Memory Lane - Stories

Tales of July 1, 1867: How a Confederation baby pushed past tragedy to become heroic Ottawa fire chief

June 23, 2017

RANDY BOSWELL

Ottawa Citizen

The Citizen asked Randy Boswell, a longtime Ottawa journalist and Carleton University professor, to reconstruct life in the capital on the day Canada was born. The history specialist dug into archives and old newspapers, unearthing a series of long-overlooked stories that shed fresh light on Confederation’s first 24 hours and some of the people whose lives were touched by the events of that landmark day 150 years ago. This is the first of those stories. The Citizen will publish the others the week leading to July 1.

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