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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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The Syrian Peddlers

Who is that walking in our lane? This was a common question between the members of many families in the early twentieth century, especially in rural areas. No matter how remote, inaccessible, or sparsely populated, early settlers of rural Canada came to count on visits by the Syrian Peddler.  He
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Canadian Oath of Allegiance?

Canadian Children do not start their school day with the Canadian pledge of allegiance. In my day we sang O Canada and recited the lord's prayer in the morning and ended the school day by singing God Save the Queen. Those traditions have long since passed into history.However, military and
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Governor General of Canada

Canada's system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and the Head of State. The Governor General is the representative of the Queen in Canada.The duties of the governor general have changed over time, as Canada has become
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