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  • A Short History of Abandoned and Downsized Canadian Military Bases
    Prior to the passage of Bill C-243, The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act in Canada, the Navy, Army and Air Force operated as separate entities: the…
    • Abandoned Armouries
      Not all communities have a full size base in the area, but years ago, even the smallest communities had an armoury or drill shed at…
      • ALBERTA
        LCol W.C. Craig Armoury: Opened in 1940 in Vermillion, Alberta. Closed in 1965. The former armoury is now a Legion Hall and also used by…
      • ONTARIO
        Cobourg Armoury: Opened in 1904 as the home of the Cobourg Heavy Battery and the Northumberland Battalion of Infantry. During World War II, the armoury…
    • Abandoned Bases
      Please note: Major cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver and Victoria had numerous small establishments that contained anywhere from single buildings, some leased, to multi-building…
      • ALBERTA
        Canadian Forces Base Calgary (Harvey Barracks): Originally established as Sarcee Camp in 1910 as a militia training camp. The government leased a parcel of land…
      • BRITISH COLUMBIA
        Canadian Forces Station Ladner: (Vancouver Wireless Station) (Royal Canadian Air Force Station Boundary Bay) Originally opened on 10 April 1941 under the British Commonwealth Air…
      • MANITOBA
        Fort Osborne Barracks: Originally established as a wooden fort on what is now the west lawn of the Provincial Legislature in Winnipeg in 1873, the…
      • NEW BRUNSWICK
        Royal Canadian Air Force Station Moncton: Originally established at the Moncton Airport in 1940, under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, as RCAF Station Lakeburn.…
      • NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
        Royal Canadian Air Force Station Torbay: Established by the RCAF on 15 December 1941 as the home of No. 11 Bomber Reconnaissance (BR) Squadron. No.…
      • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
        Canadian Forces Station Inuvik: Opened on 12 March 1961 as Naval Radio Station Inuvik, replacing the former NRS Aklavik. Located 123 miles north of the…
      • NOVA SCOTIA
        Royal Canadian Air Force Station Debert: Opened in April 1941, RCAF Station Debert was the home to the Royal Air Force's No. 31 Operational Training…
      • NUNAVUT TERRITORY
        Canadian NORAD Region Forward Operating Location Inuvik: Originally opened as Naval Radio Station Frobisher Bay in 1953 as a High Frequency Direction Finding Station, replacing…
      • ONTARIO
        Canadian Forces Base Toronto - Avenue Road Detachment: Originally opened in 1939 as the RCAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, a military laboratory, on the grounds…
      • OUTSIDE CANADA
        BERMUDA   Canadian Forces Station Bermuda: Opened 3 July 1963 on the former site of a World War II Royal Navy Radio Station, Naval Radio…
      • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
        No. 9 Service Flying Training School: See No. 9 Service Flying Training School in "Closed bases that still have a military presence".     No.…
      • QUÉBEC
        Canadian Forces Base Montreal - Lasalle Detachment: (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Hochelaga) Originally established as a Naval Supply Depot, it was constructed between 1951 and…
      • SASKATCHEWAN
        Royal Canadian Air Force Station Saskatoon: In 1940, the Federal Government took over the Saskatoon Municipal Airport for use as an RCAF training facility. On…
      • YUKON
        Canadian Forces Station Whitehorse: Originally opened by the Department of Transport, the airfield was taken over to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 as…
    • Canadian Army Training Centres of World War II
      ALBERTA No. 131 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre - Camrose No. 132 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre - Grande Prairie No. 133 Canadian Army (Basic)…
    • Closed Bases That Still Have A Military Presence
      For this category I have been somewhat selective. As you have read in the "Abandoned Bases" section, some still have cadet units that train at…
      • ALBERTA
        Canadian Forces Base Calgary (Currie Barracks): Currie Barracks, named in honour of General Sir Arthur Currie, was established in 1934 on land near the Sarcee…
      • BRITISH COLUMBIA
        Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack: Established on 15 February 1941 at Vedder Crossing as Camp Chilliwack for the purpose of defending the West Coast against attacks…
      • MANITOBA
        Canadian Forces Base Portage La Prairie: Established as No. 14 Elementary Flying Training School on 28 October 1940 - 3 July 1942, a part of…
      • NEW BRUNSWICK
        Moncton Garrison: Originally established in 1940 as the home of No. 5 Equipment Depot, a supply centre for all the east-coast RCAF stations. As a…
      • NOVA SCOTIA
        Yarmouth Armoury / No. 60 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre : Originally opened as a basic training centre in March 1941 at the Yarmouth Exhibition…
      • ONTARIO
        Canadian Forces Base Toronto: Established as Royal Canadian Air Force Station Toronto in 1947 on land surrounding the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada aircraft factory…
      • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
        Canadian Forces Base Summerside: Opened 23 April 1941 as RCAF Station Summerside, the home of No. 9 Service Flying Training School, a flight school founded…
      • QUÉBEC
        No. 52 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre / S-6 Canadian Junior Leaders School: Opened on 9 October 1940 in Lac Megantic as No. 52 Non-permanent…
    • Current Canadian Military Bases
      This web page has primarily focused on the military of the past and what we have lost in regards to military establishments. However, times are…
      • ALBERTA
        4 Wing Cold Lake:  Opened in March 1954 as RCAF Station Cold Lake, the station quickly became Canada's premier air weapons training base.  Supporting the…
      • BRITISH COLUMBIA
        Maritime Forces Pacific Naden: Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt (CFB Esquimalt) is Canada's Pacific Coast naval base and home port to Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint…
      • MANITOBA
        17 Wing Winnipeg: 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Shilo: Originally opened in 1910 as Camp Shilo, it saw an increase in activity with the outbreak…
      • NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
        9 Wing Gander: The current 9 Wing Gander is the sole survivor of numerous military and civilian government sites in the Gander area. In 1938,…
      • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
        Canadian Forces Station Alert: Located on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island approximately 817 km from the North Pole, this is Canada's most northerly station.…
      • NOVA SCOTIA
        Maritime Forces Atlantic Stadacona: Also known as Canadian Forces Base Halifax, MFA Stadacona is Canada's east coast navy base and home port to the Atlantic…
      • ONTARIO
        Canadian Forces Base Borden: Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since…
      • QUÉBEC
        Montreal Garrison – 5 Area Support Group: CFB Montreal opened at Longue Pointe in 1966 as the home of No. 25 Supply Depot. The new…
      • SASKATCHEWAN
        15 Wing Moose Jaw: Originally opened on 1 June 1941 as No. 32 Service Flying Training School. Relief Landing Fields were also constructed near Buttress…
      • YUKON
        Joint Task Force North - Whitehorse: Established on 15 May 1970 as Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters in (CFNA HQ) in Yellowknife and Whitehorse, Yukon,…
    • Distant Early Warning Line
      Construction began in November 1954. Operational July 1957. In all, 58 DEW Line stations were built, including 30 in Canada from Cape Dyer, NWT to…
    • Hamilton Militia District / Hamilton District
      A Brief History: Courtesy of Colonel (Ret'd) James C. Forsyth, CStJ, CD, CA On 01 September 1970, Militia-lead “Areas” and “Districts” came into being. Hamilton…
    • Northwest Territory and Yukon Radio System
      Stations of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps' Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System, which operated from 1923 to 1959.   Camp Takhini: On 1 April…
    • Pre-Unification to Post-Unification
        Prior to the Unification, military establishments across the country were identified as either Royal Canadian Air Force Station for the Air Force, His/Her Majesty's…
    • The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
      In 1939, the Canadian Government, in an effort to play an important role in the imminent war with Germany, conceived a plan to train pilots,…
    • The Mid Canada Line
      Source Material (unless noted): Larry Wilson Web site - http://www.lswilson.ca. Between the DEW Line and the Pinetree Line was the Mid Canada Line, consisting of…
    • The Northwest Staging Route
      Established in 1942, the Northwest Staging Route was a chain of aerodromes at 100 mile intervals from Edmonton to Fairbanks for the purpose of transporting…
    • The Pinetree Line
      In the early 1950s the Pinetree Line network of radar stations was established. This line, which stretched along the 50th parallel, down the eastern coast…
      • ALBERTA
        42 Radar Squadron Cold Lake See “Abandoned Military Bases - Alberta” 43 Radar Squadron: One of the last Pinetree stations to open, the facility opened…
      • BRITISH COLUMBIA
        Canadian Forces Station Kamloops: Established as part of the Pinetree Line of radar stations in 1958 as Kamloops Air Station and operated by No. 825…
      • MANITOBA
        Canadian Forces Station Beausejour: Opened in 1953 as Beausejour Air Force Station of the United States Air Force, with the radar functions being run by…
      • NEW BRUNSWICK
        Canadian Forces Base Chatham - St Margaret's Detachment: Opened in 1952 as RCAF Station St Margaret's, the home of No. 2 Aircraft Control & Warning…
      • NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
        Cartwright Air Station (United States Air Force): Opened in 1953 as Cartwright Air Force Station of the United States Air Force, with the radar functions…
      • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
        Resolution Island Air Force Station (United States Air Force): Opened in 1954 as Resolution Island Air Force Station of the United States Air Force, with…
      • NOVA SCOTIA
        Canadian Forces Station Sydney: Opened as part of the Pinetree Line of radar stations on the On 15 March 1953, located on the northern fringes…
      • ONTARIO
        Canadian Forces Station Armstrong: Opened in 1954 as Armstrong Air Station of the United States Air Force, with the radar functions being run by No.…
      • QUÉBEC
        Canadian Forces Station Senneterre: Opened as RCAF Station Senneterre on 1 June 1953, the home of No. 34 Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, one of…
      • SASKATCHEWAN
        Canadian Forces Station Yorkton: RCAF Station Yorkton opened as a Pinetree Line radar station on 15 October 1962, about 10 miles west of the former…
    • The Unification of the Forces
      The Past On 1 February 1968, Bill C-243, The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act, was granted Royal Assent and the with that, the Royal Canadian Air Force,…
  • About the Author
    Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or…
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  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” makes a mockery of our immigration laws
    February 2017 Re:  Will police not tell (Toronto Sun, 27 February 2017): Toronto City Council are close to overstepping their authority by asking the police to consider expanding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a part of the “Sanctuary City” philosophy, and I hope Chief Mark Saunders tells them as much when he reports to …
  • “Let’s Roll”: In memory of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93
    May 2017 In a lonely field in Stoneycreek Township, north of Shanksville, Pensylvania, travelers will find the Flight 93 National Memorial, on the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on 11 September 2001, killing all 40 passengers and crew, along with the four terrorists who hijacked the airplane. Flight 93 was one of the …
  • “No” to the Highway of Heroes
    April 2007   After much thought, I must object to the re-naming of the Trenton-Toronto section of Highway 401 as the Highway of Heroes. I am a former member of the Canadian Navy, so this is not an anti-military stance, but I do think we are throwing around the word  “heroïc” a little too much …
  • “Ungovernables” rampage against capitalism on Hamilton’s trendy Locke Street South
    March 2018 A group of anarchists calling themselves “The Ungovernables” went on a rampage on the trendy Locke Street in Hamilton, an area that has been undergoing gentrification, back on 3 March, causing around $100, 000 damage. In an ironic twist, the headquarters for the Hamilton anarchists on Cannon Street East near Victoria Avenue North, …
  • 911 Column Was Dead On
    Barrie Advance   February 2, 2006   Re: Frank Matys column about the misuse of 911, what an excellent reminder to people to stop misusing and abusing this lifesaving system.
  • A boost for affordable housing
    May 2019 Driving along the provincial highways and roads that were once designated as provincial highways, drivers will occasionally still see a roadside motel, a remnant of the many other motels since demolished that used to temporarily house weary travelers. The coming of the 400-series freeways across the province led to the end for many …
  • A Canadian Treasure
      Toronto Sun September 30, 2011 It is absolutely disgraceful that Parc Downsview Park would even consider evicting the Canadian Air & Space Museum so that is can demolish the building and build a four-pad hockey rink in its place.  Not only is the museum a great asset to Toronto and to the preservation of …
  • A Cold War Sentinel comes back to life
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 In wars past, trench warfare was the way armies waged war. The modern reality facing soldiers today is fighting in cities and towns, resulting in new training concepts. Fighting in Built-up Area (FIBA) training is a new concept in warfare and the type of training Canadian Forces soldiers are currently …
  • A Fallen Comrade
    Blue Line Magazine March 2007 It is with great sadness that the West Grey Police Service announces the death of Auxiliary Constable Brad Campbell, 39, a dedicated 3 year veteran of the West Grey Police Service Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary Cst. Campbell sustained serious injuries as a result of an off-duty traffic collision on Highway 6, …
  • A forgotten war hero receives long overdue recognition
    May 2018 On 25 May 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Sharpe stood at the window of his second-floor hospital room at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and leapt to his death.  Sharpe was a war hero, having won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), and was a sitting Member of Parliament, having most recently won his seat in …
  • A great betrayal demands a harsh sentence
    February 2018 David Livingston betrayed the citizens of Ontario and deserves a harsh sentence. The sentencing decision for David Livingston, the former Chief of Staff to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, has been set for this coming April.  Livingston was convicted last month of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer.  The charges …
  • A Great Place to Hear the Music
    Barrie Advance 29 June 2005 With the impending Live 8 concert, and the attention it will bring to Barrie, I wonder if the true destiny for Molson Park (sorry, it will always be Molson Park to a lot of us), or for at least part of the property, should be as a concert venue.
  • A gun ban in Toronto? Yeah, good luck with that!
    August 2018 I would like to publicly state that I completely support Toronto Mayor John Torry’s plan to ban guns from Toronto.  I know this ban will work because the last time I went to Toronto, the border guard at Highway 400 and Steeles Avenue asked me if I had any firearms with me and …
  • A legend in aviation still hard at work
    August 2009 If there’s one man who has had a huge impact on the modern aviation industry, it’s James C. “Jim” Floyd.  Jim Floyd played a major role in the design and development of three groundbreaking Canadian aircraft while working with A.V. Roe (Canada) at the Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) facility at Malton, Ontario. Originally …
  • A medal to recognize all military service members
    Esprit de Corps December 2012 Although I agree that the Canadian Forces shouldn’t be handing out medals like Hallowe’en candy, I do believe that something beyond the current CD medal is warranted for in-country service.  Not all service members serve the required 12 years to receive the CD medal and thus have little to show …
  • A mighty industrialist: The rise and fall of Crawford Gordon and A.V. Roe Canada
    August 2016 Canada has a proud history of leadership and innovation in industry and technology.  Perhaps one of the greatest industrialists and business minds in Canadian history was Crawford Gordon, Jr.  He was comptroller of finance at Canadian General Electric by the age of 21; he was “Minister of Everything” C.D. Howe’s “Boy wonder” at the …
  • A missed opportunity for affordable housing
    November 2017 The Justin Trudeau government recently announced a national housing strategy to help 530, 000 vulnerable families find housing and hopefully cut homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years. The $11.2 billion plan will create 100, 000 new housing units and repair 300, 000 existing units. Along with funding from other levels of …
  • A neglected prairie sentinel to be restored
    July 2018 On an elevated piece of land in Saskatchewan, just west of the Alberta border, sits a lonely and neglected radar tower.  This is the sole remaining radar tower of what was once Royal Canadian Air Force Station Alsask, an Air Defence radar station on the Pinetree Line. The Pinetree Line stretched across the …
  • 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 …
  • A post-apocalyptic future – The lost neighbourhood of Lincoln Way
    June 2017 Many of us have visions of what a post-apocalyptic world might look like. In western Pennsylvania is the City of Clairton, a city that was the setting for the 1978 movie, “The Deer Hunter”, although none of the movie was actually filmed there. One residential street in Clairton is Lincoln Way, gives us a …
  • A pub with a mysterious past in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region
    March 2019 The legacy of the Molly Maguires is all over Schuylkill and Carbon Counties in Pennsylvania. For those interested in visiting some of the locations where the members of the infamous secret Irish society lived, gathered, maimed, murdered and were executed, there are plenty of documented locations to visit. One “reputed” hangout can be …
  • A schoolhouse on rails
    August 2019 Today, it’s quite common to see portable classrooms at schools across the country. They provide a cost-effective method for adding classroom space without having to build an addition to the existing school. From 1926 to 1965, Clinton, Ontario, natives Fred and Cela Sloman were part of a unique program that provided classroom space …
  • A second helping of Borscht – The (crumbling) remains of America’s Jewish vacationland, Part 2
    May 2019 Well, it’s official.  I’m hooked on the Borscht Belt, the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City.  For those who don’t know the story, the Borscht Belt was a popular destination for family …
  • A secret no more – Small London museum tells the story of the top-secret WWII radar project in Canada
    September 2018 “At The Secrets of Radar Museum we ask you to imagine keeping a secret for 50 years.  Could you do it?”* During WWII, Canada was involved in numerous “behind-the-scenes” projects that aided greatly in the Allied victories in Europe and the Pacific.  One of them was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), …
  • A Sense of Fair Play
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2007 Re “Legal Channels Denied Natives” (Toronto Sun by H. Freddy Sweetgrass, April 5): I can’t deny the First Nations people have been treated poorly in the past.
  • A slanted view
    September 2007     The letter by former SCDSB Chair Lynda Murtha (Public cash, public schools, August 17) presents a very slanted view of the Ontario Conservatives’ proposal to fund private religious schools. Nowhere in her letter does she mention that this funding will be subject to private schools accepting the Ontario school curriculum, adhering …
  • A Teddy Bear goes to war
    July 2018 The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is the national repository for artifacts, photos and artwork related to Canada’s military past and the wars Canada has fought in, from the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), up to modern conflicts like the Afghanistan War and Canada’s peacekeeping contributions. In a display case in the World …
  • 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 …
  • Abandoned aerodrome once played an important role in Canadian military aviation
    The Rivers Banner 8 September 2008 (Updated May 2016) Longtime residents of the Rivers area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an airfield south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth …
  • 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 …
  • Abandoned amusement parks in Canada: Prudhomme’s Landing – Wet ‘N’ Wild
    January 2017 Prudhomme’s Landing was once one of the biggest recreation and entertainment venues in Ontario.  Founded by John and George Prudhomme, on the shore of Lake Ontario in Jordan, Ontario near St Catherines, In its heyday, Prudhomme’s Landing was a very popular and affordable spot for youth and families and once saw as many as 7, 000 …
  • Abandoned Military Bases in Simcoe County
    Barrie Advance April 13, 2003     Essa Times October 2007   Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War …
  • Abandoned military bases in Simcoe County
    Essa Times Novermber 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War I, The Royal Flying Corps, the fore-runner to …
  • Abandoned property once played a role in the development of the Avro Arrow
    April 2019 Outside the Village of Nobel, just north of Parry Sound, Ontario, past some rusting fencing, in the middle of two fields separated by Nobel Road, lies the ruins of the Orenda Engines Test Facility. Orenda Engines was a subsidiary of A.V. Roe Canada, the aerospace giant who designed and built Canada’s infamous jet-fighter, …
  • Abandoned ship now a local landmark
    December 2018 Drivers traveling along the Queen Elizabeth Way know very well the abandoned ship that sits in a small cove in Jordan Station. Officially named “La Grande Hermine” (The Big Weasel), the ship is a replica of the largest of the three ships that French Explorer Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River. …
  • Abandoned WWII training aerodrome reborn
    The Vulcan Advocate July 2009 (Updated July 2018) Longtime residents of the Vulcan area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Vulcan. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air …
  • Action on the Hill?
    Toronto Sun 28 October 2007 Re “Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist” (Oct 21): Angelo Persichilli has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary – Was the notorious prison truly escape-proof?
    June 2017 In San Francisco Bay is a small island, 1.25 miles off shore from San Francisco.  Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769, the island was named La Isla de los Alcatraces – Island of the Pelicans, because of the large number of birds nesting on the island. Alcatraz Island became the property of the United States …
  • An election is no time for serious issues
    October 2007   What a pathetic lot we will be if Ontarians reject John Torry’s Conservatives just because of the political land-mine he laid with private school funding. Are you, my fellow Ontarians, telling me that you’d rather keep the Fiberals in power; the ones who foisted up on us the biggest tax increase in …
  • An open letter to National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan concerning the Afghan War Memorial
    Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun 24 May 2019 This is the text of an email that I sent to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan: Minister, I am incredibly insulted that the Afghanistan Memorial was officially opened in secret at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), in an area that is not accessible to the general public. Not one …
  • An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney
    August 2005 It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I’m sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn’t it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you. Now a lot of …
  • And the conspiracy theories begin…….
    August 2019 In the wake of the suicide (or “suicide”) of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the conspiracy theories are already flying around the internet. I’m a fan of a good conspiracy theory too, but for me to buy into it, it has to be plausible; which also means supported by some facts that make it …
  • And then there were six – Pennsylvania’s lost town close to extinction
    April 2017 The population in Centralia, Pennsylvania, in the heart of anthracite coal region, dropped to only six people in the fall of 2016 when Kathi Wormer, daughter of the Borough’s last official Mayor, Carl Womer, moved out of the house once occupied by her parents. The home at 102 East Wood Street, originally occupied by Carl …
  • Annual Base Borden ceremony remembers lives lost in long-ago munitions explosion
    Alliston Herald, 23 March 2019 Springwater News, 4 April 2019 Canadian Military Family Magazine, 9 April 2019 At 1pm on Wednesday, March 20, a small contingent from the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot at Base Borden gathered at the cenotaph in the Village of Angus, just north of the base. Lead by Depot Commanding Officer Major …
  • Answering the call – Afghanistan veteran would do it all over again
    Barrie Advance 9 November 2007 Orillia Today 23 November 2007 On Remembrance Day, Canadians honour the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. It’s also a time when Canadians most often think about our troops currently serving in harm’s way.
  • Are you happy?
    September 2016 My fellow Ontarians who voted Liberal in the last provincial election:  are you happy now?  Are you happy that you stopped that evil Tim Hudak and his cronies from slashing and burning the provincial public service to the tune of 100, 000 workers, a number that was only 40, 000 fewer than OPSEU …
  • Armed Forces Day at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
    July 2017 On Saturday July 8, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) at Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, hosted Air Force Day, a part of Hamilton’s Canada 150 celebrations. Visitors had the opportunity to meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground and learn …
  • As support for carbon taxes falls, have Canadians finally reached their tax limit?
    May 2018 So a recent Abacus Data poll shows the Ontario NDP virtually tied with the PCs in the upcoming election.  In one sense, this should be taken with a huge grain of salt, given how American polls showed Hillary with a 90% rating just days before the election. However, I’m not going to take for …
  • At what point do you cut up the credit card?
    September 2019 The latest promise to come out the Justin Trudeau election machine is to promise deficit spending of $20 billion over the next four years, along with disparaging Conservatives like Andrew Scheer and Doug Ford for wanting to cut spending. Oy vey! Trudeau must really think Canadians are a bunch of schmucks, which we …
  • Automated External Defibrillator donated to Barrie’s Navy League
      Navy League Newsletter September 2015 On 27 July 2015, a special presentation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was made at the Barrie Navy League’s boathouse on Barrie’s waterfront by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, an organization that donates defibrillators in the name of emergency services workers and military members who have died in …
  • Axe the tax – The insatiable appetite for “revenue tools”
    March 2018 Newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford has stated he will axe the carbon tax currently in the party platform written for former leader Patrick Brown for the upcoming election, along with axing the existing carbon tax that Kathleen Wynne enacted earlier this year once elected as Premier. Some political commentators are …
  • Barrie’s Military Heritage Park officially dedicated
    November 2017 On 27 October 2017, Barrie’s Military History Park was formally dedicated by Mayor Jeff Lehman. The $1.57-million park, located just east of Southshore Centre along Kempenfelt Bay, honours and showcases the link between the City of Barrie and its ongoing relationship with CFB Borden and Canada’s military forces. Visitors can take a self-guided …
  • Base Borden’s first military flying casualty
    Barrie Examiner 4 April 2017 This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s first military airfield. In March 1917, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) training school at Camp Borden, north of Toronto, Ontario (now known as Canadian Forces Base Borden …
  • Beer Store wars
    April 2019 Re: “LILLEY: Ford’s beer battle could be lost due to Wynne” (Toronto Sun, 19 April 2019): The Ford government should absolutely try to come to a negotiated settlement with The Beer Store about breaking the current contract, one that doesn’t come with huge penalties for the taxpayers. However, if one can’t be reached, …
  • Being a POW doesn’t negate bravery in combat
    September 2018 With the recent death of Senator John McCain, the world lost an honourable man and yes, a war hero. Much was made in recent years by a particular person about the fact that he wasn’t a hero because he was taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.  This classless and insensitive comment overlooks the …
  • Bells of Peace ceremony at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park closes out Remembrance Day 2018
    November 2018 A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the city’s Military Heritage Park beside the South Shore Centre for the Bells of Peace ceremony. Across Canada, bells were set to toll at sunset, ringing from churches, ships and other ceremonies such as this, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World …
  • Between a rock and a hard place
    Toronto Sun 1 July 2010
  • Borden Legacy Monument officially dedicated
    June 2016 As a part of the 100th anniversary of CFB Borden, the base unveiled the Borden Legacy Monument, built as a lasting monument to the sacrifices of Canadian a soldiers who trained at Camp Borden and died in the European battlefields. The monument features two black granite walls, one that contains an urn filled …
  • Borden Museum Annex named after V.C. winner
    Barrie Advance 7 March 2008 The Maple Leaf 19 March 2008 16 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force web site 27 March 2012 Esprit de Corps June 2016 Alan Arnett MacLeod was a tenacious 14 year old with a dream. Today, he and his dream are remembered at Canadian Forces Base Borden, which celebrates its 100th …
  • Borden Welcomes New Base Chief
    September 2008 After 25 years service in the Canadian Forces, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Christian Thibault reached a milestone in his career when he was appointed as the Base Chief Warrant Officer for CFB Borden and the Canadian Forces Support Training Group on July 18, 2008. CWO Christian Thibault was raised in Saint-Simon de Rimouski, Quebec and joined the …
  • Borden’s Ongoing Legacy
    Esprit de Corps Magazine June 2006 Barrie Advance November 2005 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established …
  • Border agents criticized for entering shelter
    March 2010 It boggles my mind how CBSA agents can suddenly become the bad guys just because they are enforcing Canada’s immigration laws (Border agents criticized for entering shelter, March 8, 2010). I think it is pretty galling that Toronto Rape Crisis Centre spokesman Deborah Singh can say that CBSA agents are harassing women. If …
  • Bring NHL to the Hammer
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2009 Re “It’s time for Toronto to have two NHL teams” (14 April): Has Michael Taube been sucking on too much Zamboni exhaust? Two teams for Toronto?
  • Brown the MP for me
    Barrie Advance 23 May 2007 Last Friday, I had an unexpected visitor at my house: Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Patrick was going door to door in my neighbourhood to hand out information flyers and ask if there were any concerns that I as one of his constituents wanted to address with him. This is the …
  • Buck a beer is about choice
    August 2018 Ever since Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the government would allow brewers to sell their beer for as low as $1, many have openly mocked this announcement.  Some of those critics are likely not Doug Ford fans and will criticize anything Ford says, but some of them do have financial reasons for …
  • By Justin Trudeau’s own standards, he’s racist and anti-immigrant
    April 2019 How’s that for a headline? Do I actually think Trudeau is a racist and anti-immigrant?  No; but he is a stunning hypocrite! Trudeau and company have spent the last 2 years denying there was a problem with “irregular” (translation:  illegal) immigration and screaming “racist” and “anti-immigrant” at anyone on the political right who stated …
  • Calling it a day – Barrie reservist serves nearly 50 years
    Barrie Advance 25 May 2007 In September 2006, Lieutenant-Colonel Lorne Williams relinquished his appointment as the Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel for the Grey & Simcoe Foresters (G & SF), capping off a military career that spanned 7 different decades. With a combined total of 47 years service, Lorne is one of a select few who has truly …
  • Camp Borden – The birthplace of the RCAF and the historic home of the Canadian Armoured Corps
    May 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on 11 July 1916 as Camp Borden, a training centre for the infantry battalions for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister …
  • Camp Borden and the RCAF
    Written by 16 Wing Borden, 1998. Used with permission. Camp Borden and the RCAF Military aviation in Borden goes back to early 1917 when a series of “temporary” hangars and aviation facilities were built to support the training of aviators for the Royal Flying Corps. After the Great War, Camp Borden became the central point …
  • Camp X – Canada’s secret spy school
    Essa Times April 2007 The Maple Leaf June 2007 Despite the current mission in Afghanistan, many Canadians still think of Canada as a “peacekeeper nation”. Our military personnel have served or are currently serving on numerous missions worldwide as members of United Nations and NATO peacekeeping forces. However, during the Second World War, Canada played …
  • Canada can’t be the sole saviour of the world’s unfortunate
    December 2017 Can we have an honest conversation here? I mean a really honest conversation about the immigration and refugee issues Canada faces and how it’s putting a strain on our already strained social and health care services? While we’ve always had immigration and refugee applicants, the situation has become much worse since our “Dear …
  • Canada Does Not Need to Compensate Civilian Killed
    March 2006   Regarding the innocent civilian killed in the wayward taxi by Canadian troops in Afghanistan, Canada should not be giving any compensation to this man’s family. Although innocent civilians have died in conflicts throughout history, this case goes beyond this concept.
  • Canada is being played for a sucker and Trudeau is allowing it
    February 2017 Canada is seeing a growing number of refugee asylum seekers crossing illegally at remote land crossings in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba, instead of at proper customs entry points. These refugee claimants, some traveling with children, feel they must flee the U.S. by “the fear of what may happen to them under a …
  • Canada rewards terrorists – Omar Khadr to be given $10.5 million
    July 2017 It’s an utter disgrace that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would even consider giving Omar Khadr $10.5 million and an official apology, let alone actually doing it. This of course, was done quickly and paid in just two weeks after a secret deal was negotiated with, according to a government leak, the intention of sheltering the …
  • Canada should issue a Cold War Victory Medal to its military
    Legion Magazine June 2007 There are numerous medals that make up the Canadian Honours, Awards and Medals system. People are awarded medals for a variety of reasons. It could be for participation in an event or action (United Nations peacekeeping tour); it could be or performing a duty of a specified period of time (Canadian …
  • Canada’s first aerodrome – Royal Flying Corps Camp Long Branch
    April 2012 Residents of the Port Credit area of Mississauga will remember Ontario Power Generation’s Lakeview Generating Station on Lakeshore Road, which operated from 1961 until 2005.  Many will not know that the property has the distinction of being the first aerodrome in Canada and home to the first flying training school. Camp Long Branch …
  • 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 …
  • Canada’s last living Distinguished Service Medal holder passes away at 95
    March 2017 This is my personal tribute to Able Seaman Thomas J. Simpson, DSM, a WWII veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve: Windsor, Ontario resident Thomas Simpson died on 28 January 2017 at the age of 95 and Canada lost another true hero.  At the time of his death, Simpson was Canada’s last living Distinguished Service …
  • Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner – Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC
    The Naval Reserve Link September 2008 Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, has the distinction of being Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner. It may be of interest to Naval Reservists that Lt (N) Grey also a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), colloquially known as “The Wavy Navy”. Gray, also known …
  • Canadian Army Training Centres of WWII
    ALBERTA No. 131 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camrose No. 132 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Grande Prairie No. 133 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Wetaskiwin No. 2 Canadian Women’s Army Corps – Vermilion A20 Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Red Deer A16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Calgary …
  • Canadian Forces Base Borden – The complete history
      Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established as an infantry training centre. The first occupants of …
  • Canadian Idol – The Real Truth
    September 2005 As newly minted Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil begins her career as a future member of the “where-are-the-now-file”, I would like to chime in with my opinion on this whole manufactured super-stardom machine. I’ve never been a fan of Canadian Idol or it’s American counterpart. I have watched a couple of episodes of …
  • Canadian sailor was a founding father of the Royal Canadian Navy
    September 2018 In the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), many notable Canadians have worn the uniform but none more notable than Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who along with Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, founder of the RCN Volunteer Reserve, is considered one of the founding fathers of the RCN and the first director of the …
  • Canadian soldier kills Taliban fighter
    Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (3 January 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should either rent …
  • Captain Canada
    May 2016 Re: Captain Canada (Toronto Sun, May 27): First it was former House of Commons page and “Stop Harper” protester Brigette DePape, then terrorist Michael Zehaf Bibeau and now the obnoxious jerk, Brian Murphy, who interrupted the 1916 Easter Uprising commemoration. The message to any miscreants out there is pretty simple: don’t fuck with …
  • Case not closed: The enduring tragedy of the Harper – Truscott murder case
    October 2016 In the late 1950s, a shocking murder took place near a Royal Canadian Air Force base in south-western Ontario; the murder of 12 year-old Cheryl Lynne Harper.  Lynne, as she was known, was the daughter of Flying Officer Leslie Harper, a supply officer posted to RCAF Station Clinton, and Shirley Harper. On 9 …
  • Cautious praise, but praise where praise is due
    March 2018 Although I’m a conservative, I have no problem criticizing conservatives and praising liberals when each deserve it, unlike most progressives who seem to have such a hatred for anything or anyone right-of-centre, they are blinded by their own partisan biases. In this case, I would like to praise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. How …
  • Cemetery honours the early multi-racial pioneers of Sunnidale Township
    July 2018 In the years surrounding the U.S. Civil War, Simcoe County in southern Ontario was at the end of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by escaped slaves to freedom in in the British Colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Some estimates indicate …
  • Centralia Sam – A legacy of love of family, life and service to country
      ON WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force – 2015 Edition Air Force Magazine Spring 2011 Royal Canadian Air Force web site 8 November 2011 Near the town of Centralia, Ontario, north of London, one will find the Centralia Airport, a small general aviation airport.  However, many long time residents …
  • Chaplain with a Bren gun: RHLI Regimental Chaplain won the Victoria Cross at Dieppe
    Barrie man won Victoria Cross at Dieppe Barrie Examiner 9 August 2017 When Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, visited Barrie in October 2013, she took part in a dedication ceremony for two granite benches and a Victoria Cross obelisk war monument at the future site of the Military Heritage Park. The Victoria …
  • City park has a morbid past
    March 2019 The park known as McBurney Park in Kingston, Ontario, a park known locally as Skeleton Park, is one park with a rather morbid history. From 1819 until 1864, it was the Upper Burial Ground, the final resting place for many early settlers in the Kingston area of Upper Canada. Closed to new burials …
  • Claresholm Industrial Airport has rich military past
    Claresholm Local Press 2 December 2009 Longtime residents of the Claresholm area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome west of Claresholm. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, …
  • Cloudy skies for our “Sunny Ways” Prime Minister
    February 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have a little trouble sleeping tonight, knowing the brewing political storm that is blowing his way. In the wake of the demotion of Jody Wilson-Raybould from Justice Minister and Attorney General to Veterans Affairs Minister, allegations surfaced that Trudeau pressured Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin …
  • Coffin deserves to go to Jail for his part in the Sponsorship Scandal
    September 2005 Call me cynical, but I find it hard to believe that Paul Coffin is ashamed of what he did, as opposed the fact that he got caught.
  • Colours Laid Up
    THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SENTINEL MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 1971. Colours Laid Up The colours were removed from the protestant Chapel at CFB Clinton and laid up in the Wesley-Willis United Church in the town of Clinton.  The base was due to close on 31 August.  After the ceremony, Major Frank Golding, Clinton’s final commanding …
  • Conn area soldier won Victoria Cross in World War I
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded,with three people being awarded the medal twice. Samual Honey …
  • Cops on the water: The rise and fall of the Hamilton Harbour Police
    November 2016 While there are many different police services patrolling the streets of cities, towns and waterways across the country, some have faded into history as budgets are cut and policing duties are taken over by larger police services. The Hamilton Harbour Police was a police force providing policing services for the the Hamilton Harbour …
  • Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage, but does it fit the narrative?
    January 2018 Re:  “Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage” (Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 13 January 2018): Firstly, no one should be subjected to an assault, including the unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, an 11 year old girl who was stalked by an as of yet unknown male walking to her school in Scarborough, who cut her …
  • Crowd gathers to remember fallen police officers in New York State
    Submitted to the Albany Times Union May 2018 Every year, memorial services are held across the United States and Canada honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. This year, I made the trip to Albany from Toronto and was part of the crowd assembled at the State …
  • Crumbling resort hotel a relic of a bygone era
    May 2018 In the Catskill region of New York State lie the crumbling ruins of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel. Opened in 1919 by Asher Selig Grossinger and his wife Malka, the resort was once the premier and one of  largest of the Borscht Belt kosher resorts for Jewish clients from New York City. In an …
  • Dear America Democrats: Rioting shows you are the real “deplorables”
    November 2016 Sometimes Canadians trip over ourselves in our smugness of how we feel we are so much better than Americans.  We don’t have the gun and racial problems Americans do.  We have free healthcare (which isn’t really free as we pay very high taxes for it, but I digress) and live in a harmonious …
  • Decorated WWII RCAF pilot’s post-war death recognized by Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    August 2019 For almost 73 years, the grave of Byron “Barney” Rawson, in the Rawson family plot in Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, was only adorned with a small granite marker bearing “Byron 1922-1945”. On 23 December 1945, Wing Commander Byron Rawson, a decorated WWII pilot, sat in his parents home on Robinson Street in …
  • Deep underground – Coal mining in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region
    May 2017 Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, in Schuykill County, is the Borough of Ashland.  Surrounded by forests and steep hils, the borough’s southern border follows the top of Ashland Mountain, which rises 400 to 600 feet above the center of town.  Mahony Creek, a trubutary of the Susquehanna River passes through a water …
  • Deep underground in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite coal region – the Lawawana Coal Mine & Museum
    April 2019 If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work deep underground, a great place to visit is the Lakawana Coal Mine, a retired Anthracite coal mine and museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Opened by Continental Coal Company in 1903, many of the workers in the mine were European immigrants who came to the …
  • Did he say what I think he just said?
    In celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, I present some famous quotes from a man who only has a vague understanding of the meaning of the term “political correctness”: Collected from various sources: Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference How do you keep the natives off the booze …
  • Dion the Saviour
    October 2007   Angelo Persichilli (Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist, Toronto Sun, Oct 21) has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • Do not pass go: Canada’s first penitentiary closed after 178 years of service, but its legend lives on
    August 2016 On the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario, sits an 8.6 hectare plot of land, encircled by large, foreboding limestone walls containing several limestone buildings within them.  This complex was once known as Kingston Penitentiary, British North America’s first penitentiary. The prison sits beside Portsmouth Harbour, a site chosen for its convenient access to the …
  • Do they deserve to be born
    June 2007   Re: Do they deserve to be born? (Toronto Sun, May 31, 2007, regarding the birth of conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana), at the risk of being a fence-sitter, I must say this is difficult one. I do agree that life is sacred and abortion should not be used as birth control. Thus …
  • Does proof matter anymore? – The shockingly fast fall of Patrick Brown
    January 2018 I’ve frequently told people that in a court of law, the truth really doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is what you can prove.  The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is supposed to be paramount in our legal system (I purposely don’t call it a “justice system”).  Now it appears that …
  • Don’t be smug
    Toronto Sun 14 June 2015 Re ” Liberal Senate damage grows,” (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, June 9):  All those on the political left who think this is a Conservative scandal that will see a left-wing government come to power in October need to get off their smug high-horses.  Liberal senators are up to their eyeballs …
  • Don’t let Allandale go
    Barrie Advance 16 September 2010 I disagree with the naming of the new GO station as the Barrie Waterfront GO station.  As cities grow, parts of our heritage naturally tend to disappear, sometimes needlessly.  Allandale was not simply a street corner, but an important railway hub north of Toronto.  Naming the station the Allandale GO …
  • Downtown Barrie needs a facelift
    November 2012 Regarding the state of Barrie’s downtown core, maybe the Downtown Barrie Business Association needs to use some of the same methods to lure people back as took them away; that being big name stores.  Today, most people want the big-box stores that provide us with a one-stop shopping experience.  Throw in free-parking and …
  • Dr. Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada
    Barrie Advance 14 July 2008 The appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada has generated much controversy.
  • Driving Ontario residents into energy poverty
      October 2016 Well, I just got my hydro bill. I may not be able to afford to shop at the dollar store this month. Looks like I’ll have to switch to the 33 cent store. I hear they just got a new shipment of plankton, which is good news since I can’t afford canned …
  • Edgar – A Cold War relic
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 Huntsville Forester 13 October 2006 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Long-time residents of the Barrie area may remember a time when three giant white globes once sat on a hill near the Village of Edgar. These globes once housed powerful radar units belonging to one of …
  • Electoral reform dead – and not a moment too soon
    February 2017 I’m not going to criticize Justin Trudeau for backing down on election reform, which I believe was the right thing to do.  He apparently listened to those telling him there was no general desire for changing a system which has served us well for 150 years, which is how democracy works. What I …
  • Enough greenwashing
    February 2011 Re:  Enough green-washing (Totonto Sun, February 4, 2011), Charles Adler hits the nail on the head.  Three or four times a week, I go to my favourite coffee shop for a cup of coffee.  I always order it in a ceramic mug, rather than a disposable cup.  However, I frequently chuckle to myself, …
  • Entitled to their entitlements – Prime Minister Dress-up fined for violating violating conflict of interest rules AGAIN!
    July 2018 Re: “Entitled to entitlements,” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, 24 June): besides Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice, remember when Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque to the federal treasury to cover Senator Mike Duffy’s $90, 000 worth of disallowed expenses and was forced to resign as a result? …
  • Environmental disaster – The continuing legacy of Love Canal
    March 2019 Once envisioned as the model of what a planned community could be, the name Love Canal has become synonyms with environmental disaster.  Although the community, to be called Model City by its founder William T. Love, never came to fruition under his guidance or as he envisioned, what did emerge was a residential …
  • Even in a recession there are still opportunities
    February 2009   With Canada and much of the world in an economic recession, things can seem pretty bleak. For those who still have a job, the prospect of future job loss or pay-cuts are a constant fear. Although those working in the manufacturing sector, especially automotive are being hit the hardest, even white collar …
  • Everything about Anne
    On 23 July 2016, Bala’s Museum held their annual “Everything About Anne Day,” where they re-create the day in 1922 when Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery came to Bala, Ontario, for a 2 week vacation. Starting off with the arrival of “Lucy Maud Montgomery” (played by Donna Hillyard) herself by carriage, the …
  • Fabled fighting Gurkhas honoured – WWII Rifleman Pun’s Service changed Brit immigration laws
    Written by Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun It didn’t get much attention in Canada at the time, but caused such an uproar in Britain that it persuaded the government last year to amend its immigration policies.
  • Fake feminist Trudeau conspicuously absent in support for Iranian women
    January 2018 Re: Trudeua’s progressivism doesn’t extend to Iran (Editorial, 9 January 2018, Toronto Sun): Trudeau and his fellow progressives have once again shown their hypocrisy by not expressing their support for the “white Wednesdays,” a on-line movement where citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white …
  • Fake news strikes again?
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2019 On 26 March 2019, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime back in January. The public should be told the exact reason why the charges were dropped. If …
  • Fake News! A cautionary tale of rushing to judgement
    January 2018 On 13 January, Toronto Police reported an unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, a hijab-wearing 11 year old girl who told police she was attacked by an unknown Asian male while walking to her school in Scarborough.  This unknown male reportedly cut her hijab with a pair of scissors twice and ran off. Norman …
  • Fallout from the G20 Summit – And justice for all…..
    Toronto Sun June 14, 2011 Now that the officer accused of assaulting Dorian Barton has been identified, does anyone want to come forward and identify the “demonstrator” seen causing damage to a store-front in the photo accompanying the article “T.O. businesses ‘ignored’ – NDP MPs push feds for G20 compensation” (June 11)?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  …
