Author Archive | Mary Leah de Zwart

Learning Canadian Ways

Learning Canadian Ways The lives of Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) and Alice Ravenhill (1859-1954) spanned two centuries and two continents. They each left successful careers in England to forge new lives in what they thought was the Canadian wilderness. Traill immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario in 1833, and Ravenhill to Shawnigan Lake, BC in 1910.   They […]

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Cod liver oil

Cod Liver Oil  Sixty years ago, school children in Alberta and BC (and likely in other provinces) were given doses of cod liver oil as a dietary supplement in the winter months. Sometimes it was by the spoonful or through gel capsules. We were told it would give us Vitamin D  – the “sunshine vitamin”, […]

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Boomtown Butcher Shops

Boomtown Butcher Shops Business was booming in BC from the 1890s up to the Great War.  Two butcher shops opened in 1908-1909 in the Lower Mainland: James Inglis Reid Meats in Vancouver, and P. Burns and Co. Butcher Shop in Port Moody. Each one played out a different story of success. The history of Reid’s […]

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Ethel Mulvany Changi Prisoner of War Cookbook

Ethel Mulvany: Changi Prisoner of War Cookbook The taste of longing: Ethel Mulvany and her starving prisoners of war cookbook (2020) was written by Suzanne Evans, who holds a PhD in Religious Studies and is a former Research Fellow at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  The Taste of Longing demonstrates how living in our imaginations […]

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