Soffie’s Story

My friend Soffie Smith was a little girl when she came to Canada. Her parents arrived in Toronto on March 6, 1968, and worked for 9 months to save money so their children could join them. In December, Soffie’s father flew to Guyana and brought her and her two older brothers back to Canada with... Continue Reading →

Road-tripping the 60s (Not a Woodstock Story)

  Me: Mom, was the Volkswagen in this picture ours, or was it Grandma and Grandpa’s? Mom: I don’t know; does it have a rusted-out hole in the floor? Tales of Transport: the People’s Car Our Volkswagen Beetle did the job of people-moving for many years. At the farthest corners of my memory is one... Continue Reading →

The Trudeau Era (Aka: My Childhood)

My parents kept our TV-viewing very limited; so if the television was on and I was allowed to watch it, that’s where I’d be. It didn’t matter if the show was boring like “The Galloping Gourmet” or uninterpretable like “Monty Python”, that little black and white screen was too enticing for me to pass up. One... Continue Reading →

Vignette: A 60s Slice of Quebec Life

Montréal Here We Be Mom tells me that when we first arrived in Montréal, I spent the first couple of weeks cheerfully asking “When are we going home?” My 4-year-old mind somehow remembered summer vacations when we reliably returned to Sarnia, Ontario. This time, we left Sarnia and never went back. We settled in the... Continue Reading →

Expo 67: Centennial Party

When I arrived in Montréal in 1965 – age 4 – the city was in the throes of preparation for a big party. I know this because my parents took us to a high point on the bank of the St. Lawrence River to see the mid-river construction site. I clearly recall the distant panorama... Continue Reading →

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