  • False flag or mentally ill? Which one is it?
    October 2018 With the arrest of Cesar Sayoc in the case of the mail bombs delivered to vocal critics of President Donal Trump, I can’t help but cast a cynical eye on the whole affair. Firstly, I unequivocally condemn any violence.  We can disagree about anything and everything but if you have to resort to …
  • Farmland holds military aviation past
    Alliston Herald 11 April 2007 Essa Times 9 November 2007 The intersection of County Road 10 and the CPR rail tracks north-east of Alliston looks like most farms, and it always has been. However, the property was once the site of a forgotten military airfield. Known locally as Leach’s Field, this landing field is all …
  • Fighting Frank – “The Father of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps”
    Barrie Advance 15 February 2006 Esprit de Corps Magazine February 2006 Visitors to the Base Borden Museum will note that the museum actually operates out of four distinct areas. The main building, originally the Armoured Corps’ Officers’ Mess during WWII, features displays on the various schools that have occupied “the Army side” of Borden. The …
  • Flashing green light, pull to the right
    October 2009 I’ve noticed several signs posted around the county about this topic, so maybe this subject bears repeating here:  when you see flashing green lights on a car in your rear-view mirror, pull to the right.  This is a volunteer firefighter on their way to a fire call.  Small towns and rural communities are …
  • Flawed election reforms
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2016 Re:  “The electoral treachery of Justin Trudeau, ” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, Jan. 7):  So let me get this straight; Justin had a problem with Harper using his majority government to ram the Fair Elections Act through Parliament, so in response it looks like he is going to use his …
  • Forget more cowbell; we need more Sue
    August 2018 The controversy over the revocation of the 2015 sex ed curriculum has made me think back to my own sex education.  I’m a member of Generation X, so I went through my teen years in the 1980s. I honestly don’t remember much of the sex education I received in school beyond the Phys …
  • Forgotten Airfield – Farmers’ field once a BCATP airfield
    May 2003 Although a small private airstrip sits just east of Alliston today, serving the needs of local pilots, there was once a more significant but sadly forgotten airfield in Tecumseth Township: Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Alliston. With the outbreak of WWII in 1939 the Canadian Government conceived a plan to train pilots, navigators, …
  • Forgotten valour – The only Canadian soldier to win the Queen’s Scarf of Honour
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. –For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon   September 2017 In the small Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery in Chelsea, Quebec, is the final resting place of a Canadian soldier and veteran of the South African War: Private Richard Rowland Thompson, who served with …
  • Freeze out the rich bureaucrats
    February 2009   Re: Christina Blizzard’s “Freeze out rich bureaucrats” (Feb 1), one of the things that really stuck out for me was the paragraph….”government compares public sector salaries with the private sector to arrive at a reasonable level of compensation”. As a (low level) public servant for the past 22 years, I think this …
  • From Cadet to Colonel During 50 Years of Service
    Burlington Post May 9, 2007 Hamilton Reservist Calls It A Day After 50 Years Service Recently, Colonel James Forsyth, CStJ, CD, CA, relinquished the appointment of Honorary Colonel for The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, bringing to a close over 50 years of continuous service in the Canadian Forces Militia and Army Reserve, a milestone that …
  • Gee, glad we could help!
    March 2007 Now that Torontonians have significantly reduced their power consumption through energy efficient & expensive compact fluorescent bulbs, restricting use of air conditioners in the summer and keeping the heat down in the winter, what does Toronto Hydro do to thank everyone?
  • Genuine heroes
    March 2010   The word hero is thrown around a lot, mostly undeservedly.  Two people who are indeed GENUINE heroes are Wasaga Beach Firefighters Jason Bavelaar and Reno Levesque.  Bevelaar and Levesque, although off-duty and without their safety equipment, recently entered a burning and smoke-filled Wasaga Beach home and rescued a male occupant, overcome by …
  • Ghost Towns of Simcoe County – Edenvale
    Barrie Advance October 24, 2004 Webster’s Dictionary defines a ghost town as, “a once flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource.” One such ghost town in Simcoe County is the former Village of Edenvale. Situated on Highway 26 in Springwater Township, along the Nottawasaga River, …
  • Ghosts of the past – Abandoned shipping canals in Ontario and Quebec
    August 2019 Shipping canals have been an important part of water transportation networks for personal and commercial usage across the world from the early days of shipping to the modern day. Most of the early canals have by larger canals to handle bigger modern ships or other forms of transportation have made them unnecessary or …
  • Give me a March break
    March 2008 In the aftermath of a massive snowsttorm dumping over a foot of snow on Barrie, I felt compelled to write this letter to personally thank my Toronto Sun carrier for waiting until the Monday, March 10, after the storm to deliver my paper (no I’m not being sarcastic, I really mean it).
  • Going down with the ship: The principled sacrifice of Rear-Admiral William Landymore
    September 2016 Throughout the history of the Royal Canadian Navy, many thousands of men and women have worn the uniform and served with pride and distinction.  Few fought harder for the survival of the Royal Canadian Navy than Rear-Admiral William Landymore, OBE, CD, a fight that would ultimately cost the decorated war hero his job, but not his integrity …
  • Gone but not forgotten: The memory of Nina de Villiers lives on at McMaster University
    November 2016 At Hamilton’s McMaster University, there is a memorial garden dedicated to the memory of McMaster student Nina de Villiers, who attended the university from 1990-1991. So just who is Nina de Villiers? Nina de Villiers was a nineteen-year-old McMaster University biology student and Burlington resident;  the daughter of Priscilla and Dr. Rocco de Villiers.  …
  • Good News – Bad News
    3 May 2011 Given that Michael IgnatieffI and the Liberals have clearly been defeated by the Conservatives in the General Election, I wonder if Iggy (AKA Michael Ignatiff) is glad that he forced the election now? Now that she has a seat in Parliament, the good news for Elizabeth May is that she can now justifiably …
  • Government vs private sector jobs
    October 2009 I have been a government worker for the past 22 years, but have also spent some time working in the private sector, so I do have an opinion on both. I’m not trying to convert anyone to the side of government workers. Anyone who, shall we say, has a dislike of public service …
  • Harper Fits right in
    Toronto Sun July 11, 2013 Re:  Marsi coup and anti-Harper cuckoos (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, July 6), it should also be noted that although Harper did win with only 39.62% of the vote in 2011, Jean Chretien’s Liberals won majorities in 1997 with 38.46% and in 2000 with 40.85%.  Bob Rae won a majority government in …
  • Heads explode as the Ontario government reverts back to the 1998 sex-education curriculum
      Toronto Sun 17 July 2018 Groan.  OK, everyone take a deep breath and can we cut back on the hyperbole? Firstly, Doug Ford’s government won’t be using the old curriculum in perpetuity; they will be introducing their own revised curriculum. Now if we’re four years down the road and there still isn’t an updated …
  • Heads must roll over the hijab hoax
    January 2018 I frequently remind people that in our legal (not justice) system, the truth really doesn’t matter; the only thing that matters is what you can prove in a court of law. The logic of this is it’s better for one guilty person to go free than 100 innocent people go to jail. If …
  • Heroes and villains in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region – Small park pays tribute to the Molly Maguires
    December 2018 The Molly Maguires were an Irish Catholic clandestine society active during the 1800s in Ireland, Liverpool and in the eastern United States, who engaged in often violent activism among the Irish communities in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. Back then, the work and personal lives of many Irish immigrants, and of other nationalities, were controlled …
  • Heroes of Vimy Ridge: WWI Métis sniper was twice awarded the Military Medal
    Wasaga Sun – Metroland Media 9 April 2017 Aboriginal and Métis soldiers have a long history of honourable service to Canada and the British crown. Close to 4,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I were of aboriginal descent, an astonishing number given the limited civil rights accorded Canada’s First Peoples in …
  • Hey Tim, what will you do about the HST?
      9 December 2009 Barrie Advance Since it now appears that the HST will pass into law, despite the wishes of sizable portion of Ontarians (given the number of letters to the editor and editorials I’ve seen stating that people don’t want this tax increase), I will now throw the matter over to Tim Hudak, …
  • Hollow Claim
    Barrie Advance 22 March 2006 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations.
  • Huffman Field played an important role in early aviation
    April 2019 Sandwiched between the abandoned Wilbur Wright Field, current home of the U.S. Air Force Museum, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east of Dayton, Ohio, lies a former aerodrome named Huffman Field. Named after the former property owner, Dayton banker Torrence Huffman, the aerodrome played an important role in early aviation. It was at …
  • Humorous tradition for a legendary politician
    July 2019 René Lévesque was a small man in stature, standing only 5’3″, but his legacy is larger than life. As founder of the Parti Québécois and later the 23rd Premier of Quebec from November 1976 to October 1985, Lévesque was at the head of the sovereignty movement in Quebec, in which Quebec sought to …
  • Hypocrite, and it looks good on you Justin! – The spectacular moral fall of Prime Minister Blackface
    September 2019 Just when you thought the bar on Justin Trudeau’s moral compass couldn’t sink any lower, it has. A photo emerged two days ago of Justin Trudeau from 2001, dressed as Aladdin in full-on blackface and a turban at an Arabian Nights gala at West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, British …
  • 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 …
  • In response to Garth Turner’s Blog
    March 2008   Re: Garth Turner’s blog supporting Stephane Dion’s ouster of Joe Comuzzi: Although I can certainly respect people like Joe, Garth and John Nunziata who stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences, I can’t help but take Garth’s support with a grain of salt.
  • Ireland House – Burlington’s celebrated pioneer homestead
    December 2017 The City of Burlington is a modern city in the Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario, but one that also proudly celebrates its heritage.  A popular museum in the city is the Ireland House Museum, located at 2168 Guelph Line. Built between 1835 – 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, …
  • Is Borden Part of Canada’s Fading Military Heritage?
    Barrie Advance October 18, 2004 Canadian Forces Base Borden has been an important part of Simcoe County since opening in 1916. In its 88 years of existence, the base has seen hundreds of thousands of military personnel pass through its many training schools. In some cases, several generations of families have graced Borden’s hallowed halls. …
  • Is it smart to legalize pot?
    Toronto Sun 25 August 2014   Re “The prince of pot returns” (QMI Agency, Aug. 13): Get ready for the debate on the legalization of marijuana to kick into high gear. Maybe someone will finally be able to give me an unbiased explanation of why in an age when we are so actively discouraging people …
  • Is more gun control really the answer?
    February 2018 In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there are the usual cries for more gun control.  It’s very tragic and completely reprehensible what Nicolas Cruz is accused of doing, but does anyone think more gun control will stop someone who is hell-bent on committing such …
  • Is the Ambassador Bridge owner purposely turning Windsor’s Indian Road residential district into a slum?
      June 2018 The Indian Road District of Olde Sandwich Town in Windsor, Ontario, has long lived in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, the longest international bridge, separating Windsor from Detroit, Michigan.  It’s been no secret that the neighbourhood has been living on borrowed time, but now what’s left of the once tree-lined neighbourhood …
  • Is the global warming hysteria becoming too much?
    March 2007 Am I the only one who is getting sick of hearing all the contradictory information about the cause of global warming? I don’t deny that global warming is a reality, but whether it is a result of man-made influences or a natural phenomenon is the real question.
  • It’s not hateful to demand Canadian values
    February 2017 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  MP and Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on screening immigration and refugee applicants for what she referred to as “anti-Canadian values.” Now in the wake of the shooting at …
  • It’s not just a job – It’s an adventure
    Barrie Advance 15 November 2006 The Canadian Forces are very much in the news these days with the current operation in Afghanistan where Canadians are serving in a combat zone for the first time since the Korean War. Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage and its residents have never shied away from …
  • It’s really not that hard to find government efficiencies
    May 2018 With one week to go in the Ontario general election, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has made it clear that he will not be issuing a formal costed platform as the party has released all their promises with expected costs on the PC party web site, much to the dismay of allies and …
  • It’s the shooter’s fault
    Toronto Sun 23 April 2007 I am a gun owner and against stricter gun control laws, but that is irrelevant. What does matter ultimately is there is little we can do to completely prevent massacres like Virginia Tech. The Dawson College killer legally bought and possessed his guns. Background checks only show previous convictions, not …
  • It’s time to arm Canada’s border officers
    Blue Line Magazine May 2007 Re: $1billion cost to arm border guards: my fellow citizens, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Our Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers are peace officers, just like police officers, and are expected to perform a vital function in our country. Sure once upon a time our …
  • I’m royally offended
    Toronto Sun 18 February 2012 Re “Jubilee Bloc-ers” (Feb. 8): So Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon is “irked” that the Harper government did such monarchist things as restoring the “Royal” titles to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force? Is he bothered by the name “Royal 22e Regiment,” the Quebec based infantry …
  • Journalist soldier comes full circle
    October 2008 For most people who join the Canadian Forces Reserves, it it is something they do for a four or five year period to help pay for school, to learn a skill or just to have some fun and adventure. When Tony Keene joined the Canadian Army reserve in 1964, little did he realize …
  • Journey to the pole: The doomed final expedition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott
    January 2017 The realm of exploration has always been fraught with excitement and danger.  When things go wrong,  they can be disastrous. Royal Naval Captain Robert Falcon Scott is one such explorer who lived for thee adventure and paid a heavy price for it.  He lead two expeditions to the to the Antarctic in an …
  • Jullian Fantino appointed Commissioner of the OPP
    October 2006 Regarding Julian Fantino’s appointment to the OPP: I say bravo Chief Fantino. As someone who served under him during his tenure as Toronto’s chief, I can say he is definitely the man for the job.
  • Just when you thought virtue-signalling politicians couldn’t stoop any lower….
    February 2018 Our virtue-signalling, fake feminist Prime Minister has stepped in it once again with another disgraceful comment, one that was quickly followed by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. All three made very inappropriate comments regarding the recent acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer gras Stanley, charged …
  • Justice for Steven Truscott
    Barrie Advance 7 September 2007 Steven Truscott is no longer a convicted murderer, but has justice been done given that he was acquitted and not exonerated?
  • Justin and Sophie’s excellent adventure – Mr. Dressup goes to India
    February 2018 Some Trudeau apologists are trying to downplay some of the criticism he is facing after his disastrous trip to India; such as Prime Minister Dressup’s week-long costume party. These apologists are trying to draw a comparison to the times former Prime Minister Stephen Harper similarly dressed up in traditional clothing when attending cultural …
  • Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite
    July 2018 Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite, as well as being a fake feminist. By now, most in Canada and around the world are familiar with the accusation that Justin Trudeau groped a female reporter at a fundraiser in Cresten, British Columbia in 2000.  The reporter was so distressed by this assault that she …
  • K.C. brought his “Boogie Shoes” to Casino Rama
    Ticketmaster Fan Reviews 14 February 2011 Disco was king at Casino Rama on February 11, when K.C. and The Sunshine Band stopped by to “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”. Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey and his band of stellar musicians played a high energy show of their distinctive disco, funk, soul and pop blend that …
  • 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 …
  • Kind, generous man
    Toronto Sun 21 January 2014 Re “Widower’s kind act goes viral” (Jan. 16): I am not surprised Lee Ballantyne did something like this for complete strangers. I know him to be a kind and generous man. Lee was once the editor of one of Barrie’s community newspapers until he retired about six years ago. He …
  • Kingston’s Martello Towers – Monuments to the early defences of British North America
    August 2019 Martello Towers, are small, round defensive forts, usually costal forts, that were built in the early 19th century across the British Empire. The two story forts stood up to 40 feet high and usually had a garrison of 15 to 25 men and an officer. Their round design with thick, solid masonry walls …
  • Knowing When It’s Ready
    May 30th, 2010 This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section. How easy (or hard) is it to say that a song is complete; that no more tinkering with the arrangement or re-recording certain elements are necessary? How do you know when the song is done, especially …
  • Lament for the PMQ?
    July 2012 I sit outside the fencing erected by a demolition crew demolishing the PMQs (Permanent Married Quarters, or Residential Housing Units as they are now called) that once made up Stanley Green Park at the former CFB Toronto.  The officers PMQs, known as William Baker Park at the north end of the former base, …
  • LCBO Strike Wrong Way to Go
    July 2005 (Note: in July 2005, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the sole retailer of spirits in Ontario, threatened to go on strike.) Firstly let me say that I have great respect for someone who has a job, ANY job, as opposed to an able-bodied person sucking off the teet of our welfare system. …
  • Legendary Polish-Canadian pilot honoured in his adopted hometown
    July 2018 On a recent road trip, I stopped at Zurakowski Park in Barry’s Bay, a small park dedicated to decorated WWII flying hero and post-war test pilot Janusz (Jan) Zurakowski. Many will remember Zurakowski as the first pilot to fly Canada’s legendary jet-fighter, the CF-105 Avro Arrow. Zurakowski received many honours in his lifetime, …
  • Lest we forget
    November 2016 At eleven o’clock on 11 November, the citizens of Barrie (Ontario) observed two minutes of silence, just as their fellow countrymen did all across Canada.  A few thousand gathered at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square in downtown Barrie to pay their respects to the men from Barrie, Vespra Township and Innisfil Township, who made the …
  • Let the voters decide
    September 2018 To Andrea Horwath:  you say that there are more important issues that the Ontario government should be dealing with instead of passing Bill 31, so why not allow the bill to go to a vote so they can get on to other business? To all the Toronto City councilors opposing Bill 31:  you …
  • Let’s Get on With the Job of Governing
    April 2007   Re the Toronto Sun editorial “Time to focus on agenda, not election”: although as a conservative I would certainly like to see a majority Stephen Harper’s government, an election right now would spell disaster for who ever provokes it, both for the party and its leader. Plus, more that likely, for the …
  • Let’s make a deal
    9 April 2014 Re “Wynne files libel notice” (Antonella Artuso, April 5): Premier Kathleen Wynne wants an apology and a retraction from PC Leader Tim Hudak, and we want our money back and her resignation. Maybe we can work something out. Bruce Forsyth Barrie (How about Hudak apologizes to Wynne but only if she apologizes …
  • Liberal and media elites still don’t get it
    Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, WatchingAmerica.com 17 January 2017 It’s really getting embarrassing the lengths Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats are going to to de-legitimize President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats are trying everything they can to explain Hillary’s loss: allegations of Russian hacking; the timing of the FBI’s second investigation …
  • Liberal campaign gets off to an ironic start
    September 2019 The Liberal Party of Canada’s election campaign got off to an ironic start when their campaign media bus struck the left-wing of their campaign airplane on the tarmac at the Victoria, B.C. Airport on Wednesday night, 11 September. The bus had just picked up the journalists traveling with the campaign, when it scraped …
  • Lieutenant William Cooke – Canada’s connection to Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn
    August 2019 Most with even a basic knowledge of American history know about “Custer’s Last Stand”, battle between the 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, suffered a humiliating defeat against the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876. LCol Custer …
  • Like it or not, cuts have to be made
    Ford government just cleaning up Liberals’ mess Toronto Sun, 5 May 2019  The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon, 5 May 2019 The recent protests at Queen’s Park by teachers and health care workers highlights just how noisy the next three years is going to be for the Ford government. I think most people understand the …
  • Little recognition for short military service within Canadian borders
    This is an updating and compilation of three past articles covering basically the same topic. January 2017 There is debate among some former Canadian service members over the issue of an additional service medal to recognize service personnel who don’t serve long enough to earn the current Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), which is awarded after …
  • Live earth full of hot air
    August 2007 Who thought it was a good idea to have a concert, requiring tons of electricity and musicians to travel via fossil-fuel burning buses and planes, and say that it is to promote awareness of global warming. Oh yeah, a pompous blow-hard who has probably done more to promote awareness of his future ambitions …
  • Livingston guilty – Proof of how far the corrupt Ontario Liberals will go to win an election
    January 2018 The most corrupt government in Ontario’s history was dealt a serious blow in an Ontario court on 19 January 2018.  Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson found David Livingston, former Chief of Staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, guilty of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer. Former Deputy Chief …
  • Livingston sentenced to 4 months in e-mail deletion scandal
    April 2018 David Livingston got off very lightly being sentenced to only 4 months in jail. Livingston should have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, but I’d be willing to cut it down to a year if he starts talking. Livingston owes it to all Ontarians to tell who else was involved and what …
  • Local cadets stand vigil overnight at Barrie Cenotaph
    November 2018 Cadets from Barrie’s Army, Navy and Air Cadet units stood vigil overnight at the cenotaph in downtown Barrie, leading up to Sunday’s Remembrance Day services. This duty has been performed by Barrie cadets for the past 8 years.  The cadets rotate every 2 hours and are ferried back and forth from the Barrie …
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan needs to take a harder stance in the wake of terror attack
    March 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in the wake of the London terror attacks that he believes such attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city”.  Now Mayor Khan did add that he strongly advocates vigilance and the work of security services to prevent attacks, along with ordering a review of London’s …
  • Long vanished Royal Flying Corps aerodrome was the destination point for Canada’s first air mail delivery
    April 2012 Deep in the heart of the Leaside neighbourhood in Toronto lies the Leaside Business Park, a vibrant centre for business and manufacturing. The area also has an almost forgotten military past. During World War I, Canada Wire and Cable opened a munitions production factory, creating the subsidiary company, Leaside Munitions Company, to oversee …
  • Long-lost Great Lakes freighter remembered
    July 2018 The Great Lakes have been a major shipping route across the northern United States and southern Canada since the first fir traders came to North America.  The biggest of the lakes is Lake Superior, a lake that can turn violent when the weather turns bad. On 10 November 1975, the American Great Lakes …
  • Lost neighbourhoods 2 – Concrete City
    May 2019 When an entire community is abandoned, it’s usually due to things like the exhaustion of the natural resources that sustained it, a natural disaster, or man-made disaster like a mine fire or toxic contamination. There are literally thousands of “Ghost Towns” across the country. For Concrete City, it was due to the construction …
  • Luka Brasi is here to see you
    Toronto Sun 31 August 2018 In the wake of the announcement that President Donald Trump has reached a new trade agreement with Mexico to replace the NAFTA agreement, one that Canada has until this Friday (31 August) to join, it’s becoming quite apparent just how badly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blown the Canada-U.S. trade …
  • M-103 is a dangerous slope to be going down
    February 2017 So let me get this straight; Takek Fatah, a liberal, secular Muslim is called a “kafir”, an apostate from Islam, and subject to be killed by Muslim’s who subscribe to this interpretation of sharia law, for speaking out against the problems he sees within his own religion, yet in Canada, we’re worried about …
  • Mahar is truly a victim
    July 2007 Mahar Arar is truly a victim. Both of Canadian incompetence, but of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. What happened to him should not have happened and it’s a shame that it did. However, would it have happened if the “enemy” in the war on terror was more clearly identifiable?
  • Major Battles of WWI
    YPRES – This battle took place in April 1915. Here, the Germans attacked a Canadian Force that was green and inexperienced in the ways of war. This battle marked the first time either side in the war used poison gas in battle, which had been outlawed. The Canadians had no gas masks and attempted to …
  • Make TTC special constables full police officers
    March 2008   In light of the recent shooting at the Spadina subway station (Witness to a shooting, March 29), it’s high time the Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and armed. Currently, as unarmed Special Constables, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer …
  • Make TTC Special Constables full police officers
    Toronto Sun 10 January 2017 Mayor John Tory recently asked Premier Kathleen Wynne to grant officers with the TTC Transit Enforcement Unit the power to direct traffic and tag and tow vehicles disrupting transit routes.  I support this idea, but that’s not the only discussion we should be having. Maybe it’s time the TTC special …
  • Maligned hero – General Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian Commander of the Canadian Corps
    July 2018 General Sir Arthur Currie, GCMG, KCB, has the unique distinction of being the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps, a post he was elevated to in 1917. Making this accomplishment even more significant is the fact that he rose to this position after beginning his military career in the Canadian militia …
  • Manufacturing job losses
    October 2008   With all the job losses in the manufacturing sector, I thought I would chime in with my two cents.
  • Maple Airport part of vibrant past
    Vaughan Perspectives 30 August 2008 Today, the City of Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities, a vibrant world-class city with several of the GTA’s major tourist attractions.  It was not so long ago that Vaughan was a tranquil rural community.  For a brief 30-year period, Vaughan Township as the area was know then, had …
  • Memorial cairn at Wegner Point in memory of paratroopers killed in tragic accident
    August 2019 On 8 May 1968 at around 8:30 pm, the worst peacetime Canadian military training accident occurred at Camp Petawawa, 100 miles north-west of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. It was a cold and windy day that 26 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Wollseley Barracks in London, Ontario, and …
  • Memorial to two lost War of 1812 schooners on Hamilton’s waterfront
    August 2019 In Confederation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, just off Van Wagners Beach, is a unique monument to the loss of two American schooners during the War of 1812. Looking like a small cemetery, there are in fact no bodies buried beneath the stones that bear the names of the 53 sailors that were claimed …
  • Men and Boobs
    December 2005 Here’s some guy info that you might find interesting: A gay man I met when on vacation with my wife, who was married to a woman before coming out, admitted to me that he still likes looking at women’s boobs. So there you have it; it’s truly is a guy thing. Gay or …
  • Military Museum holds Regiment’s history
    Collingwood Connection29 June 2007   Barrie Advance3 August 2007   Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Museum. The museum actually operates …
  • Military museum holds regiment’s history
    Note:  this is an update of an article written in 2007. August 2016 Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie’s downtown is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum. …
  • Minimum wage increase will cost jobs
    Barrie Examiner 27 September 2017 Re: “Opposition without solid solution disappointing (Peter Silveira, Barre Examiner, Sept 14): I don’t think anyone disagrees with raising the minimum wage, especially at the rate of inflation. Obviously employers can’t pay their workers in 2017 the same wage they were paid in 1987. The major problem is that wages …
  • 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 …
  • Mob women – The rise and fall of Hamilton’s own Bessie Starkman-Perri
    August 2019 Hamilton, Ontario, is known as “Steeltown” to locals and those who love the city. With two steel mills, Dafasco and Stelco, employers that have provided jobs to generations of Hamiltonians, it’s a natural nick-name. Hamilton also has another less-than-legal claim to fame as a base of operations for some of the Mafia bosses …
  • Monument dedicated to Canadian veterans of the American Civil War
    June 2018 Across Canada, there are hundreds of monuments and statues dedicated to the men and women who have served and died in Canada’s Armed Forces in wartime and on peacekeeping missions.  Every major city and numerous small towns have a cenotaph dedicated to the memory of our war dead.  Even some businesses and institutions …
  • Monument pays tribute to Canadian Vietnam Veterans
    April 2019 In Assumption Park in Windsor, Ontario, along the shores of the Detroit River, is a monument to the 147 Canadians who died fighting with American Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, along with 7 listed as POW/MIA. A similar monument was erected in Melocheville, Quebec, in October 1989 by the  Association Québécoise des …
  • 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 …
  • Moral hypocrisy in condemning cougar hunter
    January 2018 There has been much outrage about Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor show The Edge, shooting of a cougar back in December. As far as it’s been reported, it was a legal annual hunt done during a legal hunting season, sanctioned by the Alberta Environment Ministry as a part of their wildlife management. …
  • Mount Forest resident awarded the Victoria Cross
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the medal twice. Frederick …
  • My Friend Never Came Home
    I once had a friend. He was a nice human. A long time ago I was living in a place where there were lots of other cats. We were all in little boxes with bars covering the front. Before that I didn’t have a home. I was living outside, eating mice and whatever other food …
  • Naive to state combat troops unnecessary
    Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror 28 July 2010   MIDLAND – Re: “How is the military helping our world?” Letters, July 22. Ms. Brock says, “If we didn’t have any soldiers, then we would not be able to have any wars, for who would fight them?” The statement is very naive. We need combat troops. Eventually, you have …
  • Near Forgotten Airfield
    Barrie Advance May 19, 2003 Longtime residents of the Stayner area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from a small airfield off Hwy 26 between Stayner and the tiny hamlet of Edenvale. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an …
  • Neepawa Airport’s WWII past
    April 2009 Longtime residents of the Neepawa area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, an astounding program that …
  • Never missing an opportunity to virtue-signal
    June 2019 You have to admire U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence for his decorum and restraint in the face of having to endure a lecture from our fake feminist and Virtue-Signaller-in-Chief, Justin Trudeau.  Besides the fact that the abortion issue has nothing to do with international trade, nor had absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of …
  • No electric car here
    February 2016 Re: ” Ontario upping incentive to drive electric vehicle,” Antonella Artuso (Toronto Sun, Feb 10, 2016): I personally don’t care what kind of incentives there are to buy an electric car, whether it be from the government or the company itself.  Until car manufacturers develop an electric car that has BOTH the driving …
  • No mention of officers who took their own lives at annual memorial service
    October 2019 On 29 September, I attended the annual Canadian Police and Peace Officer Memorial ceremony in Ottawa, something I have done most years since 1997, missing only 2011, when I went to New York City for their 9-11 Ceremony and 2018, when I went to Albany, NY, for their annual Peace Officer Memorial ceremony. …
  • No more strikes
    Toronto Sun 4 February 2009 I appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are faced with the possibility that the elementary teachers federation may strike. We don’t need another education strike. Teaching in public educational …
  • No More Strikes
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) February 2009 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers …
  • No one’s safe when bullets fly
    January 2008   Re: No one’s safe when bullets fly (January 15, 2007), while I don’t believe there is a perfect solution to this problem, I think the only realistic one is to hand out harsh sentences for those who use guns in the commission of an offence, regardless of whether they harm anyone. The …
  • No suspension in thrills – the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
    December 2018 The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a unique tourist attraction, located in Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford, Ontario.  The 300 foot long bridge, built in 2004, takes visitors on a picturesque trip 30 feet over the Ranney Gorge, just south of Ranney Falls. Built with assistance of a construction engineering detachment from RCAF …
  • Not always right to strike
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers federation may …
  • Not crying over lost revenue
    Toronto Sun 19 October 2018 Re “Bad deal either way” (Lorrie Goldstein, Oct. 17): Sure the government will forgo $3 billion in revenue by cancelling cap-and-trade, but how much tax revenue did Ontario lose and would have continued to lose as businesses and the jobs they provide moved to jurisdictions without any tax on carbon …
  • Not exactly gold plated careers
    May 2011   The issue of public sector pension plans is back in the headlines with the recent election. Several defeated MPs are now entitled to their “gold-plated Pension plans”.  As a public sector civil-servant, I wish to chime in with my two cents: Many in the private sector complain that they don’t have pension plans, …
  • Nothing’s free
    February 2016 Re: “Poor idea to scrap tuition fees,” (Matthew Lau, Toronto Sun, Feb 12), I would like to add one thing: there is no such thing as a free education; free anything for at matter (think of our “free” health-care).  Any “free” post-secondary education would in fact be paid for by taxpayers like you …
  • Now that would be a hoot
    Toronto Sun 15 July 2010 Congratulations to CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson on his retirement.It is well deserved. Any chance “Count Floyd” (aka SCTV’s Joe Flaherty)will be available to host the retirement dinner? Bruce Forsyth Barrie (Now that would be a hoot)
  • Ode to Joy – The last Joy Gas Station restored to its former glory
    August 2019 On Toronto’s waterfront, at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on Lakeshore Blvd West, sits a small red-roofed building, done in a French château-style of architecture. This building was once one of the iconic buildings that made up the Joy Gas Station chain of service centres in the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario. Designed …
  • Ode to the Porte St Louis
    Written by An Unknown Sailor The following poem was written by an unknown sailor on the Porte St Jean. If you are the writer, please e-mail me and I will give you proper credit.  It was originally titled Ode to the Porte St Jean, but since I was serving aboard her sister ship HMCS Porte …
  • Old lake freighter finds second life as a break-wall
    June 2019 In the Port Credit section of Mississauga, Ontario, a former village on the shores of Lake Ontario, the harbour is protected by two crushed stone break-walls and a third that is actually a former lake freighter:  the S.S. Ridgetown. The Ridgetown, originally named the S.S. William E. Corey, was launched on 24 March 1905 as the flagship …
  • On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate those who truly deserve it
    March 2018 In honour of Women’s Day, I wish to highlight that the many of the progressives who are embracing and fetishizing the hijab in North American society are forgetting the fact that there are women in Islamic countries like Iran who are risking their personal safety to fight for the right to choose whether …
  • On one foggy day aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius
    Legion Magazine January/February 2010 On one foggy day in May 1989 when I was sailing aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius, we were sailing in formation with the Porte St Jean about 500 yards behind us.  I was on lifebuoy sentry duty and heard the following transmission come across my Personal Radio Communicator (PRC): “Lifebuoy sentry, …
  • One is legal; the other is illegal
    April 2019 Re:  Worst part of the Lavalin mess is the Tory response (Jim Warren, Toronto Sun, 7 April 2019):  Although I’m a Conservative, I do respect and appreciate Jim Warren’s observations but on this one, he’s way off base. Yes, opposition members did once criticize former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Rabould, as …
  • Ontario Provincial Police the wrong choice for Barrie
    April 2007 I find it hard to believe that there are still people out there who feel that Barrie City Council should disband Barrie Police and contract the O.P.P. to police the city. This is an extremely misguided way to avoid the rising cost of policing Barrie.
  • OPP policed Barrie for a decade
    Barrie Advance February 2008 Canadian Police Insignia Collector’s Association Newsletter September 2008 The Barrie Police Service is the fourth oldest police force still in existence in Ontario, after the Kingston Police Service (1841), the Hamilton Police Service (1833) and the Brockville Police Service (1832). However, this distinction was almost never realized. On July 1, 1946, …
  • Orillia’s forgotten army camp
    May 2007 Orillia is a city on the edge of cottage country that provides big city conveniences with a small town charm. The city and the surrounding area feature a variety of recreational and cultural activities for both residents and the thousands of people who visit each year. During the Second World War, Orillia played …
  • OSAP cuts don’t have to mean the end of your post-secondary career
    September 2019 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting in Ottawa that, “…a number of University of Ottawa students say they’ve had to alter their course loads because of the $600 million cut to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).” No doubt this scenario is playing out at other universities and colleges across the province too. …
  • Overdue honour: Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson to be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll
    April 2017 On 20 April 2017, the family of the late Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson received some long-overdue good news:  Eddie will be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll, something he was denied in 2005. Adamson’s widow Linda and daughter Julie had to fight for the recognition bestowed on Toronto Police officers who die In …
  • Pay while suspended
    Toronto Sun 2 July 2013 Readers have asked why a police officer remains on the payroll while facing criminal charges. A criminal court has no authority to fire anyone from their job or take away their pay cheque. Only an employer can fire someone. Barrie Police Const. Nevill will now face charges under the Police …
  • 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 …
  • Peace defended by those willing to wage war
    Barrie Advance 27 May  2010 A lot of people subscribe to the fanciful myth that Canada is a “peacekeeper nation” which is a load of bunk. Have you ever heard of Canada’s contributions to the South African War, WWI, WWII, Korea or the first Gulf War? Peacekeeping, like world peace, is an ideal situation, but …
  • Pennsylvania’s Lost Town: Documentary film has its debut
    June 2017 On 6 May 2017, a long-awaited documentary film had its premiere at the Majestic Theater in Pottsville, Pennsylvania:  CENTRALIA, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.  Directed by Joe Sapienza II, the film documents the rise and fall of a once thriving mining town, a fall that many will argue didn’t have to happen. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region …
  • People Helping People – The legacy of Nils Johanson
    January 2019 On 11 January 2019, Canada lost a veteran broadcaster and addictions counselor who went beyond what anyone would expect. He truly cared helping addicts find their way to recovery and preventing them from going down the path to destruction that should have killed him years before heart troubles and ultimately pneumonia finally took …
  • Pioneer woman’s gravesite remembered with city park
    November 2017 In the south-east corner of Barrie, Ontario, sits a small park sandwiched between Priscillas Place and Lockhart Road sits small corner park named J. Gibbons Park. All that one will find in this park are a lone grave and a monument stone telling the story of a woman named Jane (Young) Gibbins, the …
  • Poles indicate that the McWynnety Victory
    June 2014 Some poles in the Ontario general election indicate that the McWynnety (sic) Liberals could win with a minority government.  Although I am a conservative supporter, I honestly have no idea if Tim Hudak is on the right track with his plans, but he should be given the opportunity to try to turn Ontario …
  • Police and the mentally ill
    October 2013 Regarding the article “Police shooting victims families still searching for answers” (Toronto Sun, 16 October 2013, by Michelle Mandel), there are two issues that need to be stressed. Firstly, let’s all get off this ridiculous notion that cops should be trained to shoot for the arm or leg.  Anyone who shots firearms (rifles …
  • Police aren’t more important, just different
    Recently, several callers to Newstalk 1010 angrily complained about the large public funerals and media attention given police funerals.  One particular listener, who identified himself as a construction worker, bitterly complained that almost 400 construction workers were killed last year, and none of them received public funerals or attention from the media.  This caller also …
  • Police in impossible position
    June 2015 Re:  “MNR cuts to blame for bear shooting” (Toronto Sun, June 2):  Once again the police are placed in an impossible position because a more appropriate agency, for whatever reason, is unable to respond fast enough.  Police aren’t supposed to be wildlife management officers, mental health workers or social service workers, yet time and …
  • Police leadership is failing their frontline officers as the stigma continues
    July 2019 Re:  “Mental health stigma persists at police service, veteran officer says,” (Barrie Advance, 9 May 2019):  I can relate to the lack of support that Cst Brad Traves talks about.  I’m a retired police officer who also suffers from PTSD and I received absolutely no support from my police service or even from …
  • Police must be able to pursue
    Toronto Sun 6 June 2007 Regarding police pursuits — we can make this really simple: When you see flashing red lights on a police car, pull to the right and stop as soon as you can safely do so. Period! The idea of banning police from pursuing people suspected of committing an offence is ridiculous, …
  • Political theatre at its worst
    September 2017 So Premier Kathleen Wynne is threatening to sue Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown for libel after he inadvertently said she is on “trial” relating to the corruption charges currently being heard against Liberal staffers in Sudbury, something he immediately corrected to say that she was only testifying as a Crown witness.  Really Premier?  Is …
  • Politics as usual in Toronto
    September 2018 Although I’m in favour of cutting Toronto City Council from 47 members to 25, I must congratulate the mayor and councilors for winning their court challenge.  You all worked very quickly, very efficiently and very hard to present your case to the court and you prevailed, regardless of Premier Ford’s invocation of the …
  • Port Dalhousie’s Lakeside Carousel – A century of family fun
    September 2019 The Port Dalhousie community of St. Catherines, Ontario, is home to a unique tourist attraction. For a century, visitors to Lakeside Park have been able to ride the Lakeside Park Carousel, one of only nine antique hand carved carousels still operating in Canada and one of approximately 350 in North America. The cost …
  • Pot, Kettle is on line 2 for you
    Toronto Sun 6 March 2019 Re:   “Huawei CFO suing Canada” ( Associated Press, 4 March 2019):  When reading this article, I actually had to look at the top of the page to make sure that someone didn’t slip in a page from The Onion into my Toronto Sun because I figured this had to be a …
  • Pot, this is kettle, over – Thibeault’s lack of self-awareness
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2018 Re: Conservative promises don’t add up (Glenn Thibeault, Toronto Sun, 21 January): Gee, where do I start with this one?! Minister Thibeault demonstrates an incredible lack of self-awareness when he states in his first paragraph that, “PC MPP Rick Nicholls’ column is proof that his party will say anything to …
  • Prime Minister Dressup needs to put on his big boy pants
    June 2018 As a proud Canadian, I can’t agree with everything that Trump does, including his actions at the recent G7 meeting, he is simply putting America first, just as our selfie-loving frat-boy prime minister should be doing. Prime Minister Selfie needs to put down the selfie camera, stop hanging around with and trying to please …
  • Privitizing the LCBO may not be a bad idea
    December 2012 I think it is a little early to summarily dismiss the idea of privatizing entities like the LCBO.  Yes, it does generate billions in revenues for the provincial government, but what is wrong with examining how efficiently is the LCBO run?   When you consider how much money the LCBO spends on overhead (their …
  • Public vs Private Sector
    3 April 2011   To raise public sector salaries when private sector wages stagnate or drop is a touchy subject, but I wished to throw in my two cents (no pun intended). Although I am a public sector worker, and have my opinion, there are good arguments on both sides.  Yes, we generally have very …
  • Put the blame where it belongs
    August 2008 Re: (SIU clears cops in fatal crash: Barrie Advance, 13 August 2008), let’s make one thing clear: Ronald Miller is the one and only person responsible for the death of Michael O’Keefe. That is why he is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and flight from police.
  • Put your money where your mouth is, Prime Minister Trudeau
    Toronto Sun 22 June 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to be challenged to hold a referendum on his forced implementation of a carbon tax on provinces that refuse to implement their own. Support for carbon taxes appears to be falling as people finally realize what these plans will actually cost them in the wallet. …
  • Quebec Sucks Canada Dry
    March 2007   Although I am a conservative, I don’t support the giving Quebec any more money than any other “have-not” province. No more buying their loyalty.
  • Re-dedication of Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph does nothing to mend insult
    August 2019 On 17 August, the Department of National Defence (DND) held a re-dedication ceremony of the Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph in the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) – Carling Campus, a private ceremony for family members of those lost in the Afghanistan War and other invited guests. This was an attempt to …
  • Reflections of a Peace Officer
    Hanover Post 17 June 2005 The recent death of RCMP Constable Jose Agostinho of the Wetaskiwin, Alberta Detachment, has brought to the forefront yet again, the dangers faced every day by Peace Officers across Canada. It certainly makes me think back to March of this year. Although more than four months have passed since the …
  • Restoration of historic Belle Isle Newsboy Shelter desperately needed
    June 2018 The historic Victorian Newsboy Shelter on Detroit’s Belle Isle is in danger of collapse and desperately needs restoration.  Built in 1911, the wooden structure is rotting after years of neglect. The historic and architecturally significant shelter for picnickers on Belle Isle has unique conical turrets around the perimeter with archways supported by handcrafted …
  • Restored Freeman-Burlington Junction Station opens to the public
    July 2017 In Burlington, Ontario on Canada Day 2017, a crowd watched as Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and other dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon to re-open the restored historic Freeman-Burlington Junction Train Station.  A historical plaque was also unveiled. Starting in 2015, numerous volunteers began the process of restoring the century-old former Grand Trunk Railway station, …
  • Restored historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church re-opens to great fanfare
    August 2016 On 19 August 2016, a ceremony was held to commemorate the re-opening of the historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church at the intersection of Line 3 North and Old Barrie Rod in Oro-Medonte Township. Several dignitaries attended he public ceremony including Ontario Lieutenant-Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, MPs Alex Nuttall and Bruce Stanton, …
  • Reunion of Original Genesis Member Possible?
    April 2006 Rumors continue to abound about a reunion of the members of Genesis, the popular Progressive Rock band form the 1970s and huge pop-hitmakers of the 1980s.
  • Rock & Roll’s broken heart – The rise and tragic end of Alan Freed
    May 2019 Elvis Presley may be the King of Rock & Roll, but there would be no Rock & Roll if it wasn’t for Alan Freed. Alan Freed was the Rock & Roll Disc Jockey and media personality who coined the term in 1951 to describe the uptempo rhythm and blues sound playing on radios …
  • Rolling Stones celebrate 50th; hint about tour
    July 2012 I hope the Rolling Stones consider a 50th Anniversary Tour. I hope that the band also pays tribute to founding member, pianist Ian Stewart.  For those who do not know Ian Stewart, or “Stu” as he was known by the band, he was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but was dismissed …
  • Roxham Road – A trip to the Twilight Zone
    May 2018 On a recent road-trip, I made my way to the now infamous Roxham Road, the now-officially-designated unofficial Point-of-Entry straddling the Canada-American border at Quebec and New York State where economic migrants come to make their refugee claims in contravention of the Safe Third Country Agreement. As I was already in the States, I …
  • Roy Brown and the “Flying Circus”
    August 2016 Canada has a proud military heritage and many notable Canadians have distinguished themselves in the service of their country.  One such Canadian is WWI flying ace Captain A. Roy Brown, a pilot who twice earned the Distinguished Service Cross.  Brown would achieve fame for being the pilot officially credited with shooting down the …
  • Royal Canadian Legion recognizes Sir William Stephenson honour
    The Maple Leaf 24 June 2009 On 2 May 2009, Branch 637, The Sir William Stephenson Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion officially recognized the induction of the late Sir William Stephenson, CC, MC, DFC, as an honorary member of the United States Military Intelligence Corps.  This is a significant honour that has been bestowed …
