Category Archive: Original Writing

Because of the line of duty – Honouring Ontario police officers lost to suicide

June 2024 On Sunday, 23 June, hundreds of police officers and their supporters gathered at the site of the Ontario Police Memorial in Toronto to commemorate the first annual Ontario Police Suicide Memorial ceremony. Unlike the existing police memorial, which pays tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty, this new memorial pays …

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Minesing S.S. #9 – Former rural schoolhouse lives on as a community centre

June 2024 For rural communities, one-room or small multi-room schoolhouses were the standard before communities grew and educational course offerings necessitated bigger schools, holding anywhere from several hundred to one or two thousand students. Before the invention of the automobile, these one-room or small schools were built close to the towns and farms where the …

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They called him the King – Al Waxman, Canada’s other King

June 2024 They called him the King; the King of Kenzington. Also known as Albert “Al” Waxman, the versatile Canadian actor and director had a long and distinguished career that included radio, stage, films and television. Albert Samuel Waxman, was born on 2 March 1935 in Toronto, the son of Jewish Polish immigrants. Waxman’s career began …

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Pride has become way too political

June 2024 Re: “Forcing Pride on Catholic schools isn’t diversity” (Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun, 15 June): Although I’m conservative, I’m socially liberal on many topics, including issues related to the gay community. However, I’ve gone from having no objection to raising the Pride flag for those who wish to do so, to resenting the fact …

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St. James on-the-Lines Church – Historic Penetanguishene church has served worshipers for almost 200 years

June 2024 The St. James on-the-Lines Church, a small, unassuming, white clapboard-sided church in the lakeside town of Penetanguishene, Ontario, may not seem that significant on first inspection. However, there is a very specific reason why the British Union Jack flies outside the church: the St. James on-the-Lines Church is older than Canada itself. The …

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Go west, young man

Published in the Toronto Sun, 18 June 2024 Re: “Immigration policy untethered from reality” (Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun, 12 June): The number of immigrants admitted each year and insufficient employment opportunities are just two problems with Trudeau’s immigration policy. Another is that most immigrants, admitted under any federal government, generally congregate in large metropolitan areas …

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Sunset Ceremony honours Barrie war veterans on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

June 2024 On the evening of 6 June, at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park, along the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, a large crowd gathered for a special Sunset Ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end for the Nazis and the Third Reich. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy landings on 6 …

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Flying Officer Alfred B. Thompson – Simcoe County’s connection to The Great Escape

June 2024 The history of World War II includes many significant battles and stories of courage and sacrifice. One of the best known stories that took place far from the battlefields of Europe came to be known as The Great Escape. In March 1944, a mass escape of British and Commonwealth airmen took place at …

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Etobicoke football stadium re-named in honour of the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

May 2024 For a man who loved football, the re-naming of Centennial Park football stadium to Rob Ford Stadium on 28 May, the day that would have been Ford’s 55th birthday, is a fitting tribute. The newly-rechristened Rob Ford StadiumĀ is a 2,200-seat stadium, opened in 1975 in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, that is primarily …

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Three years later, no bodies have been found at former residential schools

May 2024 Three years after the shocking announcement that the “bodies” of 215 Indigenous children had been “found” in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Residential School, can we finally acknowledge that it appears that it was all a lie? Not one unmarked grave containing the body of an Indigenous child has been found. Not …

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