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Facing Deportation: The Curious Cases of Rebecca Barnett and Rebecca Grizzle

In the late summer of 2012, I visited Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa to conduct archival research for the historical context component of our current temporary exhibition Position As Desired / Exploring African Canadian Identity. I came across an old Immigration Branch record pertaining to an African Canadian woman named Rebecca Barnett. The microfilmed record was titled: “Rebecca Barnett – undesirable (insane) (Black).” Curious, and a bit taken aback, I proceeded to explore the content further. I subsequently came across a Department of Justice record titled “Deportation of Rebecca Grizzle (coloured), public charge in Toronto General Hospital.”

Call Me Alternative: Education Internships Outside the Box

I recently visited a group of education students at a local university who were learning about internships available at “alternative education” placements. Translated, this means informal, not in a school or sometimes not in a traditional public school.

In many ways, faculties of education across Canada are beginning to transcend their teacher’s college roots and are moving from job training for school teachers to faculties of the broader study of education. I am grateful that my alma mater took on this challenge. It is my hope that at some point alternative placements will be mandatory for all aspiring graduates (teachers and others alike).

—*Fist bump* to universities exploring these opportunities for their students. —

A Match Made on the North Atlantic

We hear innumerable stories about seasickness from our Museum visitors who crossed the Atlantic and first arrived at Pier 21. They all laugh about it now, but frequently add that they haven’t been on a ship since and have no interest in repeating the nauseating adventure. Although it begins with a seasick girl, this is not one of those stories.