Good times. Indigenous realities. Reel news. The great ones. Ukrainian landmarks. Wilfrid’s ways. De Monts gets his due.
I read with interest Mairi Cowan’s account of the early French explorers’ and settlers’ experiences of winter in Canada [“Season of Good Cheer,” December 2016-January 2017].
My father was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway and often visited the areas in Nova Scotia that were first settled by the French. I still have his certificate admitting him as an honourary member of the Order of the Good Time. It is dated 1946 and signed by then Governor General Viscount Alexander. On the certificate there is a picture of Samuel de Champlain flanking that of Lord Alexander. Today, of course, it would be in both official langauges.
W.J. Curran Ottawa
Editor’s note: Nova Scotia continues to offer all visitors membership into the Order of the Good Time — modelled on Champlain’s 1606 L’Ordre de Bon Temps. The only requirements are to have a good time, to remember Nova Scotians fondly, to speak of Nova Scotians kindly, and to make a return visit. Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor serves as the honourary grand master of the order.