Many of Canada’s underage soldiers weren’t made aware that they could be shot, “that they could actually suffer horrifically and become victims,” Dallaire says. “That dimension was not even in the training construct at the time. You were always working at destroying the enemy and you never looked at the fact that you yourself could become a victim.”
If I thought for a moment we had achieved true equality in North America, I would question the need for women’s studies, women’s history, women’s writing prizes. If I thought that, I’d be writing about McKay’s novel as a curiosity, one no longer relevant, like so much of the 1800s. Cultural rules don’t change that fast. But they do change.
Undaunted, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has waded into the breach with the exhibition and book project Ken Danby: Beyond the Crease. In doing so, they are honouring an artist who remains one of the most popular with the Canadian public and one who has, at least since the 1970s, been steadfastly ignored by most public art museums, especially the largest ones such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton itself.