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Boom & Bust

Boom & Bust

The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove
by Jennifer L. Butler
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Received Honourable Mention for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

A century of life in Telegraph Cove as told by the resourceful and resilient women who turned this isolated coastal village into a tight-knit community.

Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island’s most visited tourist destinations, has humble origins as a one- …

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From Bear Rock Mountain

From Bear Rock Mountain

The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor
by Antoine Bear Rock Mountain
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In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from h …

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Widow 1881

by Sara Dahmen
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Proper Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories under layers of lies to save her reputation. Stirring up controversy, Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town while navigating a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer. In Flats Junction, though, everyone has an untold story. Battling her shortcomings, f …

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A Field Guide to Marine Life of the Protected Waters of the Salish Sea

A Field Guide to Marine Life of the Protected Waters of the Salish Sea

by Rick M. Harbo
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tagged : marine life, marine biology, oceans & seas

Rick Harbo, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading marine writers and photographers, is back with a new addition to Harbour Publishing’s popular series of pocket-sized field guides. A Field Guide to Marine Life of the Protected Waters of the Salish Sea includes the most commonly observed species in the tide pools and protected waters of the Sal …

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A Field Guide to Marine Life of the Outer Coasts of the Salish Sea and Beyond

A Field Guide to Marine Life of the Outer Coasts of the Salish Sea and Beyond

by Rick M. Harbo
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The common marine life of the transition waters and more exposed coasts of the Salish Sea are abundant and diverse: giant green anemones, amazing sea stars and thick kelp forests. This eight-fold field guide is a useful aid to coastal exploration from BC to Washington and beyond with over seventy colour photographs to help explorers identify the mo …

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Flawed Precedent

Flawed Precedent

The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title
by Kent McNeil
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tagged : indigenous peoples, constitutional, legal history

In 1888, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled in the St. Catherine’s case. This precedent-setting decision would define the legal contours of Aboriginal title in Canada for almost a hundred years. In Flawed Precedent, preeminent legal scholar Kent McNeil examines the trial and its context in detail, demonstrating how erroneous assump …

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At the Bridge

At the Bridge

James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging
by Wendy Wickwire
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-), cultural, indigenous studies

At the Bridge chronicles the little-known story of James Teit, a prolific ethnographer who, from 1884 to 1922, worked with and advocated for the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and the northwestern United States. From his base at Spences Bridge, BC, Teit forged a participant-based anthropology that was far ahead of its time. Whereas his cont …

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Moved by the State

Moved by the State

Forced Relocation and Making a Good Life in Postwar Canada
by Tina Loo
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From the 1950s to the 1970s, the Canadian government relocated people living in rural and urban communities, often against their will, in order to alleviate the all-too-common lack of social services and economic opportunities. Moved by the State offers a completely new interpretation of this undertaking, focusing on the bureaucrats and academics w …

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Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS

Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS

Contributions from Critical Social Science
edited by Eric Mykhalovskiy & Viviane Namaste
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tagged : aids & hiv, public health, health policy

Almost four decades after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, the world continues to grapple with this public health challenge. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and challenges readers to develop alternate solutions, emphasizing the value of critical social science perspectives. The con …

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On the Curve

On the Curve

The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews
by Janet Nicol, by (artist) Sybil Andrews
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tagged : artists, architects, photographers, canadian, artists' books

Sybil Andrews was one of Canada's most prominent artists working throughout the late twentieth century. From a cottage by the sea in Campbell River, Andrews created striking linocut prints steeped in feeling and full of movement. Inspired by the working-class community that she lived in, her art is known for its honest depiction of ordinary people …

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The Inflatable Life

The Inflatable Life

by Mark Laba
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Mark Laba's second full-length poetry collection - and his first in seventeen years - recreates the structure of the old variety shows he watched on TV as a child. Much of the imagery plays across the broad spectrum of these popular cultural tropes, albeit many lost or forgotten in the vault of broadcast history. In The Inflatable Life, the reader …

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River of Dreams

River of Dreams

A Journey through Milk River Country
by Liz Bryan
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tagged : western provinces, literary

A picturesque, reflective journey along the route of the ancient Milk River, from southern Alberta into northern Montana.

