Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle

Dirk Werle graduated from McGill University in 1984. He taught air photo interpretation and environmental remote sensing at several universities in Germany and Canada during the 1980s and early 1990s. Over the past three decades he has contributed as a researcher, lecturer and advisor to the Canadian RADARSAT Earth observation satellite program, mainly involving environmental monitoring and resource analysis issues. He served as president and officer of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for several years; he is a senior member of the international Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and currently chairs the Board of the International Oceans Institute (IOI-Canada), an NGO located in Halifax and in Malta. His personal interest in “the view from above” goes back to his days as teenager when he learned to fly gliders. It has since broadened his horizons from professional, geographical and historical points-of-view.

Martha Walls

Martha WallsMartha Walls, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University

Martha Walls’ research and teaching focusses on the historical experiences of the Mi’kmaq, particularly women. Her monograph, “no need of a chief for this band”: Maritime Mi’kmaq and Federal Electoral Legislation,1899–1951 was published in 2010. This paper draws on research related to a second book project about the St. FX-run Micmac Community Development Program, which is in progress and to be published with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Barry Cahill

Barry Cahill holds graduate degrees from Dalhousie and Oxford Universities. He is a retired
provincial civil servant and now a full-time student of history. Cahill is author of the
official history of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, forthcoming from
McGill-Queen’s University Press. He has completed a history of the Halifax
Relief Commission, and is now working on a full-length biography of Frances
Fish, Nova Scotia’s first woman lawyer.

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Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 18 2015


“A Tense and Courageous Performance”: The Role of the Honourable Allan J. MacEachen in the Creation, Passage and Implementation of Legislation for Medicare (Medical Care Act, 1966, Bill C-227)
G. Ross Langley and Joanne M. Langley

The “Monuments Woman”: Captain Edith Standen and the Restitution of Looted Art
Kirrily Freeman

Putting the War of 1812 to Rest
Deborah Trask

“Find a Hell before You Leave this World”: Maritimers as Prisoners of War, 1812 – 1815
Joshua M. Smith

“Religion Walked Forth in All Her Majesty”: The Opening of Holy Cross Cemetery and the Transformation of Halifax Catholicism
Terrence Murphy

Policy Regarding Genealogical Articles
Terrence M. Punch

Laurilliard of Montbéliard: A Founding Family of Halifax with Notable Connections
Terrence M. Punch

Book Reviews

Imprinting Britain: Newspapers, Sociability and the Shaping of British North America
Reviewed by Keith Grant

The Reverend Jacob Bailey Maine Loyalist: For God, King, Country, and for Self
Reviewed by Henry Roper

Consumers in the Bush: Shopping in Rural Upper Canada
Reviewed by Julian Gwyn

Celtic Threads: A Journey in Cape Breton Crafts
Reviewed by Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Surviving Trench Warfare: Technology and the Canadian Corps, 1914-1918
Canada’s Bastion of Empire: Halifax, Victoria and the Royal Navy 1749-1918
Reviewed by Jay White

John Reid

JohnReid_CropJohn Reid is a member of the Department of History at Saint Mary’s University, and Senior Research Fellow of the Gorsebrook Research Institute. He holds degrees from Oxford University, Memorial University, and the University of New Brunswick. His research focuses primarily on early modern northeastern North America and on the history of Atlantic Canada, and he has published books and articles in these areas. He recently completed a six-year term as co-editor of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region.

Gwendolyn Davies


Gwendolyn Davies has taught at the Université de Bordeaux 111, Mount Allison University, and Acadia University and is now Emerita Professor of English & Emerita Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her research and publications include six authored/edited/co-edited books and over sixty book chapters and articles focusing primarily on 18th and 19th-century Maritime Provinces Literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is currently working on projects on literary  women in the Maritimes in the late 18thc and 19thc centuries and on an edition of Walter Bates’ 1817 The Mysterious Stranger.

Paul W. Bennett

Paul W. Bennett, Ed. D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of the Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After a professional career spanning three decades in Canadian K-12 education, Paul is now an author, policy analyst and agent provocateur. In the world of education reform, he is best known in Nova Scotia as a Co-Founder of the Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative (May 2012). He authored the 2012 NSSSI brief, Schools at the Centre: A Revitalization Strategy for Rural Communities, calling for a moratorium on school closures and introduced the concept of Community Hub Schools here in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Bennett has written or co-authored eight books.  His three most recent books are The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World (2009), and Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities; The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 -2010 (2011), and The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013). He produces regular columns on education issues for The Chronicle Herald and serves as a policy research analyst with two think tanks, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and the Northern Policy Institute, based in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Ken Donovan

Ken Donovan_CropKen Donovan, retired Parks Canada historian at Louisbourg, has published widely on the social and cultural history of Cape Breton. He is immediate past -President of the Old Sydney Society , a non-profit organization that operates four museums in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has edited and co-authored seven books and published more than 60 historical publications.

Col. John Boileau

Boileau_CropJohn Boileau served in the Canadian Army for 37 years, retiring as a colonel in 1999. During his army career, he was stationed across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Cyprus, in various command, staff and training appointments. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, the United States Army Armour Officer Advanced Course, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, the British Army Staff College and the British Royal College of Defence Studies. During his last five years of service he was Military Attaché at the Canadian High Commission, London, England, and was also accredited as Canada’s first Military Attaché to the Republic of Ireland.

In retirement, John has commenced a second career as a writer and has authored nearly 475 magazine and newspaper articles, as well as 11 books. In 2005, the Year of the Veteran, he wrote Valiant Hearts: Atlantic Canada and the Victoria Cross. His most recent book, Old Enough to Fight: Canada’s Boy Soldiers in the First World War, will be followed this fall by a companion volume, Too Young to Die: Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen in the Second World War.

John is a Governor and Past Chairman of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He is also a Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society, the Nova Scotia Army Cadet League and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regimental Society. He is a life member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association (Cavalry) and the Halifax Rifles Armoury Association, as well as a member of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia and the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada. John is currently the Honorary Colonel of the Halifax Rifles, as well as Chairman of the recently-formed Halifax Military Heritage Preservation Society. In 2012, John received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the history and heritage of Nova Scotia.