CBC: Ottawa’s corporate registry rife with faulty information

CBC: Ottawa’s corporate registry rife with faulty information. “A public registry of federal corporations is riddled with thousands of errors and omissions because too many business owners are failing to keep the federal government in the loop about basic corporate information, says an audit by Corporations Canada. And when the federal agency confronted the delinquent corporations with those problems, fewer than half fixed them.”

Spanish flu pandemic centenary: new Co-Lab challenge and travelling exhibit (Library and Archives Canada)

Library and Archives Canada: Spanish flu pandemic centenary: new Co-Lab challenge and travelling exhibit. “1918 marks not only the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, but also the centenary of the Spanish flu pandemic. It is an opportunity to reflect on this grim chapter in our history. Library and Archives Canada has a number of records in its archival collection documenting the political, social, economic, and cultural impact of the flu on the lives of Canadians. Library and Archives Canada is also launching a Co-Lab challenge on this topic. Co-Lab is a crowdsourcing tool that invites the public to contribute transcription, translation, tags and description text. The public contributions then become metadata that improves our search tools and enhances everyone’s experience of the historical record.”

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school. “A Winnipeg based project using virtual reality technology takes users back in time to experience Canadian Indian Residential Schools, in hopes of creating a greater understanding of what survivors went through.”

Winnipeg FreePress: Defunct Winnipeg Tribune enters digital age

Winnipeg FreePress: Defunct Winnipeg Tribune enters digital age. “The dearly departed Winnipeg Tribune is getting a new lease on life online. The Tribune — a metropolitan daily newspaper which shut down the presses and closed its doors on Aug. 27, 1980, after 90 years of publishing — has been fully digitized by the University of Manitoba’s archives and special collections.”

The Hamilton Spectator: Canadian libraries and museums prepare for natural disasters, digital threats

The Hamilton Spectator: Canadian libraries and museums prepare for natural disasters, digital threats. “As Brazil mourns the loss of irreplaceable artifacts after a fire ravaged the collection at its national museum, Canadian archivists say some of this country’s heritage treasures could also be at risk. Cara Krmpotich, director of the University of Toronto’s museum studies program, said dangers like earthquakes, flooding, and forest fires have made emergency preparedness a priority for Canada’s archival spaces, but funding for infrastructure can be hard to come by.”

CBC: Digital archive of old B.C. textbooks highlights ‘constant dehumanizing of Indigenous people’

CBC: Digital archive of old B.C. textbooks highlights ‘constant dehumanizing of Indigenous people’. “Pia Russell does her work and research deep in the archives of the library at the University of Victoria — but is making sure that the legacy of prejudice she’s uncovering in old school textbooks is not forgotten. Russell, a subject librarian at UVic’s McPherson Library who is responsible for Indigenous studies, has started creating a digital collection of historical textbooks used in B.C. schools since 1866.”

The Globe and Mail: The story of the Trans-Canada Rally

The Globe and Mail: The story of the Trans-Canada Rally. “The rally – which took place from 1961 to 1968, and in 1971 – sent competitors 6,400 kilometres across farmer’s fields, through sucking mud, over gravel roads and sometimes snow, with no GPS and often only each other for support. Amateurs like Myrna and Bill Williams and Tinkerbell, their miniature poodle, competed against professionals like Monte-Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk, Formula 1 driver Pedro Rodriguez, and three-time Le Mans winner Luigi Chinetti. ‘It’s a very well-kept secret,’ said Marcel Chichak, who runs the [rally web site.] His comprehensive archive of photos, documents and press clippings paint a picture of a gruelling, anything-goes event.”