Canada Archive

Always Get Their Man: The History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

July 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Along with beavers, maple syrup, and asshole geese, the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a renowned national symbol. The Red Surge, beige stetson, blue pants, and riding boots are what make up the image of the Mountie. Their legendary status is now global, as they are the only police force to be municipal, provincial, and federal. The force was romanticized in early black and white films as those bringing law and order to the wild frontier of Canada's west. And as the famous saying goes, "They always get their man."

Unlike the films, their history wasn't black and white. When it began as the North-West Mounted Police, it was used as a cheap militia to colonize the newly annexed western territories. This resulted in conflict with the First Nations and Métis populations as they were rounded onto reserves towards the dawn of the new century. When the First World War concluded, they acted as strikebreakers during the growing labour movement, and later as intelligence services at the beginning of the Cold War. They were even the ones at the front of one of the largest manhunts in world history.

Their history is long and varied, but not many know the full story. Thus, Pan Historia is proud to sit down and tell the full history

 

Music:

Dudley Do-Right Theme

Indian Love Call from Rose Marie

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada, Military History, Cold War, Criminal Justice ·

The Forgotten Pandemic: The 1918 Global Influenza Outbreak

June 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am

In 1918, Death wandered on his horse through the barren grounds of the frontline trenches. The war was nearly over, but the dead continued to rise in numbers. The horrors of this war were unseen up to this point in history; people lost their sons, fathers, mothers, their homes, their everything. What nobody knew is a new horror was lurking, ready to spring up with devastating effect. This came from an unseen enemy, one humanity has faced since the dawn of our existence. Reports of illness sprang up in Kansas, then quickly to the trenches. Spain, uninvolved in the war, began reporting on a strange new type of influenza afflicting the population. Soon, the world referred to this silent killer as the Spanish Flu.

As the war in the trenches continued, a new war ignited, one which infected 500 million people worldwide in 9 months, and kill between 17 million and 50 million. Hospitals became overrun with infected patients, entire Indigenous communities were wiped out, and the bodies of the dead became too much for morgues to handle. At first, governments in Europe and the US denied the severity or even the illness's existence, continuing to hold their patriotic parades and liberty drives, leading to more becoming ill rapidly. A new horseman now walked the Earth on a sickly steed, a horseman named Pestilence. Soon, the horrors of war were accompanied by the horrors of disease.

 

Music

The Dance Macabre, Camille Saint-Saëns

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, European, United States, Other, Science ·

Two Historians and a Philosopher, and Other Nonsense

May 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Another season is done, and a new one is beginning. In this season closer/opener, the pair have a chat with Dr. Annie St. John Stark, assistant professor at Thompson River University and former professor of Lyndsay's. The three sit down and talk politics, philosophy, the hardship of marking papers, and other nonsense.

 

Music

Chumbawamba, Tubthumping

The Pointer Sisters, Jump

Filed under Political History, Canada, Philosophy, Other Nonsense, United States ·

Podcasting in the Time of Covid (Other Nonsense)

April 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am

It has been a while since Lyndsay and Jonah have been around. Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus shutting much of the world down, they decided to take a small break from teaching history and discuss their thoughts on the situation, as well as update you all as to what's happening with Pan Historia in the near future.

Stay safe!

Music:

Billy Joel – You Might Be Right

Elton John – I'm Still Standing

 

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Filed under Canada, Other Nonsense, United States, Other, Science, Asia ·

The Silent Service: A History of Submarine Warfare

August 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Deep in the ocean stalks a hidden hunter, virtually undetected and silent. Within, its crew works away, cramped, having not seen the sun in weeks. The crew drives blind through the depths, with only a pinging sonar available to aid navigation. They lay down there, waiting for the possibility to strike.

Submarines have had a long history behind them, one which is seldom talked about except for blockbuster films from Das Boot to Hunt for Red October. Today, Pan Historia dives into a brief, but detailed history of Submarine Warfare.

