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Roy MacGregor – No Canoe, No Canada

Episode 44

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Roy MacGregor discusses the history of the canoe and how it continues to capture the imaginations of people across Canada and beyond 

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The hatchery crutch: How we got here

From their beginnings in the late 19th century, salmon hatcheries have gone from cure to band-aid to crutch. Now, we can’t live without manufactured fish. 

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Frozen in time: The remarkable legacy of Mary Vaux, amateur glaciologist

Mary Vaux’s groundbreaking 19th-century study of B.C.’s Illecillewaet Glacier created an invaluable record of the glacier’s recession

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Living on the edge: Becoming Toronto

A map of Toronto in 1878 shows a small city on the brink of massive expansion.

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Happy Birthday! Queen Elizabeth II’s geographical connections to Canada

From noble mountains to local elementary schools, the Queen’s reign and the bonds she’s forged with Canadians are reflected across the map of Canada

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 8

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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The great equalizer? Remembering the promise of the Canadian Citizenship Act

The act was meant to formalize Canada’s national identity — and keep the peace

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Neptune, a Newfoundland dog who sailed on HMS Erebus

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The animals of the Franklin Expedition

It wasn't just men who sailed into the Arctic's unrelenting grip in 1845

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EXCLUSIVE: Sneak peek at “The Terror” Episode 5

Watch an exclusive teaser clip from next Monday's episode of The Terror

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

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“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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Franklin fact and fiction collide in new television series ‘The Terror’

AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror

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Excerpt: 305 Lost Buildings of Canada

Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic uncover the legacies of buildings from across that country that are now gone but still have something to say

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Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter

Tracing the history of the United Nations with a map, produced for schools in 1947 to commemorate the momentous coming together of the planet for a greater good

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Diabetes breakthrough: the discovery of insulin

A century ago, the medical school building at the University of Toronto was the site of a momentous scientific breakthrough

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University of Toronto old medical building

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Percée dans le traitement du diabète

Il y a un siècle, le bâtiment de l’école de médecine de l'Université de Toronto était le site de la découverte révolutionnaire de l’insuline 

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Going to Klondyke: The 19th-century game that brought the gold rush into American homes

Published in the New York Journal as a fanciful full-page map, Going to Klondyke encouraged everyday newspaper readers to try their luck at gold prospecting in the Yukon

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Remembering Canada’s first Olympic hockey gold

Winning gold 100 years ago in Antwerp, Belgium, Canada’s team set a standard for Olympic hockey dominance that would last for three more successive Games

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Après 50 ans de multiculturalisme : Qui est le gardien/la gardienne de l’identité canadienne ?

La professeure Anna Triandafylllidou se penche sur un projet de mise en récit numérique où 28 étudiants de deuxième cycle de partout au Canada étaient invités à répondre à la question : Qui suis-je ?

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50 years of multiculturalism: Who is gate-keeping Canadianness?

Professor Anna Triandafyllidou reflects on a digital storytelling project that saw 28 graduate students from across Canada answer the question: Who am I?

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Celebrating 30 years of Franklin fascination

The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 

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A century ago today, the Bluenose made history

100 years ago — on October 22, 1921 — the iconic Nova Scotian schooner was victorious in its first major race

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The Tuglavina family at Okak, 1915, right to left: Arnatuk, Renatus (Kuttaktok), Josef and Jonas

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The man who challenged the Hudson’s Bay Company

The amazing story of Renatus Tuglavina, remembered in northern Labrador as a folk hero

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Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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Honouring “Canada’s fightingest ship”

Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Canadian Geographic to conduct review of past issues

Magazine to look for evidence of racist language and attitudes in every issue published since 1930 and report on its findings

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Michael Palin on the renowned polar ship Erebus

An exclusive abridged excerpt from a new book by the famed explorer, actor and comedian

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​Les Traités 1 et 2 : Dans les faits

Cette année marque un siècle et demi depuis que les traités 1 et 2 ont été signés

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Treaties 1 and 2: reflecting on the 150th anniversary

This year marks a century and a half since the first numbered treaties were signed

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Guerre sur l’eau

La participation du Canada à la bataille de l’Atlantique, montrée ici, est considérée comme étant son rôle le plus crucial dans la guerre.

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War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here is considered its most essential role in the war

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Célébration du 75e anniversaire de la signature de la Charte des Nations Unies

Retracer l’histoire des Nations Unies à l’aide d’une carte, réalisée pour les écoles en 1947 afin de commémorer le grand moment de l’union de la planète pour le plus grand bien

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Michael Palin wows audiences with tale of HMS Erebus

The author, actor and member of Monty Python wrapped up the Canadian leg of his North American book tour with a sold-out show in Ottawa  

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Niagara Falls is actually a marvel of engineering

A book by environmental historian Daniel Macfarlane reveals the decades of technological feats and cross-border politics that went into “fixing” one of North America’s most important natural sites

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Gateway to Canada: A look back at Pier 21

Canada’s last active seaport immigration shed closed 50 years ago — a look back at Pier 21

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Derrière les voiles

Le symbolisme du Bluenose, l’emblématique goélette canadienne de pêche et de course, est peut-être tout aussi pertinent aujourd’hui qu’il y a 100 ans, lorsque le navire a touché l’eau pour la première fois

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Behind the sails

The symbolism of the iconic Canadian fishing and racing schooner Bluenose may be as relevant today as it was 100 years ago when the ship first hit the water

A topographical map of the Canadian Rockies from the early 1900's

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Picturing the mountains

A French-born Canadian changed the world of mapping by photographing the Rockies

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Discovery history: Race to the top

A 17th-century circumpolar map shows the early days of Arctic exploration

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Excerpt from The Pull of the Stars

Author Emma Donoghue’s novel about the 1918 pandemic offers up many parallels to our 2020 pandemic experience

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Célébrant les 100 ans du Groupe des Sept

La première exposition des artistes avait lieu le 7 mai 1920

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Celebrating 100 years of the Group of Seven

Their first exhibition was May 7, 1920 at what is now the Art Gallery of Ontario

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L’histoire inédite de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson

Une rétrospective des débuts de l’institution fondée il y a 350 ans, qui revendiquait autrefois une part importante du globe

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En souvenir de la première médaille d’or de hockey olympique du Canada

Gagnante de la médaille d’or il y a 100 ans à Anvers (Belgique), l’équipe canadienne a établi une domination en hockey olympique qui a duré pendant trois autres Jeux successifs

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Annulés, mais pas oubliés : les Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique célèbrent leur 50e anniversaire!

L’année 1970 marquait la naissance des Jeux, créés pour donner aux athlètes nordiques plus d’occasions de s’entraîner et de participer à des compétitions

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Cancelled but not forgotten: The 50th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games

Games were started in 1970 to give northern athletes more opportunities for training and competition

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Artifacts retrieved from Erebus wreck reveal snapshot of life on doomed ship

“Most successful season” of exploration since the wreck was discovered surfaces 350 artifacts from officers’ quarters

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Adventurer, turncoat, cannibal: the remarkable story of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 

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Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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Four flags that almost became Canada’s national flag

Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down

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The imagined letters of Lady Jane Franklin

A new novel by Erika Behrisch Elce brings Lady Franklin — widow of doomed polar explorer Sir John Franklin — to life in new and creative ways

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Meet the stone carvers working to rejuvenate Canada’s Parliament buildings

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