From The Slap Shot that Preserved Canada's Hockey Domination to the Determination of a Man on a Mission to Cure Cancer... The 10 Photos That Changed Canada

    OTTAWA, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Did Paul Henderson's last-minute goal in the final
game of the legendary 1972 Summit Series in Moscow provide salvation for a
hockey-obsessed nation? Did the final iron spike in the railway linking east
with west serve as a snapshot of national unity? And how did the famous
standoff at Oka alter our cultural focus?
    These astonishing images, featured in the August/September edition of The
Beaver: Canada's History Magazine, depict major Canadian events that reveal a
compelling visual journey through our age - an odyssey that's personal and
universal, immediate and timeless.
    Mark Reid, Editor of The Beaver says, "Whether it be the evocative art
photography of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, a powerful war image that
revealed an historic forgery, or a terrible turning point in the October
Crisis of 1970, these photographs capture the images of a century of change in
this country and the role the camera has played both in creating and
documenting it."
    Several months ago, The Beaver asked some of Canada's premier
photographers, photo editors and photography instructors to select ten photos
from our past that, they felt, had the greatest influence and impact on
    Over page after eye-catching page, these photos reveal the emotion of an
entire event or age captured in a single image. Whether it's Canada's
collective joy to the birth of the world's first surviving quintuplets, the
unwavering determination of a cancer-stricken amputee on a Marathon of Hope or
an endearing family photo of one of Canada's most charismatic Prime Ministers
- these photographs all figure into the life and legacy of pivotal moments in
Canadian history.
    Don Newman, host of CBC Newsworld's Politics will host the official
unveiling of The Beaver's top 10 photos that changed Canada. Newman says,
"These images helped push us toward a change." Newman adds, "Dramatic and
intimate stories trace photography's role as a recorder of public events,
public historian, vehicle for artistic expression, and a tool for influencing
public opinion."

    On Thursday, August 7, 2008 Canada's National History Society will
officially launch the 10 photographs that changed Canada. The media is invited
to attend the unveiling in the main foyer at Library and Archives Canada, 395
Wellington Street, Ottawa at 5 p.m. Attending the event will be Mark Reid,
Editor of The Beaver, Deborah Morrison, CEO, Canada's National History
Society, Beaver photo panel member Barry Gray (National Photo Editor for
Canwest News Service), along with photographers Peter Martin (Terry Fox
photo), Doug Ball (Pierre Trudeau and son photo) and Shaney Komulainen
(Standoff at Oka photo).

    Canada's National History Society is a Winnipeg-based charitable
organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to
publishing The Beaver magazine, and the children's magazine Kayak: Canada's
History Magazine for Kids, the Society also operates two distinctive award
programs: the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history and the
Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, which
honours innovative classroom teachers.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Nicole Harris, Maverick Media, (204) 470-4555,;
Deborah Morrison, CEO, Canada's National History Society, (204) 293-1867,; Mark Reid, Editor, The Beaver, 1-800-816-6777
ext. 18,

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