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Shout Out to Beryl Potter

Bonus! Meet Beryl Potter an early activist and advocate for rights of persons with disabilities who didn't take no for an answer.

Duration: 00:03:00

Ep.5 - The Secret Life of Niagara Falls

We dive into one of Canada’s most-visited tourist destinations—and self-professed honeymoon capital of the world—Niagara Falls, Ontario. First, we explore the falls’ geological formation and how they were divided between Canada and the United States. Next, all of the ways people have tried to make a buck off this natural wonder: from industrial polluters to daredevils in barrels to the wax museums of Clifton Hill. We also talk to some locals about what it’s like to live there, and find out...

Duration: 00:33:01

Shout Out to Les Mouches Fantastiques

Meet Elsa Gidlow and Roswell George Mills, creators of North America’s first LGBTQ publication, Les Mouches Fantastiques.

Duration: 00:02:08

Ep.4 - The Secret Lives of Subversive Women

This episode might be the strangest piece of Canadiana we’ve found yet: and warning, it’s not suitable for children. First, we go deep down a rabbit hole to investigate Bear by Marian Engel, a novella that won the Governor-General’s Literary Award decades before it became an internet meme—because it’s all about lady/bear sex. Next, we explore first- and second-wave feminism and the lives of women in Canada during Bear’s time.

Duration: 00:30:50

Shout Out to Abby Hoffman

Bonus! Meet Abby Hoffman former Olympian and trailblazer.

Duration: 00:02:05

Ep.3 - The Secret Life of Birchtown

What we do really know about the history of black people in Canada? Sure, there’s the Underground Railroad and the jazz prowess of Oscar Peterson—but what else? How about 200 years of slavery in Canada; the first race riot in North America; the false promise of “freedom and a farm”; or Birchtown, Nova Scotia, home to one of this country’s first settlements of black people.

Duration: 00:38:26

Shout Out to Susan Olivia Poole

Bonus! Meet Susan Olivia Poole, the first Indigenous woman to receive a patent with an invention that has been sold all over the world.

Duration: 00:01:52

Ep.2 - The Secret Life of Ipperwash

Ah, dock life—a crackling fire and the sound of loons on the water. But where does cottage country come from? In one part of Ontario, we look at how the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation were pushed off their land to make way for cottages, a park and even an army base.

Duration: 00:31:39

Shout Out to Rosemary Brown

A new episode is coming soon! But before that happens, we need to shout out someone wonderful named Rosemary Brown.

Duration: 00:02:23

Ep.1 - The Secret Life of Banff

How did Banff come to be? A look back at how Indigenous people were kicked off their land—and then how the national park was built by the forced labour of interned Ukrainian-Canadians. Skiing at Lake Louise will never feel the same again.

Duration: 00:35:21

Ep.0 - Introducing The Secret Life of Canada

A podcast that looks at all the people, places and events regularly left out of Canadian history. Hosted and written by Leah-Simone Bowen & Falen Johnson, produced by Katie Jensen. Presented by Passport 2017. Coming September 2017.

Duration: 00:00:52