Quarantine Like It’s 1914

Late in the winter of 1914, my Great Uncle Loring Christie was living at the Roxborough Hotel in downtown Ottawa. He was there working for the Department of External Affairs. He contracted the mumps. In a letter to his sister, Helen, he spoke of his need to quarantine: A week has gone; two more must... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Spotting in Ottawa: Patriation 1982

When I was five years old, the Queen sailed on the Royal Yacht Britannia up the Seaway Canal near my Montreal suburb. She was in Canada for Expo 67 and Canada’s Centennial. My parents took me and my three siblings to join the crowds lining the canal. The ship was late, and Mom and Dad... Continue Reading →

1981: How I Spent My Summer…

The staff of Camp Oolahwan, summer 1981. Anyone who has been to camp will know that the second after this photo was taken, those of us at the front were pushed into the water. On April 30, 2007, an article about a girls’ camp appeared in the Montreal Gazette. I found myself examining memories for... Continue Reading →

Fall ’76: On to the Next Party

Photo by Adrien Olichon on Unsplash For me, there will always be a connection between Quebec separatism and the city of Mississauga. The adults of Quebec made a significant decision in November 1976. They chose René Lévesque and the separatist Parti Québécois to govern us, thus signalling a will for our province to separate from the rest... Continue Reading →

Accessorizing Milk

I was a big drinker of milk well into my adult years. When I took a youth-hostelling trip to New Zealand in 1983, I loved getting my milk in the solid glass jars they had there. I said so once to an Auckland girl who was showing me around. “Why? How does milk come in... Continue Reading →

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