Canada from Afar: The Daily Telegraph Book of Canadian by David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

By David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

Canada From Afar is the fruit of the amazing flowering of obituary writing within the London day-by-day Telegraph in past times ten years. those energetic photographs of Canadians are educated, witty, occasionally quirky, sometimes iconoclastic.They contain royal courtiers, politicians, businessmen, infantrymen, sailors, airmen, scientists, explorers, novelists, artists, or even reporters. one of the favorite Canadians considered from afar are individuals comparable to Margaret Laurence, Joey Smallwood, K.C. Irving, Raymond Burr and A.J. Casson.

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He worked as a freelance journalist, campaigned for Labour in the 1927 North Southwark by-election and haunted the British Museum Reading Room, where he wrote his first book, a biography of Sir William Coaker, the leader of the Newfoundland fishermen's union, in three days. Back in St John's, Smallwood became bound up in the fortunes of the Liberal party. He was close to its leader, Sir Richard Squires, who as prime minister from 1928 found himself coping with the Great Depression in an island which had recently been created a dominion yet had known little but recession in peacetime.

The only time he ran out of petrol in the north, he landed on the banks of the Slave River. He was without a radio and considering building a raft when a steamer pulling into view. The skipper shouted that yes, they had some aircraft fuel aboard. " 34 'Punch' Dickins In 1930 Dickins became the superintendent, stationed at Edmonton, of the Canadian Airways' Mackenzie River District operations and five years later carried out a successful air survey to photograph blind spots on the Yukon-Northwest Territories border.

He studied at the University of British Columbia and joined the 2nd Canadian Tank Battalion at the end of the First World War, but did not see action. On completing his degree, Keenleyside taught history at a series of American universities, where he took an interest in birth control. He married, in 1924, Katherine Pillsbury, and they had four children. " After joining the new Department of External Affairs, Keenleyside was posted as a secretary to the new legation in Tokyo where he uneasily recognized the rise of the new militant ruling class and co-authored A History of Japanese Education (1937).

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