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This documentary was created in honour of Montreal's 375th anniversary. This superbly crafted set of 5 episodes (on 5 DVD's) tells the story of Montreal in both English and French. You will learn something new about this fascinating city, even if you were born there. Enjoy!
What is the Lachine Canal? Find out why it was made, how it was remade and what it contributed to Canada. Learn about its complementary and competing aspects as a shipping corridor, energy source and industrial water supply.
This wonderfully illustrated book presents a comprehensive history of the Lachine Canal from many points of view. You will come away with a deep appreciation for the men and women who worked and lived along the canal. Their labours were the heartbeat of Canada's industrialization.
This is one of those books you want to keep on reading but dread finishing. It is simply too good to put down. You don't have to be a music fan to enjoy this one. Donald Fagen is too talented to be labeled. His wit, wisdom and dry sense of humour shine through on each page. Buy this book and savour the reading experience. Enjoy!
This book is a wonderful collection of oral histories and photographs from people who lived in Montreal's Point St. Charles, Griffintown and Goose Village communities. It documents a way of life and a place (i.e., Goose Village a.k.a. "Victoriatown") which have disappeared.
My grandmother and my uncle and his family lived in Point St. Charles. This book brings back the memories of those years. Even if you have no connection to this area, this book will reveal a charming way of life and community spirit which existed in the middle of the 20th century.
This documentary is about Canada's silent diaspora. Learn about the more than 600,000 Anglos who were displaced from Quebec since the Quiet Revolution. I am one of them.
I saw the Quiet Revolution up close and personal. My father worked for the Montreal Star newspaper and during the police strike he was called in to work overnight. The protestors had smashed the plate glass windows which showcased the press room at sidewalk level.
When James Cross was kidnapped, Susan, our high school guidance counsellor, was whisked away by the police. She was his daughter. We never saw her again.
The night the War Measures Act was proclaimed, planes and helicopters were flying above our house. We were on the flight path for the armed forces who were deployed overnight from Ontario into Quebec. I also remember a soldier with a rifle boarding and searching our school bus at a road crossing checkpoint.
So, as a displaced Anglo, how do you think I feel about what has happened since?
Let me tell you, that some of the most friendly and generous people live in Quebec. When I was there, it seemed that the poorest people gave the most. Quebec has a rich history and culture. I now know that Quebec is misunderstood and underappreciated by a largely indifferent English Canada.
Pierre Trudeau had the smarts and the savvy.
Rene Lévesque had the heart and the spirit.
It is Canada's loss, that Quebec never signed the Constitution. Now, after years of living in English Canada, I'm not sure if they ever should.
I've met bigots from both the English and French milieus. They are similar in their ignorance of the other side. Could English Canada ever appreciate Quebec? I doubt it. If Quebec eventually does separate, it will be more of a loss to the rest of Canada than it will be to Quebec.
To all of you who complained about the French on your Cornflakes box, you will not understand this. Sadly, you are not expected to.
Ernest Hemingway is one of the most misunderstood authors of the 20th century. Don't listen to his detractors. Read his works, all of his works, then make up your own mind. The genius of his writings will endure long after today's politically correct crowd has expired.