Category Archive: Things From My Travels

Honouring police and peace officers who die from suicide – A conversation we need to have

September 2022 Now that Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong, viciously murdered in the line of duty, has been laid to rest after a full regimental police funeral, it’s a more appropriate time to address a very touchy and controversial subject: recognizing and honouring police and peace officers who die by suicide related to their service. …

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Historic Central Park Carousel just one of the attractions in New York City’s celebrated urban park

September 2022 The Central Park Carousel, known officially the Michael Friedsam Memorial Carousel, is a vintage carousel built by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein in 1908. It’s one of the largest merry-go-rounds in the United States, with 57 hand-carved horses (52 jumpers and 5 standers) and two chariots. Originally inside the trolley terminal at Coney Island, the …

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The Battle of Ridgeway & the Battle of Chippawa remembered in Niagara Region

September 2022 The Battle of Chippawa The Battle of Chippawa National Historic Site, along the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, pays tribute to the British Forces, their American opponents and Aboriginal allies on both sides, who fought and died in the battle that would be part of the last major American invasion of Upper …

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More Than This – Roxy Music celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their debut album in style

September 2022 British art rock legends Roxy Music have returned to the live music scene, after an eleven-year absence, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Their month-long North American tour commenced in Toronto on 7 September, with a performance at the Scotia Bank Arena. The 10-date North American …

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It’s you that I Adore – The Smashing Pumpkins misunderstood masterpiece

September 2022 Coming off their 10 million selling 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, expectations were high for Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins for a follow-up album. Combined with a statement from guitarist James Iha in late 1996 that “The future is in electronic music. It really seems boring just to play rock …

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Historic Vaughan Town Hall still serving the community that grew up around it

September 2022 Within the growing and busy City of Vaughan is the former unincorporated Hamlet of Vellore. In the years after what was then known as Vaughan Township was surveyed in 1792, small communities were established throughout the 105 square miles of land within its borders. Five years before Vaughan Township was formally incorporated in …

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Is it understandable?

August 2022 Firstly, I condemn the behaviour of the man and woman who accosted Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Feeland in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Regardless of how much you disagree with a politician, that sort of aggressive behaviour is unacceptable and counter-productive. However, where is the self-awareness on the part of the Liberals? When Catholic Churches …

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Nashville North – The notorious former nightclub

August 2022 On 19 April 2019, the notorious Nashville North nightclub in the southern Ontario village of Norval, suddenly shut down, after 57 years of operation. Once described as the greatest country bar in the Greater Toronto Area, it officially opened on 31 December 1961 as the Riviera Club, it would go on to become …

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Havelock CPR Station – The “Golden Age” of the railways in Canada kept alive in the village

August 2022 Back in the “Golden Age” of the railways in Canada, railway stations had impressive and appealing architectural designs. While many were demolished when they were no longer needed by the railway companies that used them, others were restored and re-purposed, sometimes re-located to a new location. The former Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station …

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Milton Mill Pond transformed into a picturesque paradise

August 2022 The southern Ontario city of Milton, founded in 1821 by Jasper Martin, has turned a former mill pond into a small picturesque paradise in the middle of a busy and growing city. The mill pond, created by damning part of Sixteen Mile Creek, was used to supply water-power to a grist mill built …

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