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War of 1812 Part 6

The War of 1812 Part 6:  How Politics Sunk the Americans The geographic make up of Canada should have favored the American during the War of 1812.  Except for the areas in and around its major cities, Canada was rough wilderness of forest and rock with a single major river running through it to the
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War of 1812 Part 5

 War of 1812 Part 5: Chronology of the Action The key to understanding war of any kind is to recognize that no action in war is isolated from another.  For example, success in Normandy (D-Day) was not an isolated event, purely the result of planning an executing the attack. It was, in
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War of 1812 Part 4

The War of 1812 Part 4:  The Emergence of Sir Isaac Brock Isaac Brock was born 6 October 1769 on the Isle of Guernsey, the son of a navy midshipman.  He excelled in school, including studying French, and in many sports.  As he matured his ideas turned to the military and in 1785 he joined
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War of 1812 Part 3

War of 1812 Part 3: The Fur Flies The War Hawks, with their leaders, Henry Clay and John Calhoun, both from southern states and avowed British-haters, were gaining a lot of traction in Congress By late 1811 they were pushing the US to go to war with Britain by invading Canada. They were convinced that the
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War of 1812 Part 2

The War of 1812 Part 2:  Stoking the Fires - The Rise of Tecumseh In 1809 James Madison became the President of the United States.  He was focused on expanding his territory north to the Pole and this made his northern neighbours a bit nervous.  To make things worse, the 1810 elections saw a substantial group of
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War of 1812

It is said that history is written by the victors. Who then should write the stories of the War of 1812? As we approach the 200 year anniversary of the start of the War, it is only just that we discuss the conflict from all side, the Canadian, the British and the American.  I
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War Of 1812 Part 1

There is much to write about the War of 1812. Everybody knows something about the War between the US and Britain that took place in Canada and the US.  Most know that Laura Secord did not invent chocolate but rather was a heroine during the war.  Some may even know that the
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Auld Lang Syne – Story and Lyrics

Auld Lang Syne (Modern Lyrics Below) is a song most frequently heard around New Years Eve, in celebrating the passing of the old year and welcoming in the new year.  This song is heard not only in English speaking countries but also in most Asian countries. We just said farewell to 2010,
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Order of Canada

The recent announcement that Henry Morgentaler was to be honored with the Order of Canada allows us the opportunity to discuss this little understood award.  The Order of Canada began in 1967. The motto is "desiderantes meliorem patriam" which translates to "those who desire a better country." According to the web site
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