  • Russia and the nothing burger
    September 2017 The whole Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy has been a big nothing burger, so much so that even the left is losing interest in it.  The not-so-veiled hopes that that the testimony of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner before congress would be the beginning of Trump’s Watergate have vanished quicker than Trump can tweet “Fake news.” …
  • S.S. Keewatin – A jewel from the glory days of Great Lakes passenger travel
    January 2018 Moored at a dock in Port McNicoll, Ontario, visitors can tour a ship that harkens back to the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by Canadian Pacific Railway, the S.S. Keewatin is the last of the Edwardian-era Great Lakes passenger steamers.  Out of service since it was …
  • Sacrifice goes unrecognized
    Toronto Sun 30 January 2008 Blue Line Magazine February 2008 With the recent victory in the campaign to get Cobourg Police Constable Chris Garrett nominated for the Police Cross of Valour, we must not overlook another battle to honour a deserving police officer for his service to his country and commuty.
  • Sailor who died at Pear Harbour returns home 77 years later
    June 2018 Like all men and women who join the military, Seaman 1st Class Edward Slapikas no doubt intended to return home to his family, either for visits or upon discharge. Slapikas joined the United States Navy just prior to America’s entry into World War II and was posted to the USS Oklahoma, a battleship then stationed …
  • Save For your Future
    September 2000 A new school year is upon us and with it, another crop of already or soon-to-be debt-ridden students will be descending upon the campuses of Ontario’s colleges and universities. With Skyrocketing post-secondary tuition costs, many students are being crushed under a heavy student debt load. This however, is something that I do not …
  • Save the Cash
    Toronto Sun 16 June 2009 Attention, Michael Ignatieff: We do not need another election! Do you hear that? We do not need a fourth election in five years, which will more than likely result in another minority government, be it Conservative or Liberal. Get off your Sussex Drive- dreaming- high-horse and try working with the …
  • Scapegoat or murderer?
    January 2008 Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (Jan. 3, 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should …
  • Screaming Tunnel – One of the lesser known Niagara-area attractions
    March 2019 Running underneath the Canadian National Railway line near the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 405 outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is one of the lesser known and more unusual tourist attractions in the area. Known locally as “The Screaming Tunnel,” this 125 foot long, 16 foot high arched limestone tunnel …
  • Serious allegations
    Toronto Sun 11 July 2010 Re:  G20 prisoner #0106: Sa (Toronto Sun, July 1, 2010), Wow!  I usually agree with Rachel’s columns, but this one is too much.  Those are some pretty serious accusations that her friend Tommy Taylor is making.  I hope they are investigated thoroughly, and if they prove to be false, I …
  • Seriously Tom, do you hear yourself talking? – Former NDP strategist criticizes Conservatives
    May 2018 Re:  “Ford and Kenny will cut for the rich” (Toronto Sun, 14 May):  Tom Parkin, a former NDP staffer and social democrat media commentator, criticizes provincial Progressive Conservative leaders Jason Kenny and Rob Ford for “…bribing voters with public money,” then goes on to outline how Andrea Horwath will give us all sorts of “freebies,” …
  • Service not just overseas
    Barrie Advance 11 November 2009 This time of the year, our thoughts turn to our military veterans; those brave men and women who have donned the uniform of Canada. We particularly honour those who served overseas, in combat zones or on peacekeeping tours, but any person who has honorably served in the Canadian Forces deserves …
  • Shining a light on the past – the Burlington Beach Canal Lighthouse
    August 2019 Since 1858, a stone lighthouse has stood beside the Burlington Bay Shipping Canal, connecting Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour to Lake Ontario. Today, both lake freighters and pleasure craft transit through the canal, cut through the sandbar that separates the bay from Lake Ontario in the 1820s as a part of the early shipping routes …
  • Should Handguns be Banned in Canada?
    Barrie Advance 15 August 2005 Michael Coren recently asked on his radio show on CFRB Radio ( www.cfrb.com ) if all handguns should be banned, except those carried by law enforcement officers. I say no, as banning handguns will have absolutely no effect on the gun violence currently plaguing Toronto.
  • Should mentally ill man be branded a terrorist for attacking Canadian soldiers?
    April 2018 Re: “A matter that matters” (Michelle Mandel, Toronto Sun, 21 April), the one aspect of this case of Avanle Hassan Ali that really jumped out at me is the conclusions of the examining psychiatrists, that being, “The doctors concluded his delusions and psychosis left him unable to realize his actions were morally wrong.” …
  • Should Raw Milk be Sold Legally?
    November 2006 The recent raid on the farm of Michael Schmidt, the farmer from the Town of Durham (near Owen Sound), who has been charged with operating a milk-processing plant without a licence, presents some interesting issues on whether raw milk should be legally sold in Ontario.
  • Site 41 dump temporarily stopped
    August 2009 For good or bad, right or wrong, Simcoe County council voted to put a one year moratorium of the construction of the Simcoe North Landfill, AKA, Site 41.  Now Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis is suggesting that Site 41 be abandoned as there will never be support for situating a landfill on the …
  • SIU not so toothless
    October 2008   As a serving police officer, I can tell you that even a “toothless SIU” still scares many police officers, especially the honest ones. Even though many of their staff are ex-cops, has no one heard on the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affaris to American cop-show watchers). The job of these officers is …
  • So much for Trump being a fascist dictator
    29 April 2017 Re:  “When all else fails, blame Canada” (Lorne Gunter, April 25): Thanks to those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the mainstream liberal media has been full of hyperbolic rhetoric calling Trump a fascist and comparing him to Hitler. As Gunter points out, Trump has failed so far in his efforts to replace Obamacare, …
  • So who exactly is the hypocrite here?
    September 2018 To all those who think Premier Doug Ford is a dictator and a hypocrite for “forcing his personal will” in cutting Toronto council “simply because he was elected”:  did you object to Premier Dalton McGuinty forcing wind turbines and solar farms on unwilling rural municipalities?  How about when he forced the health tax …
  • So who’s the deplorable? – Trump cleared and Trudeau keeps sinking
    March 2019 For two years, Robert Muller has been investigating allegations the President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Now the report has been released and Muller has concluded that despite the fact that many, many left-wing pundits, politicians and celebrities have been saying Trump’s impeachment is imminent, there was …
  • So you wanna be a rock & roll star
    October 2018 54.40 54-40 is an alternative rock band from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, formed in 1981 by Neil Osborne on lead vocals and guitar, Brad Merritt on bass guitar and Ian Franey on drums. They made their recording debut in 1981 by contributing four songs on the independent compilation LP Things Are Still Coming Ashore, featuring songs …
  • Soldier would serve in Afghanistan again
    Barrie Advance   19 March 2008   If there is one word that describes Jordan Webb, it would be modest. The 24-year-old Beeton resident and corporal with Barrie’s Grey & Simcoe Foresters completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan last year with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. While some may call …
  • Soldiers Aren’t Social Workers – Canada’s Battle Scars
    Barrie Advance 10 September 2006 Toronto Sun 12 September 2006 Regarding NDP Leader Jack Layton’s assertion that Canada should withdraw from Afghanistan as we are a peacekeeper nation: Let’s get one thing straight: those who believe this fanciful myth that Canada is a “peace-keeper nation” obviously haven’t read a history book. Does Vimy Ridge or …
  • Some Gave All
    Some gave all In a far away land They left our shores And never returned   They lie in graves Far from their home Their families left behind Just faded photos remain   Forever young Frozen in time But never forgotten Those who gave all  
  • Soue Kee Delivers the “Laundlee”
    The following article was originally published in the January – February 1966 issue of Sentinel magazine.
  • Speaking of Spineless Moves…
    March 2006   Tim Dorsey, KTRS Radio (St Louis) CEO, recently fired talk-show host Dave Lenihan for using the word “coon” during on-air conversation with a listener about U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s possible application for the role of Commissioner of the NFL. I think this was a completely spineless move on his part. …
  • St. Michael’s College embroiled in sex assault scandal
    November 2018 So St. Mike’s, how’s your reputation now?  If you were worried about protecting the reputation of your school, you’ve cratered it now. By not reporting a violent sexual assault on a male student by his fellow students, an apparent hazing, until the police literally came to you to after the media approached them …
  • Stark raving mad
    Toronto Sun 3 December 2008 To the leaders of the Opposition parties, there is really no eloquent way of putting this, so I will say it this way: HAVE YOU GONE F$@&ING MAD!!!
  • Stop the “Stop Harper” signs
    June 2011   Recently while driving along Lakeshore Drive, I saw two protesters outside Barrie MP Patrick Brown’s office with a “Stop Harper” sign. While I really do appreciate the fact that we are free to protest our government without fear of imprisonment or worse, can’t we give the “Stop Harper” rhetoric a break?  Sure some people …
  • Stores should bring back paper bags
  • Storm brings out the worst in people‏
      8 January 2014   It’s unbelievable that some people lost hundreds of dollars worth of food in the middle of a deep freeze. Unless you live in a condo that doesn’t have a balcony, or you don’t have a car where they could store food (the trunk makes a great fridge/freezer too), or you …
  • Striking the Balance
    This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section.  It also appears in the book “Would someone please explain?:  The best of Duran Duran’s Ask Katy” by Katy Krassner. 26 April 2008 I have a question for the band. Having written so many enduring, classic songs, do you …
  • Taking up the fight
      Barrie Advance   15 November 2006   Remembrance Day is a day for honouring the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. Over the last 100 years, Canadians have answered the call to duty in numerous wars and peacekeeping missions, including the current mission in Afghanistan. For the first time since Korea, Canadians are involved in …
  • Thankful for Canada’s military
    October 2007 Re: Peter Worhtington’s Young Canadians Respond (October 12), it’s good to see that young Canadians are upholding this country’s proud military history, despite what the “peace-at-any-price proponents” would like. Historically, Canadians have fielded the biggest non-conscript military. It just seems to be an inherent trait that Canadians are willing to serve their country …
  • The “Silent Hill” church – Last church standing in Centralia
    September 2019 On a hill overlooking Centralia, Pennsylvania, a partially abandoned ghost town deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, sits Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. While fans of the Silent Hill movies and video games will recognize the church as the fictional “Silent Hill” church, this church is actually one of …
  • The “tolerant left” strikes again; literally.
    January 2017 In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the “tolerant left” continues to show the kind of hateful intolerance to other political views that is their trademark. Back on January 21, a male NDP supporter (Jason Dion Bews) at the NDP sponsored Women’s March on Washington in Edmonton, Alberta, a rally organized to …
  • The adventures of Teddy
    Teddy visits the abandoned railway town of Depot Harbour, Ontario Located on Parry Island, Ontario, Depot Harbour was founded in 1892 as a railway company town by John Rudolphus Booth, the owner of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Canadian Atlantic Railway. Depot Harbour, which served as the western terminus for the railway, featured many of the …
  • The Arming of Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables – What’s at Stake
    January 2006   It’s high time Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Special Constables were treated as the professionals that are. Although they are not Police Officers, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer on or in relation to TTC property, which includes busses and streetcars. Accordingly, they are expected …
  • The army “invades” Alliston’s Potato Festival, but for fun only
    August 2007 I wish to comment on Bradley Campaigne’s letter (Festival no place for military propaganda, 17 August, Alliston Herald). While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I don’t know what world you are living in. What makes you think that a kiddy commando course will ‘help promote a faction of our society that …
  • The Avro Arrow
    In August 1999, it was revealed that one of the Avro Arrow engines, Iriquois Engind #116, believed to be the only one left in existance, had been located lying in peices in a museum warehouse in Cardington, England. The Royal Air Force Museum apparenly knew of it's existance, but kept this infomation a secret for …
  • The Big Apple – A unique roadside attraction
    May 2018 Of all the roadside attractions, The Big Apple restaurant and bakery is one of the more unique ones you can find. Found beside Highway 401 in Colborne, Ontario, The Big Apple opened in 1984 and has evolved into a mini amusement park.  It’s easily spotted due to the large 35 foot high, 38 …
  • The Cause of World War I – The shot that started a war – The assassination of the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary
    October 2007 This year we celebrate the 89th anniversary of the end of the Great War; “The War To End All Wars”; The First World War. Despite all the major reasons why the war might have started, the actual incident which started WWI, took place in a small corner of Europe called Sarajevo, a city …
  • The Cost of World War I
    The human and material loses of World War I, which lasted 1565 days, sere staggering.
  • The Cost of World War II for Canada
    21,000 Canadian soldiers participated in the 6 June 1944 D-Day landing. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives on D-Day. Another 574 were wounded and 47 were taken prisoner.
  • The crumbling remains of America’s Jewish vacationland – The rise and fall of the Borscht Belt
    November 2018 The Borscht Belt was the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City. In an era when Jewish people still faced discrimination elsewhere, Borscht Belt resorts were popular for family vacations before cheap airfare allowed …
  • The danger of judging the past using today’s morals and standards
      August 2017 In the wake of the violence at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I unequivocally condemn the racism and violence of white racist groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists, just like I condemn racism from all ethnic groups and races. The focus of the protest originated out of …
  • The Dangerous Book For Boys
    May 2007 I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the …
  • The dangerous game of Peacekeeping
    August 2017 On 9 August 1974, Canada suffered its greatest single-incident loss of life in peacekeeping operations when a Royal Canadian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft, assigned to the second United Nations Emergency Force mission in Syria, was shot down by three missiles fired by the Syrian Army.  All nine passengers and crew were killed. …
  • The Death of Cpl. Anthony Boneca, RCR Battle Group
    June 2006 I find it really unfortunate the family of Cpl. Anthony Boneca’s girlfriend chose to release his private e-mails, as it is so easy to take them out of context. Cpl. Boneca served as a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan.
  • The Dieppe Raid – An elaborate cover for an attempted theft
    April 2017 The Dieppe Raid, also known by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was a Canadian-led raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, on the northern coast of France, on 19 August 1942. For decades afterwards, many viewed the Dieppe Raid as a colossal failure that didn’t achieve any of its objectives and had …
  • The election of Donald Trump: A big middle finger to the political establishment
    November 2016 Well, I’m really enjoying seeing all the heads of the left-wing progressive voters exploding in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. It’s also deliciously ironic to see all the protesters out there protesting Trump’s victory, stating he’s “Not my president,” when Trump was …
  • The endless debate of a living wage
    Barrie Examiner 9 December 2016 The issue of a “living wage”, especially for minimum-wage workers, is in the fore-front once again.  This isn’t an easy issue to resolve as it’s very much a question of balance. If the minimum-wage is too low, workers have difficulty affording even the basic needs, let alone having a decent …
  • The great American clean-up part 3: Another successful clean-up in Centralia
    October 2018 On 20 October 2018, around 100 volunteers contributed to the 5th annual community clean-up in Centralia, “Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.” Organized by EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation), the clean-up has become an increasingly popular annual tradition for community-minded citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond the state, along with current and former residents …
  • The great American clean-up, Part 2: Illegal dumping continues in Centralia
    October 2017 On 21 October 2017, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) organized another successful community clean-up in Centralia, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town. Since May 2014, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) has been organizing annual community clean-ups in Centralia, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. Although the …
  • The great American clean-up: Volunteers clean-up illegal dumping in Centralia
    September 2016 On 24 September 2016, 60 volunteers from a wide age-range gathered in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, for a community clean-up.  Although the borough is virtually abandoned, with only 6 residents remaining, two busy state roads run through it, so Centralia is far from deserted. Some of …
  • The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
    Essa Times 7 December 2008 The Grey & Simcoe Foresters have been a fixture in Barrie since they were formed on 15 December 1936, when The Grey Battalion from Owen Sound and Barrie’s The Simcoe Foresters amalgamated. However, Barrie’s military history goes back much further. Barrie’s first militia units were two small rifle companies, No. …
  • The Harper critics still aren’t happy.
    5 May 2011 A writer on Simcoe.com wrote, anonymously of course, criticizing me for my letter “PM didn’t ‘seize’ power – he was elected”, (Letters, April 20), where I was responding to a letter published in the Midland Mirror, “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8).  This WEB writer, who hid under the pseudonym …
  • The historic ruins of St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church
    August 2019 St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, a castle-like limestone church, has stood tall in rolling hills of Glengarry, Ontario, for 200 years. Built by Scottish immigrants between 1815 and 1821, the massive stone walls were once capped by a large timber roof that allowed it to be without interior columns, providing an unobstructed view …
  • The impermanence of man-made structures – The shattered remains of the Kinzua Bridge
    May 2019 The Kinzua Bridge was a railroad trestle near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania that collapsed during a tornado in 2003.  The 301 foot high, 2052 foot long trestle spanning over the Kinzua Valley, was built in 1900 for the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway; a steel bridge that replaced the original wrought iron …
  • The Khadr quandary – Justice must be seen to be done
    July 2017 There have been no shortage of opinions on the recent payment and apology to admitted terrorist Omar Khadr. While it may be a legal reality that Khadr’s Charter rights were violated and some form of compensation is inevitable, hasn’t stopped 71% of Canadians from disagreeing with Trudeau’s decision to apologize and pay Khadr …
  • The last Canadian soldier to die in the Vietnam War
    September 2018 On 7 April 1973, a helicopter carrying Captain Charles Laviolette and eight other international members of the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam (ICCS) was shot down after taking ground fire on a flight from Gio Linh to Lao Bao, killing all on board. The ICCS was established in 1973 to supervise …
  • The last surviving Royal Canadian Regiment veteran of the Battle of Paardeberg died 47 years ago
    August 2018 Lieutenant Austin Chisholm was just a young private when Boer General Piet Cronjé surrendered with 4, 000 of his soldiers to British and Canadian troops at Paardeberg on 27 February 1900. With Chisholm’s regiment, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), facing down Cronjé’s troops from an elevated position a short 65 yards away, the …
  • The legacy of Dudley George
    June 2006 Like it or not, Caledonia has the ghost of Dudley George hanging over it. You have a provincial government so fearful of another native protester being killed by police that they are completely ignoring unlawful behaviour on the part of the native protesters, not to mention its complete refusal to enforce the court …
  • The man who built a castle
    August 2016 When you mention the name Sir Henry Pellatt, most people don’t recognize the name.  Well, Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, CVO, was a Canadian financier and soldier, notable for bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto, Ontario.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Well, he was also the man who build a large château on a hill in Toronto …
  • The Martels – Canada’s guardians of Rock & Roll
    Original article August 2010; updated June 2019 Neil Young once sang, “Rock and Roll will never die.”  The Martels are doing their best to ensure that never happens.  This year they will be celebrating their 20th straight year performing at Kempenfest, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to their popularity and place in the history …
  • The Old Soldier – Regimental Sergeant-Major Thomas McKenzie remembered at Wolseley Barracks
    September 2019 In London, Ontario, the historic Wolseley Barracks, has been a fixture in the city since 1884, when it was established as the home of “D” Company of the Infantry Corps School, on farmland in Middlesex County, owned by John Carling, son of the founder of the Carling Brewery. Although it is still an …
  • The Ontario Liberals and their unbelievable chutzpah
    January 2016 Re “Buddy can you spare $300 billion,” (Candice Malcolm, 26 December):  apparently Deb Matthews and the Liberals have discovered a very special level of chutzpah with their request that Ontarians donate their tax refunds to help pay down Ontario’s debt; a debt that the Liberals have run-up through their poor fiscal management, boondoggles …
  • The poppy symbolizes SACRIFICE, not war
      Barrie Advance 6 November 2017 Regarding those who advocate for wearing the “White Poppy” because they feel the red poppy symbolizes war:  The red poppy symbolizes the SACRIFICE of soldiers who died in conflict and became popularized as a result of the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, written in 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, MD. …
  • The popular vote
    Toronto Sun 5 May 2011 The corpse of Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal leadership isn’t even cold yet, and already the left-leaning whiners are complaining Stephen Harper doesn’t have the right to govern because he only got 39.62% of the popular vote. Doesn’t have the right to govern? I wonder if these whiners realize Jean Chretien’s Liberals …
  • The positive side of PTSD
    March 2019 Awareness of PTSD has never been higher today, but we are still needlessly loosing first responders and military veterans to suicide at alarming rates.  In March 2019, it was reported that OPP constable Roch Durivage had become the fourth member of the Ontario Provincial Police to take his own life since July and …
  • The price of convenience?
    April 2019 I have a question for those who profess that selling alcoholic beverages in convenience stores will result in higher prices: Could this just be the price of convenience? Your local Macs, Circle K or Happy/Lucky/Fortune primarily exist for convenience sake; for a quick stop to get milk, cigarettes or some snacks for the …
  • The pride of Canada’s military – Vimy Ridge 100 years later
    April 2017 On 9 April 2017, officially dedicated as Vimy Ridge Day in 2003, Canadians across the country and in France attended services to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an infamous battle fought by the Canadian Corps from 9 to 12 April 1917, a part of the Battle of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais …
  • The return of the enigma
      May 2016 With the recent news that convicted serial killer Karla Holmolka is now living in Chateauguay, outside of Montreal, newspapers and web sites are again filled with stories about her.  Some may wonder if we should just leave her alone; let sleeping dogs lie.  Are we just re-opening old wounds and rehashing things …
  • The right to quit
    January 2009 Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, 1 January 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.
  • The rise and fall of the Hamilton Parks Police
    March 2017 The Hamilton Parks Police Force was a special constable force that patrolled parks within the City of Hamilton, Ontario, from 1943 until 1963. In reaction to a rise of vandalism and other criminal offences in the early 1940s, Hamilton Parks superintendent Fred Marshal hired George James in 1943 to patrol Gage Park, making him …
  • The rise and fall of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm
    The Naval Reserve Link January 2007 Esprit de Corp Magazine September 2007 www.aircraftcarrier.name web site May 2010 The origins of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service go back to World War I, when the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was formed in April 1915. Among the first British naval aviators were over 600 members of …
  • The Rivers Bell – A landlocked ship’s bell that still managed to travel
    The Rivers Banner, 8 September 2008 The Lookout – Navy News, 27 May 2016 Canadian Army Aviation web site – www.canadianarmyaviation.ca/aatts_mess_bar_bell.html A ship’s bell is an essential component of any ship. Usually made of brass with the ship’s name engraved on it, the ship’s bell is used to indicate time on board a ship and …
  • The shortest war in history
    November 2016 The shortest recorded war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, a military conflict between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate.  The war was fought on 27 August 1896 and lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, depending on when one considers the beginning or end of the war (the 38 minute mark is the …
  • The silence from the left is deafening
    October 2015 The federal  election of 2015 is over and Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were defeated by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, who won a solid majority in Canada’s Parliament. I’m trying very hard not to be too smug as I enjoy the silence, or should I say hypocritical silence, from the left-wing …
  • 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 …
  • The sole reminder of a long-vanished town – Abandoned Ontario jail a favourite among urban explorers
    May 2018 The crumbling ruins of Camp Bison stand as the sole reminder of a long-vanished town. Ontario has many ghost towns; towns that once bustled with people and activity but now are silent. The former Town of Burwash, south of Sudbury, is a favourite among Urban Explorers. Burwash was originally founded in 1914 to …
  • The strange saga of Scary Lucy
    May 2019 In the Village of Celoron, outside Jamestown, New York, the birthplace of iconic comedienne Lucile Ball, there is a small park along the shore of Lake Chautauqua dedicated to her memory.  In 2009, a bronze statue of Ball was installed near the entrance to Lucile Ball Memorial Park, one that would elevate the …
  • The Town That Was
    May 2015 A ghost town is a once-populated area that is abandoned, or partially abandoned, because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural disasters, government actions, environmental or nuclear disasters or war. Centralia, Pennsylvania, is one such partially abandoned ghost town. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, the town once …
  • The train doesn’t stop here anymore: The ghost town of Depot Harbour
    October 2016 A ghost town is a once flourishing town that is wholly or mostly abandoned, usually as a result of the economic activity that supported it has failed, usually due to resource exhaustion, natural disasters or government actions that make the area economically non-viable. One such ghost town in the Parry Sound District in Ontario is Depot …
  • The truth, the whole truth and The Damn Truth
    May 2017 Montreal based band The Damn Truth played the Casbah Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario on 11 May 2017. Featuring Lee-la Baum (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), and Dave Traina (drums), the band is currently on tour promoting their second full-length album, “Devilish Folk”, along with touring bass guitarist PY Letellier. The Damn …
  • The unknown Victoria Cross recipient
    February 2007 Author’s note: This article is in response to the article “Give our vets the last word in VC debate”, written by Lorrie Goldstein, which appeared in the Toronto Sun on 7 March 2007. While I do agree with what Lorrie writes, I do think that the first Canadian V.C. should be given to …
  • The wrong one was shown the door
    April 2019 So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus have expelled former Attorney General and Justice Minister Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board President Jane Philpott from the party and banned them from running for the Liberal Party in the next election.  I think the Liberals ejected the wrong people. Apparently Prime …
  • There’s crisis in policing
    September 2016 Re:  Did boozy cop get off easy? (Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun, 14 September 2014); I had two reactions when I read this article.  The first was what is causing so many cops to drink, especially when we see first-hand the carnage that results (collisions, domestics, etc)?  The second was this could have been me …
  • There’s no debate here
    May 2008 While Toronto City Council is debating whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan, some feel that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have been killed by roadside bombs, rather than in combat. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of pigeonholing veterans …
  • Things could be worse; but that doesn’t make it good
    Toronto Sun 1 October 2017 Re: “Things could be worse,” (Omar Khan, Toronto Sun, September 25): Yes Mr. Khan, facts do matter and I’m glad that you pointed out that Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign jurisdiction. That fact does matter, even if Ontario’s fiscal and economic situation could be worse. However, I still don’t …
  • Think about those left behind
    May 2016 Every year, memorial services are held across Canada and the United States honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. Serving officers line up in parade formation and march in honour of their fallen comrades in a solemn ceremony.   It’s easy …
  • This is getting out of control!!
    September 2019 This is getting out of control!! No, not climate change; the abuse of this child, Greta Thunberg. She is being emotionally abused by all those elite UN global warming hypocrites who applauded her speech. Let her go back home, go to school and hang out with other teenagers her age. She is being …
  • Tim Hortons founders reduce employee benefits to offset minimum wage hike
    January 2018 Re:  Wynne’s the real bully (James Wallace, Toronto Sun, 4 January 2018): The children of Tim Hortons founders, Ron Joyce Jr. and his wife, Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, owners of a franchise in Cobourg, Ontario advised their employees that as a result of the recent 20% increase in the province-wide minimum wage, they will be …
  • Time to show some leadership Prime Minister Trudeau
    August 2018 Regarding the dispute with Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau has a real opportunity to show some true leadership here. What we should do in response to Saudi Arabia’s actions is immediately start ramping up our own oil industry so we can stop importing Saudi oil. Get the Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and …
  • Time to stop this climate hysteria
    October 2019 Regarding letter writer Carol Bell’s letter (Climate crisis must be faced, 3 October, Barrie Advance): How smoggy is the sky in her world? This climate hysteria has to stop. Look, we all want a clean environment with smog-free air, clean water sources and our trash properly and safely disposed of, but all this …
  • Tin soldiers and Nixon
    May 2016 On 22 May 2016, I visited Kent State University, the site of the Kent State shootings where, on 4 May 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired upon unarmed students protesting President Nixon and the bombing campaign of Cambodia.  The campus has the May 4 Museum, a monument to the students who died …
  • Tommy Prince: Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier of WWII
    December 2016 In Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park sits a monument to Sergeant Tommy Prince, dedicated by the officers and men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Erected on 11 November 1989, it pays a long-overdue tribute to a man who many Canadian had mostly forgotten about, despite the fact that he is Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier …
  • Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting
    Toronto Sun 17 February 2016 Re:  Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting (Joe Warmington, Feb 4):  In the wake of the conviction of Cst James Forcillo, it’s pretty easy for some to believe cops are trigger happy thugs who feel no remorse for taking a life in the line of duty. …
  • Toronto Council votes against honouring late mayor Rob Ford
    November 2017 Re:  Rob Ford stadium nixed (Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun, 5 October 2017): Toronto City Council should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to approve the re-naming of Centennial Stadium after the late Mayor Rob Ford.  This refusal is particularly galling given that council voted 33-2 to approve the naming of something in memory …
  • Toronto District School Board plays political games at the expense their students
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2017 Re TDSB ban on new trips to U.S. political correctness gone mad (Sue-Anne Levy, March 27): Do the TDSB play political games?  Let me count the ways.  Generally if you have ALL your required documents and no criminal convictions, you will have no problems crossing the border. If you even …
  • Toronto needs to get it’s own fiscal house in order before creating new taxes
    July 2007   To Mayor David Miller: It’s great that you have decided to cut all unnecessary spending, including the renovations to you office, and are telling all departments to trim their budgets. This is what you should have in the first place rather that try to ram a new tax down the throats of …
  • Toronto Police did the sensible thing
    5 July 2010 Toronto Sun Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters when they were damaging property? I don’t think there is a definitive, black and white answer. Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to …
  • Toronto Police in a catch-22
    July 2010 Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters on Saturday when they were damaging property?  I don’t think there is a definitive, black & white answer.  Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to do …
  • Toronto’s 30 Nothings
    October 2008 Regarding Andrew Ross’ article “Toronto’s 30-nothing generation needs help (Toronto Sun, 26 October 2008); now I don’t know Mr. Ross’ specific situation; however, there are some things that are way off base in his article.
  • Toronto’s Cold War Sentinel
    May 2007 Toronto’s Downsview Park has been in the forefront recently as the premier place in Toronto for hosting large outdoor events. World Youth Day and the Rolling Stones mega-concert to benefit SARS relief are two major events held at Downsview Park, Canada’s first urban Federal Park. Perhaps it is important to remind people about …
  • Toronto’s near-forgotten first aerodrome – Trethewey/De Lesseps Field honoured with a historical plaque
    July 2017 On 15 July 2017, a historical plaque was dedicated at the site of a near-forgotten aerodrome:  Trethewey Field, the first aerodrome in Toronto. Organized by Heritage Toronto, RCAF 400 Squadron Historical Society and the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the plaque dedication was the end of years of effort to …
  • Tragic end for a best friend
    Barrie Advance 2 September 2008 Although summer is slowly coming to an end, I would like to remind people not to leave your pets unattended in your car. I’m a police officer and I recently responded to a complaint regarding a dog left in a pickup truck. The owner left both the windows completely rolled …
  • Training the leaders of tomorrow
    August 2014 During this summer, the cadets with Barrie’s own Navy League #24 Chambly won’t be making the annual complaint that there’s nothing to do.  For them, the fun is just beginning. Established in 1895, the Navy League of Canada currently has a presence in over 260 communities across Canada.  The Navy League Cadets is an organization for …
  • Triumph over adversity: The Tuskegee Airmen
    September 2016 On 27 August 2016, retired United States Ar Force Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Brown, a former member of the famous Tuskegee Airman, spoke to a crowd of 200 people about his days with the Red Tail Squadron.  LCol Brown completed ground and combat missions, strafing enemy targets and protecting bomber aircraft on bombing missions. LCol Brown …
  • Trudeau owes Canadian veterans an apology
    February 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an absolute disgrace.  On 1 February at a town hall meeting in Edmonton, the classless Trudeau took a question regarding the continuing court battles between veterans groups and his government over his promise to restore full benefits to veterans as promised in the 2015 election. Retired Corporal …
  • Trudeau reverses promise on pensions for disabled veterans
    February 2017 I’ve openly criticized the former Conservative government for canceling life-time pensions for disabled veterans, now it looks like I’m going to have to criticize the Liberals for their flip-flop on his promise to restore the lifetime pensions. Our service personnel do a job that most people wouldn’t want to do. We owe them …
  • True heroes
    June 2007   Recently some Toronto Police officers were honoured as heroes for rescuing some people from a burning building. There were no serious injuries, but all parties, including the police officers, were treated for smoke inhalation. I not surprised they were treated for smoke inhalation. Now this brings me to my point that although …
  • Trump derangement syndrome
      February 2017 The leftists continue to lose their minds in the wake of the defeat of their anointed-one.  Now it appears that “Trump derangement syndrome” is rearing its ugly head.  In a recent Facebook exchange with a life-long friend, he advised me that Trump is exhibiting most of the signs of a fascist dictator and …
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome continues
    September 2017 While I’m not a Trump supporter, I’m not against him either.  I’m still hopeful he will have a successful presidency, because if America loses, we all lose.  I also hope Trump doesn’t do anything to harm the great trading relationship between Canada and the United States. Despite all the hateful rhetoric from the …
  • Try enforcing the law
    Barrie Advance 15 April 2008 Toronto Mayor David Miller’s continued insistence that a (Canada-wide) ban on handguns is the solution to the gun violence plaguing Toronto is nothing more than shameless political grandstanding. Does Mayor Miller honestly believe that any of the thugs carrying and using handguns really care that they will get in trouble …
  • TTC needs the police
    February 2009   Re: Another TTC shooting (February 24), it’s high time Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and issued side-arms. Although Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has promised to increase the police presence on the TTC system, it’s simply not enough. By default, Chief Blair has admitted that an armed …
  • TTC special constables worth the money
    Re: TTC special constables worth the money (Joe Warmington , Toronto Sun, 3 March 2011): it was a very short-sighted decision to disband the TTC Special Constable Service.  In fact, they should have been promoted “full police officers” and given a full mandate for protection and enforcement of TTC property.  The TTC S/C Service was …
  • University of Pittsburg Bradford Campus has an aviation past
    May 2019 The Bradford Campus of the University of Pittsburg in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has an aviation background that many may not realize.  The campus was once the site of the Bradford Airport, established on the family farm of William Emery in 1927.  Emery’s son Harri was an avid pilot in the early days of aviation …
  • Unsung hero – WWI First Nations sniper honoured
    July 2016 On 21 June 2016, National Aboriginal Day, a long-overdue honour was bestowed on Canada’s most highly decorated First Nations soldier.  A life-sized bronze monument statue of World War I hero Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, MM and 2 Bars, was unveiled in Parry Sound, Ontario, almost 100 years after he earned his first medal for …
  • Urban exploration – Documenting the decay of man-made structures
    September 2018 I’ve been involved in the hobby of urban exploration (UE), specifically abandoned structures, for over three decades.  The hobby is multifaceted, with some urban explorers (UEers) favouring things like storm drains, subway tunnels, utility tunnels, abandoned ships or areas of occupied buildings not open to the public.  Basically, UE is going where you’re …
  • Use of Tasers in question
    November 2007 I will open by stating the obvious: the death of Robert Dziekanski after being tasered by the 4 RCMP officers should not have happened. I don’t know anyone who would agree wtih that more that the RCMP offiicers themselves. Although none of us “arm-chair quarterbacks” really know what was going through the minds …
  • Vanished Airfields – Barker Field and the war hero behind the name
    July 2016 Toronto was once a beehive of aviation activity, with numerous small public and private airfields in the area, most of which have vanished from the landscape with little to remind people today of the property’s aviation past.  Barker Field is one of those vanished airfields. Originally named Century Airport, the privately owned aerodrome …
  • Victory Village – a neighbourhood with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry
    October 2019 Victory Village is a residential neighbourhood in Mississauga, Ontario, with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry. Situated in the former Village of Malton, next to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the neighbourhood had its beginnings during World War II, when Canada played a vital role in aircraft production for the war effort. In …
  • Vote to stop “diabolical” prime minister??
    Midland Mirror 19 April 2011 Letter writer Vincent Barns is rather offensive with his letter,  “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8, Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror).  First of all, Harper was democratically elected, not once, but twice.  He did not “seize” power.  Secondly, he is not an “acting Prime Minister”.  He is the legally serving Prime …
  • War deserter should go home
    July 2008 I find it quite disappointing that Corey Glass’ deportation has been stayed (War resister stays in Canada, for now, Toronto Sun, 10 July). While I can understand that Glass may have been mislead by Indiana National Guard recruiters regarding whether he would have to serve in a foreign country, he completely looses my …
  • Watching over the children for eternity
    April 2017 One of the saddest, but comforting thing I’ve ever seen is a stone Teddy Bear watching over the graves of infants in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, north of Toronto. It’s obviously very sad when a child dies, but I also find it heartbreaking to think of the child lying in their grave alone, without …
  • Watching the Skies – The RCAF Ground Observer Corps
    Essa Times 23 November 2007 During the 1950s, North America was under constant watch for attack by Russian bombers flying over the North Pole. To counter this threat, three lines of early warning radar stations were built across Canada: the arctic Distant Early Warning Line, the short-lived Mid-Canada Line and the Pinetree Line, whose southernmost …
  • Waterfront development should consist of patios, public spaces
    Barrie Advance November 13, 2011 I’m surprised at the reaction to loosing a part of Bayview Park, which isn’t much of a park when you think about it.  I think the real issue here should be do we really want a condo tower almost right at the water’s edge, blocking the view of the bay?  …
  • We could all do more to support the troops
    Barrie Advance Collingwood Connection Innisfil Journal   July 9, 2007   CFRB Radio talk show host John Moore recently stated that he thought the “Support Our Troops” magnets are simply an empty gesture. I’m of the opinion that even the smallest gestures are meaningful.
  • We must never forget: The 9-11 terrorist attacks 18 years later
    Septermber 2019 I think it’s important to remember that not all Muslims supported this terrorist act and others like it. In fact, more Muslims are killed by their fellow Muslims than by any other religion or nationality. That said, the terrorists who committed this horrific act were Muslims; radicalized Muslims from the terrorist group Al-Qaida, …
  • We Once Fought Together
    Barrie Advance 23 June 2006 In light of the recent events in Caledonia, it is a shame how far we have grown from the First Nations people of Canada.
  • We should honour our veterans
    March 2007   There is currently a debate before Toronto City council whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A caller to the John Moore Show on CFRB, who identified himself as a WWII veteran, stated that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have …
  • Western theme park now a crumbling ghost town
    May 2018 In the Adirondack Mountains north of Albany, New York, families once flocked to Frontier Town, a Western theme park in the Town of North Hudsen, where costumed re-enactors would provide an interactive glimpse of American history. Opened on Independence Day in 1952 by owner Arthur Bensen, visitors to the 267-acre park where could …
  • What did he say? Let’s go to the tape
    August 2019 Groan!! Ralph Goodale recently unearthed a video clip of Andrew Scheer from 2005, in which Sheer states he is against same-sex marriage. In other news, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, slavery was still socially acceptable in the southern United States and a significant portion of the southern population were slave owners. …
  • What do mental health injuries look like? Not what you think.
    September 2017 The death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on 20 July 2017 hit me in ways that I never thought it would.  I had never really been a fan of Linkin Park or Chester, including his tenure with Stone Temple Pilots, although I’ve been watching his videos on You Tube since then.  Before …
  • What if I had chosen suicide?
    June 2019 I’ve attended many police funerals in my two and half decades in Law Enforcement, including the funeral of an auxiliary constable from the last police service I worked for, who died in an off-duty traffic collision (he left behind a wife and three young children).  I’ve also attended annual memorial services held to …
  • When is a sure thing not a sure thing?
    September 2017 Although I’m a Conservative supporter and a supporter of Patrick Brown since he was a Member of Parliament, I’m not completely convinced that he can defeat Kathleen Wynne’s government in next year’s election. After 14 years of lies, increased taxes, scandals, criminal charges, debt that’s double what it was in 2003, the dumpster-fire …
  • Where will our soldiers pug in their electric tanks?
    Toronto Sun 14 October 2017 With the decision of TransCanada Pipelines to cancel their $15.7 billion Energy East Pipeline, a pipeline that would have transported Alberta crude to refineries in the Maritimes and eventually to markets across the Atlantic, we can say goodby to the creation of 15, 000 construction jobs and a potential for …
  • While you’re in a forgiving mood…..
    September 2019 Wow! I’ve learned in the wake of Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal that a lot of Liberals are in a very forgiving mood. In discussions on Facebook, I’ve had people making a variety of excuses for why we should forgive Prime Minister Blackface and just move on. How many of them believe the ousted …
  • Who has the smallest jail in North America?
    August 2019 There is great debate as to which town holds the distinction of having the smallest jail in Canada, or even in North America. Several towns have been bold enough to declare themselves the winner of the smallest jail, with mere inches difference between all of them. Small tourist towns such as Tweed, Creemore, …
  • Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?
    September 2019 An article published by I-Politics in July 2017, asks the question: “Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?” They then proceed to answer their own question,”Stephen Harper, mostly.” OK, some problems with the assessment in this article. You can read the article below, but here’s some reality to add to the story: There …
  • Why can’t carbon-based energy production be green?
    October 2017 Governments are always saying we need to “invest” in “green” technologies; we need to encourage “green” innovation.  We’ve come a long way in cleaning up our environment in the past without carbon taxes to encourage this innovation.  Why do we need them now? Back in the 1980s, acid-rain was a great threat and …
  • Why I Attend
    Hanover Post 23 May 2006 With the very recent death of Windsor Police Constable John Atkinson still fresh in my mind, I attended the annual Ontario Police Memorial ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto on May 7th. This internationally attended event honours Ontario police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Once …
  • Why is it racist to have immigration and refugee standards?
    October 2016 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on immigration and refugee applicants be screened for what she referred to as anti-Canadian values. For example, anyone who doesn’t support Trudeau’s Syrian migrant, …
  • Will McDonald’s start selling a McMarijuana burger?
    In the run-up to the legalization of marijuana, there are issues that I hope will be covered in the legislation. Some SHOULD be obvious. How are police and the courts going to deal with the rise in cases of impaired by drug while operating a motor vehicle that we will surely see? Of course we …
  • William Elliott deserves to wear the RCMP uniform
    July 2007   The appointment of William Elliott is definitely a contentious issue. Even more contentious is the idea of whether he should wear the RCMP uniform. Critics say that Elliott has not ‘earned’ the right to wear the uniform, but I would argue that his position ‘entitles’ him to do so and he is …
  • World War II Victoria Cross winner honoured in his hometown
    August 2018 In the northern Ontario town of Latchford, the steel arch bridge that allows Provincial Highway 11 to cross over the Montreal River is dedicated to the memory of a long-lost local hero:  Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C. Cosens is one of only 16 Canadians to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War II, …
  • Would you be terrified if your child joined the military?
    April 2007 I would be proud if my daughter wanted to join the military. Maybe I’m a little biased given that I am a former 13-year former Naval Reservist. My father has also served in the Militia for the past 50 years, my mother served in the RCAF Auxiliary, two of my great uncles served …
  • WWI pilot trainee remembered in his hometown
    April 2017 The inscription of the tombstone of Royal Flying Corps Cadet James Talbot reads: “A noble young life given in service”. The weather on 7 April 2017 was cold and windy, with a thin layer of snow on the ground, as a crowd gathered at Union Cemetery in Dorchester, Ontario, east of London. Gathered …
  • Yes, unfortunately some places are Sh**holes!
    January 2018 Yes what President Donald Trump allegedly said was crass and a little vulgar, but is he wrong? I’ll argue that he simply said something we all think about certain countries, or at least areas of certain countries. I loved the resorts and beaches in the Dominican Republic, but I wouldn’t want to live …
  • Young airman awarded George Cross during WWII
    June 2018 The George Cross is a bravery award in the British Honours System, second only to the Victoria Cross. It may be awarded to any person, military or civilian, regardless of military rank, for heroism not in the presence of an enemy. One such recipient is Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Kenneth Spooner, a Royal Canadian …
  • Young V.C. winner was in local regiment
    Barrie Advance 23 November 2008 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross. The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the …
  • “I’m afraid of the dark Daddy” – Little Merrit’s Tomb
    May 2018 In a small cemetery west of Oxford, New York, lies the mortal remains of Merrit Beardsley. What makes the grave of “Little Merritt” unique is that this small, above-ground tomb has a window at one end. On a cold, snowy night in December 1865, “Little Merrit” Beardsley, an 8-year-old boy, was dying of …

