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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.

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