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Riding the Rails into Canada’s History – A Book Review

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January 21, 2021
Riding the Rails into Canada’s History – A Book Review

David Laurence Jones, Railway Nation: Tales of Canadian Pacific, the World’s Greatest Travel System (Victoria: Heritage House, 2020) 304 pages, $34.95 (paper). We can still hear the distant call of a diesel engine’s whistle today in most regions of Canada and for many of us it is a sound that transports us to an earlier time,...
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How the West and Northwest were really won – A history essay

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February 6, 2011

Everyone has an image of the old West. Americans like to depict it as the Wild West, the myth of a free land ripe for the conquering replete with scalp-happy Indian war parties, covered wagons and courageous lone gunmen who stayed just shy of outlaw status. In Canada, the West, and particularly the northwest,...
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Soft Sleeper to Shanghai

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December 15, 2010

I heard the tinny strains of the marching song from Bridge Over the River Kwai and thought I heard Sir Alec Guinness flicking a speck of dust from his pin-neat uniform as he barked orders. But the voice I heard coming from the radio speaker in our ‘soft sleeper’ train compartment was not his.
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