Bruce's Blog

  • 10 Things Men Know About Women
    Unknown author   1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Chicks have boobs.
  • 10 Things Not to Say To A Woman
    Unknown author Things that you should never say to a woman during an argument…
  • Abandoned House – 8910 Jane Street
    (This poem was inspired by a house once located on Concession 5 of the former Vaughan Township, just south of where the Vaughan Mills Mall is currently located.)
  • An Abridged List of Rules of Being a Guy
    Unknown author 1. Any Man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally killed and eaten by his fellow partygoers.
  • An Open Letter to Sir Paul McCartney
    It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I'm sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn't it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you.
  • Going to Wonderland
    (This poem was inspired by Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario.)
  • How to Impress A Woman
    Unknown author Compliment her, cuddle her… kiss her, caress her, love her, stroke her, tease her, comfort her, protect her, hug her, hold her, spend money on her, wine and dine her, buy things for her, listen to her, care for her, stand by her, support her, go to the ends of the earth for …
  • If Men Were to Truly Rule the World
    Unknown author Breaking up would be a lot easier. A smack to the butt and a “Nice hustle, you’ll get ’em next time” would pretty much do it.
  • Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes
    Unknown author   (Read them aloud) That’s not right! …. Sum Ting Wong
  • Live Radio Contest
    Unknown author An Australian FM station has a competition where they ring someone up, ask them three personal questions, ring their spouse or partner, ask them the same three questions, if the answers are the same, the couple win a holiday to Bali.
  • London Lawyer V Glasgow Cop
    A London lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a Glasgow copper. He thinks that he is smarter than the cop because he is a lawyer from LONDON and is certain that he has a better education then any Jock cop. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun …
  • Mastercard Wedding
    Unknown author You got to love this guy. This is a true Wedding story about a recent wedding that took place a Clemson University. It made the local newspaper; even Jay Leno mentioned it. It was a huge the wedding with about 300 guests. After the wedding, at the reception, the groom got up on …
  • Mathematical Equations
    Unknown author This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint… it goes like this…
  • Police Comments from Around the Country
    Unknown author #16 – “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.” #15 – “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”
  • Police Interview
    Unknown author A man, having applied to join the police force, is being interviewed.
  • Re-Zoning – A Case History
    Unknown author “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth”. He was then faced with a class action lawsuit for failing to file an environmental impact statement with HEPA (Heavenly Environmental Protection Agency), an angelically staffed agency dedicated to keeping the Universe pollution-free.
  • Rules Men Wished Women Knew and Lived By
    Unknown author 1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us. 2. Learn to work the toilet seat; if it’s up, put it down. 3. Birthdays, Valentines and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present once again. 4. If you ask a question you don’t want …
  • Sheriff Joe is at it Again!
    Unknown author You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well……… Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!
  • Star Wars fans will Note Some Inconsistencies Among 6 George Lucas Films
    Unknown author While George Lucas and company have obviously struggled mightily to keep consistency in the many plot threads that wind through the six Star Wars films, inevitably picky fans will find certain timeline anomalies as Revenge of the Sith faces its ultimate docking with the original Episode IV.
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
    I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the bottom of …
  • Things From Now That Would Shock People from 1975
    Unknown author   The most stylish and innovative new cars come from Chrysler High school kids wear beepers and cell-phones as a fashion statement Video games are hot, but Atari isn’t
  • Things Guys Should Know about Girls
    Unknown author 1. Don’t ever lie to us; we always find out. 2. We don’t enjoy talking dirty to you as much as you enjoy listening. 3. Don’t say you understand when you don’t. 4. Girls are pretty, but yours is the Prettiest! 5. You don’t have PMS; don’t act like you know what it’s …
  • Why Dogs are Better than Women
    Unknown author   Dogs don’t cry Dogs love it when your friends come over. Dogs don’t care if you use their shampoo.
  • Why I Want to be a Guy
    Unknown author   1. Phone Conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. 2. You know stuff about tanks. 3. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
  • Wonderland at Night
    (I was inspired to write this poem when I worked at Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario.)
  • Words Women Use
    Unknown author This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up. 2. FIVE MINUTES If she is getting dressed this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before …

