Monday, October 18, 2021


The next thematic area concerns itself with a variety of subjects: human rights at home and abroad, multiculturalism, and Canada's place in the world. A panel on the extension of voting rights starts things off. 

Leila Binbrek, an artist of Yemeni background and Canadian upbringing who now lives in Dubai, created this, Mirror Mirror, with two dressing tables face to face, each reflecting the different influences of West and East on her.

Viola Desmond is featured among the photographs here. In the 1940s she owned a Halifax beautician's shop. While visiting another town in 1946 and taking in a movie, she violated the establishment's segregation policy and was arrested after refusing to leave. Her story, a decade before that of Rosa Parks, would be a step forward in civil rights in Canada, though the arrest itself would not be formally pardoned in her lifetime. Today she graces the ten dollar bill.

Back in the day, there was a great deal of controversy at the prospect of a Sikh Mountie wearing a turban as part of his uniform. These days? Not so much.

The Suez Crisis saw our then foreign minister Lester Pearson at the heart of an effort at the UN to resolve the issue. Pearson's solution was the genesis of peacekeeping soldiers. He would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

Decades later, one of the Canadian soldiers who served as a peacekeeper was Master Corporal Mark Isfeld, a specialist in clearing mines during the Yugoslavian mission. He was killed in the line of duty in 1994.


  1. There are still mines that were left behind after the wars have ended and these mines continue to destroy lives until today. A tribute to Master Corporal Mark Isfeld who was killed in line of his duty.

  2. Race and Religion is still too much a theme here.
    Thank you for another lesson in history. If I was younger I´d become a teacher...

  3. I have been one for civil rights for a few years now, good to read this.

  4. This phrase "the line of duty" always irks me a little for some reason. More construction workers and farmers are killed than soldiers "in the line of duty" but I doubt that anyone would apply the phrase to them.

  5. I'm glad Viola got the recognition she deserved even if it was a little late.

  6. @Nancy: mines are awful. And they maim or kill long after a conflict is over.

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Iris: they are complicated things.

    @Amy: civil rights are good things. And the right thing to do.

    @Jan: some is more familiar to Canadians.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: that seems to be.

    @Tom: it certainly is.

    @Sharon: she was a wonderful choice for the currency.

  7. These things stood the test of time. They were not a big deal at the time but were extremely important changes.

  8. Interesting history, thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for sharing this uplifting information William

  10. Interesting information
    Binbrek and I, might be using the same shampoo.

  11. Creative exhibit and filled with intriguing history ~ Happy Week to you and hope you sleep better ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. The mirror mirror installation is a nice idea to express things.

  13. Los derechos humanos, es una cuestión importante, para tratar.

  14. Many thanks for sharing this interesting History.

    All the best Jan

  15. @RedPat: from my view he and Mackenzie King were our finest.

    @Red: that is true.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Maywyn: thanks.

    @Carol: tonight should improve.

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

  16. The dressing tables are really interesting.

  17. The Viola Desmond story is a testament to strength.