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Preston Springs Hotel – The sad end of a historic hotel

August 2020 The Preston Springs Hotel, an abandoned luxury hotel in Cambridge, Ontario, has been an iconic landmark in the area for 137 years. Opened in 1888 as the Del Monte Hotelt Walder by Robert Walder, in what was then called the Village of Preston, an area populated by German-speaking Mennonites from Pennsylvania. Standing at …

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Time to take a walk in the snow, Justin

August 2020 Regarding Brian Lilley’s column in the Toronto Sun on 12 August, “Yes, the public does get to know where Trudeau vacations”:  Given that Justin is once again (Yes, AGAIN) on vacation, this time “renting” a cottage on Georgian Bay (rumour is that he’s staying at a cottage owned by the Weston family, the …

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Centreville Antique Carousel

August 2020 Carousels, or merry-go-rounds, have been popular amusement park attractions for around two centuries. These circular rides commonly feature wooden horses, but may also feature an assortment of other wooden animals like pigs, zebras, lions, tigers, mythological creatures like dragons or unicorns, bench seats, aeroplanes or cars. While the ride is in motion, the …

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Grimsby Park – A colourfully beautiful historic cottage community

August 2020 The quaint, colourful, lakefront cottage community of Grimsby Park in Grimsby, Ontario, Grimsby Park has its beginnings in 1846, when John Bowslaugh, a Methodist, offered up his lakeside property to host large Temperance gatherings; events that soon became quite popular with over 2000 people regularly attending. These gatherings were not just religious gatherings, …

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Honouring Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner on the 75th anniversary of V-J Day

Toronto Sun/Postmedia 8 August 2020 (Note: This is an updating of an article that I wrote back in 2008) In conjunction with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan), and the official end of WWII on 15 August, we should also honour Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner, Lieutenant Robert Hampton …

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Former Whitby Junction Station lives on as an art gallery

August 2020 The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) is long gone, but many of the architecturally significant stations built to serve this one grand Canadian railway company endure to this day. Built in 1903 and originally standing at the corner of Station Street (now Galt Street) and Grand Trunk Street, the Whitby Junction Station replaced an …

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Woodcester Villa – Gravenhurst’s historic octagonal home

August 2020 On a hill, overlooking the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Ontario, sits the historic octagon house built in 1882 by wool manufacturer Henry J. Bird. Known both as Woodchester Villa and The Bird House, the house has 16 inch-thick walls, each section of which alternates between 14 feet 8 inches and 16 feet 5 …

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Not just throwing them under the bus, but backing the bus up and running over them again

August 2020 The WE scandal just keeps showing that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is either colossally incompetent, or just plain corrupt, neither of which are good. There is an oblivious arrogance (or ignorance) to the fact that just because Trudeau thinks he is doing good, that he can do whatever he wants to do. This …

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Restoring the past – the Canadian National Railway station in Jarvis

August 2020 A sad reality as the years march by is that some of the buildings and structures in our communities are demolished and replaced by new buildings; sometimes even historic buildings. It’s called progress. Even some that aren’t purposely demolished are left abandoned and allowed to deteriorate to the point that it’s too expensive …

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We’re all in this together, are we?

July 2020 With the imminent re-opening of schools this fall, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond is already criticizing the plan announced by the Ontario government. Among his complaints are that ETFO wasn’t consulted and that more teachers need to be hired (aka more dues paying union members) to deal with the …

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