Editorials

  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” makes a mockery of our immigration laws
    February 2017 Re:  Will police not tell (Toronto Sun, 27 February 2017): Toronto City Council are close to overstepping their authority by asking the police to consider expanding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a part of the “Sanctuary City” philosophy, and I hope Chief Mark Saunders tells them as much when he reports to …
  • “No” to the Highway of Heroes
    April 2007   After much thought, I must object to the re-naming of the Trenton-Toronto section of Highway 401 as the Highway of Heroes. I am a former member of the Canadian Navy, so this is not an anti-military stance, but I do think we are throwing around the word  “heroïc” a little too much …
  • “Ungovernables” rampage against capitalism on Hamilton’s trendy Locke Street South
    March 2018 A group of anarchists calling themselves “The Ungovernables” went on a rampage on the trendy Locke Street in Hamilton, an area that has been undergoing gentrification, back on 3 March, causing around $100, 000 damage. In an ironic twist, the headquarters for the Hamilton anarchists on Cannon Street East near Victoria Avenue North, …
  • 911 Column Was Dead On
    Barrie Advance   February 2, 2006   Re: Frank Matys column about the misuse of 911, what an excellent reminder to people to stop misusing and abusing this lifesaving system.
  • A boost for affordable housing
    May 2019 Driving along the provincial highways and roads that were once designated as provincial highways, drivers will occasionally still see a roadside motel, a remnant of the many other motels since demolished that used to temporarily house weary travelers. The coming of the 400-series freeways across the province led to the end for many …
  • A Canadian Treasure
      Toronto Sun September 30, 2011 It is absolutely disgraceful that Parc Downsview Park would even consider evicting the Canadian Air & Space Museum so that is can demolish the building and build a four-pad hockey rink in its place.  Not only is the museum a great asset to Toronto and to the preservation of …
  • A Fallen Comrade
    Blue Line Magazine March 2007 It is with great sadness that the West Grey Police Service announces the death of Auxiliary Constable Brad Campbell, 39, a dedicated 3 year veteran of the West Grey Police Service Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary Cst. Campbell sustained serious injuries as a result of an off-duty traffic collision on Highway 6, …
  • A great betrayal demands a harsh sentence
    February 2018 David Livingston betrayed the citizens of Ontario and deserves a harsh sentence. The sentencing decision for David Livingston, the former Chief of Staff to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, has been set for this coming April.  Livingston was convicted last month of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer.  The charges …
  • A Great Place to Hear the Music
    Barrie Advance 29 June 2005 With the impending Live 8 concert, and the attention it will bring to Barrie, I wonder if the true destiny for Molson Park (sorry, it will always be Molson Park to a lot of us), or for at least part of the property, should be as a concert venue.
  • A gun ban in Toronto? Yeah, good luck with that!
    August 2018 I would like to publicly state that I completely support Toronto Mayor John Torry’s plan to ban guns from Toronto.  I know this ban will work because the last time I went to Toronto, the border guard at Highway 400 and Steeles Avenue asked me if I had any firearms with me and …
  • A medal to recognize all military service members
    Esprit de Corps December 2012 Although I agree that the Canadian Forces shouldn’t be handing out medals like Hallowe’en candy, I do believe that something beyond the current CD medal is warranted for in-country service.  Not all service members serve the required 12 years to receive the CD medal and thus have little to show …
  • A missed opportunity for affordable housing
    November 2017 The Justin Trudeau government recently announced a national housing strategy to help 530, 000 vulnerable families find housing and hopefully cut homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years. The $11.2 billion plan will create 100, 000 new housing units and repair 300, 000 existing units. Along with funding from other levels of …
  • 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 …
  • A Sense of Fair Play
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2007 Re “Legal Channels Denied Natives” (Toronto Sun by H. Freddy Sweetgrass, April 5): I can’t deny the First Nations people have been treated poorly in the past.
  • A slanted view
    September 2007     The letter by former SCDSB Chair Lynda Murtha (Public cash, public schools, August 17) presents a very slanted view of the Ontario Conservatives’ proposal to fund private religious schools. Nowhere in her letter does she mention that this funding will be subject to private schools accepting the Ontario school curriculum, adhering …
  • Action on the Hill?
    Toronto Sun 28 October 2007 Re “Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist” (Oct 21): Angelo Persichilli has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • An election is no time for serious issues
    October 2007   What a pathetic lot we will be if Ontarians reject John Torry’s Conservatives just because of the political land-mine he laid with private school funding. Are you, my fellow Ontarians, telling me that you’d rather keep the Fiberals in power; the ones who foisted up on us the biggest tax increase in …
  • An open letter to National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan concerning the Afghan War Memorial
    Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun 24 May 2019 This is the text of an email that I sent to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan: Minister, I am incredibly insulted that the Afghanistan Memorial was officially opened in secret at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), in an area that is not accessible to the general public. Not one …
  • An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney
    August 2005 It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I’m sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn’t it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you. Now a lot of …
  • And the conspiracy theories begin…….
    August 2019 In the wake of the suicide (or “suicide”) of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the conspiracy theories are already flying around the internet. I’m a fan of a good conspiracy theory too, but for me to buy into it, it has to be plausible; which also means supported by some facts that make it …
  • Are you happy?
    September 2016 My fellow Ontarians who voted Liberal in the last provincial election:  are you happy now?  Are you happy that you stopped that evil Tim Hudak and his cronies from slashing and burning the provincial public service to the tune of 100, 000 workers, a number that was only 40, 000 fewer than OPSEU …
  • As support for carbon taxes falls, have Canadians finally reached their tax limit?
    May 2018 So a recent Abacus Data poll shows the Ontario NDP virtually tied with the PCs in the upcoming election.  In one sense, this should be taken with a huge grain of salt, given how American polls showed Hillary with a 90% rating just days before the election. However, I’m not going to take for …
  • At what point do you cut up the credit card?
    September 2019 The latest promise to come out the Justin Trudeau election machine is to promise deficit spending of $20 billion over the next four years, along with disparaging Conservatives like Andrew Scheer and Doug Ford for wanting to cut spending. Oy vey! Trudeau must really think Canadians are a bunch of schmucks, which we …
  • Axe the tax – The insatiable appetite for “revenue tools”
    March 2018 Newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford has stated he will axe the carbon tax currently in the party platform written for former leader Patrick Brown for the upcoming election, along with axing the existing carbon tax that Kathleen Wynne enacted earlier this year once elected as Premier. Some political commentators are …
  • Beer Store wars
    April 2019 Re: “LILLEY: Ford’s beer battle could be lost due to Wynne” (Toronto Sun, 19 April 2019): The Ford government should absolutely try to come to a negotiated settlement with The Beer Store about breaking the current contract, one that doesn’t come with huge penalties for the taxpayers. However, if one can’t be reached, …
  • Being a POW doesn’t negate bravery in combat
    September 2018 With the recent death of Senator John McCain, the world lost an honourable man and yes, a war hero. Much was made in recent years by a particular person about the fact that he wasn’t a hero because he was taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.  This classless and insensitive comment overlooks the …
  • Between a rock and a hard place
    Toronto Sun 1 July 2010
  • Borden’s Ongoing Legacy
    Esprit de Corps Magazine June 2006 Barrie Advance November 2005 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established …
  • Border agents criticized for entering shelter
    March 2010 It boggles my mind how CBSA agents can suddenly become the bad guys just because they are enforcing Canada’s immigration laws (Border agents criticized for entering shelter, March 8, 2010). I think it is pretty galling that Toronto Rape Crisis Centre spokesman Deborah Singh can say that CBSA agents are harassing women. If …
  • Bring NHL to the Hammer
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2009 Re “It’s time for Toronto to have two NHL teams” (14 April): Has Michael Taube been sucking on too much Zamboni exhaust? Two teams for Toronto?
  • Brown the MP for me
    Barrie Advance 23 May 2007 Last Friday, I had an unexpected visitor at my house: Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Patrick was going door to door in my neighbourhood to hand out information flyers and ask if there were any concerns that I as one of his constituents wanted to address with him. This is the …
  • Buck a beer is about choice
    August 2018 Ever since Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the government would allow brewers to sell their beer for as low as $1, many have openly mocked this announcement.  Some of those critics are likely not Doug Ford fans and will criticize anything Ford says, but some of them do have financial reasons for …
  • By Justin Trudeau’s own standards, he’s racist and anti-immigrant
    April 2019 How’s that for a headline? Do I actually think Trudeau is a racist and anti-immigrant?  No; but he is a stunning hypocrite! Trudeau and company have spent the last 2 years denying there was a problem with “irregular” (translation:  illegal) immigration and screaming “racist” and “anti-immigrant” at anyone on the political right who stated …
  • Canada can’t be the sole saviour of the world’s unfortunate
    December 2017 Can we have an honest conversation here? I mean a really honest conversation about the immigration and refugee issues Canada faces and how it’s putting a strain on our already strained social and health care services? While we’ve always had immigration and refugee applicants, the situation has become much worse since our “Dear …
  • Canada Does Not Need to Compensate Civilian Killed
    March 2006   Regarding the innocent civilian killed in the wayward taxi by Canadian troops in Afghanistan, Canada should not be giving any compensation to this man’s family. Although innocent civilians have died in conflicts throughout history, this case goes beyond this concept.
  • Canada is being played for a sucker and Trudeau is allowing it
    February 2017 Canada is seeing a growing number of refugee asylum seekers crossing illegally at remote land crossings in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba, instead of at proper customs entry points. These refugee claimants, some traveling with children, feel they must flee the U.S. by “the fear of what may happen to them under a …
  • Canada rewards terrorists – Omar Khadr to be given $10.5 million
    July 2017 It’s an utter disgrace that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would even consider giving Omar Khadr $10.5 million and an official apology, let alone actually doing it. This of course, was done quickly and paid in just two weeks after a secret deal was negotiated with, according to a government leak, the intention of sheltering the …
  • Canada should issue a Cold War Victory Medal to its military
    Legion Magazine June 2007 There are numerous medals that make up the Canadian Honours, Awards and Medals system. People are awarded medals for a variety of reasons. It could be for participation in an event or action (United Nations peacekeeping tour); it could be or performing a duty of a specified period of time (Canadian …
  • Canada’s last living Distinguished Service Medal holder passes away at 95
    March 2017 This is my personal tribute to Able Seaman Thomas J. Simpson, DSM, a WWII veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve: Windsor, Ontario resident Thomas Simpson died on 28 January 2017 at the age of 95 and Canada lost another true hero.  At the time of his death, Simpson was Canada’s last living Distinguished Service …
  • Canadian Idol – The Real Truth
    September 2005 As newly minted Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil begins her career as a future member of the “where-are-the-now-file”, I would like to chime in with my opinion on this whole manufactured super-stardom machine. I’ve never been a fan of Canadian Idol or it’s American counterpart. I have watched a couple of episodes of …
  • Canadian soldier kills Taliban fighter
    Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (3 January 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should either rent …
  • Captain Canada
    May 2016 Re: Captain Canada (Toronto Sun, May 27): First it was former House of Commons page and “Stop Harper” protester Brigette DePape, then terrorist Michael Zehaf Bibeau and now the obnoxious jerk, Brian Murphy, who interrupted the 1916 Easter Uprising commemoration. The message to any miscreants out there is pretty simple: don’t fuck with …
  • Cautious praise, but praise where praise is due
    March 2018 Although I’m a conservative, I have no problem criticizing conservatives and praising liberals when each deserve it, unlike most progressives who seem to have such a hatred for anything or anyone right-of-centre, they are blinded by their own partisan biases. In this case, I would like to praise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. How …
  • Cloudy skies for our “Sunny Ways” Prime Minister
    February 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have a little trouble sleeping tonight, knowing the brewing political storm that is blowing his way. In the wake of the demotion of Jody Wilson-Raybould from Justice Minister and Attorney General to Veterans Affairs Minister, allegations surfaced that Trudeau pressured Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin …
  • Coffin deserves to go to Jail for his part in the Sponsorship Scandal
    September 2005 Call me cynical, but I find it hard to believe that Paul Coffin is ashamed of what he did, as opposed the fact that he got caught.
  • Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage, but does it fit the narrative?
    January 2018 Re:  “Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage” (Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 13 January 2018): Firstly, no one should be subjected to an assault, including the unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, an 11 year old girl who was stalked by an as of yet unknown male walking to her school in Scarborough, who cut her …
  • Dear America Democrats: Rioting shows you are the real “deplorables”
    November 2016 Sometimes Canadians trip over ourselves in our smugness of how we feel we are so much better than Americans.  We don’t have the gun and racial problems Americans do.  We have free healthcare (which isn’t really free as we pay very high taxes for it, but I digress) and live in a harmonious …
  • Dion the Saviour
    October 2007   Angelo Persichilli (Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist, Toronto Sun, Oct 21) has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • Do they deserve to be born
    June 2007   Re: Do they deserve to be born? (Toronto Sun, May 31, 2007, regarding the birth of conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana), at the risk of being a fence-sitter, I must say this is difficult one. I do agree that life is sacred and abortion should not be used as birth control. Thus …
  • Does proof matter anymore? – The shockingly fast fall of Patrick Brown
    January 2018 I’ve frequently told people that in a court of law, the truth really doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is what you can prove.  The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is supposed to be paramount in our legal system (I purposely don’t call it a “justice system”).  Now it appears that …
  • Don’t be smug
    Toronto Sun 14 June 2015 Re ” Liberal Senate damage grows,” (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, June 9):  All those on the political left who think this is a Conservative scandal that will see a left-wing government come to power in October need to get off their smug high-horses.  Liberal senators are up to their eyeballs …
  • Don’t let Allandale go
    Barrie Advance 16 September 2010 I disagree with the naming of the new GO station as the Barrie Waterfront GO station.  As cities grow, parts of our heritage naturally tend to disappear, sometimes needlessly.  Allandale was not simply a street corner, but an important railway hub north of Toronto.  Naming the station the Allandale GO …
  • Downtown Barrie needs a facelift
    November 2012 Regarding the state of Barrie’s downtown core, maybe the Downtown Barrie Business Association needs to use some of the same methods to lure people back as took them away; that being big name stores.  Today, most people want the big-box stores that provide us with a one-stop shopping experience.  Throw in free-parking and …
  • Dr. Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada
    Barrie Advance 14 July 2008 The appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada has generated much controversy.
  • Driving Ontario residents into energy poverty
      October 2016 Well, I just got my hydro bill. I may not be able to afford to shop at the dollar store this month. Looks like I’ll have to switch to the 33 cent store. I hear they just got a new shipment of plankton, which is good news since I can’t afford canned …
  • Electoral reform dead – and not a moment too soon
    February 2017 I’m not going to criticize Justin Trudeau for backing down on election reform, which I believe was the right thing to do.  He apparently listened to those telling him there was no general desire for changing a system which has served us well for 150 years, which is how democracy works. What I …
  • Enough greenwashing
    February 2011 Re:  Enough green-washing (Totonto Sun, February 4, 2011), Charles Adler hits the nail on the head.  Three or four times a week, I go to my favourite coffee shop for a cup of coffee.  I always order it in a ceramic mug, rather than a disposable cup.  However, I frequently chuckle to myself, …
  • Entitled to their entitlements – Prime Minister Dress-up fined for violating violating conflict of interest rules AGAIN!
    July 2018 Re: “Entitled to entitlements,” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, 24 June): besides Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice, remember when Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque to the federal treasury to cover Senator Mike Duffy’s $90, 000 worth of disallowed expenses and was forced to resign as a result? …
  • Even in a recession there are still opportunities
    February 2009   With Canada and much of the world in an economic recession, things can seem pretty bleak. For those who still have a job, the prospect of future job loss or pay-cuts are a constant fear. Although those working in the manufacturing sector, especially automotive are being hit the hardest, even white collar …
  • Fake feminist Trudeau conspicuously absent in support for Iranian women
    January 2018 Re: Trudeua’s progressivism doesn’t extend to Iran (Editorial, 9 January 2018, Toronto Sun): Trudeau and his fellow progressives have once again shown their hypocrisy by not expressing their support for the “white Wednesdays,” a on-line movement where citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white …
  • Fake news strikes again?
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2019 On 26 March 2019, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime back in January. The public should be told the exact reason why the charges were dropped. If …
  • Fake News! A cautionary tale of rushing to judgement
    January 2018 On 13 January, Toronto Police reported an unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, a hijab-wearing 11 year old girl who told police she was attacked by an unknown Asian male while walking to her school in Scarborough.  This unknown male reportedly cut her hijab with a pair of scissors twice and ran off. Norman …
  • Fallout from the G20 Summit – And justice for all…..
    Toronto Sun June 14, 2011 Now that the officer accused of assaulting Dorian Barton has been identified, does anyone want to come forward and identify the “demonstrator” seen causing damage to a store-front in the photo accompanying the article “T.O. businesses ‘ignored’ – NDP MPs push feds for G20 compensation” (June 11)?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  …
  • False flag or mentally ill? Which one is it?
    October 2018 With the arrest of Cesar Sayoc in the case of the mail bombs delivered to vocal critics of President Donal Trump, I can’t help but cast a cynical eye on the whole affair. Firstly, I unequivocally condemn any violence.  We can disagree about anything and everything but if you have to resort to …
  • Flashing green light, pull to the right
    October 2009 I’ve noticed several signs posted around the county about this topic, so maybe this subject bears repeating here:  when you see flashing green lights on a car in your rear-view mirror, pull to the right.  This is a volunteer firefighter on their way to a fire call.  Small towns and rural communities are …
  • Flawed election reforms
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2016 Re:  “The electoral treachery of Justin Trudeau, ” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, Jan. 7):  So let me get this straight; Justin had a problem with Harper using his majority government to ram the Fair Elections Act through Parliament, so in response it looks like he is going to use his …
  • Forget more cowbell; we need more Sue
    August 2018 The controversy over the revocation of the 2015 sex ed curriculum has made me think back to my own sex education.  I’m a member of Generation X, so I went through my teen years in the 1980s. I honestly don’t remember much of the sex education I received in school beyond the Phys …
  • Freeze out the rich bureaucrats
    February 2009   Re: Christina Blizzard’s “Freeze out rich bureaucrats” (Feb 1), one of the things that really stuck out for me was the paragraph….”government compares public sector salaries with the private sector to arrive at a reasonable level of compensation”. As a (low level) public servant for the past 22 years, I think this …
  • Gee, glad we could help!
    March 2007 Now that Torontonians have significantly reduced their power consumption through energy efficient & expensive compact fluorescent bulbs, restricting use of air conditioners in the summer and keeping the heat down in the winter, what does Toronto Hydro do to thank everyone?
  • Genuine heroes
    March 2010   The word hero is thrown around a lot, mostly undeservedly.  Two people who are indeed GENUINE heroes are Wasaga Beach Firefighters Jason Bavelaar and Reno Levesque.  Bevelaar and Levesque, although off-duty and without their safety equipment, recently entered a burning and smoke-filled Wasaga Beach home and rescued a male occupant, overcome by …
  • Give me a March break
    March 2008 In the aftermath of a massive snowsttorm dumping over a foot of snow on Barrie, I felt compelled to write this letter to personally thank my Toronto Sun carrier for waiting until the Monday, March 10, after the storm to deliver my paper (no I’m not being sarcastic, I really mean it).
  • Good News – Bad News
    3 May 2011 Given that Michael IgnatieffI and the Liberals have clearly been defeated by the Conservatives in the General Election, I wonder if Iggy (AKA Michael Ignatiff) is glad that he forced the election now? Now that she has a seat in Parliament, the good news for Elizabeth May is that she can now justifiably …
  • Government vs private sector jobs
    October 2009 I have been a government worker for the past 22 years, but have also spent some time working in the private sector, so I do have an opinion on both. I’m not trying to convert anyone to the side of government workers. Anyone who, shall we say, has a dislike of public service …
  • Harper Fits right in
    Toronto Sun July 11, 2013 Re:  Marsi coup and anti-Harper cuckoos (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, July 6), it should also be noted that although Harper did win with only 39.62% of the vote in 2011, Jean Chretien’s Liberals won majorities in 1997 with 38.46% and in 2000 with 40.85%.  Bob Rae won a majority government in …
  • Heads explode as the Ontario government reverts back to the 1998 sex-education curriculum
      Toronto Sun 17 July 2018 Groan.  OK, everyone take a deep breath and can we cut back on the hyperbole? Firstly, Doug Ford’s government won’t be using the old curriculum in perpetuity; they will be introducing their own revised curriculum. Now if we’re four years down the road and there still isn’t an updated …
  • Heads must roll over the hijab hoax
    January 2018 I frequently remind people that in our legal (not justice) system, the truth really doesn’t matter; the only thing that matters is what you can prove in a court of law. The logic of this is it’s better for one guilty person to go free than 100 innocent people go to jail. If …
  • Hey Tim, what will you do about the HST?
      9 December 2009 Barrie Advance Since it now appears that the HST will pass into law, despite the wishes of sizable portion of Ontarians (given the number of letters to the editor and editorials I’ve seen stating that people don’t want this tax increase), I will now throw the matter over to Tim Hudak, …
  • Hollow Claim
    Barrie Advance 22 March 2006 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations.
  • Hypocrite, and it looks good on you Justin! – The spectacular moral fall of Prime Minister Blackface
    September 2019 Just when you thought the bar on Justin Trudeau’s moral compass couldn’t sink any lower, it has. A photo emerged two days ago of Justin Trudeau from 2001, dressed as Aladdin in full-on blackface and a turban at an Arabian Nights gala at West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, British …
  • In response to Garth Turner’s Blog
    March 2008   Re: Garth Turner’s blog supporting Stephane Dion’s ouster of Joe Comuzzi: Although I can certainly respect people like Joe, Garth and John Nunziata who stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences, I can’t help but take Garth’s support with a grain of salt.
  • Is it smart to legalize pot?
    Toronto Sun 25 August 2014   Re “The prince of pot returns” (QMI Agency, Aug. 13): Get ready for the debate on the legalization of marijuana to kick into high gear. Maybe someone will finally be able to give me an unbiased explanation of why in an age when we are so actively discouraging people …
  • Is more gun control really the answer?
    February 2018 In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there are the usual cries for more gun control.  It’s very tragic and completely reprehensible what Nicolas Cruz is accused of doing, but does anyone think more gun control will stop someone who is hell-bent on committing such …
  • Is the Ambassador Bridge owner purposely turning Windsor’s Indian Road residential district into a slum?
      June 2018 The Indian Road District of Olde Sandwich Town in Windsor, Ontario, has long lived in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, the longest international bridge, separating Windsor from Detroit, Michigan.  It’s been no secret that the neighbourhood has been living on borrowed time, but now what’s left of the once tree-lined neighbourhood …
  • Is the global warming hysteria becoming too much?
    March 2007 Am I the only one who is getting sick of hearing all the contradictory information about the cause of global warming? I don’t deny that global warming is a reality, but whether it is a result of man-made influences or a natural phenomenon is the real question.
  • It’s not hateful to demand Canadian values
    February 2017 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  MP and Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on screening immigration and refugee applicants for what she referred to as “anti-Canadian values.” Now in the wake of the shooting at …
  • It’s really not that hard to find government efficiencies
    May 2018 With one week to go in the Ontario general election, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has made it clear that he will not be issuing a formal costed platform as the party has released all their promises with expected costs on the PC party web site, much to the dismay of allies and …
  • It’s the shooter’s fault
    Toronto Sun 23 April 2007 I am a gun owner and against stricter gun control laws, but that is irrelevant. What does matter ultimately is there is little we can do to completely prevent massacres like Virginia Tech. The Dawson College killer legally bought and possessed his guns. Background checks only show previous convictions, not …
  • It’s time to arm Canada’s border officers
    Blue Line Magazine May 2007 Re: $1billion cost to arm border guards: my fellow citizens, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Our Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers are peace officers, just like police officers, and are expected to perform a vital function in our country. Sure once upon a time our …
  • I’m royally offended
    Toronto Sun 18 February 2012 Re “Jubilee Bloc-ers” (Feb. 8): So Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon is “irked” that the Harper government did such monarchist things as restoring the “Royal” titles to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force? Is he bothered by the name “Royal 22e Regiment,” the Quebec based infantry …
  • Jullian Fantino appointed Commissioner of the OPP
    October 2006 Regarding Julian Fantino’s appointment to the OPP: I say bravo Chief Fantino. As someone who served under him during his tenure as Toronto’s chief, I can say he is definitely the man for the job.
  • Just when you thought virtue-signalling politicians couldn’t stoop any lower….
    February 2018 Our virtue-signalling, fake feminist Prime Minister has stepped in it once again with another disgraceful comment, one that was quickly followed by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. All three made very inappropriate comments regarding the recent acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer gras Stanley, charged …
  • Justice for Steven Truscott
    Barrie Advance 7 September 2007 Steven Truscott is no longer a convicted murderer, but has justice been done given that he was acquitted and not exonerated?
  • Justin and Sophie’s excellent adventure – Mr. Dressup goes to India
    February 2018 Some Trudeau apologists are trying to downplay some of the criticism he is facing after his disastrous trip to India; such as Prime Minister Dressup’s week-long costume party. These apologists are trying to draw a comparison to the times former Prime Minister Stephen Harper similarly dressed up in traditional clothing when attending cultural …
  • Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite
    July 2018 Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite, as well as being a fake feminist. By now, most in Canada and around the world are familiar with the accusation that Justin Trudeau groped a female reporter at a fundraiser in Cresten, British Columbia in 2000.  The reporter was so distressed by this assault that she …
  • K.C. brought his “Boogie Shoes” to Casino Rama
    Ticketmaster Fan Reviews 14 February 2011 Disco was king at Casino Rama on February 11, when K.C. and The Sunshine Band stopped by to “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”. Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey and his band of stellar musicians played a high energy show of their distinctive disco, funk, soul and pop blend that …
  • 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 …
  • Kind, generous man
    Toronto Sun 21 January 2014 Re “Widower’s kind act goes viral” (Jan. 16): I am not surprised Lee Ballantyne did something like this for complete strangers. I know him to be a kind and generous man. Lee was once the editor of one of Barrie’s community newspapers until he retired about six years ago. He …
  • Knowing When It’s Ready
    May 30th, 2010 This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section. How easy (or hard) is it to say that a song is complete; that no more tinkering with the arrangement or re-recording certain elements are necessary? How do you know when the song is done, especially …
  • Lament for the PMQ?
    July 2012 I sit outside the fencing erected by a demolition crew demolishing the PMQs (Permanent Married Quarters, or Residential Housing Units as they are now called) that once made up Stanley Green Park at the former CFB Toronto.  The officers PMQs, known as William Baker Park at the north end of the former base, …
  • LCBO Strike Wrong Way to Go
    July 2005 (Note: in July 2005, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the sole retailer of spirits in Ontario, threatened to go on strike.) Firstly let me say that I have great respect for someone who has a job, ANY job, as opposed to an able-bodied person sucking off the teet of our welfare system. …
  • Lest we forget
    November 2016 At eleven o’clock on 11 November, the citizens of Barrie (Ontario) observed two minutes of silence, just as their fellow countrymen did all across Canada.  A few thousand gathered at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square in downtown Barrie to pay their respects to the men from Barrie, Vespra Township and Innisfil Township, who made the …
  • Let the voters decide
    September 2018 To Andrea Horwath:  you say that there are more important issues that the Ontario government should be dealing with instead of passing Bill 31, so why not allow the bill to go to a vote so they can get on to other business? To all the Toronto City councilors opposing Bill 31:  you …
  • Let’s Get on With the Job of Governing
    April 2007   Re the Toronto Sun editorial “Time to focus on agenda, not election”: although as a conservative I would certainly like to see a majority Stephen Harper’s government, an election right now would spell disaster for who ever provokes it, both for the party and its leader. Plus, more that likely, for the …
  • Let’s make a deal
    9 April 2014 Re “Wynne files libel notice” (Antonella Artuso, April 5): Premier Kathleen Wynne wants an apology and a retraction from PC Leader Tim Hudak, and we want our money back and her resignation. Maybe we can work something out. Bruce Forsyth Barrie (How about Hudak apologizes to Wynne but only if she apologizes …
  • Liberal and media elites still don’t get it
    Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, WatchingAmerica.com 17 January 2017 It’s really getting embarrassing the lengths Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats are going to to de-legitimize President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats are trying everything they can to explain Hillary’s loss: allegations of Russian hacking; the timing of the FBI’s second investigation …
  • Liberal campaign gets off to an ironic start
    September 2019 The Liberal Party of Canada’s election campaign got off to an ironic start when their campaign media bus struck the left-wing of their campaign airplane on the tarmac at the Victoria, B.C. Airport on Wednesday night, 11 September. The bus had just picked up the journalists traveling with the campaign, when it scraped …
  • Like it or not, cuts have to be made
    Ford government just cleaning up Liberals’ mess Toronto Sun, 5 May 2019  The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon, 5 May 2019 The recent protests at Queen’s Park by teachers and health care workers highlights just how noisy the next three years is going to be for the Ford government. I think most people understand the …
  • Little recognition for short military service within Canadian borders
    This is an updating and compilation of three past articles covering basically the same topic. January 2017 There is debate among some former Canadian service members over the issue of an additional service medal to recognize service personnel who don’t serve long enough to earn the current Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), which is awarded after …
  • Live earth full of hot air
    August 2007 Who thought it was a good idea to have a concert, requiring tons of electricity and musicians to travel via fossil-fuel burning buses and planes, and say that it is to promote awareness of global warming. Oh yeah, a pompous blow-hard who has probably done more to promote awareness of his future ambitions …
  • Livingston guilty – Proof of how far the corrupt Ontario Liberals will go to win an election
    January 2018 The most corrupt government in Ontario’s history was dealt a serious blow in an Ontario court on 19 January 2018.  Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson found David Livingston, former Chief of Staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, guilty of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer. Former Deputy Chief …
  • Livingston sentenced to 4 months in e-mail deletion scandal
    April 2018 David Livingston got off very lightly being sentenced to only 4 months in jail. Livingston should have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, but I’d be willing to cut it down to a year if he starts talking. Livingston owes it to all Ontarians to tell who else was involved and what …
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan needs to take a harder stance in the wake of terror attack
    March 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in the wake of the London terror attacks that he believes such attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city”.  Now Mayor Khan did add that he strongly advocates vigilance and the work of security services to prevent attacks, along with ordering a review of London’s …
  • Luka Brasi is here to see you
    Toronto Sun 31 August 2018 In the wake of the announcement that President Donald Trump has reached a new trade agreement with Mexico to replace the NAFTA agreement, one that Canada has until this Friday (31 August) to join, it’s becoming quite apparent just how badly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blown the Canada-U.S. trade …
  • M-103 is a dangerous slope to be going down
    February 2017 So let me get this straight; Takek Fatah, a liberal, secular Muslim is called a “kafir”, an apostate from Islam, and subject to be killed by Muslim’s who subscribe to this interpretation of sharia law, for speaking out against the problems he sees within his own religion, yet in Canada, we’re worried about …
  • Mahar is truly a victim
    July 2007 Mahar Arar is truly a victim. Both of Canadian incompetence, but of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. What happened to him should not have happened and it’s a shame that it did. However, would it have happened if the “enemy” in the war on terror was more clearly identifiable?
  • Make TTC Special Constables full police officers
    Toronto Sun 10 January 2017 Mayor John Tory recently asked Premier Kathleen Wynne to grant officers with the TTC Transit Enforcement Unit the power to direct traffic and tag and tow vehicles disrupting transit routes.  I support this idea, but that’s not the only discussion we should be having. Maybe it’s time the TTC special …
  • Make TTC special constables full police officers
    March 2008   In light of the recent shooting at the Spadina subway station (Witness to a shooting, March 29), it’s high time the Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and armed. Currently, as unarmed Special Constables, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer …
  • Manufacturing job losses
    October 2008   With all the job losses in the manufacturing sector, I thought I would chime in with my two cents.
  • Men and Boobs
    December 2005 Here’s some guy info that you might find interesting: A gay man I met when on vacation with my wife, who was married to a woman before coming out, admitted to me that he still likes looking at women’s boobs. So there you have it; it’s truly is a guy thing. Gay or …
  • Minimum wage increase will cost jobs
    Barrie Examiner 27 September 2017 Re: “Opposition without solid solution disappointing (Peter Silveira, Barre Examiner, Sept 14): I don’t think anyone disagrees with raising the minimum wage, especially at the rate of inflation. Obviously employers can’t pay their workers in 2017 the same wage they were paid in 1987. The major problem is that wages …
  • 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 …
  • Moral hypocrisy in condemning cougar hunter
    January 2018 There has been much outrage about Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor show The Edge, shooting of a cougar back in December. As far as it’s been reported, it was a legal annual hunt done during a legal hunting season, sanctioned by the Alberta Environment Ministry as a part of their wildlife management. …
  • Naive to state combat troops unnecessary
    Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror 28 July 2010   MIDLAND – Re: “How is the military helping our world?” Letters, July 22. Ms. Brock says, “If we didn’t have any soldiers, then we would not be able to have any wars, for who would fight them?” The statement is very naive. We need combat troops. Eventually, you have …
  • Never missing an opportunity to virtue-signal
    June 2019 You have to admire U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence for his decorum and restraint in the face of having to endure a lecture from our fake feminist and Virtue-Signaller-in-Chief, Justin Trudeau.  Besides the fact that the abortion issue has nothing to do with international trade, nor had absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of …
  • No electric car here
    February 2016 Re: ” Ontario upping incentive to drive electric vehicle,” Antonella Artuso (Toronto Sun, Feb 10, 2016): I personally don’t care what kind of incentives there are to buy an electric car, whether it be from the government or the company itself.  Until car manufacturers develop an electric car that has BOTH the driving …
  • No mention of officers who took their own lives at annual memorial service
    October 2019 On 29 September, I attended the annual Canadian Police and Peace Officer Memorial ceremony in Ottawa, something I have done most years since 1997, missing only 2011, when I went to New York City for their 9-11 Ceremony and 2018, when I went to Albany, NY, for their annual Peace Officer Memorial ceremony. …
  • No More Strikes
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) February 2009 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers …
  • No more strikes
    Toronto Sun 4 February 2009 I appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are faced with the possibility that the elementary teachers federation may strike. We don’t need another education strike. Teaching in public educational …
  • No one’s safe when bullets fly
    January 2008   Re: No one’s safe when bullets fly (January 15, 2007), while I don’t believe there is a perfect solution to this problem, I think the only realistic one is to hand out harsh sentences for those who use guns in the commission of an offence, regardless of whether they harm anyone. The …
  • Not always right to strike
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers federation may …
  • Not crying over lost revenue
    Toronto Sun 19 October 2018 Re “Bad deal either way” (Lorrie Goldstein, Oct. 17): Sure the government will forgo $3 billion in revenue by cancelling cap-and-trade, but how much tax revenue did Ontario lose and would have continued to lose as businesses and the jobs they provide moved to jurisdictions without any tax on carbon …
  • Not exactly gold plated careers
    May 2011   The issue of public sector pension plans is back in the headlines with the recent election. Several defeated MPs are now entitled to their “gold-plated Pension plans”.  As a public sector civil-servant, I wish to chime in with my two cents: Many in the private sector complain that they don’t have pension plans, …
  • Nothing’s free
    February 2016 Re: “Poor idea to scrap tuition fees,” (Matthew Lau, Toronto Sun, Feb 12), I would like to add one thing: there is no such thing as a free education; free anything for at matter (think of our “free” health-care).  Any “free” post-secondary education would in fact be paid for by taxpayers like you …
  • Now that would be a hoot
    Toronto Sun 15 July 2010 Congratulations to CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson on his retirement.It is well deserved. Any chance “Count Floyd” (aka SCTV’s Joe Flaherty)will be available to host the retirement dinner? Bruce Forsyth Barrie (Now that would be a hoot)
  • On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate those who truly deserve it
    March 2018 In honour of Women’s Day, I wish to highlight that the many of the progressives who are embracing and fetishizing the hijab in North American society are forgetting the fact that there are women in Islamic countries like Iran who are risking their personal safety to fight for the right to choose whether …
  • One is legal; the other is illegal
    April 2019 Re:  Worst part of the Lavalin mess is the Tory response (Jim Warren, Toronto Sun, 7 April 2019):  Although I’m a Conservative, I do respect and appreciate Jim Warren’s observations but on this one, he’s way off base. Yes, opposition members did once criticize former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Rabould, as …
  • Ontario Provincial Police the wrong choice for Barrie
    April 2007 I find it hard to believe that there are still people out there who feel that Barrie City Council should disband Barrie Police and contract the O.P.P. to police the city. This is an extremely misguided way to avoid the rising cost of policing Barrie.
  • OSAP cuts don’t have to mean the end of your post-secondary career
    September 2019 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting in Ottawa that, “…a number of University of Ottawa students say they’ve had to alter their course loads because of the $600 million cut to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).” No doubt this scenario is playing out at other universities and colleges across the province too. …
  • Overdue honour: Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson to be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll
    April 2017 On 20 April 2017, the family of the late Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson received some long-overdue good news:  Eddie will be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll, something he was denied in 2005. Adamson’s widow Linda and daughter Julie had to fight for the recognition bestowed on Toronto Police officers who die In …
  • Pay while suspended
    Toronto Sun 2 July 2013 Readers have asked why a police officer remains on the payroll while facing criminal charges. A criminal court has no authority to fire anyone from their job or take away their pay cheque. Only an employer can fire someone. Barrie Police Const. Nevill will now face charges under the Police …
  • Peace defended by those willing to wage war
    Barrie Advance 27 May  2010 A lot of people subscribe to the fanciful myth that Canada is a “peacekeeper nation” which is a load of bunk. Have you ever heard of Canada’s contributions to the South African War, WWI, WWII, Korea or the first Gulf War? Peacekeeping, like world peace, is an ideal situation, but …
  • Poles indicate that the McWynnety Victory
    June 2014 Some poles in the Ontario general election indicate that the McWynnety (sic) Liberals could win with a minority government.  Although I am a conservative supporter, I honestly have no idea if Tim Hudak is on the right track with his plans, but he should be given the opportunity to try to turn Ontario …
  • Police and the mentally ill
    October 2013 Regarding the article “Police shooting victims families still searching for answers” (Toronto Sun, 16 October 2013, by Michelle Mandel), there are two issues that need to be stressed. Firstly, let’s all get off this ridiculous notion that cops should be trained to shoot for the arm or leg.  Anyone who shots firearms (rifles …
  • Police aren’t more important, just different
    Recently, several callers to Newstalk 1010 angrily complained about the large public funerals and media attention given police funerals.  One particular listener, who identified himself as a construction worker, bitterly complained that almost 400 construction workers were killed last year, and none of them received public funerals or attention from the media.  This caller also …
  • Police in impossible position
    June 2015 Re:  “MNR cuts to blame for bear shooting” (Toronto Sun, June 2):  Once again the police are placed in an impossible position because a more appropriate agency, for whatever reason, is unable to respond fast enough.  Police aren’t supposed to be wildlife management officers, mental health workers or social service workers, yet time and …
  • Police leadership is failing their frontline officers as the stigma continues
    July 2019 Re:  “Mental health stigma persists at police service, veteran officer says,” (Barrie Advance, 9 May 2019):  I can relate to the lack of support that Cst Brad Traves talks about.  I’m a retired police officer who also suffers from PTSD and I received absolutely no support from my police service or even from …
  • Police must be able to pursue
    Toronto Sun 6 June 2007 Regarding police pursuits — we can make this really simple: When you see flashing red lights on a police car, pull to the right and stop as soon as you can safely do so. Period! The idea of banning police from pursuing people suspected of committing an offence is ridiculous, …
  • Political theatre at its worst
    September 2017 So Premier Kathleen Wynne is threatening to sue Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown for libel after he inadvertently said she is on “trial” relating to the corruption charges currently being heard against Liberal staffers in Sudbury, something he immediately corrected to say that she was only testifying as a Crown witness.  Really Premier?  Is …
  • Politics as usual in Toronto
    September 2018 Although I’m in favour of cutting Toronto City Council from 47 members to 25, I must congratulate the mayor and councilors for winning their court challenge.  You all worked very quickly, very efficiently and very hard to present your case to the court and you prevailed, regardless of Premier Ford’s invocation of the …
  • Pot, Kettle is on line 2 for you
    Toronto Sun 6 March 2019 Re:   “Huawei CFO suing Canada” ( Associated Press, 4 March 2019):  When reading this article, I actually had to look at the top of the page to make sure that someone didn’t slip in a page from The Onion into my Toronto Sun because I figured this had to be a …
  • Pot, this is kettle, over – Thibeault’s lack of self-awareness
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2018 Re: Conservative promises don’t add up (Glenn Thibeault, Toronto Sun, 21 January): Gee, where do I start with this one?! Minister Thibeault demonstrates an incredible lack of self-awareness when he states in his first paragraph that, “PC MPP Rick Nicholls’ column is proof that his party will say anything to …
  • Prime Minister Dressup needs to put on his big boy pants
    June 2018 As a proud Canadian, I can’t agree with everything that Trump does, including his actions at the recent G7 meeting, he is simply putting America first, just as our selfie-loving frat-boy prime minister should be doing. Prime Minister Selfie needs to put down the selfie camera, stop hanging around with and trying to please …
  • Privitizing the LCBO may not be a bad idea
    December 2012 I think it is a little early to summarily dismiss the idea of privatizing entities like the LCBO.  Yes, it does generate billions in revenues for the provincial government, but what is wrong with examining how efficiently is the LCBO run?   When you consider how much money the LCBO spends on overhead (their …
  • Public vs Private Sector
    3 April 2011   To raise public sector salaries when private sector wages stagnate or drop is a touchy subject, but I wished to throw in my two cents (no pun intended). Although I am a public sector worker, and have my opinion, there are good arguments on both sides.  Yes, we generally have very …
  • Put the blame where it belongs
    August 2008 Re: (SIU clears cops in fatal crash: Barrie Advance, 13 August 2008), let’s make one thing clear: Ronald Miller is the one and only person responsible for the death of Michael O’Keefe. That is why he is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and flight from police.
  • Put your money where your mouth is, Prime Minister Trudeau
    Toronto Sun 22 June 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to be challenged to hold a referendum on his forced implementation of a carbon tax on provinces that refuse to implement their own. Support for carbon taxes appears to be falling as people finally realize what these plans will actually cost them in the wallet. …
  • Quebec Sucks Canada Dry
    March 2007   Although I am a conservative, I don’t support the giving Quebec any more money than any other “have-not” province. No more buying their loyalty.
  • Re-dedication of Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph does nothing to mend insult
    August 2019 On 17 August, the Department of National Defence (DND) held a re-dedication ceremony of the Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph in the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) – Carling Campus, a private ceremony for family members of those lost in the Afghanistan War and other invited guests. This was an attempt to …
  • Reflections of a Peace Officer
    Hanover Post 17 June 2005 The recent death of RCMP Constable Jose Agostinho of the Wetaskiwin, Alberta Detachment, has brought to the forefront yet again, the dangers faced every day by Peace Officers across Canada. It certainly makes me think back to March of this year. Although more than four months have passed since the …
  • Reunion of Original Genesis Member Possible?
    April 2006 Rumors continue to abound about a reunion of the members of Genesis, the popular Progressive Rock band form the 1970s and huge pop-hitmakers of the 1980s.
  • Rolling Stones celebrate 50th; hint about tour
    July 2012 I hope the Rolling Stones consider a 50th Anniversary Tour. I hope that the band also pays tribute to founding member, pianist Ian Stewart.  For those who do not know Ian Stewart, or “Stu” as he was known by the band, he was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but was dismissed …
  • Russia and the nothing burger
    September 2017 The whole Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy has been a big nothing burger, so much so that even the left is losing interest in it.  The not-so-veiled hopes that that the testimony of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner before congress would be the beginning of Trump’s Watergate have vanished quicker than Trump can tweet “Fake news.” …
  • Sacrifice goes unrecognized
    Toronto Sun 30 January 2008 Blue Line Magazine February 2008 With the recent victory in the campaign to get Cobourg Police Constable Chris Garrett nominated for the Police Cross of Valour, we must not overlook another battle to honour a deserving police officer for his service to his country and commuty.
  • Save For your Future
    September 2000 A new school year is upon us and with it, another crop of already or soon-to-be debt-ridden students will be descending upon the campuses of Ontario’s colleges and universities. With Skyrocketing post-secondary tuition costs, many students are being crushed under a heavy student debt load. This however, is something that I do not …
  • Save the Cash
    Toronto Sun 16 June 2009 Attention, Michael Ignatieff: We do not need another election! Do you hear that? We do not need a fourth election in five years, which will more than likely result in another minority government, be it Conservative or Liberal. Get off your Sussex Drive- dreaming- high-horse and try working with the …
  • Scapegoat or murderer?
    January 2008 Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (Jan. 3, 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should …
  • Serious allegations
    Toronto Sun 11 July 2010 Re:  G20 prisoner #0106: Sa (Toronto Sun, July 1, 2010), Wow!  I usually agree with Rachel’s columns, but this one is too much.  Those are some pretty serious accusations that her friend Tommy Taylor is making.  I hope they are investigated thoroughly, and if they prove to be false, I …
  • Seriously Tom, do you hear yourself talking? – Former NDP strategist criticizes Conservatives
    May 2018 Re:  “Ford and Kenny will cut for the rich” (Toronto Sun, 14 May):  Tom Parkin, a former NDP staffer and social democrat media commentator, criticizes provincial Progressive Conservative leaders Jason Kenny and Rob Ford for “…bribing voters with public money,” then goes on to outline how Andrea Horwath will give us all sorts of “freebies,” …
  • Service not just overseas
    Barrie Advance 11 November 2009 This time of the year, our thoughts turn to our military veterans; those brave men and women who have donned the uniform of Canada. We particularly honour those who served overseas, in combat zones or on peacekeeping tours, but any person who has honorably served in the Canadian Forces deserves …
  • Should Handguns be Banned in Canada?
    Barrie Advance 15 August 2005 Michael Coren recently asked on his radio show on CFRB Radio ( www.cfrb.com ) if all handguns should be banned, except those carried by law enforcement officers. I say no, as banning handguns will have absolutely no effect on the gun violence currently plaguing Toronto.
  • Should mentally ill man be branded a terrorist for attacking Canadian soldiers?
    April 2018 Re: “A matter that matters” (Michelle Mandel, Toronto Sun, 21 April), the one aspect of this case of Avanle Hassan Ali that really jumped out at me is the conclusions of the examining psychiatrists, that being, “The doctors concluded his delusions and psychosis left him unable to realize his actions were morally wrong.” …
  • Should Raw Milk be Sold Legally?
    November 2006 The recent raid on the farm of Michael Schmidt, the farmer from the Town of Durham (near Owen Sound), who has been charged with operating a milk-processing plant without a licence, presents some interesting issues on whether raw milk should be legally sold in Ontario.
  • Site 41 dump temporarily stopped
    August 2009 For good or bad, right or wrong, Simcoe County council voted to put a one year moratorium of the construction of the Simcoe North Landfill, AKA, Site 41.  Now Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis is suggesting that Site 41 be abandoned as there will never be support for situating a landfill on the …
  • SIU not so toothless
    October 2008   As a serving police officer, I can tell you that even a “toothless SIU” still scares many police officers, especially the honest ones. Even though many of their staff are ex-cops, has no one heard on the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affaris to American cop-show watchers). The job of these officers is …
  • So much for Trump being a fascist dictator
    29 April 2017 Re:  “When all else fails, blame Canada” (Lorne Gunter, April 25): Thanks to those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the mainstream liberal media has been full of hyperbolic rhetoric calling Trump a fascist and comparing him to Hitler. As Gunter points out, Trump has failed so far in his efforts to replace Obamacare, …
  • So who exactly is the hypocrite here?
    September 2018 To all those who think Premier Doug Ford is a dictator and a hypocrite for “forcing his personal will” in cutting Toronto council “simply because he was elected”:  did you object to Premier Dalton McGuinty forcing wind turbines and solar farms on unwilling rural municipalities?  How about when he forced the health tax …
  • So who’s the deplorable? – Trump cleared and Trudeau keeps sinking
    March 2019 For two years, Robert Muller has been investigating allegations the President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Now the report has been released and Muller has concluded that despite the fact that many, many left-wing pundits, politicians and celebrities have been saying Trump’s impeachment is imminent, there was …
  • Soldiers Aren’t Social Workers – Canada’s Battle Scars
    Barrie Advance 10 September 2006 Toronto Sun 12 September 2006 Regarding NDP Leader Jack Layton’s assertion that Canada should withdraw from Afghanistan as we are a peacekeeper nation: Let’s get one thing straight: those who believe this fanciful myth that Canada is a “peace-keeper nation” obviously haven’t read a history book. Does Vimy Ridge or …
  • Some Gave All
    Some gave all In a far away land They left our shores And never returned   They lie in graves Far from their home Their families left behind Just faded photos remain   Forever young Frozen in time But never forgotten Those who gave all  
  • Speaking of Spineless Moves…
    March 2006   Tim Dorsey, KTRS Radio (St Louis) CEO, recently fired talk-show host Dave Lenihan for using the word “coon” during on-air conversation with a listener about U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s possible application for the role of Commissioner of the NFL. I think this was a completely spineless move on his part. …
  • St. Michael’s College embroiled in sex assault scandal
    November 2018 So St. Mike’s, how’s your reputation now?  If you were worried about protecting the reputation of your school, you’ve cratered it now. By not reporting a violent sexual assault on a male student by his fellow students, an apparent hazing, until the police literally came to you to after the media approached them …
  • Stark raving mad
    Toronto Sun 3 December 2008 To the leaders of the Opposition parties, there is really no eloquent way of putting this, so I will say it this way: HAVE YOU GONE F$@&ING MAD!!!
  • Stop the “Stop Harper” signs
    June 2011   Recently while driving along Lakeshore Drive, I saw two protesters outside Barrie MP Patrick Brown’s office with a “Stop Harper” sign. While I really do appreciate the fact that we are free to protest our government without fear of imprisonment or worse, can’t we give the “Stop Harper” rhetoric a break?  Sure some people …
  • Stores should bring back paper bags
  • Storm brings out the worst in people‏
      8 January 2014   It’s unbelievable that some people lost hundreds of dollars worth of food in the middle of a deep freeze. Unless you live in a condo that doesn’t have a balcony, or you don’t have a car where they could store food (the trunk makes a great fridge/freezer too), or you …
  • Thankful for Canada’s military
    October 2007 Re: Peter Worhtington’s Young Canadians Respond (October 12), it’s good to see that young Canadians are upholding this country’s proud military history, despite what the “peace-at-any-price proponents” would like. Historically, Canadians have fielded the biggest non-conscript military. It just seems to be an inherent trait that Canadians are willing to serve their country …
  • The “tolerant left” strikes again; literally.
    January 2017 In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the “tolerant left” continues to show the kind of hateful intolerance to other political views that is their trademark. Back on January 21, a male NDP supporter (Jason Dion Bews) at the NDP sponsored Women’s March on Washington in Edmonton, Alberta, a rally organized to …
  • The Arming of Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables – What’s at Stake
    January 2006   It’s high time Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Special Constables were treated as the professionals that are. Although they are not Police Officers, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer on or in relation to TTC property, which includes busses and streetcars. Accordingly, they are expected …
  • The army “invades” Alliston’s Potato Festival, but for fun only
    August 2007 I wish to comment on Bradley Campaigne’s letter (Festival no place for military propaganda, 17 August, Alliston Herald). While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I don’t know what world you are living in. What makes you think that a kiddy commando course will ‘help promote a faction of our society that …
  • The danger of judging the past using today’s morals and standards
      August 2017 In the wake of the violence at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I unequivocally condemn the racism and violence of white racist groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists, just like I condemn racism from all ethnic groups and races. The focus of the protest originated out of …
  • The Dangerous Book For Boys
    May 2007 I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the …
  • The Death of Cpl. Anthony Boneca, RCR Battle Group
    June 2006 I find it really unfortunate the family of Cpl. Anthony Boneca’s girlfriend chose to release his private e-mails, as it is so easy to take them out of context. Cpl. Boneca served as a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan.
  • The election of Donald Trump: A big middle finger to the political establishment
    November 2016 Well, I’m really enjoying seeing all the heads of the left-wing progressive voters exploding in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. It’s also deliciously ironic to see all the protesters out there protesting Trump’s victory, stating he’s “Not my president,” when Trump was …
  • The endless debate of a living wage
    Barrie Examiner 9 December 2016 The issue of a “living wage”, especially for minimum-wage workers, is in the fore-front once again.  This isn’t an easy issue to resolve as it’s very much a question of balance. If the minimum-wage is too low, workers have difficulty affording even the basic needs, let alone having a decent …
  • The Harper critics still aren’t happy.
    5 May 2011 A writer on Simcoe.com wrote, anonymously of course, criticizing me for my letter “PM didn’t ‘seize’ power – he was elected”, (Letters, April 20), where I was responding to a letter published in the Midland Mirror, “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8).  This WEB writer, who hid under the pseudonym …
  • The Khadr quandary – Justice must be seen to be done
    July 2017 There have been no shortage of opinions on the recent payment and apology to admitted terrorist Omar Khadr. While it may be a legal reality that Khadr’s Charter rights were violated and some form of compensation is inevitable, hasn’t stopped 71% of Canadians from disagreeing with Trudeau’s decision to apologize and pay Khadr …
  • The legacy of Dudley George
    June 2006 Like it or not, Caledonia has the ghost of Dudley George hanging over it. You have a provincial government so fearful of another native protester being killed by police that they are completely ignoring unlawful behaviour on the part of the native protesters, not to mention its complete refusal to enforce the court …
  • The Ontario Liberals and their unbelievable chutzpah
    January 2016 Re “Buddy can you spare $300 billion,” (Candice Malcolm, 26 December):  apparently Deb Matthews and the Liberals have discovered a very special level of chutzpah with their request that Ontarians donate their tax refunds to help pay down Ontario’s debt; a debt that the Liberals have run-up through their poor fiscal management, boondoggles …
  • The poppy symbolizes SACRIFICE, not war
      Barrie Advance 6 November 2017 Regarding those who advocate for wearing the “White Poppy” because they feel the red poppy symbolizes war:  The red poppy symbolizes the SACRIFICE of soldiers who died in conflict and became popularized as a result of the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, written in 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, MD. …
  • The popular vote
    Toronto Sun 5 May 2011 The corpse of Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal leadership isn’t even cold yet, and already the left-leaning whiners are complaining Stephen Harper doesn’t have the right to govern because he only got 39.62% of the popular vote. Doesn’t have the right to govern? I wonder if these whiners realize Jean Chretien’s Liberals …
  • The positive side of PTSD
    March 2019 Awareness of PTSD has never been higher today, but we are still needlessly loosing first responders and military veterans to suicide at alarming rates.  In March 2019, it was reported that OPP constable Roch Durivage had become the fourth member of the Ontario Provincial Police to take his own life since July and …
  • The price of convenience?
    April 2019 I have a question for those who profess that selling alcoholic beverages in convenience stores will result in higher prices: Could this just be the price of convenience? Your local Macs, Circle K or Happy/Lucky/Fortune primarily exist for convenience sake; for a quick stop to get milk, cigarettes or some snacks for the …
  • The return of the enigma
      May 2016 With the recent news that convicted serial killer Karla Holmolka is now living in Chateauguay, outside of Montreal, newspapers and web sites are again filled with stories about her.  Some may wonder if we should just leave her alone; let sleeping dogs lie.  Are we just re-opening old wounds and rehashing things …
  • The right to quit
    January 2009 Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, 1 January 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.
  • The silence from the left is deafening
    October 2015 The federal  election of 2015 is over and Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were defeated by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, who won a solid majority in Canada’s Parliament. I’m trying very hard not to be too smug as I enjoy the silence, or should I say hypocritical silence, from the left-wing …
  • 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 …
  • The unknown Victoria Cross recipient
    February 2007 Author’s note: This article is in response to the article “Give our vets the last word in VC debate”, written by Lorrie Goldstein, which appeared in the Toronto Sun on 7 March 2007. While I do agree with what Lorrie writes, I do think that the first Canadian V.C. should be given to …
  • The wrong one was shown the door
    April 2019 So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus have expelled former Attorney General and Justice Minister Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board President Jane Philpott from the party and banned them from running for the Liberal Party in the next election.  I think the Liberals ejected the wrong people. Apparently Prime …
  • There’s crisis in policing
    September 2016 Re:  Did boozy cop get off easy? (Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun, 14 September 2014); I had two reactions when I read this article.  The first was what is causing so many cops to drink, especially when we see first-hand the carnage that results (collisions, domestics, etc)?  The second was this could have been me …
  • There’s no debate here
    May 2008 While Toronto City Council is debating whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan, some feel that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have been killed by roadside bombs, rather than in combat. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of pigeonholing veterans …
  • Things could be worse; but that doesn’t make it good
    Toronto Sun 1 October 2017 Re: “Things could be worse,” (Omar Khan, Toronto Sun, September 25): Yes Mr. Khan, facts do matter and I’m glad that you pointed out that Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign jurisdiction. That fact does matter, even if Ontario’s fiscal and economic situation could be worse. However, I still don’t …
  • Think about those left behind
    May 2016 Every year, memorial services are held across Canada and the United States honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. Serving officers line up in parade formation and march in honour of their fallen comrades in a solemn ceremony.   It’s easy …
  • This is getting out of control!!
    September 2019 This is getting out of control!! No, not climate change; the abuse of this child, Greta Thunberg. She is being emotionally abused by all those elite UN global warming hypocrites who applauded her speech. Let her go back home, go to school and hang out with other teenagers her age. She is being …
  • Tim Hortons founders reduce employee benefits to offset minimum wage hike
    January 2018 Re:  Wynne’s the real bully (James Wallace, Toronto Sun, 4 January 2018): The children of Tim Hortons founders, Ron Joyce Jr. and his wife, Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, owners of a franchise in Cobourg, Ontario advised their employees that as a result of the recent 20% increase in the province-wide minimum wage, they will be …
  • Time to show some leadership Prime Minister Trudeau
    August 2018 Regarding the dispute with Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau has a real opportunity to show some true leadership here. What we should do in response to Saudi Arabia’s actions is immediately start ramping up our own oil industry so we can stop importing Saudi oil. Get the Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and …
  • Time to stop this climate hysteria
    October 2019 Regarding letter writer Carol Bell’s letter (Climate crisis must be faced, 3 October, Barrie Advance): How smoggy is the sky in her world? This climate hysteria has to stop. Look, we all want a clean environment with smog-free air, clean water sources and our trash properly and safely disposed of, but all this …
  • Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting
    Toronto Sun 17 February 2016 Re:  Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting (Joe Warmington, Feb 4):  In the wake of the conviction of Cst James Forcillo, it’s pretty easy for some to believe cops are trigger happy thugs who feel no remorse for taking a life in the line of duty. …
  • Toronto Council votes against honouring late mayor Rob Ford
    November 2017 Re:  Rob Ford stadium nixed (Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun, 5 October 2017): Toronto City Council should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to approve the re-naming of Centennial Stadium after the late Mayor Rob Ford.  This refusal is particularly galling given that council voted 33-2 to approve the naming of something in memory …
  • Toronto District School Board plays political games at the expense their students
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2017 Re TDSB ban on new trips to U.S. political correctness gone mad (Sue-Anne Levy, March 27): Do the TDSB play political games?  Let me count the ways.  Generally if you have ALL your required documents and no criminal convictions, you will have no problems crossing the border. If you even …
  • Toronto needs to get it’s own fiscal house in order before creating new taxes
    July 2007   To Mayor David Miller: It’s great that you have decided to cut all unnecessary spending, including the renovations to you office, and are telling all departments to trim their budgets. This is what you should have in the first place rather that try to ram a new tax down the throats of …
  • Toronto Police did the sensible thing
    5 July 2010 Toronto Sun Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters when they were damaging property? I don’t think there is a definitive, black and white answer. Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to …
  • Toronto Police in a catch-22
    July 2010 Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters on Saturday when they were damaging property?  I don’t think there is a definitive, black & white answer.  Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to do …
  • Toronto’s 30 Nothings
    October 2008 Regarding Andrew Ross’ article “Toronto’s 30-nothing generation needs help (Toronto Sun, 26 October 2008); now I don’t know Mr. Ross’ specific situation; however, there are some things that are way off base in his article.
  • Tragic end for a best friend
    Barrie Advance 2 September 2008 Although summer is slowly coming to an end, I would like to remind people not to leave your pets unattended in your car. I’m a police officer and I recently responded to a complaint regarding a dog left in a pickup truck. The owner left both the windows completely rolled …
  • Trudeau owes Canadian veterans an apology
    February 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an absolute disgrace.  On 1 February at a town hall meeting in Edmonton, the classless Trudeau took a question regarding the continuing court battles between veterans groups and his government over his promise to restore full benefits to veterans as promised in the 2015 election. Retired Corporal …
  • Trudeau reverses promise on pensions for disabled veterans
    February 2017 I’ve openly criticized the former Conservative government for canceling life-time pensions for disabled veterans, now it looks like I’m going to have to criticize the Liberals for their flip-flop on his promise to restore the lifetime pensions. Our service personnel do a job that most people wouldn’t want to do. We owe them …
  • True heroes
    June 2007   Recently some Toronto Police officers were honoured as heroes for rescuing some people from a burning building. There were no serious injuries, but all parties, including the police officers, were treated for smoke inhalation. I not surprised they were treated for smoke inhalation. Now this brings me to my point that although …
  • Trump derangement syndrome
      February 2017 The leftists continue to lose their minds in the wake of the defeat of their anointed-one.  Now it appears that “Trump derangement syndrome” is rearing its ugly head.  In a recent Facebook exchange with a life-long friend, he advised me that Trump is exhibiting most of the signs of a fascist dictator and …
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome continues
    September 2017 While I’m not a Trump supporter, I’m not against him either.  I’m still hopeful he will have a successful presidency, because if America loses, we all lose.  I also hope Trump doesn’t do anything to harm the great trading relationship between Canada and the United States. Despite all the hateful rhetoric from the …
  • Try enforcing the law
    Barrie Advance 15 April 2008 Toronto Mayor David Miller’s continued insistence that a (Canada-wide) ban on handguns is the solution to the gun violence plaguing Toronto is nothing more than shameless political grandstanding. Does Mayor Miller honestly believe that any of the thugs carrying and using handguns really care that they will get in trouble …
  • TTC needs the police
    February 2009   Re: Another TTC shooting (February 24), it’s high time Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and issued side-arms. Although Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has promised to increase the police presence on the TTC system, it’s simply not enough. By default, Chief Blair has admitted that an armed …
  • TTC special constables worth the money
    Re: TTC special constables worth the money (Joe Warmington , Toronto Sun, 3 March 2011): it was a very short-sighted decision to disband the TTC Special Constable Service.  In fact, they should have been promoted “full police officers” and given a full mandate for protection and enforcement of TTC property.  The TTC S/C Service was …
  • Use of Tasers in question
    November 2007 I will open by stating the obvious: the death of Robert Dziekanski after being tasered by the 4 RCMP officers should not have happened. I don’t know anyone who would agree wtih that more that the RCMP offiicers themselves. Although none of us “arm-chair quarterbacks” really know what was going through the minds …
  • Vote to stop “diabolical” prime minister??
    Midland Mirror 19 April 2011 Letter writer Vincent Barns is rather offensive with his letter,  “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8, Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror).  First of all, Harper was democratically elected, not once, but twice.  He did not “seize” power.  Secondly, he is not an “acting Prime Minister”.  He is the legally serving Prime …
  • War deserter should go home
    July 2008 I find it quite disappointing that Corey Glass’ deportation has been stayed (War resister stays in Canada, for now, Toronto Sun, 10 July). While I can understand that Glass may have been mislead by Indiana National Guard recruiters regarding whether he would have to serve in a foreign country, he completely looses my …
  • Waterfront development should consist of patios, public spaces
    Barrie Advance November 13, 2011 I’m surprised at the reaction to loosing a part of Bayview Park, which isn’t much of a park when you think about it.  I think the real issue here should be do we really want a condo tower almost right at the water’s edge, blocking the view of the bay?  …
  • We could all do more to support the troops
    Barrie Advance Collingwood Connection Innisfil Journal   July 9, 2007   CFRB Radio talk show host John Moore recently stated that he thought the “Support Our Troops” magnets are simply an empty gesture. I’m of the opinion that even the smallest gestures are meaningful.
  • We must never forget: The 9-11 terrorist attacks 18 years later
    Septermber 2019 I think it’s important to remember that not all Muslims supported this terrorist act and others like it. In fact, more Muslims are killed by their fellow Muslims than by any other religion or nationality. That said, the terrorists who committed this horrific act were Muslims; radicalized Muslims from the terrorist group Al-Qaida, …
  • We Once Fought Together
    Barrie Advance 23 June 2006 In light of the recent events in Caledonia, it is a shame how far we have grown from the First Nations people of Canada.
  • We should honour our veterans
    March 2007   There is currently a debate before Toronto City council whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A caller to the John Moore Show on CFRB, who identified himself as a WWII veteran, stated that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have …
  • What did he say? Let’s go to the tape
    August 2019 Groan!! Ralph Goodale recently unearthed a video clip of Andrew Scheer from 2005, in which Sheer states he is against same-sex marriage. In other news, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, slavery was still socially acceptable in the southern United States and a significant portion of the southern population were slave owners. …
  • What do mental health injuries look like? Not what you think.
    September 2017 The death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on 20 July 2017 hit me in ways that I never thought it would.  I had never really been a fan of Linkin Park or Chester, including his tenure with Stone Temple Pilots, although I’ve been watching his videos on You Tube since then.  Before …
  • What if I had chosen suicide?
    June 2019 I’ve attended many police funerals in my two and half decades in Law Enforcement, including the funeral of an auxiliary constable from the last police service I worked for, who died in an off-duty traffic collision (he left behind a wife and three young children).  I’ve also attended annual memorial services held to …
  • When is a sure thing not a sure thing?
    September 2017 Although I’m a Conservative supporter and a supporter of Patrick Brown since he was a Member of Parliament, I’m not completely convinced that he can defeat Kathleen Wynne’s government in next year’s election. After 14 years of lies, increased taxes, scandals, criminal charges, debt that’s double what it was in 2003, the dumpster-fire …
  • Where will our soldiers pug in their electric tanks?
    Toronto Sun 14 October 2017 With the decision of TransCanada Pipelines to cancel their $15.7 billion Energy East Pipeline, a pipeline that would have transported Alberta crude to refineries in the Maritimes and eventually to markets across the Atlantic, we can say goodby to the creation of 15, 000 construction jobs and a potential for …
  • While you’re in a forgiving mood…..
    September 2019 Wow! I’ve learned in the wake of Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal that a lot of Liberals are in a very forgiving mood. In discussions on Facebook, I’ve had people making a variety of excuses for why we should forgive Prime Minister Blackface and just move on. How many of them believe the ousted …
  • Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?
    September 2019 An article published by I-Politics in July 2017, asks the question: “Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?” They then proceed to answer their own question,”Stephen Harper, mostly.” OK, some problems with the assessment in this article. You can read the article below, but here’s some reality to add to the story: There …
  • Why can’t carbon-based energy production be green?
    October 2017 Governments are always saying we need to “invest” in “green” technologies; we need to encourage “green” innovation.  We’ve come a long way in cleaning up our environment in the past without carbon taxes to encourage this innovation.  Why do we need them now? Back in the 1980s, acid-rain was a great threat and …
  • Why I Attend
    Hanover Post 23 May 2006 With the very recent death of Windsor Police Constable John Atkinson still fresh in my mind, I attended the annual Ontario Police Memorial ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto on May 7th. This internationally attended event honours Ontario police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Once …
  • Why is it racist to have immigration and refugee standards?
    October 2016 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on immigration and refugee applicants be screened for what she referred to as anti-Canadian values. For example, anyone who doesn’t support Trudeau’s Syrian migrant, …
  • Will McDonald’s start selling a McMarijuana burger?
    In the run-up to the legalization of marijuana, there are issues that I hope will be covered in the legislation. Some SHOULD be obvious. How are police and the courts going to deal with the rise in cases of impaired by drug while operating a motor vehicle that we will surely see? Of course we …
  • William Elliott deserves to wear the RCMP uniform
    July 2007   The appointment of William Elliott is definitely a contentious issue. Even more contentious is the idea of whether he should wear the RCMP uniform. Critics say that Elliott has not ‘earned’ the right to wear the uniform, but I would argue that his position ‘entitles’ him to do so and he is …
  • Would you be terrified if your child joined the military?
    April 2007 I would be proud if my daughter wanted to join the military. Maybe I’m a little biased given that I am a former 13-year former Naval Reservist. My father has also served in the Militia for the past 50 years, my mother served in the RCAF Auxiliary, two of my great uncles served …
  • Yes, unfortunately some places are Sh**holes!
    January 2018 Yes what President Donald Trump allegedly said was crass and a little vulgar, but is he wrong? I’ll argue that he simply said something we all think about certain countries, or at least areas of certain countries. I loved the resorts and beaches in the Dominican Republic, but I wouldn’t want to live …

