Category Archive: Newspaper Articles

Canada’s first railway tunnel now a tourist attraction

July 2019 The City of Brockville in eastern Ontario has the distinction of having Canada’s first railway tunnel in one of Canada’s oldest railway centres. Construction of the 1, 700 foot tunnel began in September 1854, thirteen years before Confederation, but it wasn’t until 31 December 1860 that the tunnel was open for service. The …

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The sins of the father – Sex, drugs and rock & roll attitude

July 2019 Re: Hedley frontman appears in Toronto court on sex charges (Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun, 12 July 2019): In light of the sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges that Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard is facing in a Toronto courtroom, can it reasonably be said that rock stars of day gone by bear some responsibility …

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Monument to a failed hydro project – The mystery arch in Eugenia

July 2019 In the Village of Eugenia, Ontario, an unincorporated municipality in Artemesia Township, beside the Beaver River at the top of Eugenia Falls in the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area, sits a lone stone arch seemingly serving no purpose. This stone arch was once the entrance to a long-vanished tunnel intended to be used in …

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In Flanders Fields – Guelph memorializes its hometown hero

July 2019 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow           Between the crosses, row on row” Canadian physician and soldier Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, is one of Canada’s most famous soldiers from that terrible “War to end all wars.” LCol McCrae wrote the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields,” which is recited each year at Remembrance Day …

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Abandoned airfield played a role in Canada’s aviation industry

July 2019 On Gilmore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, behind the Fleet Canada plant, sits an abandoned 2500 foot runway that once served as a private airfield for one of Canada’s oldest aerospace manufactures:  Fleet Aircraft of Canada, Ltd., the predecessor company of Fleet Canada Inc. Fleet Aircraft of Canada officially opened for operations on …

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Keeping drugs out of correctional institutions challenging

June 2019 On 23 January 2017, Glen Kristofferson died of an apparent fentanyl overdose while being held in custody at the Central North Correction Centre in Penetanguishene, Ontario, on charges of assault cause bodily harm. An inquest into his death began on 17 June in Midland and Kristofferson’s family have their own opinions on who …

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Mixed emotions and great betrayals

June 2019 After watching Clint Eastwood’s 2018 film “15:17 to Paris”, a film about three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos) and one Frenchman who stopped a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, I’m both inspired and disheartened.  What these four brave men did was extraordinary and exactly what I would see myself …

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A walk through the past – Eckley Miners’ Village

June 2019 Eckley Miners’ Village offers an insight into life in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, with an authentic coal mining patch town.  Coal companies would establish a coal town or coal patch to house the workers that toiled in the company mines.  Many of these “towns” were very exploitative of their workers, as the company …

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Peace & Music at Yasgur’s Farm – Woodstock 50 years later

June 2019 “By the time we got to Woodstock We were half a million strong And everywhere was a song and a celebration” –From “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell In May 2019, I finally made the pilgrimage to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival outside of Bethel, New York.  The site looks …

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A pain that won’t end

June 2019 The death of anyone in a motor vehicle collision is a tragedy, but when young children die, there is little that can be done to make anything better. It was heartbreaking watching an interview that Jennifer Neville-Lake gave to Global News last year, describing the pain she is left with in the wake …

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