Category Archive: Original Writing

Real leaders lead from the front

March 2020 Re: Premier uses own truck to pick up donated masks amid the COVID-19 crisis” (Antonella Artuso Toronto Sun, 31 March): How many other politicians, Wuhan coronavirus pandemic or not, would have gone to pick up essential supplies like these masks and hand sanitizer, on their own initiative, using their own vehicle and without …

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What will we do next time?

March 2020 As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to ravage Canada and the world, my thoughts are now turning to what we will do when the inevitable next pandemic comes to our shores. This pandemic has not only been ravaging the physical and mental health of Canadians, but also ravaging our economy and public institutions like …

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When being racist and xenophobic, isn’t being racist and xenophobic

March 2020 I’m confused. A few weeks ago it was considered racist and xenophobic to close the borders. Now it’s OK?! In closing down the border, this also means the now-officially-designated unofficial and illegal Point-of-Entry at Roxham Road, the one where RCMP officers act as bellhops instead of police officers, is finally being shut down. …

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You can still support Indie bands during the pandemic

March 2020 As we all try to survive in this era of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, where many are seeing their income cut or eliminated due to being laid-off or because you’re an independent contractor, don’t forget about the hard-working musicians who play the music we all love to hear. It’s a great misconception that …

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Valley Inn – A popular spot for nature lovers once had its own popular hotel

March 2020 Known to the locals as Valley Inn, this picturesque cove on the western edge of Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour at the end of Burlington Heights, was once along the main land route between Hamilton and the East Flamborough Township village of Aldershot, now a part of the City of Burlington, in southern Ontario. This …

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Ruins of The Hermitage a popular attraction in the Hamilton area

March 2020 Just west of Ancaster, Ontario, in the Dundas Valley, sits the burnt-out shell of an abandoned stone mansion on a former estate property known as The Hermitage. The 165-year old ruins and the property are now a tourist attraction for hikers and those interested in the paranormal, maintained by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. …

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Hamilton Radial Electric Railway Company

March 2020 In the downtown core of Oakville, Ontario, sits a small three-story, century -old building with a link to the early era of modern public transportation in southern Ontario. Built in 1906, this building was the eastern terminus station for the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway Company (HRER). The HRER began business when they received …

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Stupid is, as stupid does – The downside of a free-market economy

Toronto Sun 19 March 2020 Re: “A warning to not be irresponsible hoarders” (Jerry Agar, Toronto Sun, 17 March): While I agree with what Jerry says, especially the idea of price gouging, the other side of the coin is that this is simply the good and bad of a free-market economy. People are free to …

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The Kedge Anchor – A relic of the War of 1812 in Holland Landing

March 2020 The small community of Holland Landing, Ontario, played an important part in the early history of Upper Canada, now known as the Canadian province of Ontario.  Today, it has a monument in a community park that has an interesting history. Holland Landing was the northernmost point of the original alignment of Yonge Street, …

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Buried bridges of Toronto

March 2020 Like most cities, Toronto has a spotted history of preserving buildings and structures from the past. Most times, old buildings and structures are torn down to make room for new ones, all in the name of progress. In some cases, it’s simply too expensive to repair them, but especially in the case of …

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