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MASKING THE PAST: The Franklin expedition and the Harper government’s assault on the past

In The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism, Volume 3 (by Frederick Whymper and published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.), we see an illustration of “The Erebus and the Terror among Icebergs.”  The drawing (illustration 43) appears in Chapter 22, entitled “Franklin’s Last Voyage,” opposite page 206.

In The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism, Volume 3 (by Frederick Whymper and published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.), we see an illustration of “The Erebus and the Terror among Icebergs.” The drawing (illustration 43) appears in Chapter 22, entitled “Franklin’s Last Voyage,” opposite page 206.

On Sept. 9, the day Harper announced that he was going to send “dozens” of elite special operations troops to Iraq, it camouflaged the announcement through media diversion. As Thomas Walkom reported in the Toronto Star, “Harper seized headlines by personally announcing the discovery of remains from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition. In fact, the sunken wreckage had been discovered in the Arctic Sunday (two days before, that is, Sept. 7 –TS). Yet in a strange coincidence, news of the find was kept under wraps until the day of the Iraq hearings.” A “strange coincidence”? The manipulation and falsification of history for self-serving ends by this government is not unique. ADAM KOSTRICH

The so-called discovery of a ship from Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition made many headlines this month. The Harper government’s celebration of the ostensible find seems two-faced given the government’s present relationship with Canada’s archaeologists. Continue reading

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