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News in Review - November 2017 Northern Lifeline: Churchill's Struggle for Survival

Churchill, Manitoba, is located on the west shore of the Hudson Bay and is Canada’s gateway to the North. Historically, it’s been an important port since before the Hudson Bay Company built its first fort there. These days, it’s best known for being the polar bear capital of the world. Despite its tourist reputation, the town is facing incredible hardship. ...
  • 2017
  • 00:14:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/27/2017

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Canada: The Story of Us Expansion (1858-1899)

In the lead up to Confederation, Canada faces the threat of American expansionism and a decreased interest by the British in maintaining the colony. Determined that Canada will remain independent and free, a generation of risk takers, gold miners, cowboys and railway builders will rise to the challenge. But not everyone is happy with this expansion. Features stories/events include: the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/10/2017

The National Dream The Great Lone Land

In the first episode of the celebrated series The National Dream, the government of Sir John A. Macdonald announces its intentions to build a railway to the Pacific, bring British Columbia into Confederation and preserve Canadian sovereignty from sea to sea.
  • 1974
  • 00:55:39
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Sea of Mountains

In the sixth episode of The National Dream, construction in B.C. is painstakingly slower than on the Prairies. Suave contractor Andrew Onderdonk lures thousands of workers from China to help hack and tunnel through the Rockies. As the CPR creeps over the continental spine, trouble looms on the horizon.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:10
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Great Debate

In the fourth episode of The National Dream, Sir John A. Macdonald, now back in power, reluctantly agrees to name Donald Smith, Jim Hall and George Stephen as heads of the syndicate that will build the railway. Though capable, resourceful capitalists, they are tainted by U.S. railway connections. After an exhausting marathon debate, the House passes the government’s railway bill.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Pacific Scandal

In episode 2 of the celebrated series The National Dream, the prime minister delivers an impassioned defence in the House, but independent MP Donald Smith breaks a Commons deadlock and Sir John resigns.
  • 1974
  • 00:55:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Horrid B.C. Business

In episode 3 of The National Dream, Canada reels in the throes of a depression as Prime Minister Mackenzie vainly tries to cope with inherited Pacific Railway frustrations. Mackenzie’s health wanes as surveyors squabble, contractors milk the public purse and B.C. clamours for the promised railway. If the railway is to be salvaged, Sir John A. Macdonald must rise from the ...
  • 1974
  • 00:56:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Desperate Days

In episode 7 of The National Dream, slow, arduous construction in the mountains and north of Superior sends costs soaring as the CPR faces financial calamity. Sir John A. Macdonald is distracted by mounting troubles in the West as farmers, Indians and Métis cry for redress. In a desperate gamble, Van Horne offers to transport 9,000 troops from the East to ...
  • 1974
  • 00:56:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Railway General

In episode 5 of The National Dream, new cities spring up as the railway snakes across the prairies. William Cornelius Van Horne is appointed CPR general manager, and he profoundly influences the future of Western Canada by his placement of railway stations.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Canada: A People's History Taking the West

Episode 10: 1873 to 1896 CE. The 1870s and 1880s are a time of trial for the young Dominion of Canada. The country's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, faces economic depression in the fast-growing factories of the east and a new revolt in the west, led by his old nemesis, Louis Riel. The suppression of the Northwest Rebellion and ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Last Spike

In the final episode of The National Dream, eastern militiamen begin the cruellest journey in Canadian military history and the national crisis is averted. The CPR faces riots, strikes and bankruptcy before an 11th-hour government loan saves the day. In November 1885, Donald Smith drives the last spike in the CPR to link Canada from sea to sea.
  • 1974
  • 00:54:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - February 2000 Canadian National: The Continental Railway

According to the Laurentian theory of Canadian history, Canada as a nation developed from east to west because of the immense inland waterway of the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, and Sir John A. Macdonald’s transcontinental railway, the natural extension of the maritime route. The importance of railways in the evolution of Canadian society cannot be underestimated. And ...
  • 2000
  • 00:07:50
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2000

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