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VisitFacebook I love Canadian history. I love Canadian trivia and facts. I have, therefore, just set up BiteSizeCanada’s Facebook page. I would like to urge you to visit it and introduce yourselves. Encourage your friends to visit and introduce themselves.

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Canadian-related Links, Entertainment

 

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Selfie found on iPhone

So funny! I just had to reblog it! I also suggest visiting DC Montreal’s blog! -tk

DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society

I foolishly left my iPhone unlocked last night and this morning I found this selfie of Ferguson. He swears up and down that it’s for his Canadian Pussport, but I think he’s up to something! I’ve been searching for a FelineMingle dating site but to no avail.

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MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Animals, Entertainment, Humour, Reblogged

 

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Can You Pass The Smell Test?

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The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) needs 10,000 people over 60 who do not have Parkinson’s to take a simple smell survey online. Share this infographic on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to help spread the word.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Actor/Actress, Medicine, Notable Canadians, postaday

 

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Brain Quest

Appydazeblog is one of my favourite blogs. Every day I find free apps, with a simple yet thought-out review. I highly recommend every Apple user subscribe. There is always something for everybody! – tkmorin

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Brain Quest

36 million kids can’t be wrong!  Brain Quest® started as a series of flashcards that quizzed kids on academics – language, science, math, and more. Kids, parents, and teachers have loved it since its release. Their motto – It’s Fun to Be Smart!® still rings true 20 years later! And now, Brain Quest has been released as an educational app! Kids join Casey, Jake, and Gizmo on their quest to learn. The app covers 5 grade levels and includes 100 questions per level for FREE. Additional questions can be unlocked as in-app purchases. The game is fun for the whole family and permits the tracking of scores for up to 3 kids. We took Brain Quest® flashcards with us on many family vacations – it’s perfect for a long road trip! It also works well in the classroom when you have a few minutes to spare at the end of the day, before…

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Entertainment, postaday, Reblogged

 

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The intelligence of social media

This guy always posts the funniest cartoons. I so recommend you browse through his blog! and if you do, I take no responsibility for the hours you spend there 🙂 – tk

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… Not Just WordPress!

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I just wanted to remind everyone that aside from my posts on WordPress (https://tkmorin.wordpress.com), I also maintain my twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/tkmorin) and I’m still working on my website (http://www.bitesizecanada.org).  For a really quick read, you can follow my twitter feed if you just scroll the right-side “menu” on this blog.

 

 

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The Spirit Lives On

It was originally called the Campbell Road Settlement.  It hugged the shores of Halifax (Nova Scotia)’s Bedford Basin.  People started establishing the vibrant community as early as the 1840s.  The people of African descent — former slaves, escaped slaves, descendants of refugees from the War of 1812 and free people who came to Canada for the promise of a better life. The community was known as Africville.

Here’s a brief TIMELINE of Africville:

In 1848, there is a record that began with the purchase of land by William Arnold and William Brown. In 1849, A church is organized and built, later to be known as Seaview African United Baptist Church, and the first baptism takes place there. An elementary school was built in 1883. Africville was self-reliant … as a necessity.

The tax-paying residents petitioned the government officials many times for essential services, but were repeatedly denied. The government regarded the area so undesirable that they established institutions nearby such as a prison, an infectious disease hospital built on the hill overlooking the community (1874), and even a slaughterhouse, to name a few.

There was also the construction of the Railway began in 1854, and so land on Campbell Road’s south side is expropriated for it and a few houses are removed.

The Halifax explosion in 1917 was devastating. The northern peninsula provided some protection from destruction, however four Africville residents die: James B. Allison, 40, Aldora Andrews, 8, Esther Roan, 52, and Charles Henry Simonds, 20. Africville receives little of the reconstruction and none of the modernization that were invested in other parts of the city after the explosion.

In 1945, the Civic Planning Commission recommended development of the Northern Slope of the city as a residential, park and shopping centre complex, while removing the residents of Africville to “decent minimum standard housing elsewhere.”

In 1948, City Council approves the borrowing of funds to give water and sewer services, but these are never installed. Meanwhile, residents rely on local springs that become contaminated by the railway and surrounding industrial waste.

In 1955, the city dump is relocated near Africville, which adds to Africville’s alienation by the rest of the city community.

In 1957, a report is released by Council, recommending plans for industrial development.

In 1963, the last baptism takes place at Africville.

On April 26, 1965, the Mail Star quotes the Welfare Director as saying, “the City has fallen down on its responsibility to Africville. Providing proper water and sewerage facilities for these people, when needed, would have enabled them to give as good an account of themselves as any other families in the area and would make relocation unnecessary.”

By 1967, settlement negotiations concluded. Relocation of residents continue.

“Between 1964 and 1970 about 80 families were moved to public housing developments in Halifax.  Personal belongings were moved in dump trucks,” wrote Sylvia D. Hamilton in Oxford Companion to Canadian History.

In 1969, the last remaining resident of Africville – Aaron “Pa” Carvery – relinquished hold on his property days before the close of the decade, on December 30, 1969, when the City gave him a cheque for $14,387.76. Pa moved out on January 2, 1970. Pa had refused earlier offers from city officials with a “suitcase of money stuck under my nose so as to tempt me … I got up and walked out of the office.” Pa remarked: The City gave the Africville people no deal at all. Some were put into places far worse than what they left. Also when people lived in Africville, they were not on welfare.”

In 2002, Africville was named a National Historic Site by the Government of Canada.

In 2008, a reunion was attended by over 1,500 people from all parts of Canada, the US and beyond. Paramount Chief from Ghana addresses Gala gathering.

In 2009, Service Road was renamed to Africville Road.

February 24, 2010, Mayor Peter Kelly formally apologized for the loss of the historic Halifax community of Africville in the 1960s. In part, he said,

“On behalf of the Halifax Regional Municipality, I apologize to the former Africville residents and their descendants for what they have endured for almost 50 years, ever since the loss of their community that had stood on the shores of Bedford Basin for more than 150 years. …We apologize for the heartache experienced at the loss of the Seaview United Baptist Church, the spiritual heart of the community, removed in the middle of the night. We acknowledge the tremendous importance the church had, both for the congregation and the community as a whole.”

And finally, on January 14, 2011, there was a formal deed transfer of 2.5 acres of land at Seaview Park to the Africville Heritage Trust Board.

For the full text of the apology, go to the City Of Nova Scotia’s Apology page, plus you can find more on itsAfricville Main Page. To get even more information, the best place to go is Africville.ca The Spirit Lives On, where you can find so much! You can even find the Africville Genealogy Society on Facebook.

If you have the time, you can watch Remember Africville on the National Film Board of Canada, watch a wide variety at YouTube, and at CBC Archives.

 

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