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Biography of the Day

McLAUGHLIN, JOHN JAMES – Volume XIV (1911-1920)

b. 2 March 1865 near Enniskillen, Durham County, Upper Canada


Responsible Government

Sir John A. Macdonald

From the Red River Settlement to Manitoba (1812–70)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir George-Étienne Cartier


The Fenians

Women in the DCB/DBC

The Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864

Introductory Essays of the DCB/DBC

The Acadians

For Educators

The War of 1812 

Canada’s Wartime Prime Ministers

The First World War

Civilian Contributions


This quotation from the biography of Edna May Williston BEST (Sexton) sets out the background for her participation in the war:

“With the declaration of war on 4 Aug. 1914, Halifax was changed overnight from a sleepy and complacent imperial outpost into a marshalling station for Canada’s overseas efforts; the need for timely and effective response from its citizens was unprecedented.”

For more examples of how Canadians, inspired by the ideology of service, contributed to the cause, browse through the list below.

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