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A Call for Temperance: Canada 1800s-1900s

In the early 1900s era during which my novel in-progress is set, patriarchal power frustrated women’s need for social change, specifically prohibition and ending domestic violence. We’d yet to attain the right to vote and in Canada, women were disallowed from holding public office because we didn’t qualify as “persons” under the definition set forth in the Constitution. Research deepens my understanding of the characters whose stories I tell. I’m feeling their aggravation.

When women unite, mountains move. How true this was when women spearheaded the temperance movement, an international campaign during the 1800-1900s to end social issues stemming from widespread alcohol abuse. Too often, Canadian women and children were impacted by a host of ills associated with alcoholism: domestic violence, poverty, disease, family breakdown, immorality, unemployment and workplace accidents.  

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Early 1900’s Garden Photographs

(A Four Photo Series)

Photo 1: In garden of 54 Main St. (James Ballantyne’s house) looking toward the house with Lizzie Graham in distance; July 24, 1900; Photo credit: James Ballantyne/Library and Archives Canada / Photo 2: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mammel with their children in the family’s vegetable garden, Hanna, Alberta; 1928; Library and Archives Canada / Photo 3: Gardening; location and year unknown; Topley Studio / Library and Archives Canada / Photo 4: Students standing beside a garden, All Saints Indian Residential School (also known as Anglican Mission School), Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan, unknown date; Geological Survey of Canada collection / Library and Archives Canada

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Curating Wonder–Canada’s Autumn Splendor

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