||March 29, 2013
Cross Canada Car Trips
Motor vehicles are a pervasive part of our life and our
economy but a hundred years ago a vehicle was a rarity. I wrote about Canada’s
first coast to coast car trip in 2003 (Google Heritage Perspectives #136) and
this year is the centenary of the event.
The Canadian Automobile Association magazine wrote about
cross Canada trips in their spring issue. They wrote, as I did, that Thomas
Wilby a British snob and a Reo Car company mechanic Jack Haney travelled from
Halifax to Victoria on a network of dirt roads. When there were no roads they
loaded the car (a Reo) onto a train or ferry. Others including Dr. Perry
Doolittle the founder of the CAA took the trip in 1925. At one point he put
train wheels on his Model-T to keep going.
John Nicol wrote a book on the original Wilby/Haney trip in
1999 after taking the trip himself in a 1912 Reo driven by Lorne Findlay. When
Nicol and Findlay stopped in North Bay Arnie Hakala wrote a story for the Nugget
and took a photo of the Reo under the Gateway arch in the park on Lakeshore
The CAA article noted that two men made the cross Canada trip
in 2 weeks in 1946.
Pierre Trudeau & Queen Elizabeth at
the signing of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Charter of Rights & Freedoms
Thirty years ago the Trudeau government passed the
Constitution Act which provides us with a remarkable Charter of Rights &
Freedoms which sets the tone for Canadian life today. The photo of Trudeau and
the Queen at the signing is iconic.
Check the Human Rights Program, Department of Canadian
Heritage on line where a full PDF on the Charter is available.
Wildlife and Conservation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation – concerned with the
protection and preservation of Canadian Wildlife is celebrating 50 years of
progress this year as is the Nature Conservancy.
Betty Friedan Anniversaries
Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique is “one of the
most influential books of the 20th century” published 50 years ago
has sold millions of copies in several languages. It sparked the so called
“second wave of feminism” where many housewives between World War II and the
1960s were locked into roles as wives and mothers playing an important but not
as satisfying a job as many would have liked. A new edition with a new
introduction by a Friedan fan is in the works.
Author Betty Friedan
My wife and I have a dog eared and underlined copy that
influenced us and our two daughters over the years. Both daughters have had
successful relationships, and are successful authors with Phds. The world is a
different place for women today and Frieden was one of the leaders in the
The Foundation of Age
Thirty years ago this year Friedan took on ageism like she
did feminism and the above titled book had an influence on the life of my wife
and I. Again another marked copy is close at hand. The 670 page book looks at
all aspects of the “self achieving of aging and the longer life many have these
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