Tag: history
A tree trunk wrapped in a ribbon reading "Culturally Modified Tree"

When Trees Tell Stories

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 11:29 am   /   V.I.

By Sheena Robinson Photo top: seawolfadventures.ca Walking through the forests of Vancouver Island, it’s easy to become entranced by the density and beauty of the tall trees towering above you. Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar are the most common coniferous giants here. They are a big part of what makes […]

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Ivy Johnson with ventriloquist dummy

The Youngest Ventriloquist in the World

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm   /   The 401, Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Alexandria Stuart The air in England’s West Midlands in 1907 was thick with the dust of coal fires. Once-white bedclothes, hung to dry, took on a shadowy tinge of grey. In a Birminghan home, in a spartan bedroom, the figure seated in a straight-back wooden chair towered over Ivy Johnson. The little girl stretched […]

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Fan holding sign: "Hockey is Canada's game"

Hockey Night *is* Canada

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm   /   The 401

By Meagan Dyer “Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” — Stephen Leacock The National Hockey League entered its third work stoppage in just […]

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Hockey Night *is* Canada (Part Two)

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm   /   The 401

Hockey and geopolitics meshed differently but with just as much emotion nearly three decades later, during the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Canada had not won a tournament in 20 years, mostly because the rules prohibited NHL players from taking part. That left our energetic but definitely B-list national team to battle Soviet […]

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