic - Victoria, BC James R. (Bob) Hannah - Drumheller, AB
Laurence Harrison - Maple Ridge, BC Ken Henderson - Montreal, Que
Edward Howlett - St. John's, Nfld & Lab Derek Irons - Vancouver, BC
Leonard Johansson - Winnipeg, MB William (Bill) Judge - Peterborough, Ont
Stewart Kelly - West Vancouver, BC Conrad Kornberger - Regina, Sask
Kenneth MacAskill - Thunder Bay, Ont Albert W. McKaig - Brandon, MB (Posthumous)
Vera Morgan - Islington, Ont Laurence Motiuk - Ottawa, Ont
Peter Neary - London, Ont Dudley Pearn - Miscouche, PEI
Claude Petit - Saskatoon, Sask Robert Rideau - Botwood, Nfld & Lab
Val Rimer - Calgary, AB Laurent Rivard - Calgary, AB
Edward Rogers - Kateville, Que Robert Ross - Mississauga, Ont
Wallace Smith - Peterborough, Ont Stuart Soward - Victoria, BC
William Steel - Shellbrook, Sask Gordon Strathy - Petawawa, Ont
Lloyd Swick - Ottawa, Ont William Tanner - Peachland, BC


Government of Canada Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Black History Month in Canada
    On 31 January, 2005, the Honourable Raymond Chan, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), has invited all Canadians to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black History Month.
    "The celebration of Black history and culture in this country has grown from a modest community-level grassroots movement to full recognition by Parliament 1996," said Minister of State Chan at a ceremony to launch Black History Month in Montreal.
    The Government of Canada will tour the Black Ink/Encre Noir exhibition in four cities across Canada. The exhibits will appear in Moncton from February 1 to February 4; in Windsor, Ontario from February 7 to February 11; from Prince George, British Columbia from February 14 to February 20; and in Gatineau, Quebec from February 22 to February 24, 2005.
    For a list of Black History Month activities, visit their website at <http://www.pch.gc.ca/multi/black-noir/index_e.cfm>.

Nova Scotia Museum Opens Holocaust Exhibits
    A new, temporary exhibit opened at the Maritime Museum on 27 January in Halifax. Titled "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945", it is composed of 40 panels which track the roots and patterns of Jewish persecution through the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party and the implementation of the Final Solution.
    The exhibits commemorates the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and runs until February 27th. It is jointly presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
    The museum is located at 1675 Lower Water Street in Halifax, and admission is included in the regular cost of a museum pass.
    The website is <http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/events/events.html>.

National Flag Day of Canada - 15 February, 2005

    The Maple Leaf Flag of Canada will be 40 years old on the 15th February!
    For suggestions on celebrating this special day, please go to the website at <http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/flag-drapeau/index_e.cfm> for ideas.



Website Pick of the Month!

Canadian Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Website

    Currently, there are four chapters in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. A fifth one, the Francis Duclos Chapter, is soon to be opened in Montreal. The Montreal chapter will be officially founded in early April.
    The Canadian Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) says that anyone interested in membership should contact them at the Toronto Branch at <UpperCanadaDAR@cs.com>.
    As they say, "The War is long over, and today we are fighting to remember not only our history, but all sides involved!"
    Annual events include the American Apple Pie Party, usually held in November of each year, and an annual business meeting. Their latest newsletter can be read online at <http://www.geocities.com/uppercanadadar/jan_05_newsletter.pdf>
    For individual chapter information, please go to:
    Further information can be read at <http://www.geocities.com/uppercanadaDAR>.
    Their e-mail is <UpperCanadaDAR@cs.com>.



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