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Toronto Disasters

Canada's largest city often makes national headlines, not only for its successes and innovations, but also for its resilience in times of suffering. This collection highlights the wrath of Hurricane Hazel that pounded city homes; it remembers the urgent screams heard amidst the tangled wreckage of a nightmarish subway crash; and it recounts one icy night in 1904 when flames engulfed city buildings. These tragedies, and others, epitomize the strength and character of Torontonians in the face of disaster.

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Rene Levesque

A shrewd politician, René Lévesque made Quebec separatism a reality. The Parti Québécois thrived because of his passion, integrity, and considerable charm. It has been said that when he spoke to someone, he gave the feeling that he or she was the most important person in the world. In an era when some preferred to use firebombs to get their point across, Lévesque wanted Quebeckers to vote on separation. But in May 1980, the people of Quebec voted a resounding "no." For Lévesque, it was the end of a dream.

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Chinatown

Author Paul Yee tells the stories of eight Canadian Chinatowns -- Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax -- and explores the unique culture and heritage of each.

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Fighting for Women's Rights

From her time growing up in India and the Royal Court of Siam, Anna (made famous as the "I" in the movie The King and I) developed a fiercely independent nature that she brought with her to North America. As a well-known author, Anna toured America landing in Halifax where she single-handedly created an art school for girls - later to become the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She devoted most of her life to the fight for women's rights.

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Pirates and Privateers

Murder, mutiny, and mayhem were the order of the day in the seas off the East Coast during the golden age of sailing. Pillagers and opportunists plied the seas in search of riches in the holds of American ships. And they invariably found what they were looking for...

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The Last of the Beothuk

The arrival of Europeans in the New World forever changed the fate of the Beothuk. As more settlers arrived, the Beothuk were forced inland. They were tracked, abducted, and even murdered. Their plight was epitomized by the tragic story of Shanawdithit - the last of the Beothuk.

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Rebel Women of the East Coast

Some women achieve extraordinary things during their lifetime. The incredible women in these stories - who lived from 350 years ago to the late twentieth century - contributed their courage, their vision, and their strength to their families and their communities.

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9781554390144 | Published: August 2005

East Coast Murders

A collection of the chilling incidents that have scarred the history of the Atlantic provinces.

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Alexander Graham Bell

In 1876, at only 29 years old, Alexander Graham Bell completed the invention that would turn him into a household name: the telephone. The amazing story of this invention, and Bell's lifelong quest for improving the way things work.

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The Mystery of the Oak Island Treasure
  • Interest age: 11-18
  • School grade: 6-12

The mysteries of the Oak Island treasure that have baffled for over 200 years

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