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The 1984 version of data-driven farming

By | November 28, 2019

It seemed high-tech in its time, despite its now-retro look. It was a computerized questionnaire developed at the University of Manitoba, which a farmer could use to see how a farm would fare in the years to come. And in 1984, that was useful information to come by when your living depended on buying, planting and selling crops. “It asks 40 questions and the… Read More »

A sudden start to winter for Winnipeg in 1986

By | November 8, 2019

It wasn’t as if Winnipeggers couldn’t deal with snow. But the blizzard of Nov. 7, 1986 that dumped more than 33 centimetres on the city was one for the ages.  “Our top news story tonight: the merciless blizzard that has stopped southern Manitoba cold,” said Don Goodwin, who was hosting the national news that evening. “This storm is making… Read More »

Why gamblers loved the 50-cent coin

By | August 30, 2019

When was the last time you saw a 50-cent piece? “In recent decades, the 50-cent circulation coin has not been widely used in day-to-day transactions,” admits the website of the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg. According to the site, 625,000 of them were made in 2015, the most recent year for which stats are available. That’s down from the 987,000 that… Read More »

The bummer of a summer that was 1992

By | August 7, 2019

Canadians eagerly wait for summer each year. But in 1992 they waited … and waited some more. A week into August that year, the CBC’s Paul Hunter, described by host Knowlton Nash as “our new Ontario reporter,” called it “the darkest summer in a century.” “The temperature is the coldest since 1891,” said Bryan Smith of the Ontario Climate… Read More »

True patriot love: the evolving words of Canada’s national anthem

By | July 1, 2019

Many schoolkids hear the words to O Canada regularly, but most other Canadians don’t — unless they happen to be watching a sporting event. So this Canada Day, perhaps they can be forgiven for not remembering the 2018 update to the English lyrics. That change substituted the gender-neutral line “in all of us command” for the erstwhile “in all thy sons command.”  … Read More »

When growing worms did not lead to riches as promised

By | June 13, 2019

Hundreds of Canadians thought they were going to make money by cultivating earthworms four decades ago. When they didn’t, the RCMP’s commercial fraud branch got involved in trying to figure out why. “The RCMP says there may be as many as 10 companies in Ontario and the West selling worm-raising kits,” the CBC’s Terry Matte reported on The… Read More »