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Today in Canadian History

Each episode of Today in Canadian History contains an interview with a Canadian professor, journalist, author, or “everyday” historian and focuses on a unique event or moment that took place on that day in Canadian history. Today in Canadian History presents Canada’s past in a unique and accessible manner. The series is designed to be a first step to learning more about our past. We would like to remind Canadians not just about what makes our country great, but what makes it complicated, beautiful, diverse, and ours. Feel free to get in touch with Marc & Joe via-email: todayincanada@gmail.com

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October 19 – St. Albans Raid

The St. Alban's Raid took place on this day back in 1864.


19 Oct 2021

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October 20 – Tommy Douglas was born

Happy Tommy Douglas Day! Tommy Douglas was born on this day in 1904. To learn more about Tommy Douglas, we spoke with C. Stuart Houston, an historian and author of "Tommy's Team : the People Behind the Douglas Years". Dr. Houston is a professor emeritus of the university of Saskatchewan, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.


20 Oct 2021

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October 22 – Louis Riel is Born

To learn more about Riel we spoke with Director of the Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg, Philippe Mailhot.


22 Oct 2021

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October 7 – First concert of the NAC Orchestra

Back in 1969, 46 nervous and excited performers stepped onstage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.


7 Oct 2021

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October 14 – SS Caribou sunk by German submarine

The passenger ferry was sunk off the coast of Nova Scotia back in 1942.


14 Oct 2021

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October 8 – Multiculturalism Policies Introduced

The first ever policies regarding multiculturalism were announced on this date back in 1971.


8 Oct 2021

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October 18 - The Famous Five

On this day back in 1929, women became "persons". Guest host, Jennie Palmer.


18 Oct 2021

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October 13 – Anniversary of the Canadian Navy

Back in 1910, an Imperial Order in Council transferred the Naval Station at Halifax to the Canadian Government.


13 Oct 2021

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October 12 – Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie

We spoke with Tim Cook, historian with the Canadian War Museum and author of The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie.


12 Oct 2021

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