“Vegetables for Victory!”: Canadian War Gardens during the First World War

Victory Garden on front lawn, Crescent Road. [c1916]. William James Family Fonds, City of Toronto Archives, F1244.
Victory Garden on front lawn, Crescent Road. [c1916]. William James Family Fonds, City of Toronto Archives, F1244.
By 1916 the war had dragged on for two long years, and it was becoming obvious even to the most intractable optimists that the war was likely to last for several more. The fight was no longer a question of a breakout or total victory, but which side could outlast the other. Mass mobilisation for the war effort in Canada meant that communities were involved in the war effort as never before. Continue reading ““Vegetables for Victory!”: Canadian War Gardens during the First World War”

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Historical Fiction: Can It Help Us Understand the Past?

Cover for Timothy Findley's The Wars.
Cover for Timothy Findley’s The Wars.

“I doubt we will ever be forgiven. All I hope is – they’ll remember we were human beings.”

– Timothy Findley, The Wars.  Continue reading “Historical Fiction: Can It Help Us Understand the Past?”