Category Archive: Newspaper Articles

Lieutenant William Cooke – Canada’s connection to Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn

August 2019 Most with even a basic knowledge of American history know about “Custer’s Last Stand”, battle between the 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, suffered a humiliating defeat against the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876. LCol Custer …

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Ghosts of the past – Abandoned shipping canals in Ontario and Quebec

August 2019 Shipping canals have been an important part of water transportation networks for personal and commercial usage across the world from the early days of shipping to the modern day. Most of the early canals have by larger canals to handle bigger modern ships or other forms of transportation have made them unnecessary or …

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And the conspiracy theories begin…….

August 2019 In the wake of the suicide (or “suicide”) of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the conspiracy theories are already flying around the internet. I’m a fan of a good conspiracy theory too, but for me to buy into it, it has to be plausible; which also means supported by some facts that make it …

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A schoolhouse on rails

August 2019 Today, it’s quite common to see portable classrooms at schools across the country. They provide a cost-effective method for adding classroom space without having to build an addition to the existing school. From 1926 to 1965, Clinton, Ontario, natives Fred and Cela Sloman were part of a unique program that provided classroom space …

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Ode to Joy – The last Joy Gas Station restored to its former glory

August 2019 On Toronto’s waterfront, at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on Lakeshore Blvd West, sits a small red-roofed building, done in a French château-style of architecture. This building was once one of the iconic buildings that made up the Joy Gas Station chain of service centres in the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario. Designed …

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Kingston’s Martello Towers – Monuments to the early defences of British North America

Martello Towers, are small, round defensive forts, usually costal forts, that were built in the early 19th century across the British Empire. The two story forts stood up to 40 feet high and usually had a garrison of 15 to 25 men and an officer. Their round design with thick, solid masonry walls made them …

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Who has the smallest jail in North America?

August 2019 There is great debate as to which town holds the distinction of having the smallest jail in Canada, or even in North America. Several towns have been bold enough to declare themselves the winner of the smallest jail, with mere inches difference between all of them. Small tourist towns such as Tweed, Creemore, …

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The historic ruins of St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church

August 2019 St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, a castle-like limestone church, has stood tall in rolling hills of Glengarry, Ontario, for 200 years. Built by Scottish immigrants between 1815 and 1821, the massive stone walls were once capped by a large timber roof that allowed it to be without interior columns, providing an unobstructed view …

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Police leadership is failing their frontline officers as the stigma continues

July 2019 Re:  “Mental health stigma persists at police service, veteran officer says,” (Barrie Advance, 9 May 2019):  I can relate to the lack of support that Cst Brad Traves talks about.  I’m a retired police officer who also suffers from PTSD and I received absolutely no support from my police service or even from …

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Humorous tradition for a legendary politician

July 2019 René Lévesque was a small man in stature, standing only 5’3″, but his legacy is larger than life. As founder of the Parti Québécois and later the 23rd Premier of Quebec from November 1976 to October 1985, Lévesque was at the head of the sovereignty movement in Quebec, in which Quebec sought to …

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