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Dutch Offer Second World War Anniversary Scholarships to Canadians for Role in Liberation

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Nuffic, has created a scholarship programme for Canadian students to study in the Netherlands in 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from World War II German occupation in which Canadian soldiers played a significant role. The “liberation scholarships” will be awarded to 70 students for up to six months across ... Read More »

Full Roster of Activities to Celebrate John A. Macdonald in Kingston, Ontario

The home community of Canada’s first and founding prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald of Kingston, has announced a full roster of activities to mark the bicentennial of the father of Confederation’s birth in January. “The name Macdonald of Kingston still rings through Canadian history,” Mayor Mark Gerretsen said in announcing the events the City of Kingston is planning for ... Read More »

Michael Meighen: Making Canada a Better Place

Sometimes the biggest truths in politics come from across party lines. When the Honourable James Cowan, Liberal leader of the opposition in the Senate, bid farewell to Conservative Michael Meighen in the upper chamber, he captured the essence of Meighen perfectly in a single line: “Senator Meighen has never stopped working, quite simply, to make Canada a better place.” Although ... Read More »

The Diefenbaker Moment

Being Canadian is tough. It takes work. Since long before Confederation, Canadians have experienced periods of existential re-examination in which we have struggled to determine just what it is about being Canadian that is worth proclaiming and protecting. Strong leaders do not shrink from those moments. In fact, they seek them, shape them, and have us learn from them. The ... Read More »

Helping Canadians Learn About History

The Government of Canada is providing $1,475,000 over three years to Canada’s History Society for the following three initiatives: the Governor General’s History Awards and its associated History Forum, the website canadashistory.ca and Kayak magazine. This funding is provided through the Canada History Fund. The funding was announced by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. ... Read More »

Michael Meighen Sworn in as McGill University’s Chancellor

When Michael Meighen was sworn in as McGill’s 19th Chancellor at the start of the Oct. 29 Convocation ceremonies by Stuart ‘Kip’ Cobbett, Chairman of McGill’s Board of Governors, the former Senator shook Cobbett’s hand. “I guess I can’t quit now,” he said laughing. “No,” smiled Cobbett. “You’re in.” Make no mistake, there is no quit in Meighen, who, after ... Read More »

Education, Indigenous Leadership, and Economic Strategy Needed: Stephen Kakfwi

In his teenage years, Stephen Kakfwi, former premier of the Northwest Territories, vividly remembers his seven and a half years stuck in a residential school system in Inuvik, Yellowknife, and Fort Smith. Like many others, he suffered abuse and has been speaking out about this time and encouraging other native leaders to do the same. Even when he did try ... Read More »

Former Premier of Northwest Territories Says Relationship Building is Key for Indigenous Canada

As a young man in his twenties, Stephen Kakfwi was a self-described “radical.” He and others took on the Mackenzie Pipeline project, fighting against its construction across the traditional homeland of his people, the Dene. In the Northwest Territories of the 1970s, the political climate was such that the Dene would not even recognize the legitimacy of the territorial government. ... Read More »

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark, Other Experts, to Discuss Bridging Views on Environment and Economy

The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister, will give the keynote address and join other thought leaders from politics, business, media and academia in Toronto this week to discuss polarization in Canada when it comes to sustainable development, and the effect on the environment and our economy. The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of ... Read More »

Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence Given to 54 Teachers from Across Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. This year’s awards were presented to 54 teachers from across Canada. Of these, 17 national-level winners received their awards from the prime minister at a special event in Ottawa. The awards recognize outstanding elementary and secondary school ... Read More »