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October 29, 2010
Parler Fort series - how Canada goes to war
Parler Fort, Fort York National Historic Site's new discussion series that starts November 8 (at 7 p.m.), will explore the history of how Canada goes to war, with a presentation by historian Jack Lawrence (J.L.) Granatstein.

This timely discussion leading into Remembrance Day will enhance the understanding Canadians have of those who served and sacrificed for the nation in times of war.

J.L. Granatstein will speak about his new book, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History (co-authored with Dean Oliver). The book and Granatstein's presentation cover the key military and political figures and issues in Canadian military history - including more recent issues facing the Canadian military in its role as an international peacekeeper. Granatstein will also lead a discussion about why we go to war, how we fight our wars and what we get out of our wars.

J.L. Granatstein is an award-winning historian who has received the Order of Canada and the Pierre Berton Award, among other distinctions. For over 30 years he was a professor of Canadian History at York University, and later the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of more than 60 books. He served in the Canadian Army for 10 years.

The Parler Fort discussion series at Fort York National Historic Site reinforces the central role Fort York continues to have in defining and reflecting Toronto's history. For information about this event, please call 416-392-6907 (x221). Admission is $10. For reservations, e-mail

Fort York National Historic Site is where urban Toronto was founded in 1793, and was the location of a major battle during the War of 1812. That war, a turning point in the story of Canada’s development as an independent nation, will be commemorated during its bicentennial in 2012-14 across North America.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by City of Toronto Cultural Services. It is located at 250 Fort York Blvd.

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Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,



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