GUELPH POLITICAST #208 – The Real 1917

One of the likely contenders to win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars is 1917, Sam Mendes’ film about two soldiers racing through enemy territory on a mission to save hundreds of their fellow soldiers. It’s good, but but how does the movie, and it’s exceptional attention to detail, stand up to the scrutiny of experts who know all the ins and outs of the Great War? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #208 – The Real 1917”

GUELPH POLITICAST #145 – The Armistice

It’s been 100 years since the Great War, “the war to end all wars”, finished with the signing of an armistice between the Allied powers and the Central powers. As the guns fell silent on the battlefields of Europe, thousands of people back home were waiting to hear the good news, and the Guelph Evening Mercury brought it to them.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #145 – The Armistice”

GUELPH POLITICAST #56 – Ed Butts, Local Historian and Author

Every November 11, wreaths are laid and poppies are left at the Cenotaph at the corner of Woolwich and Eramosa. On this corner, in the centre of town, there’s a wall of names memorializing those Guelphites that fought and died in the two World Wars and the Korean War, but how often does the average Guelphite in 2016 read those names? How often do we think about those lives lost, or who those people even were when they died in the killing fields of Europe and Asia? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #56 – Ed Butts, Local Historian and Author”

GUELPH POLITICAST #27 – Jessica Gibson, Guelph Museums

The nation marked Remembrance Day last week, but in a very real sense, Guelph has been marking Remembrance Day all year long. This December will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of “In Flanders Field,” a simple 15 line poem that captured the horror, honour, camaraderie and hopefulness of World War One. It was written by an army doctor name John McCrae, and Guelph is his hometown, thus making this centenary very important to the Royal City. So I sought our someone to talk about it. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #27 – Jessica Gibson, Guelph Museums”