Category Archive: Original Writing

Happy 60th anniversary to my Mom & Dad

12 May 2021 It was on 12 May 1961, that my parents Jim and Gwen Forsyth were married in Hamilton, Ontario. Not many couples reach such a milestone. James (Jim) Forsyth was born in Hamilton, on 1 June 1938, to Maurice and Lillian Forsyth. Jim worked as a Chartered Accountant with the Ontario Ministry of …

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Is that university education really free?

May 2021 While Barrie Advance writer Christopher Mansour’s idea of giving Canadians a free university may sound appealing to young students just beginning their post-secondary education, just remember there is nothing free in life. The university still gets paid their money.  If the money isn’t coming from the students themselves, then it’s from the taxpayers …

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Memories of Hamilton’s Mountain View Inn kept alive in small park

May 2021 Overlooking the City of Hamilton, on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment (known locally as Hamilton Mountain) at Upper James Street and Claremont Drive, is a 3-acre park named Southam Park, named after Major Gordon Southam, a Canadian Field Artillery officer who was killed on 15 October 1916, during the Battle of the …

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Faded footsteps and empty windows – Documenting the decay of man-made structures

April 2021 “What would happen if every human on Earth disappeared? This isn’t the story of how we might vanish…it is the story of what will happen to the world we leave behind.” – Life After People  This is part 2 of my Urban Exploration (UER) series. All photos were taken in Ontario, unless noted. **************************************************************************** I’ve …

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Barrie Freedom Rally shows people are fed-up

April 2021 On Saturday, 24 April, around 300 protesters gathered at Meridian Square in downtown Barrie, Ontario, to protest the lock-down measures imposed by all levels of government, in an ineffective attempt fight the pandemic. The two-hour-plus rally was the seventh Saturday rally held in downtown Barrie this year, protesting the provincially mandated lock-down orders, …

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Just say that you’re filming a volleyball movie

April 2021 Re: Volleyball not allowed during lockdown, but you can shoot a film, (Toronto Sun, Joe Warmington, 26 April): The next time the volleyball players want to play a game, they should follow the example of Evolution Salon & Spa in St. Catharines. Just being a camera with them and tell the bylaw officers that …

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Paid sick leave a hot political topic

April 2021 Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his government will implement a plan to give paid sick-leave to Ontario workers. This week, his government voted against yet another opposition motion to implement their idea of a paid sick-leave plan, causing the usual crown of Ford-haters to bleat on about what a big blue …

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Fifty Mission Cap – The tragic story of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bill Barilko

On 21 April 1951, the 24-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bill Barilko scored the winning goal in overtime for Toronto at the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens, during the 1951 Stanley Cup final game, when a back-handed shot got past Montreal goalie Gerry McNeil. The 5’11”, 180 lb native of Timmins, Ontario, William “Bashin’ Bill” Barilko, …

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Are electric vehicles really the future of the automotive industry?

April 2021 In order to run a successful business, there are several things an entrepreneur must learn. One of the most basic things, one that you don’t need a Business Degree in to understand, is that in order for a company to survive and prosper, it has to sell a product or service that people …

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Are speed limit reductions the only option for curbing speeding in cities?

April 2021 Re: “Should speed limits be lowered across Barrie? Councillor pushes for 10 km/h reduction,” Chris Simon, Barrie Advance, 30 March 2021): While this is certainly not the only reason for speeding, one issue that constantly frustrates me as I travel across the city is the lack of synchronization of the traffic lights along …

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