The Milk River is a small and dreamy river, flowing lazily through some of the loneliest lands of North America, the dry plains of Alberta and Montana. Dwarfed by such giants as the Saskatchewan and Mississippi Rivers, it is inde …

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Vanishing Fish

Vanishing Fish

Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries
by Daniel Pauly, foreword by Jennifer Jacquet
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tagged : fisheries & aquaculture, fish, natural resource extraction

"Daniel Pauly is a friend whose work has inspired me for years."
—Ted Danson, actor, ocean activist, and co-author of Oceana

"This wonderfully personal and accessible book by the world’s greatest living fisheries biologist summarizes and expands on the causes of collapse and the essential actions that will be required to rebuild fish stocks for …

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Boonoonoonous Hair

Boonoonoonous Hair

by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
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tagged : caribbean & latin america, girls & women

In this beautifully illustrated picture book written by Commonwealth Prize—winning author Olive Senior and illustrated by the much—acclaimed artist of Anna Carries Water a little girl learns to love her difficult—to—manage curly hair.

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Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue

Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue

illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, by Robert Budd
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tagged : colors, seasons

Praise for Hello Humpback!, the inaugural title in the First West Coast Books series:

“Graceful, well-constructed rhymes pair with First Nations artist Vickers’s crisp, luminous scenes… It’s a gorgeous glimpse of the distinctive landscapes and creatures of the Northwest, and it will enchant residents and nonlocals alike.”

—starred review, …

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The New Beachcomber's Guide to the Pacific Northwest

The New Beachcomber's Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Completely Revised and Expanded 2019
by J. Duane Sept
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tagged : oceans & seas, marine life, ecology

The Pacific Northwest coast is home to one of the most diverse displays of intertidal marine life in the world, including sponges, clams, snails, crabs, sea stars, sea anemones, jellies, fishes, seaweeds and more. The New Beachcomber’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest is a portable and easy-to-use reference for searching out and identifying the hun …

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The Hot Springs Cove Story

The Hot Springs Cove Story

The Beginnings of Maquinna Marine Provincial Park
by Michael Kaehn
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-), cultural heritage

Up until the 1930s, Refuge Cove was one of the most remote places on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Tucked into Clayoquot Sound, it sheltered boats from Pacific storms and its hot springs provided welcome relief for anyone waiting for bad weather to pass. In spite of its natural wonders, the cove was undeveloped and transiently populated. But …

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Motel of the Opposable Thumbs

Motel of the Opposable Thumbs

by Stuart Ross
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In Motel of the Opposable Thumbs, Stuart Ross continues to ignore trends in Canadian poetry, and further follow the journey he began over four decades ago with his discoveries of the works of Stephen Crane, E. E. Cummings, Nelson Ball, Ron Padgett, Victor Coleman, Tom Clark, Nicanor Parra, Joe Rosenblatt, and David McFadden. Over the years, his inf …

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They Write Their Dream on the Rocks Forever

They Write Their Dream on the Rocks Forever

Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia
by Annie York; Richard Daly & Chris Arnett
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Grade: 8
tagged : cultural, native american

In They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever, ‘Nlaka’pamux elder Annie York explains the red-ochre inscriptions written on the rocks and cliffs of the lower Stein Valley in British Columbia. This is perhaps the first time that a Native elder has presented a detailed and comprehensive explanation of rock-art images from her people’s culture. …

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Ranching under the Arch

Ranching under the Arch

Stories from the Southern Alberta Rangelands
by D. Larraine Andrews
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A visually rich, historically epic tale of cattle ranching in southern Alberta, focusing on multi-generational family-owned ranches that are still in existence today.

