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Donald Creighton was a bigot and a curmudgeon, a cranky Tory with a chip on his shoulder. He was also the country’s leading historian, who changed the way that Canadians told their own story. Read more

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Lacking in drama and embarrassingly undemocratic, Canada’s origins owe a lot to old-fashioned politics and not much to European battles or transcontinental railways. Read more

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"Resistance to wars is as much a Canadian tradition as fighting them." Daniel Francis discusses alternative histories, anti-draft demonstrations and the divisive nature of war. Read more

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Daniel Francis asks why a high-speed commuter route runs through Stanley Park, Vancouver's precious urban oasis. Read more

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"Canadians have long been convinced that we do not know much, or care much, about our own history, but a new study suggests that this truism is not true." Read more

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Daniel Francis on John Franklin, John Rae and the Globe and Mail's enthusiasm for cannibalism. Read more

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The canoe as a fetish object, a misreading of Canadian history and a symbol of colonial oppression. Read more

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Is it the icons of Canadian pop culture—hockey fights, Tim Hortons coffee, Don Cherry’s haberdashery, Rick Mercer’s rants—that reveal the deepest truths about us? Read more

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The Penthouse, the notorious Vancouver night club, shares a history with several of the city's missing women cases. Read more

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Huan Tran

During the 1950s the RCMP used a machine to identify federal employees who were homosexuals. The name of this bogus device? The "fruit machine," of course. Read more

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The Great White North gets rebranded and gains some military muscle: goodbye peacenik, hello soldier. Read more

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Richard Stursberg’s memoir of his years in CBC programming raises the question: How did someone with no sympathy for public broadcasting get the job in the first place? Read more

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Artray photo, Vancouver Public Library: VPL 84847. Used with permission.

Daniel Francis explores the photographer as Vancouver's most interesting historian. Read more

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