June, 2006 News

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

Bonus Feature - Website Pick of the Month!

June 21st to July 1st - Eleven days to celebrate Canada!

    The celebration starts with Aboriginal Day, and ends with the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, as well as across the country.
    Heritage Canada has been busy naming the winners of the 2006 Edition of the Canada Day Poster Challenge, and from June to September, the Canadian Children's Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec will exhibit all art work of the 13 provincial and territorial finalists.
    Both the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador celebrate an anniversary this month, leading to the national holiday of July 1st.

June 24th - Fête Nationale in Quebec
    Formerly known by the name of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, it is celebrated in honour of the summer solstice, along with the traditional celebration of the Patron Saint of French-Canadians, who was officially proclaimed by His Holiness, Pope Pius X, in 1908.

June 24 is Discovery Day in Newfoundland!
    It is popular belief that John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) discovered Newfoundland and Labrador in 1497. This discovery is celebrated on June 24th.
    He and his small vessel, the Matthew, discovered North America in the summer of 1497, although the exact location has never been determined.
    The next year, in 1498, he made out for North America again with five ships, but only one of them made it to Ireland, and he and his ships were never heard from again.
    Celebrated as a statutory holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit <http://www.newfoundlandlabradortourism.com> to find this year's celebrations.

"Genealogy News"

British Home Children and Descendants Association
    The association will meet and hold their 4th reunion on August 4th at Bible Hill Junior High School, 741 College Road, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.
    Registration is 9:00-9:45 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m.
    For more information, please contact Cecil Verge at <willowcb@auracom.com>.
    If you would like more information on British Home Children, please read a column I wrote on Home Children at <http://www.genealogytoday.com/ca/connect/031202.html>.

Agreement-in-Principal with Chinese Canadians - (News Story)
    Read the column published May 18th, 2006 in GenealogyToday.com.

Life Blog
    Read about the great time we had at this year's Ontario Genealogical Society's conference blog on <http://www.scriptorium.ca/Monthly Blog - June, 2006.htm>.

"Heritage News"

Doors Open Ontario 2006
    Over the past four years since this program has been held, more than 1.5 million visitors have taken advantage of Doors Open Ontario.
    The fifth season began on April 22nd, with the first event held in Guelph. There will be 45 events held this year, and you are directed towards <http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/userfiles/HTML/nts_1_5773_1.html> to get a free listing of participating communities sites. Admission is free.
    "Doors Open Ontario turns our cities, towns and villages into living exhibitions for everybody to enjoy," said the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "It's an opportunity for person of all people of all ages to get to know our communities and discover their unique heritage treasures."
    Doors Open Ontario runs through to the end of October. Commercial buildings, gardens, houses, places of worships, and museums are some of the places which will be open.

"History News"

Rideau Hall is Scheduling Tours this Summer
    The grounds will be open daily from May until October 29th, from 8:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset. There are both English and French-language tours.
    Rideau Hall has been the historic home to Canada's governors-general since 1867. Groups are offered guided tours all summer long, as well as on the statutory holidays of July 1st, August 7th, September 4th, and October 9th.
    Rideau Hall is located at 1 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa. The phone number is 613-991-4422 with the e-mail is <guide@gg.ca>. The website is <http://www.gg.ca>.
    Admission is free to all events and activities.

New Site for Military Spouses
    Every Friday, military spouses are wearing red in support of their men and women overseas, and they want you to wear red, too.
    They chose red in honour of Canada. Spouses can post their feelings on-site, and not feel alone. Please go to <http://marriedtothecanadianforces.com>.

Changing of the Guard (Halifax)
    Lectures will be given on the Changing of the Guard in Halifax this summer because it will be 100 years since the British stopped defending the port. They defended the port from 1749 until 1906.
    There will be two lectures in June, and two lectures in July. They are:
    The website is <http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/roots/feat_res.html>.
    For more information, please phone (902) 490-5813.

Deemed Never to Have Served
    After the Second World War, approximately 14,000 Canadian men and women were "deemed never to have served'" because they left the military without being properly discharged. Some left while on duty, and others didn't follow the proper discharge process of demobilization.
    You can apply for proper discharge if you are one of these people. Family members of deceased veterans can also apply on their behalf.
    The administrators can be contacted by e-mail at <centre@forces.gc.ca>, by phone within Canada at 1-800-883-6094, or, if calling from outside Canada, call collect at (613) 995-0972.
    By mail, they can be contacted at: Deemed Never to Have Served, c/o Director Casualty Support and Administration, National Defence Headquarters, Major General George R. Pearkes Building, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2
    The government started to review these cases in November, 2005.

100th Anniversary of the Atlas of Canada - (
News Story)
    Read how Canada has mapped its country and how the atlas shows a growth in a "incredible social, environmental, and economic diversity of the country."

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day
    This day, June 21, was chosen as National Aboriginal Day because it was the first day of summer. The summer solstice is when many Aboriginal groups already celebrate their cultures and heritage on that particular day.
    "Indians, Inuit and Métis have made unparalleled contributions to the developments of this country," said Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ronald A. Irwin, in 1996, when Aboriginal Day was announced.
    To see what events are being planned, go to <http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nad/index_e.html>.

June 27 is Multiculturalism Day
    On November 13, 2002—by Royal Proclamation—Multiculturalism Day was pronounced.
    It is a day in which there is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and commitment to democracy, equality, and mutual respect.
    To take part in the events, and discover the wealth of Canada's diversity, please go to <http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/progs/multi/index_e.cfm>.

Website Pick of the Month!

Campobello Island Website continues to be Updated
    If you have any connection to Campobello Island (it straddles the Canada-USA border) then you need to go to the site
<http://www.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob> and see Heather's latest update. This update includes 20 obituaries added to the Obituaries Page, as well as the first four pages of the 1911 Canadian Census which have been transcribed and put on the page.
    There is an update on the county guides and Heather's Surname Database has also been added to, with an additional 250 names.
    There is also Miscellaneous Wills, Cemeteries & Churches, Villages, Vital Records, 1851-1911 & 1910 Lubec, Maine Census, Photographs, and even Postcards.
    Sign the guestbook, and join the other 49,000+ visitors who have visited this site.
    The next update is scheduled for September, 2006.

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