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  • Star Wars fans will Note Some Inconsistencies Among 6 George Lucas Films
    Unknown author While George Lucas and company have obviously struggled mightily to keep consistency in the many plot threads that wind through the six Star Wars films, inevitably picky fans will find certain timeline anomalies as Revenge of the Sith faces its ultimate docking with the original Episode IV.

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  • About the author
    Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.   Author’s note: Thank you to all …

Goofy Stuff

  • Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes
    Unknown author   (Read them aloud) That’s not right! …. Sum Ting Wong
  • Live Radio Contest
    Unknown author An Australian FM station has a competition where they ring someone up, ask them three personal questions, ring their spouse or partner, ask them the same three questions, if the answers are the same, the couple win a holiday to Bali.
  • London Lawyer V Glasgow Cop
    A London lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a Glasgow copper. He thinks that he is smarter than the cop because he is a lawyer from LONDON and is certain that he has a better education then any Jock cop. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun …
  • Police Comments from Around the Country
    Unknown author #16 – “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.” #15 – “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”
  • Police Interview
    Unknown author A man, having applied to join the police force, is being interviewed.
  • Re-Zoning – A Case History
    Unknown author “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth”. He was then faced with a class action lawsuit for failing to file an environmental impact statement with HEPA (Heavenly Environmental Protection Agency), an angelically staffed agency dedicated to keeping the Universe pollution-free.
  • Sheriff Joe is at it Again!
    Unknown author You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well……… Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!
  • Things From Now That Would Shock People from 1975
    Unknown author   The most stylish and innovative new cars come from Chrysler High school kids wear beepers and cell-phones as a fashion statement Video games are hot, but Atari isn’t

Guy Stuff

  • 10 Things Men Know About Women
    Unknown author   1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Chicks have boobs.
  • 10 Things Not to Say To A Woman
    Unknown author Things that you should never say to a woman during an argument…
  • An Abridged List of Rules of Being a Guy
    Unknown author 1. Any Man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally killed and eaten by his fellow partygoers.
  • How to Impress A Woman
    Unknown author Compliment her, cuddle her… kiss her, caress her, love her, stroke her, tease her, comfort her, protect her, hug her, hold her, spend money on her, wine and dine her, buy things for her, listen to her, care for her, stand by her, support her, go to the ends of the earth for …
  • If Men Were to Truly Rule the World
    Unknown author Breaking up would be a lot easier. A smack to the butt and a “Nice hustle, you’ll get ’em next time” would pretty much do it.
  • Mathematical Equations
    Unknown author This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint… it goes like this…
  • Rules Men Wished Women Knew and Lived By
    Unknown author 1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us. 2. Learn to work the toilet seat; if it’s up, put it down. 3. Birthdays, Valentines and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present once again. 4. If you ask a question you don’t want …
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
    I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the bottom of …
  • Things Guys Should Know about Girls
    Unknown author 1. Don’t ever lie to us; we always find out. 2. We don’t enjoy talking dirty to you as much as you enjoy listening. 3. Don’t say you understand when you don’t. 4. Girls are pretty, but yours is the Prettiest! 5. You don’t have PMS; don’t act like you know what it’s …
  • Why Dogs are Better than Women
    Unknown author   Dogs don’t cry Dogs love it when your friends come over. Dogs don’t care if you use their shampoo.
  • Why I Want to be a Guy
    Unknown author   1. Phone Conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. 2. You know stuff about tanks. 3. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
  • Words Women Use
    Unknown author This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up. 2. FIVE MINUTES If she is getting dressed this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before …

Historical Articles

  • Camp Borden and the RCAF
    Written by 16 Wing Borden, 1998. Used with permission. Camp Borden and the RCAF Military aviation in Borden goes back to early 1917 when a series of “temporary” hangars and aviation facilities were built to support the training of aviators for the Royal Flying Corps. After the Great War, Camp Borden became the central point …
  • Canadian Army Training Centres of WWII
    ALBERTA No. 131 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camrose No. 132 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Grande Prairie No. 133 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Wetaskiwin No. 2 Canadian Women’s Army Corps – Vermilion A20 Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Red Deer A16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Calgary …
  • Colours Laid Up
    THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SENTINEL MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 1971. Colours Laid Up The colours were removed from the protestant Chapel at CFB Clinton and laid up in the Wesley-Willis United Church in the town of Clinton.  The base was due to close on 31 August.  After the ceremony, Major Frank Golding, Clinton’s final commanding …
  • Fabled fighting Gurkhas honoured – WWII Rifleman Pun’s Service changed Brit immigration laws
    Written by Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun It didn’t get much attention in Canada at the time, but caused such an uproar in Britain that it persuaded the government last year to amend its immigration policies.
  • Major Battles of WWI
    YPRES – This battle took place in April 1915. Here, the Germans attacked a Canadian Force that was green and inexperienced in the ways of war. This battle marked the first time either side in the war used poison gas in battle, which had been outlawed. The Canadians had no gas masks and attempted to …
  • Soue Kee Delivers the “Laundlee”
    The following article was originally published in the January – February 1966 issue of Sentinel magazine.
  • The Avro Arrow
    In August 1999, it was revealed that one of the Avro Arrow engines, Iriquois Engind #116, believed to be the only one left in existance, had been located lying in peices in a museum warehouse in Cardington, England. The Royal Air Force Museum apparenly knew of it's existance, but kept this infomation a secret for …
  • The Cost of World War I
    The human and material loses of World War I, which lasted 1565 days, sere staggering.
  • The Cost of World War II for Canada
    21,000 Canadian soldiers participated in the 6 June 1944 D-Day landing. 340 Canadian soldiers lost their lives on D-Day. Another 574 were wounded and 47 were taken prisoner.
  • The shortest war in history
    November 2016 The shortest recorded war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, a military conflict between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate.  The war was fought on 27 August 1896 and lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, depending on when one considers the beginning or end of the war (the 38 minute mark is the …

Interesting Things to Know

  • A Cold War Sentinel comes back to life
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 In wars past, trench warfare was the way armies waged war. The modern reality facing soldiers today is fighting in cities and towns, resulting in new training concepts. Fighting in Built-up Area (FIBA) training is a new concept in warfare and the type of training Canadian Forces soldiers are currently …
  • A forgotten war hero receives long overdue recognition
    May 2018 On 25 May 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Sharpe stood at the window of his second-floor hospital room at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and leapt to his death.  Sharpe was a war hero, having won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), and was a sitting Member of Parliament, having most recently won his seat in …
  • A legend in aviation still hard at work
    August 2009 If there’s one man who has had a huge impact on the modern aviation industry, it’s James C. “Jim” Floyd.  Jim Floyd played a major role in the design and development of three groundbreaking Canadian aircraft while working with A.V. Roe (Canada) at the Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) facility at Malton, Ontario. Originally …
  • A mighty industrialist: The rise and fall of Crawford Gordon and A.V. Roe Canada
    August 2016 Canada has a proud history of leadership and innovation in industry and technology.  Perhaps one of the greatest industrialists and business minds in Canadian history was Crawford Gordon, Jr.  He was comptroller of finance at Canadian General Electric by the age of 21; he was “Minister of Everything” C.D. Howe’s “Boy wonder” at the …
  • A schoolhouse on rails
    August 2019 Today, it’s quite common to see portable classrooms at schools across the country. They provide a cost-effective method for adding classroom space without having to build an addition to the existing school. From 1926 to 1965, Clinton, Ontario, natives Fred and Cela Sloman were part of a unique program that provided classroom space …
  • A Teddy Bear goes to war
    July 2018 The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is the national repository for artifacts, photos and artwork related to Canada’s military past and the wars Canada has fought in, from the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), up to modern conflicts like the Afghanistan War and Canada’s peacekeeping contributions. In a display case in the World …
  • Abandoned aerodrome once played an important role in Canadian military aviation
    The Rivers Banner 8 September 2008 (Updated May 2016) Longtime residents of the Rivers area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an airfield south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth …
  • Abandoned military bases in Simcoe County
    Essa Times Novermber 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War I, The Royal Flying Corps, the fore-runner to …
  • Abandoned WWII training aerodrome reborn
    The Vulcan Advocate July 2009 (Updated July 2018) Longtime residents of the Vulcan area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Vulcan. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air …
  • Annual Base Borden ceremony remembers lives lost in long-ago munitions explosion
    Alliston Herald, 23 March 2019 Springwater News, 4 April 2019 Canadian Military Family Magazine, 9 April 2019 At 1pm on Wednesday, March 20, a small contingent from the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot at Base Borden gathered at the cenotaph in the Village of Angus, just north of the base. Lead by Depot Commanding Officer Major …
  • Answering the call – Afghanistan veteran would do it all over again
    Barrie Advance 9 November 2007 Orillia Today 23 November 2007 On Remembrance Day, Canadians honour the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. It’s also a time when Canadians most often think about our troops currently serving in harm’s way.
  • Automated External Defibrillator donated to Barrie’s Navy League
      Navy League Newsletter September 2015 On 27 July 2015, a special presentation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was made at the Barrie Navy League’s boathouse on Barrie’s waterfront by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, an organization that donates defibrillators in the name of emergency services workers and military members who have died in …
  • Base Borden’s first military flying casualty
    Barrie Examiner 4 April 2017 This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s first military airfield. In March 1917, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) training school at Camp Borden, north of Toronto, Ontario (now known as Canadian Forces Base Borden …
  • Bells of Peace ceremony at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park closes out Remembrance Day 2018
    November 2018 A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the city’s Military Heritage Park beside the South Shore Centre for the Bells of Peace ceremony. Across Canada, bells were set to toll at sunset, ringing from churches, ships and other ceremonies such as this, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World …
  • Borden Museum Annex named after V.C. winner
    Barrie Advance 7 March 2008 The Maple Leaf 19 March 2008 16 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force web site 27 March 2012 Esprit de Corps June 2016 Alan Arnett MacLeod was a tenacious 14 year old with a dream. Today, he and his dream are remembered at Canadian Forces Base Borden, which celebrates its 100th …
  • Borden Welcomes New Base Chief
    September 2008 After 25 years service in the Canadian Forces, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Christian Thibault reached a milestone in his career when he was appointed as the Base Chief Warrant Officer for CFB Borden and the Canadian Forces Support Training Group on July 18, 2008. CWO Christian Thibault was raised in Saint-Simon de Rimouski, Quebec and joined the …
  • Calling it a day – Barrie reservist serves nearly 50 years
    Barrie Advance 25 May 2007 In September 2006, Lieutenant-Colonel Lorne Williams relinquished his appointment as the Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel for the Grey & Simcoe Foresters (G & SF), capping off a military career that spanned 7 different decades. With a combined total of 47 years service, Lorne is one of a select few who has truly …
  • Camp Borden – The birthplace of the RCAF and the historic home of the Canadian Armoured Corps
    May 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on 11 July 1916 as Camp Borden, a training centre for the infantry battalions for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister …
  • Camp X – Canada’s secret spy school
    Essa Times April 2007 The Maple Leaf June 2007 Despite the current mission in Afghanistan, many Canadians still think of Canada as a “peacekeeper nation”. Our military personnel have served or are currently serving on numerous missions worldwide as members of United Nations and NATO peacekeeping forces. However, during the Second World War, Canada played …
  • Canada’s first aerodrome – Royal Flying Corps Camp Long Branch
    April 2012 Residents of the Port Credit area of Mississauga will remember Ontario Power Generation’s Lakeview Generating Station on Lakeshore Road, which operated from 1961 until 2005.  Many will not know that the property has the distinction of being the first aerodrome in Canada and home to the first flying training school. Camp Long Branch …
  • Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner – Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC
    The Naval Reserve Link September 2008 Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, has the distinction of being Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner. It may be of interest to Naval Reservists that Lt (N) Grey also a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), colloquially known as “The Wavy Navy”. Gray, also known …
  • Canadian Forces Base Borden – The complete history
      Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established as an infantry training centre. The first occupants of …
  • Canadian sailor was a founding father of the Royal Canadian Navy
    September 2018 In the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), many notable Canadians have worn the uniform but none more notable than Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who along with Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, founder of the RCN Volunteer Reserve, is considered one of the founding fathers of the RCN and the first director of the …
  • Case not closed: The enduring tragedy of the Harper – Truscott murder case
    October 2016 In the late 1950s, a shocking murder took place near a Royal Canadian Air Force base in south-western Ontario; the murder of 12 year-old Cheryl Lynne Harper.  Lynne, as she was known, was the daughter of Flying Officer Leslie Harper, a supply officer posted to RCAF Station Clinton, and Shirley Harper. On 9 …
  • Centralia Sam – A legacy of love of family, life and service to country
      ON WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force – 2015 Edition Air Force Magazine Spring 2011 Royal Canadian Air Force web site 8 November 2011 Near the town of Centralia, Ontario, north of London, one will find the Centralia Airport, a small general aviation airport.  However, many long time residents …
  • Chaplain with a Bren gun: RHLI Regimental Chaplain won the Victoria Cross at Dieppe
    Barrie man won Victoria Cross at Dieppe Barrie Examiner 9 August 2017 When Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, visited Barrie in October 2013, she took part in a dedication ceremony for two granite benches and a Victoria Cross obelisk war monument at the future site of the Military Heritage Park. The Victoria …
  • Conn area soldier won Victoria Cross in World War I
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded,with three people being awarded the medal twice. Samual Honey …
  • Cops on the water: The rise and fall of the Hamilton Harbour Police
    November 2016 While there are many different police services patrolling the streets of cities, towns and waterways across the country, some have faded into history as budgets are cut and policing duties are taken over by larger police services. The Hamilton Harbour Police was a police force providing policing services for the the Hamilton Harbour …
  • Decorated WWII RCAF pilot’s post-war death recognized by Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    August 2019 For almost 73 years, the grave of Byron “Barney” Rawson, in the Rawson family plot in Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, was only adorned with a small granite marker bearing “Byron 1922-1945”. On 23 December 1945, Wing Commander Byron Rawson, a decorated WWII pilot, sat in his parents home on Robinson Street in …
  • Did he say what I think he just said?
    In celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, I present some famous quotes from a man who only has a vague understanding of the meaning of the term “political correctness”: Collected from various sources: Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference How do you keep the natives off the booze …
  • Edgar – A Cold War relic
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 Huntsville Forester 13 October 2006 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Long-time residents of the Barrie area may remember a time when three giant white globes once sat on a hill near the Village of Edgar. These globes once housed powerful radar units belonging to one of …
  • Farmland holds military aviation past
    Alliston Herald 11 April 2007 Essa Times 9 November 2007 The intersection of County Road 10 and the CPR rail tracks north-east of Alliston looks like most farms, and it always has been. However, the property was once the site of a forgotten military airfield. Known locally as Leach’s Field, this landing field is all …
  • Fighting Frank – “The Father of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps”
    Barrie Advance 15 February 2006 Esprit de Corps Magazine February 2006 Visitors to the Base Borden Museum will note that the museum actually operates out of four distinct areas. The main building, originally the Armoured Corps’ Officers’ Mess during WWII, features displays on the various schools that have occupied “the Army side” of Borden. The …
  • Forgotten Airfield – Farmers’ field once a BCATP airfield
    May 2003 Although a small private airstrip sits just east of Alliston today, serving the needs of local pilots, there was once a more significant but sadly forgotten airfield in Tecumseth Township: Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Alliston. With the outbreak of WWII in 1939 the Canadian Government conceived a plan to train pilots, navigators, …
  • Forgotten valour – The only Canadian soldier to win the Queen’s Scarf of Honour
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. –For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon   September 2017 In the small Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery in Chelsea, Quebec, is the final resting place of a Canadian soldier and veteran of the South African War: Private Richard Rowland Thompson, who served with …
  • From Cadet to Colonel During 50 Years of Service
    Burlington Post May 9, 2007 Hamilton Reservist Calls It A Day After 50 Years Service Recently, Colonel James Forsyth, CStJ, CD, CA, relinquished the appointment of Honorary Colonel for The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, bringing to a close over 50 years of continuous service in the Canadian Forces Militia and Army Reserve, a milestone that …
  • Going down with the ship: The principled sacrifice of Rear-Admiral William Landymore
    September 2016 Throughout the history of the Royal Canadian Navy, many thousands of men and women have worn the uniform and served with pride and distinction.  Few fought harder for the survival of the Royal Canadian Navy than Rear-Admiral William Landymore, OBE, CD, a fight that would ultimately cost the decorated war hero his job, but not his integrity …
  • Heroes of Vimy Ridge: WWI Métis sniper was twice awarded the Military Medal
    Wasaga Sun – Metroland Media 9 April 2017 Aboriginal and Métis soldiers have a long history of honourable service to Canada and the British crown. Close to 4,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I were of aboriginal descent, an astonishing number given the limited civil rights accorded Canada’s First Peoples in …
  • 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 …
  • It’s not just a job – It’s an adventure
    Barrie Advance 15 November 2006 The Canadian Forces are very much in the news these days with the current operation in Afghanistan where Canadians are serving in a combat zone for the first time since the Korean War. Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage and its residents have never shied away from …
  • Journalist soldier comes full circle
    October 2008 For most people who join the Canadian Forces Reserves, it it is something they do for a four or five year period to help pay for school, to learn a skill or just to have some fun and adventure. When Tony Keene joined the Canadian Army reserve in 1964, little did he realize …
  • Journey to the pole: The doomed final expedition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott
    January 2017 The realm of exploration has always been fraught with excitement and danger.  When things go wrong,  they can be disastrous. Royal Naval Captain Robert Falcon Scott is one such explorer who lived for thee adventure and paid a heavy price for it.  He lead two expeditions to the to the Antarctic in an …
  • Lieutenant William Cooke – Canada’s connection to Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn
    August 2019 Most with even a basic knowledge of American history know about “Custer’s Last Stand”, battle between the 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, suffered a humiliating defeat against the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876. LCol Custer …
  • Local cadets stand vigil overnight at Barrie Cenotaph
    November 2018 Cadets from Barrie’s Army, Navy and Air Cadet units stood vigil overnight at the cenotaph in downtown Barrie, leading up to Sunday’s Remembrance Day services. This duty has been performed by Barrie cadets for the past 8 years.  The cadets rotate every 2 hours and are ferried back and forth from the Barrie …
  • Long vanished Royal Flying Corps aerodrome was the destination point for Canada’s first air mail delivery
    April 2012 Deep in the heart of the Leaside neighbourhood in Toronto lies the Leaside Business Park, a vibrant centre for business and manufacturing. The area also has an almost forgotten military past. During World War I, Canada Wire and Cable opened a munitions production factory, creating the subsidiary company, Leaside Munitions Company, to oversee …
  • Maligned hero – General Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian Commander of the Canadian Corps
    July 2018 General Sir Arthur Currie, GCMG, KCB, has the unique distinction of being the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps, a post he was elevated to in 1917. Making this accomplishment even more significant is the fact that he rose to this position after beginning his military career in the Canadian militia …
  • Maple Airport part of vibrant past
    Vaughan Perspectives 30 August 2008 Today, the City of Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities, a vibrant world-class city with several of the GTA’s major tourist attractions.  It was not so long ago that Vaughan was a tranquil rural community.  For a brief 30-year period, Vaughan Township as the area was know then, had …
  • Military Museum holds Regiment’s history
    Collingwood Connection29 June 2007   Barrie Advance3 August 2007   Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Museum. The museum actually operates …
  • Mob women – The rise and fall of Hamilton’s own Bessie Starkman-Perri
    August 2019 Hamilton, Ontario, is known as “Steeltown” to locals and those who love the city. With two steel mills, Dafasco and Stelco, employers that have provided jobs to generations of Hamiltonians, it’s a natural nick-name. Hamilton also has another less-than-legal claim to fame as a base of operations for some of the Mafia bosses …
  • Mount Forest resident awarded the Victoria Cross
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the medal twice. Frederick …
  • My Friend Never Came Home
    I once had a friend. He was a nice human. A long time ago I was living in a place where there were lots of other cats. We were all in little boxes with bars covering the front. Before that I didn’t have a home. I was living outside, eating mice and whatever other food …
  • Neepawa Airport’s WWII past
    April 2009 Longtime residents of the Neepawa area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, an astounding program that …
  • OPP policed Barrie for a decade
    Barrie Advance February 2008 Canadian Police Insignia Collector’s Association Newsletter September 2008 The Barrie Police Service is the fourth oldest police force still in existence in Ontario, after the Kingston Police Service (1841), the Hamilton Police Service (1833) and the Brockville Police Service (1832). However, this distinction was almost never realized. On July 1, 1946, …
  • Orillia’s forgotten army camp
    May 2007 Orillia is a city on the edge of cottage country that provides big city conveniences with a small town charm. The city and the surrounding area feature a variety of recreational and cultural activities for both residents and the thousands of people who visit each year. During the Second World War, Orillia played …
  • Pennsylvania’s Lost Town: Documentary film has its debut
    June 2017 On 6 May 2017, a long-awaited documentary film had its premiere at the Majestic Theater in Pottsville, Pennsylvania:  CENTRALIA, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.  Directed by Joe Sapienza II, the film documents the rise and fall of a once thriving mining town, a fall that many will argue didn’t have to happen. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region …
  • People Helping People – The legacy of Nils Johanson
    January 2019 On 11 January 2019, Canada lost a veteran broadcaster and addictions counselor who went beyond what anyone would expect. He truly cared helping addicts find their way to recovery and preventing them from going down the path to destruction that should have killed him years before heart troubles and ultimately pneumonia finally took …
  • Roy Brown and the “Flying Circus”
    August 2016 Canada has a proud military heritage and many notable Canadians have distinguished themselves in the service of their country.  One such Canadian is WWI flying ace Captain A. Roy Brown, a pilot who twice earned the Distinguished Service Cross.  Brown would achieve fame for being the pilot officially credited with shooting down the …
  • Royal Canadian Legion recognizes Sir William Stephenson honour
    The Maple Leaf 24 June 2009 On 2 May 2009, Branch 637, The Sir William Stephenson Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion officially recognized the induction of the late Sir William Stephenson, CC, MC, DFC, as an honorary member of the United States Military Intelligence Corps.  This is a significant honour that has been bestowed …
  • Sailor who died at Pear Harbour returns home 77 years later
    June 2018 Like all men and women who join the military, Seaman 1st Class Edward Slapikas no doubt intended to return home to his family, either for visits or upon discharge. Slapikas joined the United States Navy just prior to America’s entry into World War II and was posted to the USS Oklahoma, a battleship then stationed …
  • So you wanna be a rock & roll star
    October 2018 54.40 54-40 is an alternative rock band from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, formed in 1981 by Neil Osborne on lead vocals and guitar, Brad Merritt on bass guitar and Ian Franey on drums. They made their recording debut in 1981 by contributing four songs on the independent compilation LP Things Are Still Coming Ashore, featuring songs …
  • Soldier would serve in Afghanistan again
    Barrie Advance   19 March 2008   If there is one word that describes Jordan Webb, it would be modest. The 24-year-old Beeton resident and corporal with Barrie’s Grey & Simcoe Foresters completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan last year with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. While some may call …
  • Striking the Balance
    This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section.  It also appears in the book “Would someone please explain?:  The best of Duran Duran’s Ask Katy” by Katy Krassner. 26 April 2008 I have a question for the band. Having written so many enduring, classic songs, do you …
  • Taking up the fight
      Barrie Advance   15 November 2006   Remembrance Day is a day for honouring the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. Over the last 100 years, Canadians have answered the call to duty in numerous wars and peacekeeping missions, including the current mission in Afghanistan. For the first time since Korea, Canadians are involved in …
  • The adventures of Teddy
    Teddy visits the abandoned railway town of Depot Harbour, Ontario Located on Parry Island, Ontario, Depot Harbour was founded in 1892 as a railway company town by John Rudolphus Booth, the owner of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Canadian Atlantic Railway. Depot Harbour, which served as the western terminus for the railway, featured many of the …
  • The Cause of World War I – The shot that started a war – The assassination of the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary
    October 2007 This year we celebrate the 89th anniversary of the end of the Great War; “The War To End All Wars”; The First World War. Despite all the major reasons why the war might have started, the actual incident which started WWI, took place in a small corner of Europe called Sarajevo, a city …
  • The dangerous game of Peacekeeping
    August 2017 On 9 August 1974, Canada suffered its greatest single-incident loss of life in peacekeeping operations when a Royal Canadian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft, assigned to the second United Nations Emergency Force mission in Syria, was shot down by three missiles fired by the Syrian Army.  All nine passengers and crew were killed. …
  • The Dieppe Raid – An elaborate cover for an attempted theft
    April 2017 The Dieppe Raid, also known by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was a Canadian-led raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, on the northern coast of France, on 19 August 1942. For decades afterwards, many viewed the Dieppe Raid as a colossal failure that didn’t achieve any of its objectives and had …
  • The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
    Essa Times 7 December 2008 The Grey & Simcoe Foresters have been a fixture in Barrie since they were formed on 15 December 1936, when The Grey Battalion from Owen Sound and Barrie’s The Simcoe Foresters amalgamated. However, Barrie’s military history goes back much further. Barrie’s first militia units were two small rifle companies, No. …
  • The historic ruins of St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church
    August 2019 St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, a castle-like limestone church, has stood tall in rolling hills of Glengarry, Ontario, for 200 years. Built by Scottish immigrants between 1815 and 1821, the massive stone walls were once capped by a large timber roof that allowed it to be without interior columns, providing an unobstructed view …
  • The last Canadian soldier to die in the Vietnam War
    September 2018 On 7 April 1973, a helicopter carrying Captain Charles Laviolette and eight other international members of the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam (ICCS) was shot down after taking ground fire on a flight from Gio Linh to Lao Bao, killing all on board. The ICCS was established in 1973 to supervise …
  • The last surviving Royal Canadian Regiment veteran of the Battle of Paardeberg died 47 years ago
    August 2018 Lieutenant Austin Chisholm was just a young private when Boer General Piet Cronjé surrendered with 4, 000 of his soldiers to British and Canadian troops at Paardeberg on 27 February 1900. With Chisholm’s regiment, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), facing down Cronjé’s troops from an elevated position a short 65 yards away, the …
  • The man who built a castle
    August 2016 When you mention the name Sir Henry Pellatt, most people don’t recognize the name.  Well, Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, CVO, was a Canadian financier and soldier, notable for bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto, Ontario.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Well, he was also the man who build a large château on a hill in Toronto …
  • The Martels – Canada’s guardians of Rock & Roll
    Original article August 2010; updated June 2019 Neil Young once sang, “Rock and Roll will never die.”  The Martels are doing their best to ensure that never happens.  This year they will be celebrating their 20th straight year performing at Kempenfest, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to their popularity and place in the history …
  • The Old Soldier – Regimental Sergeant-Major Thomas McKenzie remembered at Wolseley Barracks
    September 2019 In London, Ontario, the historic Wolseley Barracks, has been a fixture in the city since 1884, when it was established as the home of “D” Company of the Infantry Corps School, on farmland in Middlesex County, owned by John Carling, son of the founder of the Carling Brewery. Although it is still an …
  • The pride of Canada’s military – Vimy Ridge 100 years later
    April 2017 On 9 April 2017, officially dedicated as Vimy Ridge Day in 2003, Canadians across the country and in France attended services to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an infamous battle fought by the Canadian Corps from 9 to 12 April 1917, a part of the Battle of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais …
  • The rise and fall of the Hamilton Parks Police
    March 2017 The Hamilton Parks Police Force was a special constable force that patrolled parks within the City of Hamilton, Ontario, from 1943 until 1963. In reaction to a rise of vandalism and other criminal offences in the early 1940s, Hamilton Parks superintendent Fred Marshal hired George James in 1943 to patrol Gage Park, making him …
  • The rise and fall of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm
    The Naval Reserve Link January 2007 Esprit de Corp Magazine September 2007 www.aircraftcarrier.name web site May 2010 The origins of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service go back to World War I, when the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was formed in April 1915. Among the first British naval aviators were over 600 members of …
  • The Rivers Bell – A landlocked ship’s bell that still managed to travel
    The Rivers Banner, 8 September 2008 The Lookout – Navy News, 27 May 2016 Canadian Army Aviation web site – www.canadianarmyaviation.ca/aatts_mess_bar_bell.html A ship’s bell is an essential component of any ship. Usually made of brass with the ship’s name engraved on it, the ship’s bell is used to indicate time on board a ship and …
  • The truth, the whole truth and The Damn Truth
    May 2017 Montreal based band The Damn Truth played the Casbah Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario on 11 May 2017. Featuring Lee-la Baum (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), and Dave Traina (drums), the band is currently on tour promoting their second full-length album, “Devilish Folk”, along with touring bass guitarist PY Letellier. The Damn …
  • Tommy Prince: Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier of WWII
    December 2016 In Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park sits a monument to Sergeant Tommy Prince, dedicated by the officers and men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Erected on 11 November 1989, it pays a long-overdue tribute to a man who many Canadian had mostly forgotten about, despite the fact that he is Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier …
  • Toronto’s Cold War Sentinel
    May 2007 Toronto’s Downsview Park has been in the forefront recently as the premier place in Toronto for hosting large outdoor events. World Youth Day and the Rolling Stones mega-concert to benefit SARS relief are two major events held at Downsview Park, Canada’s first urban Federal Park. Perhaps it is important to remind people about …
  • Toronto’s near-forgotten first aerodrome – Trethewey/De Lesseps Field honoured with a historical plaque
    July 2017 On 15 July 2017, a historical plaque was dedicated at the site of a near-forgotten aerodrome:  Trethewey Field, the first aerodrome in Toronto. Organized by Heritage Toronto, RCAF 400 Squadron Historical Society and the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the plaque dedication was the end of years of effort to …
  • Training the leaders of tomorrow
    August 2014 During this summer, the cadets with Barrie’s own Navy League #24 Chambly won’t be making the annual complaint that there’s nothing to do.  For them, the fun is just beginning. Established in 1895, the Navy League of Canada currently has a presence in over 260 communities across Canada.  The Navy League Cadets is an organization for …
  • Triumph over adversity: The Tuskegee Airmen
    September 2016 On 27 August 2016, retired United States Ar Force Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Brown, a former member of the famous Tuskegee Airman, spoke to a crowd of 200 people about his days with the Red Tail Squadron.  LCol Brown completed ground and combat missions, strafing enemy targets and protecting bomber aircraft on bombing missions. LCol Brown …
  • Unsung hero – WWI First Nations sniper honoured
    July 2016 On 21 June 2016, National Aboriginal Day, a long-overdue honour was bestowed on Canada’s most highly decorated First Nations soldier.  A life-sized bronze monument statue of World War I hero Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, MM and 2 Bars, was unveiled in Parry Sound, Ontario, almost 100 years after he earned his first medal for …
  • Watching the Skies – The RCAF Ground Observer Corps
    Essa Times 23 November 2007 During the 1950s, North America was under constant watch for attack by Russian bombers flying over the North Pole. To counter this threat, three lines of early warning radar stations were built across Canada: the arctic Distant Early Warning Line, the short-lived Mid-Canada Line and the Pinetree Line, whose southernmost …
  • Young airman awarded George Cross during WWII
    June 2018 The George Cross is a bravery award in the British Honours System, second only to the Victoria Cross. It may be awarded to any person, military or civilian, regardless of military rank, for heroism not in the presence of an enemy. One such recipient is Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Kenneth Spooner, a Royal Canadian …
  • Young V.C. winner was in local regiment
    Barrie Advance 23 November 2008 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross. The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the …

