Category Archive: Original Writing

Newmarket Radial Railway arch – An odd structure in the middle of Newmarket

November 2019 In the middle of Newmarket, Ontario, sits an odd looking arch structure crossing over the Holland River. This structure was once a part of early public transportation system in the Greater Toronto Area. Built in 1909 by the Toronto and York Radial Railway (T&YRR) Company, this reinforced concrete arch was built as a …

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Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes

November 2019 In a case of be careful of what you wish for, Quebec Premier Francois Legault is sounding the alarm that his province will run out of propane within 4 days due to the strike by 3200 Canadian National Railway conductors, train and yard workers. Quebec imports 85 percent of its propane reserves by …

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The next time, it might be you

November 2019 Thirty-seven. That’s how many OPP officers have taken their own lives in the past 30 years; with 15 in just the past 7 years. This year alone, there have been three officers from the OPP alone; the most recent being Staff-Sergeant Jeff Harmer. There were 3 in just one month last year. At …

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The rebirth of de Havilland’s Plant #1 – Historic aircraft production plant gets a fitting new lease on life

November 2019 A historic aircraft production plant in the Downsview area of north Toronto got a new lease on life, one that is quite fitting. Once housing the original production plant for the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada, Plant #1 began producing aircraft out of the building in September 1929, following their move from …

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Can their souls ever find peace? A cemetery with a tragic past

November 2019 Beside the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Headquarters in Orillia, Ontario, there is a small cemetery with a particularly tragic past. While death is a sad thing, most cemeteries provide some comfort and solace to surviving family and friends of the deceased interred in the cemetery; a place to visit to remember and reflect …

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Project Turnaround – Was this failed experiment in youth justice given a fair chance?

November 2019 In Ontario in the mid-1990s, the Ontario government under Premier Mike Harris made an attempt to reform incarceration for youth offenders in the province and Project Turnaround was the result. In 1997, a small youth jail was opened in Hillsdale, Ontario, taking over the facilities of Camp Hillsdale, a former adult offender agricultural …

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Battle of the Atlantic Memorial pays tribute to Canadian sailors lost in critical WWII campaign

October 2019 Canada’s military has been involved in many battles and campaigns throughout the history of Canada, but none lasted as long or were arguably more important to the Allied victory in Europe than the Battle of the Atlantic, a campaign that lasted the entire duration of World War II. Along with British, Commonwealth and …

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Canada’s “Fightingest Ship” – HMCS Haida now a floating museum

October 2019 HMCS Haidia, the last surviving Royal Canadian Navy Tribal-class destroyer, has been called the “Fightingest Ship in the Royal Canadian Navy;” a ship that sank the most enemy surface tonnage of any other ship in the Royal Canadian Navy. During her twenty-year service, from 1943-1963, covering two wars, HMCS Haida earned five battle …

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Blackface and moral corruption for everyone

October 2019 Well, apparently it’s OK to wear blackface and be morally corrupt. In a disappointing, but not surprising election result, Prime Minister Blackface gets to remain Canada’s head of government for at least another 2 years. By winning a minority government, it appears that progressives have decided to reward the first sitting prime minister …

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The lost town of Alvira – The sad story behind the abandoned Bunkers of Alvira

October 2019 About four miles north-west of the Borough of Allenwood, Pennsylvania, is the Town of Alvira. Now a ghost town, this once bustling community is now known as the home of the United States federal prison, Federal Correctional Complex, Allenwood. For urban explorers, there is a different reason to go to this deserted town: …

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