Welcome incoming, and returning Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, MP for Honoré-Mercier since 2004 – with one break. He previously served as Heritage Minister from July 2018 to November 2019.
I’m sure we all wish Minister Guilbeault well as he takes on the responsibilities of Minister of Climate Change and Environment, one which fits his background far better than Canadian Heritage.
The following was posted on ResearchBuzz, one of my daily go-to sites, on Monday.
I wanted to let y’all know that while I will continue to index articles relating to Facebook’s controversies, I will no longer include articles that are primarily about Facebook features or updates. This includes WhatsApp and Instagram. (Articles that mention them briefly or as a small part of a larger whole will still be included.)
I try to maintain a healthy sense of my own importance in this world (minimal) and consequently this is not intended as A Gesture. Instead I want to make sure I am not encouraging anyone to use Facebook or any of its affiliates. The company is far, far worse than I imagined.
Deciding to completely ignore such a huge part of the Internet was not easy, but it was the only solution that would answer my conscience. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Despite the inconvenience, I hope more of us decide to follow this path. Activity, and the consequent profits, are the only languages Facebook understands.
Here’s a perspective on UK and Canadian newspaper coverage of the First World War.
From the British Newspaper Archive, 1911 to 1919, counting occurrences of the terms Ypres, Somme and Vimy. Ypres was dominant in 1914 and 1915, Somme thereafter. Vimy gets its most mentions in 1917 with more in 1919 than 1918. Summed over the period Somme is mentioned more than Ypres.
Canadian newspapers digitized by newspapers.com shows Ypres dominating in 1915, Somme in 1916, Vimy showing strongly from 1917, leading in occurrences in 1919. The absolute numbers are less for Canada than the UK reflecting population and the extent of the database.
The validity of these data depends on the quality of the OCR.
Did you know Library and Archives Canada has a Youth Advisory Council? It has 22 members, age 19 to 25 with the current terms running from February 2021 to June 2022. According to the LAC information on the Council, “members discuss a variety of topics related to Canada’s documentary heritage and contribute to LAC management decisions by providing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas.”
This word cloud derived from the individual members summary gives a window on the Council member’s background and interests.
There’s no information on the LAC website about any recent Youth Advisory Council meetings.
Other advisory committees and mechanisms are:
Acquisitions Advisory Committee, most recent information on meetings is December 2018;
Indigenous Advisory Circle, no information on meetings;
LAC Forum with University Partners, last meeting March 2019;
LAC foundation, the latest information is September 2021;
Official Language Minority Communities, mentions a conference in 2021 – no further information;
Services Consultation Committee, last information May 2019;
Friends of Library and Archives Canada – no recent information.
Is LAC just not updating the website, or maybe management has lost interest in these mechanisms for accessing external advice?
Today, Saturday 23 Oct 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Title: Silent No More: Researching Our Great War Dead
Speaker: Glenn Wright
Details: Documenting fatal casualties was an enormous undertaking during and immediately after the Great War. One of the first illustrated guides to the cemeteries in France and Belgium was Sidney C. Hurst’s Silent Cities, published in 1929. Now, more than a century after the war ended and with easy access to personnel records, we can break the silence and tell the story of our ancestors who served and died in the war. With the proliferation of online information, including death and burial documentation, newspapers and community-based research, we can document our war dead as never before. This presentation will look at the development of memorials and cemeteries and, more importantly, will review the major resources, well-known and not so well-known, that are available online and elsewhere, for researching Canada’s Great War dead.