• The Big Questions of Canada: Prominent Canadians tackle the major issues facing the nation as we mark 150 years of Confederation. By Adrienne Clarkson (multiculturalism), Murray Sinclair (Indigenous reconciliation), General Romeo Dallaire (peacekeeping), Andrew Coyne (the future of federalism) and Charlotte Gray.
• Expo 67 — 50th anniversary story package. • National Historic Sites — 100th anniversary package • Confederation of Canada story package.
Destinations: Ottawa’s Laurier House.
Possible Cover: Grenfell Nurses / Dieppe Raid: 75 years
• 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid: Possible story by David O’Keefe on the secret motive behind the disastrous 1942 raid on Nazi-occupied France.
• The Grenfell Nurses: Working in the remote regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, saving lives under nearly impossible conditions was routine for the the nurses of the Grenfell Mission. By Heidi Coombs-Thorne.
• Gypsies of Canada: It may come as a surprise to many, but the Roma have been in Canada for more than a hundred years. By Cynthia Levine-Rasky.
• First Names: Today, most of Canada’s Indigenous people are referred to as First Nations. How did that happen? By Ray Argyle.
Destinations: Ontario’s Bay of Quinte and its New France legacy. By Anne Elspeth Rector. October-November 2017
Possible Cover: Beaver Utopia
• Beaver Utopia: As New World beavers were being slaughtered to make fine felt hats, Enlightenment writers were claiming beavers lived in large, well-ordered democracies — a veritable utopia in the woods. Eventually this myth disappeared from Canada’s popular imagination. By Rachel Poliquin.
• Defending the Fort: The story of Madeleine Jerret de Vercheres, who 325 years ago defended a fort in New France from Iroquois attack. TBA
• Writing Home: Hundreds of letters two Jewish Canadian soldiers wrote to their mother in Montreal during the Second World War were hidden away until the 1990s. “All of a sudden, these two boys, dead for half a century, came to life,” said a family member. By Jeff Keshen.
Destinations: Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. By Alan Luke.
• Story Derby: During the Great Depression, Toronto lawyer Charles Millar sparked a highly unusual contest when he left part of his estate to the woman who had the most children in ten years. When a contestant with five children born out of wedlock was disqualified, trouble ensued. By Joel Fishbane.
• Carry On, Sergeant!: The quixotic quest to make the 1928 feature film Carry On, Sergeant! a lynchpin in establishing a made-in-Canada film-making history. Alas, it proved a flop and set the industry back by decades. By Kevin Plummer.
• Radio Queen: Back in the Roaring Twenties, Lillian Shaw was the among the first women to break into radio, at at time when radio itself was still an experiment. By 1926, she was voted the most popular radio announcer in Canada. By Gary Moir.
• PEI Survey:An 1876 survey of PEI residents reveals some surprising information about life on the island at that time. By Alan MacEachern.
For 2018 and beyond: • Polio in the Arctic: When polio hit the Arctic community of Chesterfield Inlet in 1948, it hit hard. By Chris Rutty.’
• Touring White Canada: A year after the Northwest Resistance of 1885, Prime Minister John A Macdonald invited Plains First Nations leaders who had remained loyal to his government to visit Eastern Canada, all expenses paid. By Donald Smith.
• Nazi in Canada: A few weeks before he was hanged in 1946, Nazi war criminal Joachim von Ribbentrop sat in Nuremberg prison's cell No. 7 and wondered “what course would my life have taken had I stayed in Canada?” On the next line of his memoirs he wrote the obvious answer: “Certainly I would not have been in Nuremberg today.” By Cec Jennings.
• Last Man Killed: George Lawrence Price holds the sad distinction of being the last Canadian — and possibly the last solder on either side — to die in the First World War. By Ian Coutts. (for November 2018)
• Kings of the New World: When European explorers arrived in the New World, they reported meeting Aboriginal kings who ruled nations across North, South and Central America. We profile these kings, and explain why they magically vanished from the written record, virtually overnight. By Peter Cook.
• Timber Slides: For much of the 19th century, the raftsmen and timber slides of the Ottawa River kept the square timber industry moving. Guiding the cumbersome timber rafts was no easy task, however, for numerous waterfalls blocked their passage. By David Lee.
• Devil’s Brigade: The Canadian Special Operations Regiment — CSOR — is one of the military’s newest units, but its roots can be traced back to a group of Canadian commandos who aggressively fought their way through Italy and France during the Second World War. By Dave Pugliese.
• Eva Gauthier: A profile. By Nathan Greenfield.
• Border Lines: The trials and tribulations of establishing the Canada-U.S. Border. By Nelle Oosterom.
• How To: Ever wonder how people did things back in the day? Maybe make a beaver hat, court like a Victorian, or survive a WWI artillery you can churn butter, but how would you challenge someone to a duel, barrage. TBA
• The Bogeywoman of Quebec: Marie-Josephe Corriveau had a bad reputation as an eighteenth century witch and husband-killer who came back to haunt people after her execution. Whatever the truth of the story, the folklore surrounding it endures to this day. By André Pelchat.
• Music Camp: How music boosted morale in German prisoner of war camps. By Don Cummer.
• Coal Mining:
• Child Labour in Canada:
• Newfoundland’s Tsunami: Royal Place Names: Ever wonder about who the royal personages are behind some of Canada’s place names? Here’s a primer. By Carolyn Harris.
• Beautiful Cities: Choking on industrial smoke and sewage and surrounded by ugliness, city dwellers of late nineteenth century Canada wanted a better environment. Enter the City Beautiful movement. By Paul Weinberg.