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Obit of the Day: Canada’s First Stewardess
When Julie Garner (later Julie Garner Grant) was hired by Trans-Canada Airlines in 1938 as their first stewardess her role was distinctly different from today’s flight attendants. Besides making sure that her passengers had a drink and a pillow she was responsible for radio communications, monitoring weather patterns, and creating the menu for cross-country flights.
Paid $125 a month, Mrs. Grant also designed the airline’s first stewardess uniform (which she is wearing, above). She was told she could not make it navy blue because pilots wore navy and they did not want to cause confusion. Two years later, she re-designed the uniforms - they became navy blue.
Mrs. Grant, who would occasionally have to wear an oxygen mask in the unpressurized aircraft, died on March 4, 2013 at the age of 103.
(Image of Lucile Garner Grant standing with the first president of Trans Canada Airlines, circa 1938, is courtesy of Air Canada)
Other Canadian “firsts”:
Daurene Lewis - Canada’s first Black mayor
Maj. Walter Peters - Canada’s first Black jet pilot
and another former flight attendant, Australian Elaine Swain
Unlike many other countries, the skills of nurses in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps were recognised through their status as commissioned officers. You can see the rank insignia on their shoulder straps.
They also had the best uniforms - because of their blue dresses and white veils, they were nicknamed the “bluebirds”.
(The first two pictures are of Caroline Dhavernas in “Passchendaele”)
The mayor of Mississauga, Canada is a badass. via
Hazel McCallion, everbody.
92 years old,
34 years in office,
$0 in debt
$700 million in reserve
Eight prime ministers
But women aren’t strong leaders… OH WAIT.
Now I’m sure somebody’s gonna tell me something but
- supports a Palestinian state
- supports Aids CHarities
- told her city well if we cant get money y’all need to pay taxes and maintains a 76 approval rating
- nick named Hurricane Hazel
- and is so boss lady that she don’t run she’ tells folks to give that money to charity
I will always reblog this lady.
Blood is thicker than water but maple syrup is thicker than blood so technically pancakes are more important than family.
are you canadian
Sometimes I get offended by Canadian stereotypes but then I remember once my friend came back from her vacation to see a robber in her house and then her family sat him down and then they all had a lengthy discussion about life choices
A message from one indigenous nation to another indigenous nation: “Palestine stands in solidarity with Chief Spence. Palestine says stay and be strong. From one nation, to another nation.”
For empowerment, we have to stand in solidarity.