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Ottawans owe Valerie Knowles a debt of gratitude for searching and recording on paper for our enlightenment, the lives of 32 well-known citizens from the past. What riches she has uncovered about these remarkable men and women, and what they did to build the...read more
Cairine Wilson, Canada’s first woman senator, was raised in one of Montreal’s most affluent and influential families in an atmosphere of strict Presbyterianism, tempered by rugged Scots liberalism. She early displayed an interest in politics and, as a...read more
Immigrants and immigration have always been central to Canadians’ perception of themselves as a country and as a society. This crisply written history describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada and the immigration policies that have...read more
Winner of The Canadian Railroad Historical Association Book Award for 2005 Winner of the City of Ottawa Book Award 2005 for non-fiction Winner of The University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography for 2004 William C. Van Horne was one of North...read more
William C. Van Horne was one of North America’s most accomplished men. Born in Illinois in 1843, Van Horne started working in the railway business at a young age. In 1881 he was lured north to Canada to become general manager of the fledgling Canadian Pacific...read more
This follow-up to Capital Lives contains thirty-two new profiles of well-known Canadians from Ottawa’s past, all of which have appeared in the author’s Forever Young column since the publication of the first volume in 2005. Capital Lives: Profiles of 32...read more