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Alexander Mackenzie

Sir Alexander Mackenzie was born in 1764, in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis off the West Coast of Scotland. He traveled to New York with his father and went to school in Montreal. In 1779, he entered a company that eventually joined with other Montreal firms involved in the
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John Redpath, the Whispering Dam, and Sugar

Hard work, dedication to the task, and development of industry, commerce, and community; these are the qualities that many Canadian immigrants, past and present, have brought us. The story of immigrant John Redpath is a story of success, driven by hard work, dedication to task, and development of industry, commerce,
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Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 4

Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 4: The Bomber That Could Have Been In 1945, the Canada Car Foundry CBY-3 was almost a dead bird.  The war was winding down and an excess of Douglas DC3s were being sold at $5,000 fire sale prices. Seeing the CBY-3 as good plane the
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Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 3

Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 3: The Airplane That Flew... But Never Took Off In 1944 the Canada Car & Foundry built an aircraft in its Montreal shops designated the CBY-3, also called the Loadmaster.  There were two units built.  The CBY-3 was far superior to the planes of its
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Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 2

Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 2: Queen of the Hurricanes Born in 1905 in Vancouver, Elsie MacGill was a force to be reckoned with.  In 1927, she became the first woman to graduate as an electrical engineer from the University of Toronto.  She was hired as an engineer by the Austin
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Canada Car and Foundry Company Part 1

Canada Car and Foundry Part 1: The Birth of a Giant In 1941 a competition was held in the US to decide which company should build the US Air Force's new fleet of heavy lift bombers.  Among the competitors there were two notables - Boeing and Canada Car & Foundry.  We
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The Spanish Flu of 1918

Just today I was reading about a deadly bird flu in Asia.  Last month I went for my annual flu shot.  Seems that no matter where you turn people are talking about influenza or the flu. Something endemic is native to a particular place or always to be found in
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