Intro: Theme from Crimson Tide

Outro: In the Navy by The Village People

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Military History, European, Cold War, United States, Disasters ·

The Road to Confederation: Canada Day Special

July 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am

In 1864, delegates from the Maritime Colonies and the Province of Canada met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to discuss proposals to create a union to better British North America's economic and defensive strength. By the end, the groundworks for a new country were born. A further two conferences and a Royal Assent later, Canada was born on July 1, 1867. The story behind its creation is not well known, even those living in it. There, Pan Historia is proud to present the story of Confederation.

Happy Canada Day!

Music:

God Save the Queen (Royal Anthem)

O Canada! (National Anthem)

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada, European ·

I Know the Devil Exists: The Rwandan Genocide

May 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am

I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.
–Roméo Dallaire

Even today, the countries of Africa are in their youth. Yet, already, the continent has seen more than enough violence in the 50 years since decolonization. The scars from European rule run deep, and continue to cause untold hardship. By far, the most well know scar rests on Rwanda, a small country in Central-East Africa in the great lakes region. Tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu population had grown significantly since its independence, and a civil war began in the late 1980s between the predominant Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front and the predominant Hutu government. A peace compromise as eventually negotiated in 1993, and the UN stepped in to observe the ceasefire. However, the peace would be destroyed in a plane crash, and result in the worst genocide the world had seen since the Holocaust.

Immediately after the crash, the radios across Rwanda had one message:

"Cut the tall trees!"

Music:

Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici from Hotel Rwanda

Things Fall Apart by Philanthrope

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, European, Africa ·

Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out: A Brief History of Mind Altering Substances

April 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Drugs have been used for all sorts of purposes, from religious, to cultural ceremonies, to simply recreational. In today's episode of Pan Historia, we dive into the vast history of Mind Altering Substances, to explore what their uses were for, and what affects they have on the mind and body.

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, United States, Other ·

100 Years: Remembrance Day Special

November 11, 2018 @ 11:11 am

100 Years ago, the First World War came to an end. At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year 1918, the guns fell silent. Up to 19 million people lost their lives, and 40 million were left wounded. The war was so horrific, it was believed no war would ever surpass it. This gave it the nickname The War to End All Wars. Sadly, the world was engulfed in a worse inferno only 20 years later. In our special episode of Pan Historia, we discuss our thoughts on Remembrance Day, some general knowledge of the Wars, the Armistice, the Versailles Treaty, and Belgium. We also give our two cents on how the traditional Poppy pins should be fixed.

 

This episode is dedicated to all those who lost their lives as a result of war, to the veterans who survived them, and to the soldiers who continue to serve in the military today.

 

Music: Last Post and Rouse, performed by the New Zealand Army Band

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Military History, Symbols ·

Episode 5: Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark (Western Alienation, and the Western Canada Separatist Movement)

September 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am

In the midst of Lougheed's and Trudeau's dispute over the National Energy Program, resentment of the Easten dominated Federal government seeped deep into residents of Western Canada, some of which would evolve into hate. Call-in radio programs were flooded with support for Lougheed, as well as anger towards the Trudeau government. As one man said, "…I would be happy to fight for our freedom and I literally mean fight with a rifle." He wasn't alone in his desire for freedom, and the Western provinces saw several independence parties spring up during the 1980s. They sought to form an independent republic of Western Canada, in order to break away from what they percieved to be the oppression politicians in the east against the west, and Ottawa sucking away financial gains. However, these parties failed to recognize the overwhelming indesire for Western Canada to actually separate, and these advocates lacked the charisma, leadership, and popularity federalist figures such as Lougheed held. Join us this week as we discuss one of the least successful independence movement Canada experienced, crushed under its overconvidence.

Intro: Prairie Moon by Stompin' Tom Connors

Outro: Warmth Feeling by Samashi (https://soundcloud.com/samaxshi)

Filed under Pan Historia, Political History, Canada ·

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