Key Events in Canadian History

Drawing on our archive of documentaries and news reports, we’ve assembled this collection of major events throughout Canada’s history.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 34 Titles

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The Fifth Estate Legacy of Pain

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and shot 14 young women to death. The massacre shocked the world. Questions about Lépine and his motives were difficult to answer. A profile of Marc Lépine traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. ...
  • 1999
  • 00:43:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Sunday Edition Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story Classroom Favourites

This special presentation from CBC Radio's Sunday Edition is a dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme ...
  • 2007
  • 00:54:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/02/2017

News in Review - February 1994 NAFTA: Going Continental

This News in Review report on free trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico examines the social and economic implications of the deal now that it has been formally passed in all three countries.
  • 1994
  • 00:14:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/1994

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News in Review - April 1999 Nunavut: Birth of a Territory

"From sea unto sea unto sea" takes on even more significance as 25,000 people, mainly native peoples, celebrate the birth of their new territory and a new government within the Canadian confederation. This special News in Review report documents the division of the former Northwest Territories into two separate legislative entities. Largely unknown to most southerners, Nunavut in many respects is a ...
  • 1999
  • 00:14:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/1999

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News in Review - September 2013 Rail Disaster: Devastation in Lac-Mégantic

In the early hours of July 6, a train of 72 tankers carrying crude oil slips its breaks and rolls downhill, jumping the tracks and exploding in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, eastern Quebec. The flames and fireballs could be seen for miles. Forty-seven people died in the explosions and fires that followed. Many of them were in a nearby ...
  • 2013
  • 00:17:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/25/2013

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News in Review - September 2016 Taming “The Beast”: The Fort McMurray Wildfire

In the spring of 2016 a wildfire in northeastern Alberta grew so quickly it overtook the community of Fort McMurray. Almost 90,000 people were told to leave the town immediately. The fire consumed 590,000 hectares and destroyed 2,400 homes before being tamed. Firefighters nicknamed it ​"​The Beast.​" ​ It became the largest and costliest wildfire in the province’s history.​
  • 2016
  • 00:19:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/20/2016

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News in Review - November 1995 The Dionne Quintuplets: A New Perspective

This story looks at what the Dionnes represented in Canada 60 years ago and how their recent disclosure impacts the universal issue of the exploitation of children and others.
  • 1995
  • 00:09:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/1995

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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
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/16/2013