This week on the Canada 150 Project, we take a break from the research and look back on 2017 and all that has been accomplished. We look back on our favourite episodes, our favourite moments, our struggles, our accomplishments and, of course, our favourite beverages. From launch, to our first download it has been an exciting year and we are gearing up for an even better 2018!
This week, Rod takes us into a sad and dark period in Canadian history. Starting in the 1950s and continuing as recently as the 1990s, the Canadian government sponsored an internal campaign to eliminate all suspected gay men from the civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the military. In a systematic, destructive and hateful manner, the Canadian government collected files on over 9,000 “suspected” gay individuals. Thousands of lives were destroyed as suspected individuals were harrassed, stalked, questioned and abused at the hands of their own government. Embarrassingly, this period also saw public funds put towards the development of ridiculous methods to identifying or out suspected gay individuals, including government sponsored development of the “Fruit Machine” - allegedly able to measure the diameter of the pupils of the eyes (pupillary response test), perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response to various pictures.
Tewaarathon or baggataway is one of the oldest organized games in North America. Considered the precursor to what we commonly recognize as Lacrosse, these early ball games involved large teams of Indigenous warriors and community members playing over a field that could be kilometers in length. With roots back to as early as the 11th Century, initially the game was played for many different reasons including to strengthen diplomatic alliances, support social conformity and economic equality, and as entertain for the creator. In one incredible legend, it would also be used quite effectively in achieving war time objectives. After being identified by non-Indigenous explorers in the early 17th century and it would quickly became one of the most popular sports in what would become Canada, long considered our nation’s National Sport.
In this week's episode, Rod really shows us his true colours. Yup, you guessed it. He's a nerd. Buuuuutttttt that's why we all love him! Started in 1948 by Stu Hart, for 50 years Stampede Wrestling would entertain people across the prairies and around the globe, with its eccentric and sometimes just down right odd wrestlers. At its height it was one of the more popular promotions being shown in over 50 countries. So popular that in in 1985 it would be bought by Vince McMahon and run by the WWE for a year, only to be sold back in 1986.
Stampede Wrestling will always be most famous for (even though Brandon had never heard of it) “The Dungeon”. Run out of the basement of the Hart Family house, the Dungeon would turn out many international wrestling stars including the Hart Brothers, Chris Benoit, Ken Shamrock, Justin Credible and Edge. Whether you saw them travelling in your school auditoriums or on the TV, this episode will surely bring you back to you childhood. Enjoy!
As war broke out in Europe, Francis “Peggy” Pegahmagabow would rise above racism and discrimination at home in Canada and become one of the first Canadian soldiers to not only enlist but to step foot in Europe. Over the next 4 years, he would find himself in unthinkable situations participating in the Second Battle of Ypres - experiencing the first use of Chlorine gas by the Germans, the Battle of the Somme, the bloody Battle of Passchendaele and many more horrific battles. As a fearless scout and deadly accurate sniper, he would survive the entire war becoming known as the WWI’s most deadly sniper with 378 recorded kills as well as capturing more than 300 soldiers.
This Remembrance Day, we highlight the incredible, little known, story of Francis Pegahmagabow.
- Legendary Ojibwa sniper unsung hero of WWI
- Francis Pegahmagabow
- The deadliest sniper of WWI was Francis Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa soldier
- Pegahmagabow: Life-Long Warrior by Adrian Hayes
We’re back with Michelle, the Intern! This summer she undertook an incredible coast-to-coast train trip on the Via Rail 150 pass. Michelle sits down with us and tell us all about her trip, the good, the bad, the ugly ….. just kidding, as you can imagine it was all amazing! Michelle covers off her favourite spots, adventures and sites in a number of places, including:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Moncton, New Brunswick, Charlottetown, PEI, Quebec City, Quebec, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, Niagara, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasper, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia
Don’t forget to follow Michelle on Instagram @intern150 and read her online posts for VERN Magazine at: http://www.vernmagazine.com/our-interns-train-trip-across-canada-maritimes-edition/
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Back by popular demand, this week we traverse the country in the search of Big Things! As you know Canada is a big country, filled with big things. If you've ever taken one of those long summer car trips as a child - jammed with weeks worth of clothing, food and your annoying siblings - you've undoubtedly notice the numerous giant roadside attractions that dot the landscape and highway turnoffs of Canada. In this episode you’ll discover a giant Elephant, Lobster, Cow, Gold Pan, Axe, Rocking Chair, and Beaver!
On October 17, 2017, Canada lost one of its most prolific, outspoken, true Canadian Patriots - Gord Downie. An incredible poet, Downie and the Tragically Hip touched on an incredibly vast array of Canadian topics, issues and history - both light and heavy. In this episode, Brandon and Rod break from the now standard structure and discuss Gord, the Hip, their favourite songs, lyrics and much more. Less about the history of the Man and the Band, more about their personal connection with the performances, the lyrics and the personality that impacted millions in a uniquely Canadian way.
This week we take the podcast on the road for the first time and get a tour from the owners of Three Valley Gap in beautiful British Columbia. The passion project of the late Gordon Bell, the family run Three Valley Gap is now under the helm of his spirited, dedicated and down-to-earth children, George and Mel. Sit back and enjoy the trip as Mel and George take us on a private tour sharing their family history, some incredible stories and a behind the scenes look of one of Canada’s biggest private historical collections.
Located on the Trans Canada Highway just 12 miles (19km) west of Revelstoke, Three Valley Lake Chateau Ltd. and Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town are in the spectacular Eagle Pass. The Gap is surrounded by the mighty Monashee Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Lake of Three Valleys lap the beach of the resort. Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town, is a unique attraction adjacent to Three Valley Lake Chateau. A visit to the Ghost Town will bring you back to the pioneer days of a typical 1800’s British Columbia western town. During your visit, you will tour more than 25 rescued and restored historic buildings, an Antique Auto Museum featuring automobiles dating from 1902, and our Railway Roundhouse, complete with turntable, locomotives and rail cars.
In September of 1863, an man, unknown to any of the locals in the small village of Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, was found washed ashore on the beach of Sandy Cove. The man was found with no legs, a little bit of food and an inability or unwillingness to communicate with the locals in English, French or Italian. He would quickly come to be known as “Jerome”, named after the only sound he was able to produce when questioned on his past and where he came from. Just where did this man come from? While his past has remained a mystery, there are no shortage of stories and legends around Jerome of Sandy Cove.