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Where does it stop?

June 2021 Re: “‘Dark shadow’: Ryerson Public School in Burlington to be re-named,” (Kathy Yanchus, 17 June): For the past several years, many have been calling for the Stalinesque erasure of people from Canada’s past. Our first prime minister and father of confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald, has been a favourite target for his support …

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Interesting roadside attractions in Ontario

June 2021 We see them as we drive along the roads in Ontario. Some are structures of varying sizes, some are statures or art pieces, some are vehicles or vessels, but all draw our attention in one way or another, like Jumbo the Elephant, found in St. Thomas. Here are just some of the interesting …

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In-person graduation or virtual? Your choice

June 2021 With Premier Doug Ford’s sudden announcement that he would like to see in-person graduation ceremonies for students at the end of June, just three short weeks away, the usual crowd are losing their collective minds over how this could possibly be done, safely, in such a short period.  I’d like to offer a …

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Barrie Memorial grows for victims of Kamloops residential school

June 2021 A memorial has sprung up at the iconic Spirit Catcher in Barrie, Ontario, one of many across Canada, meant to honour the 215 Indigenous children who were recently found buried in an unmarked mass grave at the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. Some of them were as young as three …

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Thunder Bay’s historic tourist pagoda welcomes visitors for over 100 years

May 2021 The Tourist Pagoda near the waterfront in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is the oldest continuously operating tourist information building in Canada. Built in 1909, in what was then Port Arthur, it was strategically located near the waterfront and across the railway tracks from the grand Port Arthur Union Station, so as to attract visitors …

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White River – The home of the real Winnie The Pooh

May 2021 While Walt Disney may have made Winnie The Pooh a famous American icon, the soft-hearted bear with the insatiable need for honey actually has a Canadian connection. The real Winnie the Pooh, the one that inspired Christopher Robin Milne, son of English author A.A. Milne, to name his teddy bear Winnie the Pooh, …

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Monument to Terry Fox symbolically carries on the run he was forced to abandon

May 2021 A little east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a monument to Terry Fox, the 21-year-old Canadian amputee who mounted the Marathon of Hope, an attempt to run across Canada in 1980, to raise money for cancer research. Starting on 12 April in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Terry set out to run a marathon a …

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The Wawa Goose – A uniquely Canadian statue

May 2021 At the top of a hill, looking down on the Trans-Canada Highway in the northern Ontario town of Wawa, is a uniquely Canadian statue: the Wawa Goose Monument. Originally unveiled in 1963, the 28 feet tall, 22 feet long statue of a Canada Goose, with a wingspan of 20 feet, has welcomed visitors …

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An unfortunate reality of Urban Exploration – DO NOT go to the abandoned RCAF Station Sioux Lookout

May 2021 Urban Explorers can forget about going to the former Royal Canadian Air Force Station Sioux Lookout. The owners live on the property and they are NOT friendly at all. For those who don’t know what urban exploration (UE) is, it’s basically exploring things like storm drains, subway tunnels, utility tunnels, abandoned ships or …

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The Big Nickel – The largest coin in the world is in Sudbury

May 2021 A trip to Sudbury, Ontario, is not complete without stopping at a very popular tourist attraction: the Big Nickel. Literally a big nickel, this 30-foot high, 2-foot wide, replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, consisting of an inner steel core and a stainless-steel outer core (stainless steel contains nickel, which prevents rusting). It’s …

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