In the 1880s, a group of fledgling cattle ranchers descended on the plains of southern Alberta. They were drawn by the promise of the West, where the grass seemed endless and they coul …

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Meteorites

Meteorites

Stories
by Julie Paul
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tagged : short stories (single author), literary

A collection of captivating stories that explore family dynamics and frailty, loss and atonement, faith and redemption.

A young man takes his father to Hawaii, even though he’s been dead for months. An organ player won’t let her newly amputated arm stand in the way of Sunday duties. A grad student decides to take the fate of a homeless man into …

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Rise of the Necrofauna

Rise of the Necrofauna

The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction
by Britt Wray, foreword by George Church
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New Yorker and Science News 

What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth—fascinating science, or conservation catastrophe? Jurassic Park meets The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna, a provocative look at de-extinction from acclaimed documentarist and science writer Britt Wray, PhD. …

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Wildlife of Western Canada

Wildlife of Western Canada

by Tom Hunter
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age: 9 to 12
Grade: 4 to 7
tagged : zoology

This beautifully illustrated, fact-filled book teaches children about the hundreds of wildlife species that live across Western Canada.

Praise for Tom Hunter:

“[Hunter’s] drawings are accurate. The animals look as if they could step off the page.”—Canadian Library Association

Western Canada is home to thousands of distinct species of mammals, …

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A Year on the Wild Side

A Year on the Wild Side

A West Coast Naturalist's Almanac
by Briony Penn, Ph.D
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Shortlisted for a 2020 BC Yukon Book Prize

A freshly designed, new edition of a funny weekly chronicle that offers a year-long, intimate view of the flora and fauna populating the West Coast.

A Year on the Wild Side is a witty commentary on the social and natural history of Vancouver Island. Composed of 52 essays arranged in 12 monthly chapters, this …

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Island Home

Island Home

Out and About on Vancouver Island
by Anny Scoones
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A collection of humorous essays about Vancouver Island’s unique quirks, from the south end to the north from beloved storyteller, Anny Scoones.

Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have a reputation for their ineffable charisma, laid-back pace, and distinct grooviness. As Anny Scoones travels the length of our beloved Vancouver Island, and visits …

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Mounties for Kids

Mounties for Kids

RCMP Activity Book
by Tom Hunter
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In Mounties for Kids, acclaimed wildlife artist Tom Hunter turns his pen to creating fun activities for children about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Founded in 1873, the RCMP has gone through many changes, from a force that travelled by horse and dogsled to one that uses modern investigation techniques. The activities in these p …

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Critters for Kids

Critters for Kids

A North American Wildlife Activity Book
by Tom Hunter
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For decades, Tom Hunter's outstanding artwork and clever brainteasers have provided both entertainment and a valuable educational resource for children, parents, and teachers. In Critters for Kids, Hunter introduces a wide range of creatures found in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. From racoons and roadrunners to armadillos and whales, the a …

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Canadian Wildlife Activity Book

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book

Volume Two
by Tom Hunter
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age: 8 to 12
Grade: 3 to 7
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Tom Hunter's outstanding artwork and clever brainteasers provide entertainment and instruction for children, parents and teachers. Canada is home to hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles and insects, as well as over 1,200 different kinds of larger animals: birds, fish and mammals. Hunter provides an introduction to many of these species. Cana …

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The Lieutenant Governors of British Columbia

The Lieutenant Governors of British Columbia

by Jenny Clayton, foreword by Janet Austin
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The office of Lieutenant Governor has been a constant in British Columbia from the province’s colonial beginnings to the modern era. Originally tasked with selecting the province’s premier and giving royal assent to provincial legislation, and invested with the power to dismiss governments, the role of the Crown’s representative has continual …

