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Alberta’s Little History War

Alberta’s Little History War

JASON KENNEY, SWORN in as Alberta Premier on Apr. 30, should not only cancel the revised social studies curriculum drafted under Rachel Notley since 2016. He should scrap the extant 2005 curriculum too, and do what he can to shift the teaching philosophy behind it. Kenney re-entered the History Wars with finely-calibrated counterattacks in 2016-17, renewed this year on Feb. 16, against “social engineering and pedagogical fads.” He should now bring forward the reserve guns. Mandatory testing to the end of Grade 12 is laudable and should continue. The deeper problem lies in the current thematic approach to history and civics,...

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Our 17th edition has gone to press!

Our 17th edition has gone to press!

 

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1812 & The Fathers of Confederation

1812 & The Fathers of Confederation

Several Fathers of Confederation had a connection to the War of 1812. Only two generations separated the peace of 1814 from the Charlottetown conference -- the same lapse of time (fifty years) as between 1945 and 1995, when Canadians of all ages celebrated “Victory in Europe."

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Mapping Vancouver Island

Mapping Vancouver Island

Phyllis Reeve reviews a splendid account of how explorers, traders, and adventurers followed on the heels of pirates, capricious monarchs and merchants to chart the waters of Vancouver Island, and shows how every map and plan has a human story.

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The 'Settler' Nonsense

The 'Settler' Nonsense

There is much creepy virtue-signaling in whites abasing themselves as “settlers.” But there is no road forward because, fundamentally, it is a collectivist concept. This approach blames some people not for what they did but for what somebody like them did. It absolves others of all blame based on skin colour and falsifies their ancestors’ history.

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