Original Writing

  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” makes a mockery of our immigration laws
    February 2017 Re:  Will police not tell (Toronto Sun, 27 February 2017): Toronto City Council are close to overstepping their authority by asking the police to consider expanding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a part of the “Sanctuary City” philosophy, and I hope Chief Mark Saunders tells them as much when he reports to …
  • “Let’s Roll”: In memory of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93
    May 2017 In a lonely field in Stoneycreek Township, north of Shanksville, Pensylvania, travelers will find the Flight 93 National Memorial, on the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on 11 September 2001, killing all 40 passengers and crew, along with the four terrorists who hijacked the airplane. Flight 93 was one of the …
  • “No” to the Highway of Heroes
    April 2007   After much thought, I must object to the re-naming of the Trenton-Toronto section of Highway 401 as the Highway of Heroes. I am a former member of the Canadian Navy, so this is not an anti-military stance, but I do think we are throwing around the word  “heroïc” a little too much …
  • “Ungovernables” rampage against capitalism on Hamilton’s trendy Locke Street South
    March 2018 A group of anarchists calling themselves “The Ungovernables” went on a rampage on the trendy Locke Street in Hamilton, an area that has been undergoing gentrification, back on 3 March, causing around $100, 000 damage. In an ironic twist, the headquarters for the Hamilton anarchists on Cannon Street East near Victoria Avenue North, …
  • 911 Column Was Dead On
    Barrie Advance   February 2, 2006   Re: Frank Matys column about the misuse of 911, what an excellent reminder to people to stop misusing and abusing this lifesaving system.
  • A boost for affordable housing
    May 2019 Driving along the provincial highways and roads that were once designated as provincial highways, drivers will occasionally still see a roadside motel, a remnant of the many other motels since demolished that used to temporarily house weary travelers. The coming of the 400-series freeways across the province led to the end for many …
  • A Canadian Treasure
      Toronto Sun September 30, 2011 It is absolutely disgraceful that Parc Downsview Park would even consider evicting the Canadian Air & Space Museum so that is can demolish the building and build a four-pad hockey rink in its place.  Not only is the museum a great asset to Toronto and to the preservation of …
  • A Cold War Sentinel comes back to life
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 In wars past, trench warfare was the way armies waged war. The modern reality facing soldiers today is fighting in cities and towns, resulting in new training concepts. Fighting in Built-up Area (FIBA) training is a new concept in warfare and the type of training Canadian Forces soldiers are currently …
  • A Fallen Comrade
    Blue Line Magazine March 2007 It is with great sadness that the West Grey Police Service announces the death of Auxiliary Constable Brad Campbell, 39, a dedicated 3 year veteran of the West Grey Police Service Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary Cst. Campbell sustained serious injuries as a result of an off-duty traffic collision on Highway 6, …
  • A forgotten war hero receives long overdue recognition
    May 2018 On 25 May 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Sharpe stood at the window of his second-floor hospital room at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and leapt to his death.  Sharpe was a war hero, having won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), and was a sitting Member of Parliament, having most recently won his seat in …
  • A great betrayal demands a harsh sentence
    February 2018 David Livingston betrayed the citizens of Ontario and deserves a harsh sentence. The sentencing decision for David Livingston, the former Chief of Staff to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, has been set for this coming April.  Livingston was convicted last month of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer.  The charges …
  • A Great Place to Hear the Music
    Barrie Advance 29 June 2005 With the impending Live 8 concert, and the attention it will bring to Barrie, I wonder if the true destiny for Molson Park (sorry, it will always be Molson Park to a lot of us), or for at least part of the property, should be as a concert venue.
  • A gun ban in Toronto? Yeah, good luck with that!
    August 2018 I would like to publicly state that I completely support Toronto Mayor John Torry’s plan to ban guns from Toronto.  I know this ban will work because the last time I went to Toronto, the border guard at Highway 400 and Steeles Avenue asked me if I had any firearms with me and …
  • A legend in aviation still hard at work
    August 2009 If there’s one man who has had a huge impact on the modern aviation industry, it’s James C. “Jim” Floyd.  Jim Floyd played a major role in the design and development of three groundbreaking Canadian aircraft while working with A.V. Roe (Canada) at the Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) facility at Malton, Ontario. Originally …
  • A medal to recognize all military service members
    Esprit de Corps December 2012 Although I agree that the Canadian Forces shouldn’t be handing out medals like Hallowe’en candy, I do believe that something beyond the current CD medal is warranted for in-country service.  Not all service members serve the required 12 years to receive the CD medal and thus have little to show …
  • A mighty industrialist: The rise and fall of Crawford Gordon and A.V. Roe Canada
    August 2016 Canada has a proud history of leadership and innovation in industry and technology.  Perhaps one of the greatest industrialists and business minds in Canadian history was Crawford Gordon, Jr.  He was comptroller of finance at Canadian General Electric by the age of 21; he was “Minister of Everything” C.D. Howe’s “Boy wonder” at the …
  • A missed opportunity for affordable housing
    November 2017 The Justin Trudeau government recently announced a national housing strategy to help 530, 000 vulnerable families find housing and hopefully cut homelessness by 50% over the next 10 years. The $11.2 billion plan will create 100, 000 new housing units and repair 300, 000 existing units. Along with funding from other levels of …
  • A neglected prairie sentinel to be restored
    July 2018 On an elevated piece of land in Saskatchewan, just west of the Alberta border, sits a lonely and neglected radar tower.  This is the sole remaining radar tower of what was once Royal Canadian Air Force Station Alsask, an Air Defence radar station on the Pinetree Line. The Pinetree Line stretched across the …
  • 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 …
  • A post-apocalyptic future – The lost neighbourhood of Lincoln Way
    June 2017 Many of us have visions of what a post-apocalyptic world might look like. In western Pennsylvania is the City of Clairton, a city that was the setting for the 1978 movie, “The Deer Hunter”, although none of the movie was actually filmed there. One residential street in Clairton is Lincoln Way, gives us a …
  • A pub with a mysterious past in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region
    March 2019 The legacy of the Molly Maguires is all over Schuylkill and Carbon Counties in Pennsylvania. For those interested in visiting some of the locations where the members of the infamous secret Irish society lived, gathered, maimed, murdered and were executed, there are plenty of documented locations to visit. One “reputed” hangout can be …
  • A schoolhouse on rails
    August 2019 Today, it’s quite common to see portable classrooms at schools across the country. They provide a cost-effective method for adding classroom space without having to build an addition to the existing school. From 1926 to 1965, Clinton, Ontario, natives Fred and Cela Sloman were part of a unique program that provided classroom space …
  • A second helping of Borscht – The (crumbling) remains of America’s Jewish vacationland, Part 2
    May 2019 Well, it’s official.  I’m hooked on the Borscht Belt, the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City.  For those who don’t know the story, the Borscht Belt was a popular destination for family …
  • A secret no more – Small London museum tells the story of the top-secret WWII radar project in Canada
    September 2018 “At The Secrets of Radar Museum we ask you to imagine keeping a secret for 50 years.  Could you do it?”* During WWII, Canada was involved in numerous “behind-the-scenes” projects that aided greatly in the Allied victories in Europe and the Pacific.  One of them was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), …
  • A Sense of Fair Play
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2007 Re “Legal Channels Denied Natives” (Toronto Sun by H. Freddy Sweetgrass, April 5): I can’t deny the First Nations people have been treated poorly in the past.
  • A slanted view
    September 2007     The letter by former SCDSB Chair Lynda Murtha (Public cash, public schools, August 17) presents a very slanted view of the Ontario Conservatives’ proposal to fund private religious schools. Nowhere in her letter does she mention that this funding will be subject to private schools accepting the Ontario school curriculum, adhering …
  • A Teddy Bear goes to war
    July 2018 The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is the national repository for artifacts, photos and artwork related to Canada’s military past and the wars Canada has fought in, from the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), up to modern conflicts like the Afghanistan War and Canada’s peacekeeping contributions. In a display case in the World …
  • 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 …
  • Abandoned aerodrome once played an important role in Canadian military aviation
    The Rivers Banner 8 September 2008 (Updated May 2016) Longtime residents of the Rivers area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an airfield south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth …
  • 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 …
  • Abandoned amusement parks in Canada: Prudhomme’s Landing – Wet ‘N’ Wild
    January 2017 Prudhomme’s Landing was once one of the biggest recreation and entertainment venues in Ontario.  Founded by John and George Prudhomme, on the shore of Lake Ontario in Jordan, Ontario near St Catherines, In its heyday, Prudhomme’s Landing was a very popular and affordable spot for youth and families and once saw as many as 7, 000 …
  • Abandoned Military Bases in Simcoe County
    Barrie Advance April 13, 2003     Essa Times October 2007   Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War …
  • Abandoned military bases in Simcoe County
    Essa Times Novermber 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War I, The Royal Flying Corps, the fore-runner to …
  • Abandoned property once played a role in the development of the Avro Arrow
    April 2019 Outside the Village of Nobel, just north of Parry Sound, Ontario, past some rusting fencing, in the middle of two fields separated by Nobel Road, lies the ruins of the Orenda Engines Test Facility. Orenda Engines was a subsidiary of A.V. Roe Canada, the aerospace giant who designed and built Canada’s infamous jet-fighter, …
  • Abandoned ship now a local landmark
    December 2018 Drivers traveling along the Queen Elizabeth Way know very well the abandoned ship that sits in a small cove in Jordan Station. Officially named “La Grande Hermine” (The Big Weasel), the ship is a replica of the largest of the three ships that French Explorer Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River. …
  • Abandoned WWII training aerodrome reborn
    The Vulcan Advocate July 2009 (Updated July 2018) Longtime residents of the Vulcan area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Vulcan. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air …
  • Action on the Hill?
    Toronto Sun 28 October 2007 Re “Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist” (Oct 21): Angelo Persichilli has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary – Was the notorious prison truly escape-proof?
    June 2017 In San Francisco Bay is a small island, 1.25 miles off shore from San Francisco.  Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769, the island was named La Isla de los Alcatraces – Island of the Pelicans, because of the large number of birds nesting on the island. Alcatraz Island became the property of the United States …
  • An election is no time for serious issues
    October 2007   What a pathetic lot we will be if Ontarians reject John Torry’s Conservatives just because of the political land-mine he laid with private school funding. Are you, my fellow Ontarians, telling me that you’d rather keep the Fiberals in power; the ones who foisted up on us the biggest tax increase in …
  • An open letter to National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan concerning the Afghan War Memorial
    Toronto Sun, Edmonton Sun 24 May 2019 This is the text of an email that I sent to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan: Minister, I am incredibly insulted that the Afghanistan Memorial was officially opened in secret at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), in an area that is not accessible to the general public. Not one …
  • An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney
    August 2005 It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I’m sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn’t it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you. Now a lot of …
  • And the conspiracy theories begin…….
    August 2019 In the wake of the suicide (or “suicide”) of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the conspiracy theories are already flying around the internet. I’m a fan of a good conspiracy theory too, but for me to buy into it, it has to be plausible; which also means supported by some facts that make it …
  • And then there were six – Pennsylvania’s lost town close to extinction
    April 2017 The population in Centralia, Pennsylvania, in the heart of anthracite coal region, dropped to only six people in the fall of 2016 when Kathi Wormer, daughter of the Borough’s last official Mayor, Carl Womer, moved out of the house once occupied by her parents. The home at 102 East Wood Street, originally occupied by Carl …
  • Annual Base Borden ceremony remembers lives lost in long-ago munitions explosion
    Alliston Herald, 23 March 2019 Springwater News, 4 April 2019 Canadian Military Family Magazine, 9 April 2019 At 1pm on Wednesday, March 20, a small contingent from the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot at Base Borden gathered at the cenotaph in the Village of Angus, just north of the base. Lead by Depot Commanding Officer Major …
  • Answering the call – Afghanistan veteran would do it all over again
    Barrie Advance 9 November 2007 Orillia Today 23 November 2007 On Remembrance Day, Canadians honour the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. It’s also a time when Canadians most often think about our troops currently serving in harm’s way.
  • Are you happy?
    September 2016 My fellow Ontarians who voted Liberal in the last provincial election:  are you happy now?  Are you happy that you stopped that evil Tim Hudak and his cronies from slashing and burning the provincial public service to the tune of 100, 000 workers, a number that was only 40, 000 fewer than OPSEU …
  • Armed Forces Day at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
    July 2017 On Saturday July 8, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) at Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, hosted Air Force Day, a part of Hamilton’s Canada 150 celebrations. Visitors had the opportunity to meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground and learn …
  • As support for carbon taxes falls, have Canadians finally reached their tax limit?
    May 2018 So a recent Abacus Data poll shows the Ontario NDP virtually tied with the PCs in the upcoming election.  In one sense, this should be taken with a huge grain of salt, given how American polls showed Hillary with a 90% rating just days before the election. However, I’m not going to take for …
  • At what point do you cut up the credit card?
    September 2019 The latest promise to come out the Justin Trudeau election machine is to promise deficit spending of $20 billion over the next four years, along with disparaging Conservatives like Andrew Scheer and Doug Ford for wanting to cut spending. Oy vey! Trudeau must really think Canadians are a bunch of schmucks, which we …
  • Automated External Defibrillator donated to Barrie’s Navy League
      Navy League Newsletter September 2015 On 27 July 2015, a special presentation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was made at the Barrie Navy League’s boathouse on Barrie’s waterfront by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, an organization that donates defibrillators in the name of emergency services workers and military members who have died in …
  • Axe the tax – The insatiable appetite for “revenue tools”
    March 2018 Newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford has stated he will axe the carbon tax currently in the party platform written for former leader Patrick Brown for the upcoming election, along with axing the existing carbon tax that Kathleen Wynne enacted earlier this year once elected as Premier. Some political commentators are …
  • Barrie’s Military Heritage Park officially dedicated
    November 2017 On 27 October 2017, Barrie’s Military History Park was formally dedicated by Mayor Jeff Lehman. The $1.57-million park, located just east of Southshore Centre along Kempenfelt Bay, honours and showcases the link between the City of Barrie and its ongoing relationship with CFB Borden and Canada’s military forces. Visitors can take a self-guided …
  • Base Borden’s first military flying casualty
    Barrie Examiner 4 April 2017 This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s first military airfield. In March 1917, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) training school at Camp Borden, north of Toronto, Ontario (now known as Canadian Forces Base Borden …
  • Beer Store wars
    April 2019 Re: “LILLEY: Ford’s beer battle could be lost due to Wynne” (Toronto Sun, 19 April 2019): The Ford government should absolutely try to come to a negotiated settlement with The Beer Store about breaking the current contract, one that doesn’t come with huge penalties for the taxpayers. However, if one can’t be reached, …
  • Being a POW doesn’t negate bravery in combat
    September 2018 With the recent death of Senator John McCain, the world lost an honourable man and yes, a war hero. Much was made in recent years by a particular person about the fact that he wasn’t a hero because he was taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.  This classless and insensitive comment overlooks the …
  • Bells of Peace ceremony at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park closes out Remembrance Day 2018
    November 2018 A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the city’s Military Heritage Park beside the South Shore Centre for the Bells of Peace ceremony. Across Canada, bells were set to toll at sunset, ringing from churches, ships and other ceremonies such as this, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World …
  • Between a rock and a hard place
    Toronto Sun 1 July 2010
  • Borden Legacy Monument officially dedicated
    June 2016 As a part of the 100th anniversary of CFB Borden, the base unveiled the Borden Legacy Monument, built as a lasting monument to the sacrifices of Canadian a soldiers who trained at Camp Borden and died in the European battlefields. The monument features two black granite walls, one that contains an urn filled …
  • Borden Museum Annex named after V.C. winner
    Barrie Advance 7 March 2008 The Maple Leaf 19 March 2008 16 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force web site 27 March 2012 Esprit de Corps June 2016 Alan Arnett MacLeod was a tenacious 14 year old with a dream. Today, he and his dream are remembered at Canadian Forces Base Borden, which celebrates its 100th …
  • Borden Welcomes New Base Chief
    September 2008 After 25 years service in the Canadian Forces, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Christian Thibault reached a milestone in his career when he was appointed as the Base Chief Warrant Officer for CFB Borden and the Canadian Forces Support Training Group on July 18, 2008. CWO Christian Thibault was raised in Saint-Simon de Rimouski, Quebec and joined the …
  • Borden’s Ongoing Legacy
    Esprit de Corps Magazine June 2006 Barrie Advance November 2005 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established …
  • Border agents criticized for entering shelter
    March 2010 It boggles my mind how CBSA agents can suddenly become the bad guys just because they are enforcing Canada’s immigration laws (Border agents criticized for entering shelter, March 8, 2010). I think it is pretty galling that Toronto Rape Crisis Centre spokesman Deborah Singh can say that CBSA agents are harassing women. If …
  • Bring NHL to the Hammer
    Toronto Sun 18 April 2009 Re “It’s time for Toronto to have two NHL teams” (14 April): Has Michael Taube been sucking on too much Zamboni exhaust? Two teams for Toronto?
  • Brown the MP for me
    Barrie Advance 23 May 2007 Last Friday, I had an unexpected visitor at my house: Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Patrick was going door to door in my neighbourhood to hand out information flyers and ask if there were any concerns that I as one of his constituents wanted to address with him. This is the …
  • Buck a beer is about choice
    August 2018 Ever since Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the government would allow brewers to sell their beer for as low as $1, many have openly mocked this announcement.  Some of those critics are likely not Doug Ford fans and will criticize anything Ford says, but some of them do have financial reasons for …
  • By Justin Trudeau’s own standards, he’s racist and anti-immigrant
    April 2019 How’s that for a headline? Do I actually think Trudeau is a racist and anti-immigrant?  No; but he is a stunning hypocrite! Trudeau and company have spent the last 2 years denying there was a problem with “irregular” (translation:  illegal) immigration and screaming “racist” and “anti-immigrant” at anyone on the political right who stated …
  • Calling it a day – Barrie reservist serves nearly 50 years
    Barrie Advance 25 May 2007 In September 2006, Lieutenant-Colonel Lorne Williams relinquished his appointment as the Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel for the Grey & Simcoe Foresters (G & SF), capping off a military career that spanned 7 different decades. With a combined total of 47 years service, Lorne is one of a select few who has truly …
  • Camp Borden – The birthplace of the RCAF and the historic home of the Canadian Armoured Corps
    May 2007 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on 11 July 1916 as Camp Borden, a training centre for the infantry battalions for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister …
  • Camp X – Canada’s secret spy school
    Essa Times April 2007 The Maple Leaf June 2007 Despite the current mission in Afghanistan, many Canadians still think of Canada as a “peacekeeper nation”. Our military personnel have served or are currently serving on numerous missions worldwide as members of United Nations and NATO peacekeeping forces. However, during the Second World War, Canada played …
  • Canada can’t be the sole saviour of the world’s unfortunate
    December 2017 Can we have an honest conversation here? I mean a really honest conversation about the immigration and refugee issues Canada faces and how it’s putting a strain on our already strained social and health care services? While we’ve always had immigration and refugee applicants, the situation has become much worse since our “Dear …
  • Canada Does Not Need to Compensate Civilian Killed
    March 2006   Regarding the innocent civilian killed in the wayward taxi by Canadian troops in Afghanistan, Canada should not be giving any compensation to this man’s family. Although innocent civilians have died in conflicts throughout history, this case goes beyond this concept.
  • Canada is being played for a sucker and Trudeau is allowing it
    February 2017 Canada is seeing a growing number of refugee asylum seekers crossing illegally at remote land crossings in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba, instead of at proper customs entry points. These refugee claimants, some traveling with children, feel they must flee the U.S. by “the fear of what may happen to them under a …
  • Canada rewards terrorists – Omar Khadr to be given $10.5 million
    July 2017 It’s an utter disgrace that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would even consider giving Omar Khadr $10.5 million and an official apology, let alone actually doing it. This of course, was done quickly and paid in just two weeks after a secret deal was negotiated with, according to a government leak, the intention of sheltering the …
  • Canada should issue a Cold War Victory Medal to its military
    Legion Magazine June 2007 There are numerous medals that make up the Canadian Honours, Awards and Medals system. People are awarded medals for a variety of reasons. It could be for participation in an event or action (United Nations peacekeeping tour); it could be or performing a duty of a specified period of time (Canadian …
  • Canada’s first aerodrome – Royal Flying Corps Camp Long Branch
    April 2012 Residents of the Port Credit area of Mississauga will remember Ontario Power Generation’s Lakeview Generating Station on Lakeshore Road, which operated from 1961 until 2005.  Many will not know that the property has the distinction of being the first aerodrome in Canada and home to the first flying training school. Camp Long Branch …
  • 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 …
  • Canada’s last living Distinguished Service Medal holder passes away at 95
    March 2017 This is my personal tribute to Able Seaman Thomas J. Simpson, DSM, a WWII veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve: Windsor, Ontario resident Thomas Simpson died on 28 January 2017 at the age of 95 and Canada lost another true hero.  At the time of his death, Simpson was Canada’s last living Distinguished Service …
  • Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner – Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC
    The Naval Reserve Link September 2008 Lieutenant (N) Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, has the distinction of being Canada’s last Victoria Cross winner. It may be of interest to Naval Reservists that Lt (N) Grey also a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), colloquially known as “The Wavy Navy”. Gray, also known …
  • Canadian Forces Base Borden – The complete history
      Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened on July 11, 1916. Named after Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Camp Borden was originally established as an infantry training centre. The first occupants of …
  • Canadian Idol – The Real Truth
    September 2005 As newly minted Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil begins her career as a future member of the “where-are-the-now-file”, I would like to chime in with my opinion on this whole manufactured super-stardom machine. I’ve never been a fan of Canadian Idol or it’s American counterpart. I have watched a couple of episodes of …
  • Canadian sailor was a founding father of the Royal Canadian Navy
    September 2018 In the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), many notable Canadians have worn the uniform but none more notable than Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who along with Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, founder of the RCN Volunteer Reserve, is considered one of the founding fathers of the RCN and the first director of the …
  • Canadian soldier kills Taliban fighter
    Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (3 January 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should either rent …
  • Captain Canada
    May 2016 Re: Captain Canada (Toronto Sun, May 27): First it was former House of Commons page and “Stop Harper” protester Brigette DePape, then terrorist Michael Zehaf Bibeau and now the obnoxious jerk, Brian Murphy, who interrupted the 1916 Easter Uprising commemoration. The message to any miscreants out there is pretty simple: don’t fuck with …
  • Case not closed: The enduring tragedy of the Harper – Truscott murder case
    October 2016 In the late 1950s, a shocking murder took place near a Royal Canadian Air Force base in south-western Ontario; the murder of 12 year-old Cheryl Lynne Harper.  Lynne, as she was known, was the daughter of Flying Officer Leslie Harper, a supply officer posted to RCAF Station Clinton, and Shirley Harper. On 9 …
  • Cautious praise, but praise where praise is due
    March 2018 Although I’m a conservative, I have no problem criticizing conservatives and praising liberals when each deserve it, unlike most progressives who seem to have such a hatred for anything or anyone right-of-centre, they are blinded by their own partisan biases. In this case, I would like to praise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. How …
  • Cemetery honours the early multi-racial pioneers of Sunnidale Township
    July 2018 In the years surrounding the U.S. Civil War, Simcoe County in southern Ontario was at the end of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by escaped slaves to freedom in in the British Colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Some estimates indicate …
  • Centralia Sam – A legacy of love of family, life and service to country
      ON WINDSWEPT HEIGHTS II: Historical Highlights of the Royal Canadian Air Force – 2015 Edition Air Force Magazine Spring 2011 Royal Canadian Air Force web site 8 November 2011 Near the town of Centralia, Ontario, north of London, one will find the Centralia Airport, a small general aviation airport.  However, many long time residents …
  • Chaplain with a Bren gun: RHLI Regimental Chaplain won the Victoria Cross at Dieppe
    Barrie man won Victoria Cross at Dieppe Barrie Examiner 9 August 2017 When Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, visited Barrie in October 2013, she took part in a dedication ceremony for two granite benches and a Victoria Cross obelisk war monument at the future site of the Military Heritage Park. The Victoria …
  • City park has a morbid past
    March 2019 The park known as McBurney Park in Kingston, Ontario, a park known locally as Skeleton Park, is one park with a rather morbid history. From 1819 until 1864, it was the Upper Burial Ground, the final resting place for many early settlers in the Kingston area of Upper Canada. Closed to new burials …
  • Claresholm Industrial Airport has rich military past
    Claresholm Local Press 2 December 2009 Longtime residents of the Claresholm area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome west of Claresholm. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, …
  • Cloudy skies for our “Sunny Ways” Prime Minister
    February 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have a little trouble sleeping tonight, knowing the brewing political storm that is blowing his way. In the wake of the demotion of Jody Wilson-Raybould from Justice Minister and Attorney General to Veterans Affairs Minister, allegations surfaced that Trudeau pressured Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin …
  • Coffin deserves to go to Jail for his part in the Sponsorship Scandal
    September 2005 Call me cynical, but I find it hard to believe that Paul Coffin is ashamed of what he did, as opposed the fact that he got caught.
  • Conn area soldier won Victoria Cross in World War I
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded,with three people being awarded the medal twice. Samual Honey …
  • Cops on the water: The rise and fall of the Hamilton Harbour Police
    November 2016 While there are many different police services patrolling the streets of cities, towns and waterways across the country, some have faded into history as budgets are cut and policing duties are taken over by larger police services. The Hamilton Harbour Police was a police force providing policing services for the the Hamilton Harbour …
  • Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage, but does it fit the narrative?
    January 2018 Re:  “Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage” (Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 13 January 2018): Firstly, no one should be subjected to an assault, including the unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, an 11 year old girl who was stalked by an as of yet unknown male walking to her school in Scarborough, who cut her …
  • Crowd gathers to remember fallen police officers in New York State
    Submitted to the Albany Times Union May 2018 Every year, memorial services are held across the United States and Canada honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. This year, I made the trip to Albany from Toronto and was part of the crowd assembled at the State …
  • Crumbling resort hotel a relic of a bygone era
    May 2018 In the Catskill region of New York State lie the crumbling ruins of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel. Opened in 1919 by Asher Selig Grossinger and his wife Malka, the resort was once the premier and one of  largest of the Borscht Belt kosher resorts for Jewish clients from New York City. In an …
  • Dear America Democrats: Rioting shows you are the real “deplorables”
    November 2016 Sometimes Canadians trip over ourselves in our smugness of how we feel we are so much better than Americans.  We don’t have the gun and racial problems Americans do.  We have free healthcare (which isn’t really free as we pay very high taxes for it, but I digress) and live in a harmonious …
  • Decorated WWII RCAF pilot’s post-war death recognized by Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    August 2019 For almost 73 years, the grave of Byron “Barney” Rawson, in the Rawson family plot in Woodland Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, was only adorned with a small granite marker bearing “Byron 1922-1945”. On 23 December 1945, Wing Commander Byron Rawson, a decorated WWII pilot, sat in his parents home on Robinson Street in …
  • Deep underground – Coal mining in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region
    May 2017 Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, in Schuykill County, is the Borough of Ashland.  Surrounded by forests and steep hils, the borough’s southern border follows the top of Ashland Mountain, which rises 400 to 600 feet above the center of town.  Mahony Creek, a trubutary of the Susquehanna River passes through a water …
  • Deep underground in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite coal region – the Lawawana Coal Mine & Museum
    April 2019 If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work deep underground, a great place to visit is the Lakawana Coal Mine, a retired Anthracite coal mine and museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Opened by Continental Coal Company in 1903, many of the workers in the mine were European immigrants who came to the …
  • Did he say what I think he just said?
    In celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, I present some famous quotes from a man who only has a vague understanding of the meaning of the term “political correctness”: Collected from various sources: Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference How do you keep the natives off the booze …
  • Dion the Saviour
    October 2007   Angelo Persichilli (Harper: Bully or shrewd political strategist, Toronto Sun, Oct 21) has hit the nail right on the head with this one.
  • Do not pass go: Canada’s first penitentiary closed after 178 years of service, but its legend lives on
    August 2016 On the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario, sits an 8.6 hectare plot of land, encircled by large, foreboding limestone walls containing several limestone buildings within them.  This complex was once known as Kingston Penitentiary, British North America’s first penitentiary. The prison sits beside Portsmouth Harbour, a site chosen for its convenient access to the …
  • Do they deserve to be born
    June 2007   Re: Do they deserve to be born? (Toronto Sun, May 31, 2007, regarding the birth of conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana), at the risk of being a fence-sitter, I must say this is difficult one. I do agree that life is sacred and abortion should not be used as birth control. Thus …
  • Does proof matter anymore? – The shockingly fast fall of Patrick Brown
    January 2018 I’ve frequently told people that in a court of law, the truth really doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is what you can prove.  The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is supposed to be paramount in our legal system (I purposely don’t call it a “justice system”).  Now it appears that …
  • Don’t be smug
    Toronto Sun 14 June 2015 Re ” Liberal Senate damage grows,” (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, June 9):  All those on the political left who think this is a Conservative scandal that will see a left-wing government come to power in October need to get off their smug high-horses.  Liberal senators are up to their eyeballs …
  • Don’t let Allandale go
    Barrie Advance 16 September 2010 I disagree with the naming of the new GO station as the Barrie Waterfront GO station.  As cities grow, parts of our heritage naturally tend to disappear, sometimes needlessly.  Allandale was not simply a street corner, but an important railway hub north of Toronto.  Naming the station the Allandale GO …
  • Downtown Barrie needs a facelift
    November 2012 Regarding the state of Barrie’s downtown core, maybe the Downtown Barrie Business Association needs to use some of the same methods to lure people back as took them away; that being big name stores.  Today, most people want the big-box stores that provide us with a one-stop shopping experience.  Throw in free-parking and …
  • Dr. Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada
    Barrie Advance 14 July 2008 The appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada has generated much controversy.
  • Driving Ontario residents into energy poverty
      October 2016 Well, I just got my hydro bill. I may not be able to afford to shop at the dollar store this month. Looks like I’ll have to switch to the 33 cent store. I hear they just got a new shipment of plankton, which is good news since I can’t afford canned …
  • Edgar – A Cold War relic
    Barrie Advance 6 December 2006 Huntsville Forester 13 October 2006 Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Long-time residents of the Barrie area may remember a time when three giant white globes once sat on a hill near the Village of Edgar. These globes once housed powerful radar units belonging to one of …
  • Electoral reform dead – and not a moment too soon
    February 2017 I’m not going to criticize Justin Trudeau for backing down on election reform, which I believe was the right thing to do.  He apparently listened to those telling him there was no general desire for changing a system which has served us well for 150 years, which is how democracy works. What I …
  • Enough greenwashing
    February 2011 Re:  Enough green-washing (Totonto Sun, February 4, 2011), Charles Adler hits the nail on the head.  Three or four times a week, I go to my favourite coffee shop for a cup of coffee.  I always order it in a ceramic mug, rather than a disposable cup.  However, I frequently chuckle to myself, …
  • Entitled to their entitlements – Prime Minister Dress-up fined for violating violating conflict of interest rules AGAIN!
    July 2018 Re: “Entitled to entitlements,” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, 24 June): besides Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice, remember when Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque to the federal treasury to cover Senator Mike Duffy’s $90, 000 worth of disallowed expenses and was forced to resign as a result? …
  • Environmental disaster – The continuing legacy of Love Canal
    March 2019 Once envisioned as the model of what a planned community could be, the name Love Canal has become synonyms with environmental disaster.  Although the community, to be called Model City by its founder William T. Love, never came to fruition under his guidance or as he envisioned, what did emerge was a residential …
  • Even in a recession there are still opportunities
    February 2009   With Canada and much of the world in an economic recession, things can seem pretty bleak. For those who still have a job, the prospect of future job loss or pay-cuts are a constant fear. Although those working in the manufacturing sector, especially automotive are being hit the hardest, even white collar …
  • Everything about Anne
    On 23 July 2016, Bala’s Museum held their annual “Everything About Anne Day,” where they re-create the day in 1922 when Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery came to Bala, Ontario, for a 2 week vacation. Starting off with the arrival of “Lucy Maud Montgomery” (played by Donna Hillyard) herself by carriage, the …
  • Fake feminist Trudeau conspicuously absent in support for Iranian women
    January 2018 Re: Trudeua’s progressivism doesn’t extend to Iran (Editorial, 9 January 2018, Toronto Sun): Trudeau and his fellow progressives have once again shown their hypocrisy by not expressing their support for the “white Wednesdays,” a on-line movement where citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white …
  • Fake news strikes again?
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2019 On 26 March 2019, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime back in January. The public should be told the exact reason why the charges were dropped. If …
  • Fake News! A cautionary tale of rushing to judgement
    January 2018 On 13 January, Toronto Police reported an unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, a hijab-wearing 11 year old girl who told police she was attacked by an unknown Asian male while walking to her school in Scarborough.  This unknown male reportedly cut her hijab with a pair of scissors twice and ran off. Norman …
  • Fallout from the G20 Summit – And justice for all…..
    Toronto Sun June 14, 2011 Now that the officer accused of assaulting Dorian Barton has been identified, does anyone want to come forward and identify the “demonstrator” seen causing damage to a store-front in the photo accompanying the article “T.O. businesses ‘ignored’ – NDP MPs push feds for G20 compensation” (June 11)?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  …
  • False flag or mentally ill? Which one is it?
    October 2018 With the arrest of Cesar Sayoc in the case of the mail bombs delivered to vocal critics of President Donal Trump, I can’t help but cast a cynical eye on the whole affair. Firstly, I unequivocally condemn any violence.  We can disagree about anything and everything but if you have to resort to …
  • Farmland holds military aviation past
    Alliston Herald 11 April 2007 Essa Times 9 November 2007 The intersection of County Road 10 and the CPR rail tracks north-east of Alliston looks like most farms, and it always has been. However, the property was once the site of a forgotten military airfield. Known locally as Leach’s Field, this landing field is all …
  • Fighting Frank – “The Father of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps”
    Barrie Advance 15 February 2006 Esprit de Corps Magazine February 2006 Visitors to the Base Borden Museum will note that the museum actually operates out of four distinct areas. The main building, originally the Armoured Corps’ Officers’ Mess during WWII, features displays on the various schools that have occupied “the Army side” of Borden. The …
  • Flashing green light, pull to the right
    October 2009 I’ve noticed several signs posted around the county about this topic, so maybe this subject bears repeating here:  when you see flashing green lights on a car in your rear-view mirror, pull to the right.  This is a volunteer firefighter on their way to a fire call.  Small towns and rural communities are …
  • Flawed election reforms
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2016 Re:  “The electoral treachery of Justin Trudeau, ” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, Jan. 7):  So let me get this straight; Justin had a problem with Harper using his majority government to ram the Fair Elections Act through Parliament, so in response it looks like he is going to use his …
  • Forget more cowbell; we need more Sue
    August 2018 The controversy over the revocation of the 2015 sex ed curriculum has made me think back to my own sex education.  I’m a member of Generation X, so I went through my teen years in the 1980s. I honestly don’t remember much of the sex education I received in school beyond the Phys …
  • Forgotten Airfield – Farmers’ field once a BCATP airfield
    May 2003 Although a small private airstrip sits just east of Alliston today, serving the needs of local pilots, there was once a more significant but sadly forgotten airfield in Tecumseth Township: Royal Canadian Air Force Detachment Alliston. With the outbreak of WWII in 1939 the Canadian Government conceived a plan to train pilots, navigators, …
  • Forgotten valour – The only Canadian soldier to win the Queen’s Scarf of Honour
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. –For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon   September 2017 In the small Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery in Chelsea, Quebec, is the final resting place of a Canadian soldier and veteran of the South African War: Private Richard Rowland Thompson, who served with …
  • Freeze out the rich bureaucrats