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Resolve

Resolve

The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community's Will to Heal
by Carolyn Parks Mintz
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Andy and Phyllis Chelsea met during their years spent at the St. Joseph's Mission School in Williams Lake, BC. Like the thousands of others forced into the church-run residential school system, Andy and Phyllis are no strangers to the ongoing difficulties experienced by most Indigenous peoples in Canada. The couple married in 1964 but brought the t …

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Henry & Self

Henry & Self

An English Gentlewoman at the Edge of Empire
by Kathryn Bridge
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Drawing on the robust collection of drawings, paintings, journals and letters of Sarah Lindley Crease, this book presents an extraordinary portrait of an English gentlewoman whose long life and marriage encompassed privilege and hardship, scandal and accolade, in the old world and the new colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

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109 Walks in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

109 Walks in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

by John Halliday & Alice Purdey
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A fully updated edition of the Lower Mainland’s bestselling walking guidebook, featuring a wider range of trails than ever before.

Since its first edition in 1976, 109 Walks has guided more than 100,000 locals and visitors alike to the best viewpoints, urban forests, and coastal headlands of British Columbia’s stunning Lower Mainland. This lates …

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Vancouverism

Vancouverism

by Larry Beasley
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tagged : urban & land use planning, urban, city planning & urban development

Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning p …

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Ruling Out Art

Ruling Out Art

Media Art Meets Law in Ontario’s Censor Wars
by Taryn Sirove
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In the 1980s, the Ontario Board of Censors began to subject media artists’ work to the same cuts, bans, and warning labels as commercial film. This innovative exploration of how art and law intersected in the ensuing censor wars turns a spotlight on the powerful role that artists can play in the administration of culture. When artists and their a …

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Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

by Kelly Saunders & Janique Dubois
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tagged : indigenous studies, indigenous peoples, canadian

At a time when the Métis are becoming increasingly visible in Canadian politics, this unique book offers a practical guide for understanding who they are and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. It shows how the Métis are giving life to Louis Riel’s vision of a self-governing Métis Nation through the ongoing application of …

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Gendered Mediation

Gendered Mediation

Identity and Image Making in Canadian Politics
edited by Angelia Wagner & Joanna Everitt
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tagged : women in politics, canadian, media & internet

Despite decades of women’s participation in politics, the gender identities of Canadian politicians continue to attract media and public attention and shape the way they are perceived and evaluated. Gendered Mediation takes an original approach to the study of gender and political communication by examining the implications of intersecting notion …

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The New NDP

The New NDP

Moderation, Modernization, and Political Marketing
by David McGrane
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The New NDP is the definitive account of the evolution of the New Democratic Party’s political marketing strategy in the early twenty-first century. In 2011, the federal NDP achieved its greatest electoral success – becoming the official opposition. The moderation of its ideology and modernization of its campaign structures brought the party cl …

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The Bulldog and the Helix

The Bulldog and the Helix

DNA and the Pursuit of Justice in a Frontier Town
by Shayne Morrow
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A investigative reporter traces the role of DNA evidence in two groundbreaking murder cases involving young girls killed two decades apart in the same town.

In 1977, the industrial town of Port Alberni was shaken by the brutal murder of twelve-year-old Carolyn Lee, who had been abducted while walking home from her dance class. In 1996, the town was …

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Searching for Pitt Lake Gold

Searching for Pitt Lake Gold

Facts and Fantasy in the Legend of Slumach
by Fred Braches
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A smart, concise analysis of the legend of Slumach’s Gold, which strives to uncover the truth behind this mythical gold deposit said to be hidden north of Pitt Lake.

British Columbia is gold country, and with gold comes legends that have been passed down through the generations. Ever since the Fraser Canyon gold rush, prospectors and adventurers h …

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The Famous Five

The Famous Five

Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights
by Barbara Smith
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A concise history of the five women who changed the course of history and brought Canadians one step closer to equality.

On August 27, 1927, five women gathered at a house on Edmonton’s Southside to sign a letter that would change the course of Canadian history. Those women were Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henr …

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