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Macdonald: A Hero for Our Times?

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Macdonald: A Hero for Our Times?

The Old Flag and the Old Policy probably mattered more than the Old Man to most Canadians, writes Phillip A. Buckner. We can debate Sir John A. without losing our heads — or his.

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The Myth Behind “Rhodes Must Fall”

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The Myth Behind “Rhodes Must Fall”

By Marie Kawthar Daouda

NELSON MANDELA himself urged against cancelling memorials to Imperialist figures. Besides, it is condescending and very white-centered to think that Africa’s problematic past only revolves around European imperialism.

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The Imbecile Attack on Egerton Ryerson

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The Imbecile Attack on Egerton Ryerson

It is wrong to blame Egerton Ryerson for creating residential schools and too often ignored that Indigenous people themselves wanted government-funded schools. It was Chief Peter Jones, working with other prominent Methodists, who argued that the government should fund schools to educate Indigenous men .... 

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Hoser Savant: Al Purdy at 100

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Hoser Savant: Al Purdy at 100

Fraser Sutherland remembers Al Purdy   An Echo in the Mountains: Al Purdy after a Century. Edited by Nicholas Bradley. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.   ONCE I WAS GIVEN the thankless task of introducing Al Purdy to a room full of university undergraduates. I didn’t commit the folly of saying “Al Purdy needs no introduction” but I did say “Al Purdy is a great friend of young poets.” Purdy wasn’t going to let me get away with that. He snarled or bellowed (in his case they were often interchangeable), “I hate young poets!” He didn’t hate young poets; he was only seizing...

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Not Guilty: Sir John A. Macdonald & the Genocide Fetish

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Not Guilty: Sir John A. Macdonald & the Genocide Fetish

Genocide? Quite the contrary. Patrice Dutil explains why Sir John A. Macdonald is NOT GUILTY.

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