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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

John Boyko

John Boyko has written multiple books addressing Canadian history and politics, including the national bestseller Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation.

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Some Special Soldiers

The little-known tale of black recruits from Canada in the Civil War April 2015
It was horrific. The American Civil War cost more than 600,000 lives. Extrapolating to today’s population of the United States, the figure equates to a staggering 6.1 million dead. Beyond that, the war marked the death of the Confederate States of America and rebirth of the United States, finally determined to fulfil its creed. Current debates regarding race and region being played out in staid courtrooms and smashed city streets are clear evidence of the Civil War’s long…