IN THE FALL 2017 issue of The Newfoundland Quarterly, we explore the ramifications of WWI on Newfoundland and Labrador. But what exactly was life like 100 years ago? Here are some facts to read before diving into this issue.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, having canvassed the country for two years, had finally narrowed the search to Perisoreus canadensis, a robin-sized cousin of the raven and crow native to every province and territory and nowhere else on the planet. Unlike most of our birds, it stays up north year-round, nesting in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius. Hardy, smart, loyal and friendly – what could be more Canadian?
THERE WERE a hundred ways to get home that didn’t involve walking past the Colonial Building. We didn’t take any of them.
WHERE WERE THE “series of cannonading accidents that would overflow hospitals, and maim or kill the majority of the city’s young and old, man and womanhood …” that had been predicted?