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  • On Cold Iron

    A Story of Hubris and the 1907 Quebec Bridge Collapse by

    When engineering students in Canada are soon to graduate, the solemn “Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer,” penned by none other than Rudyard Kipling, charges them with their Obligation to high standards, humility, and ethics. Each budding engineer ...


  • The Birdcages

    British Columbia's First Legislative Buildings 1859-1957 by

    Revealing a little-known chapter in the history of Victoria, British Columbia, The Birdcages, the province’s first legislative buildings, were built 1859-1864, the formative, tumultuous time of the Gold Rushes. Constructed on the site of the present ...


  • Forestry Recollections

    Red Lake 1926-1986 by

    In 1925, a gold rush exploded in this isolated area of northwestern Ontario. A surge of gold seekers hastened to get to Red Lake. With people flooding in, the provincial government decided to establish a presence. In 1926, the Department of Lands ...


  • Lady with the Iron Ring

    An Engineer’s Memoir of Hope, Luck and Success by

    In 1978, Nattalia Lea became the first woman to graduate from the University of British Columbia with a bio-resources engineering degree – an era when less than 0.5% of Canadian professional engineers were female. Then 26 years later, in 2004, after ...


  • Cutting Loose

    by

    Two executions behind the forbidding walls of Oakalla prison near Vancouver in 1955. The first a routine hanging, the second a gruesome spectacle. The first is witnessed by an 18-year-old reporter, Peter. The second, some weeks later, turns into a ...


  • East York 1924-1997

    Toronto's Garden of Eden by

    The East York Foundation was originally created in April of 1965 by an Act of the Provincial Legislature. Prior to this, municipal administrators and politicians had worked together to establish a not for profit body to assist in preserving ...


  • True Sea Stories on the BC Coast

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    A devastating typhoon; a mysterious rescue mission; an encounter between a black bear and a moose; a deadly near-collision on the Homathko River; the hunting of a sea lion by two orcas. These are just a few of the experiences author Len Helsing ...


  • They Came

    Pioneer Women of the Canadian West A Sampler of Stories and Recipes by

    European settlement of Western Canada was both rapid and dramatic. People came from all over the world to take advantage of cheap land ($10 for 160 acres/64.7 hectares). Women most often came with parents, or followed husbands and brothers. They ...


  • They Came

    Pioneer Women of the Canadian West A Sampler of Stories and Recipes by

    European settlement of Western Canada was both rapid and dramatic. People came from all over the world to take advantage of cheap land ($10 for 160 acres/64.7 hectares). Women most often came with parents, or followed husbands and brothers. They ...


  • I'll Take My Chances

    Volume 1 by

    Evil had to be defeated and he had a responsibility to help. Now it was too late to do anything but spend the lives of millions of young men to defeat this new Dark Age. The mountains were witness to Sidney’s determination to stand tall against the ...