"EDMONTON – After two fires in the span of nine months, the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe had lost everything.

“It’s been hard,” said spokesperson Devin Komarniski.

“We were just recovering from the first fire and getting our operations dialed in again. We are not only selling items there to create revenues to support the programs and services here in the inner city but also, it’s our sorting centre for free clothing here in the Community Closet that goes to those who are homeless who have nothing.”

More than 100,000 articles of clothing and household goods were destroyed, but Monday, the organization launched a two-week online campaign to #RestoreBissell.”


Wainwright ,  Alberta


July 23, 1914 – The Komagata Maru, chartered by Gurdit Singh Komagata Maru, is escorted out of Vancouver with 376 passengers. Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Komagata Maru steamed into Vancouver in May 1914. Its passengers, mostly Sikhs from Punjab, India and all British subjects, challenged Canada’s Continuous Journey clause, which was put in place in part to limit immigration from non-European countries. After two months under difficult conditions, the ship and most of its passengers were forced to return to India where, in a subsequent clash with British soldiers, 19 passengers died.” (via)

Bring back the mandatory K-Days holiday!

1973 Klondike Days parade, Jasper Ave, Edmonton, with Disco Shoes and the Commodore in the background


Me and my friend Ruth circa 1983 at #scona #throwbackthursday #tbt #yeg #gunnesax


Stock shots on 16mm film of the press conference and opening of Groat Road Bridge, 1955, found in the Cine Audio Visual Graveyard.

Couple crossing a river, Lovett, Alberta, 1916

Fort Macleod’s Anonymous

A young man smoking sits in front of a yard gate, Fort Macleod, Alberta, 1940s-1950s

This is one of 54 photos in the album “Fort Macleod’s Anonymous”. Most are shot in Fort Macleod, Alberta in the late 1940s. The donor of the photos purchased them at a garage sale in Pincher Creek. Who are these people? What are they doing? Who were the photographers? What are these places and buildings? Please share your knowledge and help us reclaim your community’s history!

Fort Macleod’s Anonymous
A young man in work clothing poses outdoors with his eyes closed, Fort Macleod, Alberta, 23 June 1948

Fort Macleod’s Anonymous

A young man in work clothing poses outdoors with his eyes closed, Fort Macleod, Alberta, 23 June 1948


Pregnant Nunavut mom worried about dump smoke toxins

As the Iqaluit dump fire continues to belch out smoke and dust, one pregnant mother says she’s had enough. Julie Alivaktuk, who is expecting her first born within the next 10 days, is worried about the damaging effects that the chemical-filled dump fire smoke might have on her newborn. “I don’t want my baby to breathe that for its first breath of life,” Alivaktuk said.

On July 3, Alivaktuk donned a surgical mask and posed in front of the smouldering dump’s ground zero area with a message on her hand written in syllabics. “Taima,” the message reads. “Stop. Enough,” Alivaktuk said. The message is simple, Alivaktuk said: the city needs to put the fire out. “We feel strongly about it. We want people to know what’s going on. And I think other people feel the same way. So we feel we’ve given a voice to other people.”

The smoke may have an impact on people with heart or lung disease, as well as the elderly, young people, and pregnant woman, a PSA from local government said. It warned that “vulnerable” people should stay indoors when the smoke blows into town. Although it’s unknown exactly what chemicals are in the dump fire smoke, a landfill fire expert Dr. Tony Sperling said he reckons there are “nasties” contained therein. Others say the smoke could contain cancerous chemicals such as furans and dioxins.

(via demandreason)


Donald B. Marsh

Eating Raw Caribou, 1937

The crescent shaped knife the woman is holding is called an ulu, they are meant to be used by women only to prepare and eat food.