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Deep underground – Coal mining in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region

May 2017 Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, in Schuykill County, is the Borough of Ashland.  Surrounded by forests and steep hils, the borough’s southern border follows the top of Ashland Mountain, which rises 400 to 600 feet above the center of town.  Mahony Creek, a trubutary of the Susquehanna River passes through a water …

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The truth, the whole truth and The Damn Truth

May 2017 Montreal based band The Damn Truth played the Casbah Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario on 11 May 2017. Featuring Lee-la Baum (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), and Dave Traina (drums), the band is currently on tour promoting their second full-length album, “Devilish Folk”, along with touring bass guitarist PY Letellier. The Damn …

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Watching over the children for eternity

April 2017 One of the saddest, but comforting thing I’ve ever seen is a stone Teddy Bear watching over the graves of infants in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, north of Toronto. It’s obviously very sad when a child dies, but I also find it heartbreaking to think of the child lying in their grave alone, without …

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So much for Trump being a fascist dictator

29 April 2017 Re:  “When all else fails, blame Canada” (Lorne Gunter, April 25): Thanks to those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the mainstream liberal media has been full of hyperbolic rhetoric calling Trump a fascist and comparing him to Hitler. As Gunter points out, Trump has failed so far in his efforts to replace Obamacare, …

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Overdue honour: Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson to be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll

April 2017 On 20 April 2017, the family of the late Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson received some long-overdue good news:  Eddie will be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll, something he was denied in 2005. Adamson’s widow Linda and daughter Julie had to fight for the recognition bestowed on Toronto Police officers who die In …

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The Dieppe Raid – An elaborate cover for an attempted theft

April 2017 The Dieppe Raid, also known by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was a Canadian-led raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, on the northern coast of France, on 19 August 1942. For decades afterwards, many viewed the Dieppe Raid as a colossal failure that didn’t achieve any of its objectives and had …

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And then there were four – Pennsylvania’s lost town close to extinction

April 2017 The population in Centralia, Pennsylvania, in the heart of anthracite coal region, dropped to only 4 people in the fall of 2016 when Kathi Wormer, daughter of the Borough’s last official Mayor, Carl Womer, moved out of the house on once occupied by her parents. The home at 102 East Wood Street, originally occupied by …

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The pride of Canada’s military – Vimy Ridge 100 years later

April 2017 On 9 April 2017, officially dedicated as Vimy Ridge Day in 2003, Canadians across the country and in France attended services to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an infamous battle fought by the Canadian Corps from 9 to 12 April 1917, a part of the Battle of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais …

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Toronto’s near-forgotten first aerodrome – Trethewey/De Lesseps Field

April 2017 The Toronto area once had several airfields that no longer exist, but played an important role in early aviation in Canada and the Toronto area. Trethewey/De Lesseps Field was once such field, located in York Township, west of Toronto, as it was the first airfield in Toronto. This small airfield was located in the …

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WWI pilot trainee remembered in his hometown

April 2017 The inscription of the tombstone of Royal Flying Corps Cadet James Talbot reads: “A noble young life given in service”. The weather on 7 April 2017 was cold and windy, with a thin layer of snow on the ground, as a crowd gathered at Union Cemetery in Dorchester, Ontario, east of London. Gathered …

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