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The Second Battle of the Plains of Abraham: The critical battle you’ve never heard of

A critical battle of the American War of Independence was fought on the same ground in Quebec City as the decisive battle of the Seven Years War. And you’ve probably never heard of it.

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Snow swirled furiously around the fortified walls of Quebec on that fateful night. It was New Year’s Eve – December 31, 1775 – and the Red Coats who defended the city were on the lookout for American troops. They knew the Americans were out there somewhere – the city of Montreal had already fallen to the Americans only a month earlier. But for now, the British troops in the citadel of Que

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James Forbes is the Western Heritage Columnist for the Western Standard. He has a PhD in History and writes about the history of politics, culture, and religion in Canada.

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Black Friday: The day that changed policing in Canada

That terrible day saw one officer lose his life, and left seven others wounded.

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On the morning of Dec. 18, 1974, convicted rapist and drug addict Phillipe Laurier Gagnon quit his job at Pinecrest Foods in Calgary's northeast and went to the garage he called home. Two days later — after sniffing more than 35 tubes of model airplane glue — the ex-con armed himself with a pair of rifles and sparked the biggest gun battle in Calgary's modern history. When the smoke from more

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EXCLUSIVE: Pickton survivor tells her story for the first time

Lenore is one of three women known to escape killer Robert Pickton, and she’s telling her story for the very first time exclusively to the Western Standard.

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She was raped numerous times before she reached the age of 10, became a hard-core drunk and is one of the few women who survived an encounter with Canada’s most heartless serial killer. All in all, Lenore said she feels lucky to be alive. Lenore – who asked that her true identity not be revealed – is one of three women known to escape killer Robert Pickton, and she’s telling her sto

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WESTROCK: ‘Crown Lands’ the next big band to break out of Canada

Ernest Skinner interviews Kevin Comeau of the up-and-coming Canadian duo Crown Lands. Check it out for a special preview just for WS readers.

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Crown Lands are a two-time Juno nominated duo based out of Oshawa, Ontario. In a short time, the lineup has received accolades from many of the music industries toughest critics. Rolling Stone Magazine had this to say; “The multi-part, three-years-in-the-making suite 'Context: Fearless Pt. 1' may well be one of the most overt Rush tributes ever, and last year’s self titled debut

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