Category Archive: Original Writing

The truth should matter, even if you don’t agree – The tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

September 2020 On 29 August, Toronto Sun’s Editor Emeritus Lorrie Goldstein published an column titled: “When police are accused of racism, facts don’t matter.” It recounted the extensive report issued by Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet on 27 May 2020; a 29 year-old woman who fell to her death from …

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The West Montrose Covered Bridge – Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge

September 2020 In the Woolwich Township community of West Montrose, sits the last covered bridge in Ontario. Quite fittingly, the area is heavily populated by Old Order Mennonites, the black-garbed traditionalists, who drive their horse-drawn wagons and buggies across this bridge, just like their Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors did two centuries ago. Covered bridges were quite …

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The Blair Sheave Tower – Ontario’s last remaining wooden water-powered hydro generator tower

September 2020 In a time before power was supplied by electrical grids, grist mills were responsible for generating their own hydro to operate the mills. Sheave towers were an economical way to generate power from rivers by use of a water turbine underneath the tower. The last remaining wooden sheave tower in Ontario can be …

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There’s blame to go around

September 2020 OK, while it’s debatable as to whether the “Bad Orange Man” south of the border was wrong in downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic in February, are the usual smug Canadian America-haters feeling the same way about their lord and saviour Justin Trudeau? It appears that Trudeau and Health Minister Patty Hadju were …

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Battlefield Park – A museum park dedicated to the pivotal War of 1812 battle

September 2020 The Stoney Creek area of southern Ontario was the site of a pivotal battle in the War of 1812. Called the Battle of Stoney Creek, a battle fought on 6 June 1813, it marked a turning point in the war. Around 700 British soldiers and Mohawk warriors, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel John …

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Dundurn Castle – Hamilton’s own historic castle

September 2020 Of the many historic buildings in Hamilton, Ontario, Dundurn Castle is one of the best known. Dundurn Castle is an 18,000-square-foot, forty room Italianate-style villa, built over a three year period and completed in 1835, as the home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, 1st Baronet. MacNab was a lawyer, land owner, businessman, militia …

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The rise and fall of motor car speedways in Simcoe County

September 2020 Motorsports has been a very popular attraction in North America and worldwide. Since the invention of automobile, people have wanted to race them at ever increasing speeds, along dedicated tracks and public roadways. The first recorded motor vehicle race, dubbed a “speed trial,” occurred in 1900, with racers travelling along a forty-mile long …

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The Merritton “Blue Ghost” Tunnel – A relic of the Grand Trunk Railway

September 2020 The Niagara region of southern Ontario has many popular tourist attractions. For those interested in urban exploration, a popular attraction in the area is the “Blue Ghost” tunnel. Built beginning in 1875 by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), the 713 foot long tunnel was constructed to run underneath the then-new Welland Canal (now …

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Splash Canyon – The crumbling remains of an abandoned water park

August 2020 The grounds are eerily quiet. There is no longer the laughter and commotion of children and adults, splashing about in one of the four pools and a splash pad for the younger ones. The only water in the pools is rainwater, partially submerging old deck chairs and other debris, and the cracked pool …

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“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

August 2020 The great punk legend Johnny Rotten famously said this at the final Sex Pistols show at the Winterland in January 1978. For Rotten, he was done with the Sex Pistols. With the release of the Fraser Institute’s 2019 edition of the Canadian Consumer Tax Index, it’s now official that the average Canadian now …

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