Just a Minute is the ultimate Canadian bathroom reader. The stories cover a broad sweep of time (from 1000 to 1964) and are each treated in less than three pages. (Sometimes you can sneak two in at one … sitting.) Boulton covers topics like:
- Laura Secord’s heroic journey
- The largest manmade explosion prior to the atomic bomb
- The first trans-Atlantic telegraph signal
- The original of Canadian baseball
- Grey Owl’s identity crisis
Due to the nature of a three page story, these sketches don’t go into depth, but that’s not the point. Reading Just a Minute is an interesting way to brush up on your Canadian trivia and bolster your Canadian pride.
—Marsha Boulton, Just a Minute: Glimpses of Our Great Canadian Heritage (Toronto, ON: McArthur & Company, 1994).