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Canada In The War (1918 - 1940)

  • Prohibition

    Prohibition was first introduced from the federal government in 1918, prohibition meant that alcohol production was banned and the importing of alcohol would get you jail time, as well as the transportation of it. This ban led to a decrease in crime, people wasting there time/money on bars. Still the ban led to illegal transporting of alcohol was happening (Rum runners). Bootleggers were selling liquor/alcohol. The ban was pushed by women organizations.
  • The Spanish Flu

    The Spanish Flu
    The Spanish Flu was a influenza that killed more than 50,000 people in the span of 2 years (1918-1920), this was a international pandemic that struck. In Canada the disease arrived in Quebec city which then spread towards the west. Canadian soldiers coming back were infected with it. After the disease struck the federal government founded the Department of Health in 1919. From then on the public health was a responsibility shared by all levels of government.
  • The Winnipeg Strike

    The Winnipeg Strike
    The unrest of the Canadians who participated in this strike was from the unemployment, Russian revolution, inflation, wages and working conditions. When the protester marched down the streets, the police had to interfere as it was illegal to strike. How ever the protesters did not stand still, as things got violent the federal troops managed to stop the violence as hundreds of people were arrested, over 20 were injured and one casualty occurred. This happened in the May of 1919.
  • Radio

    This new invention was a new step towards home entertainment in the 20's. The radio was a device that allowed you to hear about events/situations around the country and even the world. The radio was a novelty at one point to becoming a mass-medium product. The radio was first made in 1906 but was first available on the December 1st, 1919
  • The Group of Seven

    The Group of Seven
    This group was known for creating a Canadian style of drawing and painting, consisting of Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Fredrick Varley, J.E.H MacDonald and A.Y Jackson who originally formed in 1920. Their influence on art continues to grow still.
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act

    The Chinese Exclusion Act
    This act was a ban on the entry of all Chinese immigrants. The four exception were the merchants, students, Canadian-born Chinese returning from China, these people were only allowed to leave for 2 years, absent for longer and they would be banned. The ban was signed on July 1st of 1923 (Canada Day), Chinese descent refused to celebrate this day for many years as they referred it as "Humiliation Day".
  • Insulin

    In 1921 a group of scientists who worked at the University of Toronto started experimenting on a way to prevent diabetes. In 1922 the group of scientists were able to announce the discovery of insulin. This group consisted of Banting, Charles Best, J.B Collip and their supervisor J.J.R. Macleod. They did tests on dogs over and over again to find the right result, when they did they published their results where they got a standing ovation. Banting and Mcleod went on to win a Nobel Prize.
  • The Royal Canadian Air Force

    The Royal Canadian Air Force
    This was Canada's Air Force from 1924 - 1968, the focus of these planes was non-military, so they would go and patrol or look for forest fires as the government thought that these planes should be used for peaceful purposes. However in 1968 the three Canadian forces were combined and the RCAF was dismantled.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday
    This day was the day that the stock market crashed, this day was terrible for many people who invested, in those times the people thought that they would be able to get rich over night. This happened on the Oct 29 of 1929, this would infamously be known as the first day of the Great Depression.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    Days after the stock market crashed the Great Depression begun, however that was not the reason why the Depression begun, it begun due to the high prosperity in the 20's which was ultimately followed by a recession - but this recession was a very terrible and long lasting one. The Great Depression was the worst time of recession in Canada's history as more than 30% of the citizens were unemployed at this time.
  • Residential Schools

    Residential Schools
    These schools consisted of indigenous children who were being taught Euro-Canadian culture, the goal of these schools were to erase the indigenous culture within the children. The children that were in these schools were discriminated against and treated horribly. This system unfortunately worked as most of these children forgot about their culture and their children most likely wouldn't know about their culture.
  • The Statue of Westminster

    The Statue of Westminster
    The British Parliament passed the Statue of Westminster which gave Canada it's independence. Now they were a self-governing nation, they were only bound by the laws that they made. This decision was definitely because of Canada's involvement in the WW1.
  • Golden age of sports

    Golden age of sports
    The Golden age was a time of all-round athletes, woman in particular. This "Golden age" was followed by the dark ages, the dark ages was a time when woman were expected to stay home and just take care of the house. Women competed at a high level in almost all sports in the absence of the men. Women broke many records in this time.
  • On-to-Ottawa

    This was a social movement that consisted of young men who were fed up with their life in British Columbia relief camps, so they boarded trains that led to Ottawa. By the time they got to Regina, they were stopped by the police where things got physical, dozens of men were arrested and a police officer was murdered.
  • The Broadcasting

    The Broadcasting
    The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission or CBC, this company was a way of representing Canada as Canadians would get listen to each other and listen to Canada's problems and not America's. This was a sign of patriotism CRBC took a on a lot of power represent Canadians. This encouraged a start of a lot new Canadian productions.