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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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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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1841: The Year of Responsible Government?

1841: The Year of Responsible Government?

Locating Responsible Government in 1848 divorces it from its proper context. And it ignores contemporary 19th century authorities, like Sir John A. Macdonald, who said that the grant of Responsible Government occurred not in 1848 but in 1841. 

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Radio interview: Sir John A.'s reputation is at stake!

Radio interview: Sir John A.'s reputation is at stake!

Revisiting the controversy of Sir John A. Macdonald Interview with Glen Williams, author of "Sir John 'Aryan' Macdonald Revisited" in The Dorchester Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Autumn/Winter 2018, pp. 3-10. By Marc Montgomery | english@rcinet.caWednesday 9 January, 2019 For most of Canada’s history, Sir John A Macdonald has been revered as the father of Confederation, the man who in large part created the country out of disparate British colonies. In recent years, his reputation has come under fire with claims of racism and especially by Indigenous groups and others for his having established the disastrous “residential school system”. As the anniversary of...

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