Category Archive: Interesting Things to Know

Fears persist over the future of the S.S. Keewatin

August 2021 One hundred people gathered in front of the S.S. Keewatin in Port McNicoll on 28 August, to show support for keeping the retired 114-year-old Edwardian-era passenger steamship in the Ontario community where it was based during most of its 57-year operational life. The rally was organized by Keep Keewatin Home, a community action …

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

May 2021 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’ …

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The end of the line for the much-maligned Scarborough Rapid Transit?

April 2021 The Scarborough RT (Rapid Transit) Line is one of the light-rail transit (LRT) lines used by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Toronto, Ontario, for urban public transit.  The light rail lines also include the original subway section and the newer streetcar LRT sections. Opened in March 1985, the Scarborough RT line is …

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Buddy the Seagull

December 2020 This is the story of Buddy the Seagull. One day in early fall, Anastasia and her Daddy were at their favourite waterfront park. Anastasia saw some seagulls on the beach, and played one of her favourite games of running after them. All the seagulls scattered and flew away; all except for Buddy. Buddy …

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

Published in the Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun, 8 August 2020 Published in the Borden Citizen, 10 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 …

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Narcissistic sociopath – They’ll insult, belittle and criticize you (sometimes in a teasing/joking way)

June 2020 Although I’m not the author of these quotes, this describes people I’ve known in my life. This stuff is too good not to post: “When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.” “How do you know if someone is a narcissist? Everything will revolve …

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The end of the Graffiti Highway

April 2020 An accidental tourist attraction in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region is no more. The infamous “Graffiti Highway” in Centralia has been covered over and buried with around 9, 000 tons of dirt, trucked in by Fox Coal Company Mining, on behalf of the property owner Pagnotti Enterprises of Wilkes-Barre. A coal mine fire that …

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The Old Soldier – Regimental Sergeant-Major Thomas McKenzie remembered at Wolseley Barracks

September 2019 In London, Ontario, the historic Wolseley Barracks, has been a fixture in the city since 1884, when it was established as the home of “D” Company of the Infantry Corps School, on farmland in Middlesex County, owned by John Carling, son of the founder of the Carling Brewery. Although it is still an …

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