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The War of 1812 brought the first Ukrainians to the city – then called York – as mercenary soldiers

Updates: A Feb. 20, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled:” Will Ukraine break apart?” A Feb. 28, 2014 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Globe in Kiev: Ukraine’s new government declares Russia has invaded.” A Feb. 28, 2014 Guardian article is entitled: “Ukraine: Night Wolves and unidentified military men seize key Crimea sites.” A Feb. […]


Lecture Invitation: Women and the War of 1812 – Nov. 14, 2013

The following message, forwarded by David Juliusson, is from Sean Fraser of the Ontario Heritage Trust: Friends and colleagues, You are invited to attend the exciting speakers series event, “War on the Homefront; Women and the War of 1812,” presented by Dr. Jane Errington at Parliament interpretive centre on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Please see […]


War of 1812 lecture series – April 3, 10, 17, 24

The following information is from this Heritage Toronto link. Candy, Cows and Commemoration: the Case of Laura Secord Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM Mimico Centennial Public Library Auditorium, 47 Station Road Loyal they remained? Loyalty, identity, and the War of 1812 in Upper Canada. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM North York […]


Anishinaabe First Nations in the War of 1812 (Nov. 14, 2012) ; OPSBA letter; Toronto’s new chief city planner shares views on walking to school (Dec. 5, 2012)

Heritage Toronto has informed us of an upcoming lecture on Wednesday, November 14th, at 7 p.m., titled “Anishinaabe First Nations in the War of 1812,” given by Alan Ojiig Corbiere, former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeng, Manitoulin Island: 1812 Corbiere Lecture Due to limited seating, please RSVP to *** OPSBA […]


What role did Etobicoke residents play in the War of 1812?

The event had a good turnout Gary Miedema of Heritage Toronto did a great job of coordinating the publicity for this event, one of a series of 1812 lectures occurring this year across Toronto. Gary Miedema is Chief Historian and Associate Director at Heritage Toronto. He’s also the author of For Canada’s Sake: Public Religion, Centennial […]


The conventions of warfare have changed since 1812

In a previous blog post, I spoke of a recent lecture by Denise Harris about the War of 1812. Along with changes in the technology of warfare, as discussed in the previous blog, the conventions of warfare have also changed since 1812. Denise Harris noted, in her lecture on May 16, 2012, for example, that […]


After his defeat in Russia (1812), Napoleon Bonaparte lost for a final time at the Battle of Waterloo (1815)

Some time ago, I was pleased to learn that Grade 12 students in Ontario were learning about Voltaire’s Candide and Moliere’s Tartuffe. I began, as a next step after reading a bit about Voltaire and Moliere on my own, to read about the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. I had a sense of what the […]