Cold Lake Editorial | Cold Lake Sun
Jason Kenney is following the politics more than the science on new COVID restrictions
“To prevent rural areas with small populations from being unfairly impacted, municipalities with fewer than 250 active cases” will be excluded from the harsh return-to-lockdown rules announced by Premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw on Apr. 29.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 35
We continue with what has turned out to be quite a long journey with David Thompson, wife Charlotte and their growing family. The trek across Western Canada in search of appropriate sites for the North West Company (NWC) fur trading posts was filled with adventure and for David, at least, exhilaration in doing what he wanted to do – surveying leading to mapmaking.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 34
In the most recent Ponderings, we accompanied David Thompson, wife Charlotte, their three small children, along with their crew on their 1807 Howse Pass trade excursion. This was Charlotte’s first experience exploring the Rockies. Although the mountains and scenery were glorious, the reality of the terrain and waterways put them all in precarious situations. “As harrowing and frightening as it was for even the strongest of men, what is not written [in David’s Journals] is that Charlotte made the same crossing with three small children in tow.”
weather (Cold Lake)
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 33
The “great advantage” Charlotte Small provided David Thompson as she accompanied her husband on his exploration and surveying endeavours was not only that of her pleasant personality and Métis heritage, but also her linguistic attributes. She spoke French and Cree and was able to decipher related dialects of the tribes they met along the way. “She moved easily among them and was more readily trusted, for although her father was a lowland Scot, Charlotte’s appearance was that of her mother’s people.” Her grandson William Scott, described her as “about five feet tall, active and wiry, with black eyes and skin almost copper-coloured”.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 32
We were introduced to David Thompson in the most recent Ponderings. His story began with his birth April 30, 1770, in Westminster, England. Of humble beginnings, frail, and orphaned, he received his early education at Grey Coat Hospital, a strict boarding school “designed to educate poor children in piety and virtue”.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 31
We learned of William Ogilvie and his carrying out the orders of his superior the Surveyor-General, July 1891, to survey the region drained by the Peace River and tributaries between the boundary of British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains and “collect any information that may be of value relating to that region”. It was largely left up to Ogilvie the “nature and extent” of his work and the method by which he conducted his surveys. This, he recorded in his April 1892 report Peace River and Tributaries to the Minister of the Interior [mistakenly referred to in previous Ponderings as Surveyor -General in reference to report].
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 30
George Mercer Dawson’s contribution to Peace Country history began in the most recent Ponderings. Sources suggest Dawson’s brilliance in systematic mapping provided a sound basis for understanding the geology and mineral resources of much of Northern and Western Canada. This offered reliable guidance to diverse industries, such as mining, ranching, agriculture and lumber. As well, it encouraged investigation and development of western coal and petroleum resources from which the country benefited.