Anywhere in the World

Anywhere in the World

“Where to?” “Anderson Cancer Center,” I said. The driver sneaked a look at me in the rearview mirror before he put the cab in gear and took off. I stared out the smudged window. The humidity, which had hit me the moment I wheeled my rollaboard onto the jetway, hung thick as fog in the late afternoon air. On both…

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The Downfall of Emilio Picariello

The Downfall of Emilio Picariello

While the earliest wave of Italian immigration to Alberta between 1896 and 1914 largely comprised labourers, there were skilled individuals among them. Italy had an established trade apprenticeship system, and skilled craftsmen such as carpenters, masons, metalsmiths, tailors, shoemakers, jewellers, watchmakers and others had standing in the community denied to unskilled labourers. In fact, mastro (master) was an honorary address.…

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Ottawa’s “Village”

Ottawa’s “Village”

Cars, trucks, and heavy transports bustle down the busy thoroughfare known as Preston Street. A vital link between the city proper and the once nearby countryside, a highway link between the Province of Quebec and local Ontario industry, the traffic is often deafening, swallowing up the street in rush-hour madness. But once a year, the street assumes shades of its…

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