Category Archive: Original Writing

Shining a light on the past – Queen’s Wharf Lighthouse

March 2020 For centuries, going back to the days of ancient Rome, lighthouses have lined shorelines around the world to serve as a navigational aid and to warn boats of dangerous areas; like a traffic sign on the sea. The Queen’s Wharf Lighthouse is a wooden, 36 foot octagonal lighthouse, sitting on a small plot …

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Ghosts of the past – The St Thomas Psychiatric Hospital

February 2020 On Elgin County Road 4, south of St. Thomas, Ontario, sits a complex of vacant, inter-connected Queenston Limestone, Art Deco buildings, done in a Pavilion Plan style, on a 650-acre property. This is the former St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Opened in April 1939 as the Ontario Hospital – St. Thomas, the facility already …

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The crisis in policing continues

February 2020 OK, I’m mad now and for very personal reasons. Last year was a terrible year in policing, with six officers taking their own lives. So far, 2020 isn’t shaping up to be much better. Back on 6 February, Toronto Police lost one of their own to suicide. Constable Mike Austin took his own …

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When anarchy rules – Trudeau’s leadership failures continue

February 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau states he will not order the RCMP to break-up the blockades set up by protesters across Canada to protest the Coastal GasLink project in British Columbia, condescendingly telling everyone that Canada is not the kind of country where the politicians tell the police what to do on operational matters. Well …

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Old CPR Roundhouse the centrepiece of Toronto’s railway-themed park

February 2020 In the early part of the 20th century, the railway ruled the Toronto waterfront. Locally known as the “Railway Lands,” was once the home to a large railway switching yard, featuring two large roundhouses, the Canadian National Railways (CNR) Spadina Roundhouse, built in 1928, and the Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) John Street Roundhouse, …

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Politicians and law enforcement don’t always mix

February 2020 A video showing two Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Special Constables pepper-spraying and wrestling with a violent passenger on a TTC bus on Friday, 7 February, has brought swift condemnation from Toronto Mayor John Torry and Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Brad Bradford on social media, calling the actions of the Special Constables “irresponsible” and …

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Signs that you are a small town cop

February 2020 You Might Be a Small-Town Cop If… 1. You ever got a call from the Mayor asking why you stopped his cousin, brother, or nephew.  2. Billy Bob shows up at the station because he heard you were looking for him. 3. Your backup had to be called at home, then had to go down …

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Railway Police still serve a vital function

February 2020 Toronto Sun reporter/web editor Bryan Passifiume makes a good argument in a recent column that it may be “Time to re-examine (the) role of railway police” (Toronto Sun/Postmedia, 29 January), over accountability concerns relating to the investigation of a fatal train derailment. However, calling for their elimination shouldn’t be the only option. Railway …

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Heritage minister walks back comments on licensing news organizations

February 2020 Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault in an interview on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday that the government will consider the 97 guidelines set out by the expert panel, requiring all companies that deliver “audio, audiovisual, and alphanumeric news content” to Canadians be regulated by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) or another body, …

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Worthington Park – A tribute to a man and his legacy

January 2020 Major-General F.F. Worthington Memorial Park, also referred to as the “Tank Park”, serves multiple functions at Camp Borden, a military training base north of Toronto. As a part of the Base Borden Military Museum complex, it serves as an armoured vehicle museum, with armoured vehicles and artillery pieces from Canada, United States, England …

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