Category Archive: Original Writing

Splash Canyon – The crumbling remains of an abandoned water park

August 2020 The grounds are eerily quiet. There is no longer the laughter and commotion of children and adults, splashing about in one of the four pools and a splash pad for the younger ones. The only water in the pools is rainwater, partially submerging old deck chairs and other debris, and the cracked pool …

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“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

August 2020 The great punk legend Johnny Rotten famously said this at the final Sex Pistols show at the Winterland in January 1978. For Rotten, he was done with the Sex Pistols. With the release of the Fraser Institute’s 2019 edition of the Canadian Consumer Tax Index, it’s now official that the average Canadian now …

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Three decommissioned lake freighters now provide shelter for Ontario Place and its marina

August 2020 When the government of Ontario Premier John Robarts announced the creation of Ontario Place in August 1968, he envisioned a facility on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto, that would serve as a showcase to promote the Province of Ontario through exhibits and entertainment. Over the years, Ontario Place would become more …

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Some truth in advertising

August 2020 Everyone likes truth in advertising, from the kid who mails away for those X-ray glasses advertised in the back of his comic book, to adults buying cars that their manufacturer promises are safe and won’t explode in a rear-end collision. With the upcoming school year rapidly approaching, I’m having to deal with my …

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Preston Springs Hotel – The sad end of a historic hotel

August 2020 The Preston Springs Hotel, an abandoned luxury hotel in Cambridge, Ontario, has been an iconic landmark in the area for 137 years. Opened in 1888 as the Del Monte Hotelt Walder by Robert Walder, in what was then called the Village of Preston, an area populated by German-speaking Mennonites from Pennsylvania. Standing at …

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Gibraltar Point Lighthouse – The historic lighthouse on Toronto Island

August 2020 Lighthouses have served as essential navigational aids for shipping for centuries. Although its light was extinguished long ago, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on Toronto Island is the oldest lighthouse still standing on the shore of the Great Lakes, and one of the oldest buildings in Toronto. Built in 1808 using stone quarried in …

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Time to take a walk in the snow, Justin

August 2020 Regarding Brian Lilley’s column in the Toronto Sun on 12 August, “Yes, the public does get to know where Trudeau vacations”:  Given that Justin is once again (Yes, AGAIN) on vacation, this time “renting” a cottage on Georgian Bay (rumour is that he’s staying at a cottage owned by the Weston family, the …

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The jewel of Centreville – the Centreville Antique Carousel

August 2020 Carousels, or merry-go-rounds, have been popular amusement park attractions for around two centuries. These circular rides commonly feature wooden horses, but may also feature an assortment of other wooden animals like pigs, zebras, lions, tigers, mythological creatures like dragons or unicorns, bench seats, aeroplanes or cars. While the ride is in motion, the …

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Grimsby Park – A colourfully beautiful historic cottage community

August 2020 The quaint, colourful, lakefront cottage community of Grimsby Park in Grimsby, Ontario, Grimsby Park has its beginnings in 1846, when John Bowslaugh, a Methodist, offered up his lakeside property to host large Temperance gatherings; events that soon became quite popular with over 2000 people regularly attending. These gatherings were not just religious gatherings, …

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

Toronto Sun/Postmedia, 8 August 2020 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 August, we should also honour Canada’s last Victoria …

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