Below are upcoming events as well as announcements that may be of interest. (A bulletin will be sent out each week with upcoming events and announcements.) Departmental events are also posted on our website.



May 14, 2019 – “Tango Along the Canadian-American Border: the 1920s”

Lunchtime Lecture Series presentation by Dr. John Willis, Curator, Economic History.

Bilingual presentation at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH) Resource Centre on Tuesday, May 14, from 12:00-1:00pm.

The 1920s was a watershed in Can-Am border history. Automobile transportation turned border crossings into busy places frequented by tourists and migrants. American Prohibition (1920-1933) created for our economy a business  opportunity of unprecedented proportions. Smuggling of alcohol into the U.S. was widespread across Canada. Our presentation will focus on patterns of cross-border interaction mainly but not only in southern Québec during the 1920s. Our  perspective will highlight the perspective of Canadian and U.S. customs officials who were hard-pressed to keep the peace along the border. These were challenging times for our Customs and Excise service, indeed for Canada as a whole, for  e were then and still are learning how to dance with this most difficult of partners.

May 23, 2019 – “For Canada’s Children”

Please join the Landon Pearson Centre at their spring event to mark the 40th anniversary  of the 1979 International Year of the Child on May 23rd from 4 to 6 pm, Richcraft Hall Atrium, Carleton University.

This event includes a roundtable discussion of the IYC Canadian Commission’s report and recommendations addressing children’s rights in Canada with special guests including the Hon. Monique Bégin, UNICEF Canada, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, representatives from non-governmental, advocacy and child-serving organizations as well as a youth panel. A networking event for rights-respecting child and youth serving agencies in the National Capital Region and reception to follow.

To read the IYC Canadian Commission report – “For Canada’s Children/Pour Les Enfants du Canada” – please visit the LPC website at

Kindly RSVP to by May 16th.

July, 10, 2019 – CFIHP 2019 Workshop

Attached is the tentative program for the 2019 Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project workshop which will be held in Ottawa on 10 July.

The program is in two parts. The morning will be spent discussing three papers related to foreign intelligence in Canada. There will also be an opportunity for participants to provide an update on their current or planned research activities.

The afternoon will focus on the issue of improving access to historical records. We anticipate that representatives of a number of government agencies will be able to participate in this discussion, including the Office of the Information Commissioner, the LAC ATI team, the Public Safety “Transparency Initiative” and “Declassification Project,” the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and the Treasury Board “Open Canada” initiative. Once we have worked out the details of their participation a revised workshop program will be circulated.

To register for the workshop please contact me at

and mention your institutional affiliation. The workshop venue provides a good setting for an active discussion, but space is limited. Priority will be given to researchers currently working in this field but we should have room for others who are interested in the subject of foreign intelligence in Canada.

The deadline for registration is 15 June. Information on the aim and research focus of the CFIHP can be found at:

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