Canada Archive

A Jest Society: A History of Canadian Comedy

October 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Laughter is contagious. It is an action which brings joy in the hearts of people worldwide. Canada is no stranger to comedy. It has produced some of the most talented and famous comedians, clowns, filmmakers, theatre artists, and even musicians who have cause audiences everywhere to fall backwards in their seats. Join Pan Historia as they dive into a history of comedy from their home country of Canada.

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Music:

Having an Average Weekend by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

I Like That Old Time RefOOOOOOORRRRMMMM by Don Ferguson (as Preston Manning)

Filed under Pan Historia, Canada, Other ·

KKKanada: The KKK’s Expansion into Canada

September 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am

The Ku Klux Klan has imbedded itself in history as a destructive, poisonous organization. United under the common hatred of anything not white Anglo-Saxon protestant, the Klan has engaged in campaigns of terrorism, using intimidation, assault, murder, and even bombings in their crusade against equality. Their white robes bring about an image of fear to those who come across them. Today, they continue to march for many lost causes due to their refusal to accept they lost those wars long ago.

 

During the early to mid 20th century, the Klan began to expand internationally to Canada, with chapters popping up most predominately in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and the largest membership residing in Saskatchewan. However, further efforts to gain a significant following here resulted in a series of events which boiled down into a comedy of errors. It wouldn't be a coordinate police effort, nor a united antiracist front who would bring them down, but greed, lack of organization, and overall lack of interest/necessity which brought about the downfall of the Kanada Klan.

Music:

Clip from Mississippi Burning (1988)

The KKK Took My Baby Away, The Ramones

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

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 ·

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