    February 2009   Re: Christina Blizzard’s “Freeze out rich bureaucrats” (Feb 1), one of the things that really stuck out for me was the paragraph….”government compares public sector salaries with the private sector to arrive at a reasonable level of compensation”. As a (low level) public servant for the past 22 years, I think this …
  • From Cadet to Colonel During 50 Years of Service
    Burlington Post May 9, 2007 Hamilton Reservist Calls It A Day After 50 Years Service Recently, Colonel James Forsyth, CStJ, CD, CA, relinquished the appointment of Honorary Colonel for The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, bringing to a close over 50 years of continuous service in the Canadian Forces Militia and Army Reserve, a milestone that …
  • Gee, glad we could help!
    March 2007 Now that Torontonians have significantly reduced their power consumption through energy efficient & expensive compact fluorescent bulbs, restricting use of air conditioners in the summer and keeping the heat down in the winter, what does Toronto Hydro do to thank everyone?
  • Genuine heroes
    March 2010   The word hero is thrown around a lot, mostly undeservedly.  Two people who are indeed GENUINE heroes are Wasaga Beach Firefighters Jason Bavelaar and Reno Levesque.  Bevelaar and Levesque, although off-duty and without their safety equipment, recently entered a burning and smoke-filled Wasaga Beach home and rescued a male occupant, overcome by …
  • Ghost Towns of Simcoe County – Edenvale
    Barrie Advance October 24, 2004 Webster’s Dictionary defines a ghost town as, “a once flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource.” One such ghost town in Simcoe County is the former Village of Edenvale. Situated on Highway 26 in Springwater Township, along the Nottawasaga River, …
  • Ghosts of the past – Abandoned shipping canals in Ontario and Quebec
    August 2019 Shipping canals have been an important part of water transportation networks for personal and commercial usage across the world from the early days of shipping to the modern day. Most of the early canals have by larger canals to handle bigger modern ships or other forms of transportation have made them unnecessary or …
  • Give me a March break
    March 2008 In the aftermath of a massive snowsttorm dumping over a foot of snow on Barrie, I felt compelled to write this letter to personally thank my Toronto Sun carrier for waiting until the Monday, March 10, after the storm to deliver my paper (no I’m not being sarcastic, I really mean it).
  • Going down with the ship: The principled sacrifice of Rear-Admiral William Landymore
    September 2016 Throughout the history of the Royal Canadian Navy, many thousands of men and women have worn the uniform and served with pride and distinction.  Few fought harder for the survival of the Royal Canadian Navy than Rear-Admiral William Landymore, OBE, CD, a fight that would ultimately cost the decorated war hero his job, but not his integrity …
  • Gone but not forgotten: The memory of Nina de Villiers lives on at McMaster University
    November 2016 At Hamilton’s McMaster University, there is a memorial garden dedicated to the memory of McMaster student Nina de Villiers, who attended the university from 1990-1991. So just who is Nina de Villiers? Nina de Villiers was a nineteen-year-old McMaster University biology student and Burlington resident;  the daughter of Priscilla and Dr. Rocco de Villiers.  …
  • Good News – Bad News
    3 May 2011 Given that Michael IgnatieffI and the Liberals have clearly been defeated by the Conservatives in the General Election, I wonder if Iggy (AKA Michael Ignatiff) is glad that he forced the election now? Now that she has a seat in Parliament, the good news for Elizabeth May is that she can now justifiably …
  • Government vs private sector jobs
    October 2009 I have been a government worker for the past 22 years, but have also spent some time working in the private sector, so I do have an opinion on both. I’m not trying to convert anyone to the side of government workers. Anyone who, shall we say, has a dislike of public service …
  • Harper Fits right in
    Toronto Sun July 11, 2013 Re:  Marsi coup and anti-Harper cuckoos (Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, July 6), it should also be noted that although Harper did win with only 39.62% of the vote in 2011, Jean Chretien’s Liberals won majorities in 1997 with 38.46% and in 2000 with 40.85%.  Bob Rae won a majority government in …
  • Heads explode as the Ontario government reverts back to the 1998 sex-education curriculum
      Toronto Sun 17 July 2018 Groan.  OK, everyone take a deep breath and can we cut back on the hyperbole? Firstly, Doug Ford’s government won’t be using the old curriculum in perpetuity; they will be introducing their own revised curriculum. Now if we’re four years down the road and there still isn’t an updated …
  • Heads must roll over the hijab hoax
    January 2018 I frequently remind people that in our legal (not justice) system, the truth really doesn’t matter; the only thing that matters is what you can prove in a court of law. The logic of this is it’s better for one guilty person to go free than 100 innocent people go to jail. If …
  • Heroes and villains in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region – Small park pays tribute to the Molly Maguires
    December 2018 The Molly Maguires were an Irish Catholic clandestine society active during the 1800s in Ireland, Liverpool and in the eastern United States, who engaged in often violent activism among the Irish communities in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. Back then, the work and personal lives of many Irish immigrants, and of other nationalities, were controlled …
  • Heroes of Vimy Ridge: WWI Métis sniper was twice awarded the Military Medal
    Wasaga Sun – Metroland Media 9 April 2017 Aboriginal and Métis soldiers have a long history of honourable service to Canada and the British crown. Close to 4,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I were of aboriginal descent, an astonishing number given the limited civil rights accorded Canada’s First Peoples in …
  • Hey Tim, what will you do about the HST?
      9 December 2009 Barrie Advance Since it now appears that the HST will pass into law, despite the wishes of sizable portion of Ontarians (given the number of letters to the editor and editorials I’ve seen stating that people don’t want this tax increase), I will now throw the matter over to Tim Hudak, …
  • Hollow Claim
    Barrie Advance 22 March 2006 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations.
  • Huffman Field played an important role in early aviation
    April 2019 Sandwiched between the abandoned Wilbur Wright Field, current home of the U.S. Air Force Museum, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east of Dayton, Ohio, lies a former aerodrome named Huffman Field. Named after the former property owner, Dayton banker Torrence Huffman, the aerodrome played an important role in early aviation. It was at …
  • Humorous tradition for a legendary politician
    July 2019 René Lévesque was a small man in stature, standing only 5’3″, but his legacy is larger than life. As founder of the Parti Québécois and later the 23rd Premier of Quebec from November 1976 to October 1985, Lévesque was at the head of the sovereignty movement in Quebec, in which Quebec sought to …
  • Hypocrite, and it looks good on you Justin! – The spectacular moral fall of Prime Minister Blackface
    September 2019 Just when you thought the bar on Justin Trudeau’s moral compass couldn’t sink any lower, it has. A photo emerged two days ago of Justin Trudeau from 2001, dressed as Aladdin in full-on blackface and a turban at an Arabian Nights gala at West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, British …
  • 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 …
  • In response to Garth Turner’s Blog
    March 2008   Re: Garth Turner’s blog supporting Stephane Dion’s ouster of Joe Comuzzi: Although I can certainly respect people like Joe, Garth and John Nunziata who stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences, I can’t help but take Garth’s support with a grain of salt.
  • Ireland House – Burlington’s celebrated pioneer homestead
    December 2017 The City of Burlington is a modern city in the Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario, but one that also proudly celebrates its heritage.  A popular museum in the city is the Ireland House Museum, located at 2168 Guelph Line. Built between 1835 – 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, …
  • Is Borden Part of Canada’s Fading Military Heritage?
    Barrie Advance October 18, 2004 Canadian Forces Base Borden has been an important part of Simcoe County since opening in 1916. In its 88 years of existence, the base has seen hundreds of thousands of military personnel pass through its many training schools. In some cases, several generations of families have graced Borden’s hallowed halls. …
  • Is it smart to legalize pot?
    Toronto Sun 25 August 2014   Re “The prince of pot returns” (QMI Agency, Aug. 13): Get ready for the debate on the legalization of marijuana to kick into high gear. Maybe someone will finally be able to give me an unbiased explanation of why in an age when we are so actively discouraging people …
  • Is more gun control really the answer?
    February 2018 In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there are the usual cries for more gun control.  It’s very tragic and completely reprehensible what Nicolas Cruz is accused of doing, but does anyone think more gun control will stop someone who is hell-bent on committing such …
  • Is the Ambassador Bridge owner purposely turning Windsor’s Indian Road residential district into a slum?
      June 2018 The Indian Road District of Olde Sandwich Town in Windsor, Ontario, has long lived in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, the longest international bridge, separating Windsor from Detroit, Michigan.  It’s been no secret that the neighbourhood has been living on borrowed time, but now what’s left of the once tree-lined neighbourhood …
  • Is the global warming hysteria becoming too much?
    March 2007 Am I the only one who is getting sick of hearing all the contradictory information about the cause of global warming? I don’t deny that global warming is a reality, but whether it is a result of man-made influences or a natural phenomenon is the real question.
  • It’s not hateful to demand Canadian values
    February 2017 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  MP and Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on screening immigration and refugee applicants for what she referred to as “anti-Canadian values.” Now in the wake of the shooting at …
  • It’s not just a job – It’s an adventure
    Barrie Advance 15 November 2006 The Canadian Forces are very much in the news these days with the current operation in Afghanistan where Canadians are serving in a combat zone for the first time since the Korean War. Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage and its residents have never shied away from …
  • It’s really not that hard to find government efficiencies
    May 2018 With one week to go in the Ontario general election, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has made it clear that he will not be issuing a formal costed platform as the party has released all their promises with expected costs on the PC party web site, much to the dismay of allies and …
  • It’s the shooter’s fault
    Toronto Sun 23 April 2007 I am a gun owner and against stricter gun control laws, but that is irrelevant. What does matter ultimately is there is little we can do to completely prevent massacres like Virginia Tech. The Dawson College killer legally bought and possessed his guns. Background checks only show previous convictions, not …
  • It’s time to arm Canada’s border officers
    Blue Line Magazine May 2007 Re: $1billion cost to arm border guards: my fellow citizens, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Our Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers are peace officers, just like police officers, and are expected to perform a vital function in our country. Sure once upon a time our …
  • I’m royally offended
    Toronto Sun 18 February 2012 Re “Jubilee Bloc-ers” (Feb. 8): So Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon is “irked” that the Harper government did such monarchist things as restoring the “Royal” titles to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force? Is he bothered by the name “Royal 22e Regiment,” the Quebec based infantry …
  • Journalist soldier comes full circle
    October 2008 For most people who join the Canadian Forces Reserves, it it is something they do for a four or five year period to help pay for school, to learn a skill or just to have some fun and adventure. When Tony Keene joined the Canadian Army reserve in 1964, little did he realize …
  • Journey to the pole: The doomed final expedition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott
    January 2017 The realm of exploration has always been fraught with excitement and danger.  When things go wrong,  they can be disastrous. Royal Naval Captain Robert Falcon Scott is one such explorer who lived for thee adventure and paid a heavy price for it.  He lead two expeditions to the to the Antarctic in an …
  • Jullian Fantino appointed Commissioner of the OPP
    October 2006 Regarding Julian Fantino’s appointment to the OPP: I say bravo Chief Fantino. As someone who served under him during his tenure as Toronto’s chief, I can say he is definitely the man for the job.
  • Just when you thought virtue-signalling politicians couldn’t stoop any lower….
    February 2018 Our virtue-signalling, fake feminist Prime Minister has stepped in it once again with another disgraceful comment, one that was quickly followed by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. All three made very inappropriate comments regarding the recent acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer gras Stanley, charged …
  • Justice for Steven Truscott
    Barrie Advance 7 September 2007 Steven Truscott is no longer a convicted murderer, but has justice been done given that he was acquitted and not exonerated?
  • Justin and Sophie’s excellent adventure – Mr. Dressup goes to India
    February 2018 Some Trudeau apologists are trying to downplay some of the criticism he is facing after his disastrous trip to India; such as Prime Minister Dressup’s week-long costume party. These apologists are trying to draw a comparison to the times former Prime Minister Stephen Harper similarly dressed up in traditional clothing when attending cultural …
  • Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite
    July 2018 Justin Trudeau is a stunning hypocrite, as well as being a fake feminist. By now, most in Canada and around the world are familiar with the accusation that Justin Trudeau groped a female reporter at a fundraiser in Cresten, British Columbia in 2000.  The reporter was so distressed by this assault that she …
  • K.C. brought his “Boogie Shoes” to Casino Rama
    Ticketmaster Fan Reviews 14 February 2011 Disco was king at Casino Rama on February 11, when K.C. and The Sunshine Band stopped by to “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”. Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey and his band of stellar musicians played a high energy show of their distinctive disco, funk, soul and pop blend that …
  • 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 …
  • Kind, generous man
    Toronto Sun 21 January 2014 Re “Widower’s kind act goes viral” (Jan. 16): I am not surprised Lee Ballantyne did something like this for complete strangers. I know him to be a kind and generous man. Lee was once the editor of one of Barrie’s community newspapers until he retired about six years ago. He …
  • Kingston’s Martello Towers – Monuments to the early defences of British North America
    August 2019 Martello Towers, are small, round defensive forts, usually costal forts, that were built in the early 19th century across the British Empire. The two story forts stood up to 40 feet high and usually had a garrison of 15 to 25 men and an officer. Their round design with thick, solid masonry walls …
  • Knowing When It’s Ready
    May 30th, 2010 This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section. How easy (or hard) is it to say that a song is complete; that no more tinkering with the arrangement or re-recording certain elements are necessary? How do you know when the song is done, especially …
  • Lament for the PMQ?
    July 2012 I sit outside the fencing erected by a demolition crew demolishing the PMQs (Permanent Married Quarters, or Residential Housing Units as they are now called) that once made up Stanley Green Park at the former CFB Toronto.  The officers PMQs, known as William Baker Park at the north end of the former base, …
  • LCBO Strike Wrong Way to Go
    July 2005 (Note: in July 2005, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the sole retailer of spirits in Ontario, threatened to go on strike.) Firstly let me say that I have great respect for someone who has a job, ANY job, as opposed to an able-bodied person sucking off the teet of our welfare system. …
  • Legendary Polish-Canadian pilot honoured in his adopted hometown
    July 2018 On a recent road trip, I stopped at Zurakowski Park in Barry’s Bay, a small park dedicated to decorated WWII flying hero and post-war test pilot Janusz (Jan) Zurakowski. Many will remember Zurakowski as the first pilot to fly Canada’s legendary jet-fighter, the CF-105 Avro Arrow. Zurakowski received many honours in his lifetime, …
  • Lest we forget
    November 2016 At eleven o’clock on 11 November, the citizens of Barrie (Ontario) observed two minutes of silence, just as their fellow countrymen did all across Canada.  A few thousand gathered at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square in downtown Barrie to pay their respects to the men from Barrie, Vespra Township and Innisfil Township, who made the …
  • Let the voters decide
    September 2018 To Andrea Horwath:  you say that there are more important issues that the Ontario government should be dealing with instead of passing Bill 31, so why not allow the bill to go to a vote so they can get on to other business? To all the Toronto City councilors opposing Bill 31:  you …
  • Let’s Get on With the Job of Governing
    April 2007   Re the Toronto Sun editorial “Time to focus on agenda, not election”: although as a conservative I would certainly like to see a majority Stephen Harper’s government, an election right now would spell disaster for who ever provokes it, both for the party and its leader. Plus, more that likely, for the …
  • Let’s make a deal
    9 April 2014 Re “Wynne files libel notice” (Antonella Artuso, April 5): Premier Kathleen Wynne wants an apology and a retraction from PC Leader Tim Hudak, and we want our money back and her resignation. Maybe we can work something out. Bruce Forsyth Barrie (How about Hudak apologizes to Wynne but only if she apologizes …
  • Liberal and media elites still don’t get it
    Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, WatchingAmerica.com 17 January 2017 It’s really getting embarrassing the lengths Hillary Clinton and the other Democrats are going to to de-legitimize President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats are trying everything they can to explain Hillary’s loss: allegations of Russian hacking; the timing of the FBI’s second investigation …
  • Liberal campaign gets off to an ironic start
    September 2019 The Liberal Party of Canada’s election campaign got off to an ironic start when their campaign media bus struck the left-wing of their campaign airplane on the tarmac at the Victoria, B.C. Airport on Wednesday night, 11 September. The bus had just picked up the journalists traveling with the campaign, when it scraped …
  • Lieutenant William Cooke – Canada’s connection to Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn
    August 2019 Most with even a basic knowledge of American history know about “Custer’s Last Stand”, battle between the 7th Cavalry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, suffered a humiliating defeat against the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes during the Great Sioux War of 1876. LCol Custer …
  • Like it or not, cuts have to be made
    Ford government just cleaning up Liberals’ mess Toronto Sun, 5 May 2019  The Bow Valley Crag & Canyon, 5 May 2019 The recent protests at Queen’s Park by teachers and health care workers highlights just how noisy the next three years is going to be for the Ford government. I think most people understand the …
  • Little recognition for short military service within Canadian borders
    This is an updating and compilation of three past articles covering basically the same topic. January 2017 There is debate among some former Canadian service members over the issue of an additional service medal to recognize service personnel who don’t serve long enough to earn the current Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), which is awarded after …
  • Live earth full of hot air
    August 2007 Who thought it was a good idea to have a concert, requiring tons of electricity and musicians to travel via fossil-fuel burning buses and planes, and say that it is to promote awareness of global warming. Oh yeah, a pompous blow-hard who has probably done more to promote awareness of his future ambitions …
  • Livingston guilty – Proof of how far the corrupt Ontario Liberals will go to win an election
    January 2018 The most corrupt government in Ontario’s history was dealt a serious blow in an Ontario court on 19 January 2018.  Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson found David Livingston, former Chief of Staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, guilty of attempted mischief to data and illegal use of a computer. Former Deputy Chief …
  • Livingston sentenced to 4 months in e-mail deletion scandal
    April 2018 David Livingston got off very lightly being sentenced to only 4 months in jail. Livingston should have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, but I’d be willing to cut it down to a year if he starts talking. Livingston owes it to all Ontarians to tell who else was involved and what …
  • Local cadets stand vigil overnight at Barrie Cenotaph
    November 2018 Cadets from Barrie’s Army, Navy and Air Cadet units stood vigil overnight at the cenotaph in downtown Barrie, leading up to Sunday’s Remembrance Day services. This duty has been performed by Barrie cadets for the past 8 years.  The cadets rotate every 2 hours and are ferried back and forth from the Barrie …
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan needs to take a harder stance in the wake of terror attack
    March 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in the wake of the London terror attacks that he believes such attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city”.  Now Mayor Khan did add that he strongly advocates vigilance and the work of security services to prevent attacks, along with ordering a review of London’s …
  • Long vanished Royal Flying Corps aerodrome was the destination point for Canada’s first air mail delivery
    April 2012 Deep in the heart of the Leaside neighbourhood in Toronto lies the Leaside Business Park, a vibrant centre for business and manufacturing. The area also has an almost forgotten military past. During World War I, Canada Wire and Cable opened a munitions production factory, creating the subsidiary company, Leaside Munitions Company, to oversee …
  • Long-lost Great Lakes freighter remembered
    July 2018 The Great Lakes have been a major shipping route across the northern United States and southern Canada since the first fir traders came to North America.  The biggest of the lakes is Lake Superior, a lake that can turn violent when the weather turns bad. On 10 November 1975, the American Great Lakes …
  • Lost neighbourhoods 2 – Concrete City
    May 2019 When an entire community is abandoned, it’s usually due to things like the exhaustion of the natural resources that sustained it, a natural disaster, or man-made disaster like a mine fire or toxic contamination. There are literally thousands of “Ghost Towns” across the country. For Concrete City, it was due to the construction …
  • Luka Brasi is here to see you
    Toronto Sun 31 August 2018 In the wake of the announcement that President Donald Trump has reached a new trade agreement with Mexico to replace the NAFTA agreement, one that Canada has until this Friday (31 August) to join, it’s becoming quite apparent just how badly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blown the Canada-U.S. trade …
  • M-103 is a dangerous slope to be going down
    February 2017 So let me get this straight; Takek Fatah, a liberal, secular Muslim is called a “kafir”, an apostate from Islam, and subject to be killed by Muslim’s who subscribe to this interpretation of sharia law, for speaking out against the problems he sees within his own religion, yet in Canada, we’re worried about …
  • Mahar is truly a victim
    July 2007 Mahar Arar is truly a victim. Both of Canadian incompetence, but of the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. What happened to him should not have happened and it’s a shame that it did. However, would it have happened if the “enemy” in the war on terror was more clearly identifiable?
  • Make TTC special constables full police officers
    March 2008   In light of the recent shooting at the Spadina subway station (Witness to a shooting, March 29), it’s high time the Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and armed. Currently, as unarmed Special Constables, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer …
  • Make TTC Special Constables full police officers
    Toronto Sun 10 January 2017 Mayor John Tory recently asked Premier Kathleen Wynne to grant officers with the TTC Transit Enforcement Unit the power to direct traffic and tag and tow vehicles disrupting transit routes.  I support this idea, but that’s not the only discussion we should be having. Maybe it’s time the TTC special …
  • Maligned hero – General Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian Commander of the Canadian Corps
    July 2018 General Sir Arthur Currie, GCMG, KCB, has the unique distinction of being the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps, a post he was elevated to in 1917. Making this accomplishment even more significant is the fact that he rose to this position after beginning his military career in the Canadian militia …
  • Manufacturing job losses
    October 2008   With all the job losses in the manufacturing sector, I thought I would chime in with my two cents.
  • Maple Airport part of vibrant past
    Vaughan Perspectives 30 August 2008 Today, the City of Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities, a vibrant world-class city with several of the GTA’s major tourist attractions.  It was not so long ago that Vaughan was a tranquil rural community.  For a brief 30-year period, Vaughan Township as the area was know then, had …
  • Memorial cairn at Wegner Point in memory of paratroopers killed in tragic accident
    August 2019 On 8 May 1968 at around 8:30 pm, the worst peacetime Canadian military training accident occurred at Camp Petawawa, 100 miles north-west of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. It was a cold and windy day that 26 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Wollseley Barracks in London, Ontario, and …
  • Memorial to two lost War of 1812 schooners on Hamilton’s waterfront
    August 2019 In Confederation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, just off Van Wagners Beach, is a unique monument to the loss of two American schooners during the War of 1812. Looking like a small cemetery, there are in fact no bodies buried beneath the stones that bear the names of the 53 sailors that were claimed …
  • Men and Boobs
    December 2005 Here’s some guy info that you might find interesting: A gay man I met when on vacation with my wife, who was married to a woman before coming out, admitted to me that he still likes looking at women’s boobs. So there you have it; it’s truly is a guy thing. Gay or …
  • Military Museum holds Regiment’s history
    Collingwood Connection29 June 2007   Barrie Advance3 August 2007   Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Museum. The museum actually operates …
  • Military museum holds regiment’s history
    Note:  this is an update of an article written in 2007. August 2016 Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie’s downtown is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum. …
  • Minimum wage increase will cost jobs
    Barrie Examiner 27 September 2017 Re: “Opposition without solid solution disappointing (Peter Silveira, Barre Examiner, Sept 14): I don’t think anyone disagrees with raising the minimum wage, especially at the rate of inflation. Obviously employers can’t pay their workers in 2017 the same wage they were paid in 1987. The major problem is that wages …
  • 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 …
  • Mob women – The rise and fall of Hamilton’s own Bessie Starkman-Perri
    August 2019 Hamilton, Ontario, is known as “Steeltown” to locals and those who love the city. With two steel mills, Dafasco and Stelco, employers that have provided jobs to generations of Hamiltonians, it’s a natural nick-name. Hamilton also has another less-than-legal claim to fame as a base of operations for some of the Mafia bosses …
  • Monument dedicated to Canadian veterans of the American Civil War
    June 2018 Across Canada, there are hundreds of monuments and statues dedicated to the men and women who have served and died in Canada’s Armed Forces in wartime and on peacekeeping missions.  Every major city and numerous small towns have a cenotaph dedicated to the memory of our war dead.  Even some businesses and institutions …
  • Monument pays tribute to Canadian Vietnam Veterans
    April 2019 In Assumption Park in Windsor, Ontario, along the shores of the Detroit River, is a monument to the 147 Canadians who died fighting with American Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, along with 7 listed as POW/MIA. A similar monument was erected in Melocheville, Quebec, in October 1989 by the  Association Québécoise des …
  • 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 …
  • Moral hypocrisy in condemning cougar hunter
    January 2018 There has been much outrage about Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor show The Edge, shooting of a cougar back in December. As far as it’s been reported, it was a legal annual hunt done during a legal hunting season, sanctioned by the Alberta Environment Ministry as a part of their wildlife management. …
  • Mount Forest resident awarded the Victoria Cross
    December 2009 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross.  The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the medal twice. Frederick …
  • My Friend Never Came Home
    I once had a friend. He was a nice human. A long time ago I was living in a place where there were lots of other cats. We were all in little boxes with bars covering the front. Before that I didn’t have a home. I was living outside, eating mice and whatever other food …
  • Naive to state combat troops unnecessary
    Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror 28 July 2010   MIDLAND – Re: “How is the military helping our world?” Letters, July 22. Ms. Brock says, “If we didn’t have any soldiers, then we would not be able to have any wars, for who would fight them?” The statement is very naive. We need combat troops. Eventually, you have …
  • Near Forgotten Airfield
    Barrie Advance May 19, 2003 Longtime residents of the Stayner area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from a small airfield off Hwy 26 between Stayner and the tiny hamlet of Edenvale. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an …
  • Neepawa Airport’s WWII past
    April 2009 Longtime residents of the Neepawa area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome south-west of Rivers. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, an astounding program that …
  • Never missing an opportunity to virtue-signal
    June 2019 You have to admire U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence for his decorum and restraint in the face of having to endure a lecture from our fake feminist and Virtue-Signaller-in-Chief, Justin Trudeau.  Besides the fact that the abortion issue has nothing to do with international trade, nor had absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of …
  • No electric car here
    February 2016 Re: ” Ontario upping incentive to drive electric vehicle,” Antonella Artuso (Toronto Sun, Feb 10, 2016): I personally don’t care what kind of incentives there are to buy an electric car, whether it be from the government or the company itself.  Until car manufacturers develop an electric car that has BOTH the driving …
  • No mention of officers who took their own lives at annual memorial service
    October 2019 On 29 September, I attended the annual Canadian Police and Peace Officer Memorial ceremony in Ottawa, something I have done most years since 1997, missing only 2011, when I went to New York City for their 9-11 Ceremony and 2018, when I went to Albany, NY, for their annual Peace Officer Memorial ceremony. …
  • No more strikes
    Toronto Sun 4 February 2009 I appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are faced with the possibility that the elementary teachers federation may strike. We don’t need another education strike. Teaching in public educational …
  • No More Strikes
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) February 2009 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers …
  • No one’s safe when bullets fly
    January 2008   Re: No one’s safe when bullets fly (January 15, 2007), while I don’t believe there is a perfect solution to this problem, I think the only realistic one is to hand out harsh sentences for those who use guns in the commission of an offence, regardless of whether they harm anyone. The …
  • No suspension in thrills – the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
    December 2018 The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a unique tourist attraction, located in Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford, Ontario.  The 300 foot long bridge, built in 2004, takes visitors on a picturesque trip 30 feet over the Ranney Gorge, just south of Ranney Falls. Built with assistance of a construction engineering detachment from RCAF …
  • Not always right to strike
    (full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers federation may …
  • Not crying over lost revenue
    Toronto Sun 19 October 2018 Re “Bad deal either way” (Lorrie Goldstein, Oct. 17): Sure the government will forgo $3 billion in revenue by cancelling cap-and-trade, but how much tax revenue did Ontario lose and would have continued to lose as businesses and the jobs they provide moved to jurisdictions without any tax on carbon …
  • Not exactly gold plated careers
    May 2011   The issue of public sector pension plans is back in the headlines with the recent election. Several defeated MPs are now entitled to their “gold-plated Pension plans”.  As a public sector civil-servant, I wish to chime in with my two cents: Many in the private sector complain that they don’t have pension plans, …
  • Nothing’s free
    February 2016 Re: “Poor idea to scrap tuition fees,” (Matthew Lau, Toronto Sun, Feb 12), I would like to add one thing: there is no such thing as a free education; free anything for at matter (think of our “free” health-care).  Any “free” post-secondary education would in fact be paid for by taxpayers like you …
  • Now that would be a hoot
    Toronto Sun 15 July 2010 Congratulations to CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson on his retirement.It is well deserved. Any chance “Count Floyd” (aka SCTV’s Joe Flaherty)will be available to host the retirement dinner? Bruce Forsyth Barrie (Now that would be a hoot)
  • Ode to Joy – The last Joy Gas Station restored to its former glory
    August 2019 On Toronto’s waterfront, at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on Lakeshore Blvd West, sits a small red-roofed building, done in a French château-style of architecture. This building was once one of the iconic buildings that made up the Joy Gas Station chain of service centres in the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario. Designed …
  • Ode to the Porte St Louis
    Written by An Unknown Sailor The following poem was written by an unknown sailor on the Porte St Jean. If you are the writer, please e-mail me and I will give you proper credit.  It was originally titled Ode to the Porte St Jean, but since I was serving aboard her sister ship HMCS Porte …
  • Old lake freighter finds second life as a break-wall
    June 2019 In the Port Credit section of Mississauga, Ontario, a former village on the shores of Lake Ontario, the harbour is protected by two crushed stone break-walls and a third that is actually a former lake freighter:  the S.S. Ridgetown. The Ridgetown, originally named the S.S. William E. Corey, was launched on 24 March 1905 as the flagship …
  • On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate those who truly deserve it
    March 2018 In honour of Women’s Day, I wish to highlight that the many of the progressives who are embracing and fetishizing the hijab in North American society are forgetting the fact that there are women in Islamic countries like Iran who are risking their personal safety to fight for the right to choose whether …
  • On one foggy day aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius
    Legion Magazine January/February 2010 On one foggy day in May 1989 when I was sailing aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius, we were sailing in formation with the Porte St Jean about 500 yards behind us.  I was on lifebuoy sentry duty and heard the following transmission come across my Personal Radio Communicator (PRC): “Lifebuoy sentry, …
  • One is legal; the other is illegal
    April 2019 Re:  Worst part of the Lavalin mess is the Tory response (Jim Warren, Toronto Sun, 7 April 2019):  Although I’m a Conservative, I do respect and appreciate Jim Warren’s observations but on this one, he’s way off base. Yes, opposition members did once criticize former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Rabould, as …
  • Ontario Provincial Police the wrong choice for Barrie
    April 2007 I find it hard to believe that there are still people out there who feel that Barrie City Council should disband Barrie Police and contract the O.P.P. to police the city. This is an extremely misguided way to avoid the rising cost of policing Barrie.
  • OPP policed Barrie for a decade
    Barrie Advance February 2008 Canadian Police Insignia Collector’s Association Newsletter September 2008 The Barrie Police Service is the fourth oldest police force still in existence in Ontario, after the Kingston Police Service (1841), the Hamilton Police Service (1833) and the Brockville Police Service (1832). However, this distinction was almost never realized. On July 1, 1946, …
  • Orillia’s forgotten army camp
    May 2007 Orillia is a city on the edge of cottage country that provides big city conveniences with a small town charm. The city and the surrounding area feature a variety of recreational and cultural activities for both residents and the thousands of people who visit each year. During the Second World War, Orillia played …
  • OSAP cuts don’t have to mean the end of your post-secondary career
    September 2019 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting in Ottawa that, “…a number of University of Ottawa students say they’ve had to alter their course loads because of the $600 million cut to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).” No doubt this scenario is playing out at other universities and colleges across the province too. …
  • Overdue honour: Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson to be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll
    April 2017 On 20 April 2017, the family of the late Staff Sergeant Eddie Adamson received some long-overdue good news:  Eddie will be honoured on the Toronto Police Honour Roll, something he was denied in 2005. Adamson’s widow Linda and daughter Julie had to fight for the recognition bestowed on Toronto Police officers who die In …
  • Pay while suspended
    Toronto Sun 2 July 2013 Readers have asked why a police officer remains on the payroll while facing criminal charges. A criminal court has no authority to fire anyone from their job or take away their pay cheque. Only an employer can fire someone. Barrie Police Const. Nevill will now face charges under the Police …
  • 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 …
  • Peace defended by those willing to wage war
    Barrie Advance 27 May  2010 A lot of people subscribe to the fanciful myth that Canada is a “peacekeeper nation” which is a load of bunk. Have you ever heard of Canada’s contributions to the South African War, WWI, WWII, Korea or the first Gulf War? Peacekeeping, like world peace, is an ideal situation, but …
  • Pennsylvania’s Lost Town: Documentary film has its debut
    June 2017 On 6 May 2017, a long-awaited documentary film had its premiere at the Majestic Theater in Pottsville, Pennsylvania:  CENTRALIA, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.  Directed by Joe Sapienza II, the film documents the rise and fall of a once thriving mining town, a fall that many will argue didn’t have to happen. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region …
  • People Helping People – The legacy of Nils Johanson
    January 2019 On 11 January 2019, Canada lost a veteran broadcaster and addictions counselor who went beyond what anyone would expect. He truly cared helping addicts find their way to recovery and preventing them from going down the path to destruction that should have killed him years before heart troubles and ultimately pneumonia finally took …
  • Pioneer woman’s gravesite remembered with city park
    November 2017 In the south-east corner of Barrie, Ontario, sits a small park sandwiched between Priscillas Place and Lockhart Road sits small corner park named J. Gibbons Park. All that one will find in this park are a lone grave and a monument stone telling the story of a woman named Jane (Young) Gibbins, the …
  • Poles indicate that the McWynnety Victory
    June 2014 Some poles in the Ontario general election indicate that the McWynnety (sic) Liberals could win with a minority government.  Although I am a conservative supporter, I honestly have no idea if Tim Hudak is on the right track with his plans, but he should be given the opportunity to try to turn Ontario …
  • Police and the mentally ill
    October 2013 Regarding the article “Police shooting victims families still searching for answers” (Toronto Sun, 16 October 2013, by Michelle Mandel), there are two issues that need to be stressed. Firstly, let’s all get off this ridiculous notion that cops should be trained to shoot for the arm or leg.  Anyone who shots firearms (rifles …
  • Police aren’t more important, just different
    Recently, several callers to Newstalk 1010 angrily complained about the large public funerals and media attention given police funerals.  One particular listener, who identified himself as a construction worker, bitterly complained that almost 400 construction workers were killed last year, and none of them received public funerals or attention from the media.  This caller also …
  • Police in impossible position
    June 2015 Re:  “MNR cuts to blame for bear shooting” (Toronto Sun, June 2):  Once again the police are placed in an impossible position because a more appropriate agency, for whatever reason, is unable to respond fast enough.  Police aren’t supposed to be wildlife management officers, mental health workers or social service workers, yet time and …
  • Police leadership is failing their frontline officers as the stigma continues
    July 2019 Re:  “Mental health stigma persists at police service, veteran officer says,” (Barrie Advance, 9 May 2019):  I can relate to the lack of support that Cst Brad Traves talks about.  I’m a retired police officer who also suffers from PTSD and I received absolutely no support from my police service or even from …
  • Police must be able to pursue
    Toronto Sun 6 June 2007 Regarding police pursuits — we can make this really simple: When you see flashing red lights on a police car, pull to the right and stop as soon as you can safely do so. Period! The idea of banning police from pursuing people suspected of committing an offence is ridiculous, …
  • Political theatre at its worst
    September 2017 So Premier Kathleen Wynne is threatening to sue Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown for libel after he inadvertently said she is on “trial” relating to the corruption charges currently being heard against Liberal staffers in Sudbury, something he immediately corrected to say that she was only testifying as a Crown witness.  Really Premier?  Is …
  • Politics as usual in Toronto
    September 2018 Although I’m in favour of cutting Toronto City Council from 47 members to 25, I must congratulate the mayor and councilors for winning their court challenge.  You all worked very quickly, very efficiently and very hard to present your case to the court and you prevailed, regardless of Premier Ford’s invocation of the …
  • Port Dalhousie’s Lakeside Carousel – A century of family fun
    September 2019 The Port Dalhousie community of St. Catherines, Ontario, is home to a unique tourist attraction. For a century, visitors to Lakeside Park have been able to ride the Lakeside Park Carousel, one of only nine antique hand carved carousels still operating in Canada and one of approximately 350 in North America. The cost …
  • Pot, Kettle is on line 2 for you
    Toronto Sun 6 March 2019 Re:   “Huawei CFO suing Canada” ( Associated Press, 4 March 2019):  When reading this article, I actually had to look at the top of the page to make sure that someone didn’t slip in a page from The Onion into my Toronto Sun because I figured this had to be a …
  • Pot, this is kettle, over – Thibeault’s lack of self-awareness
    Toronto Sun 2 February 2018 Re: Conservative promises don’t add up (Glenn Thibeault, Toronto Sun, 21 January): Gee, where do I start with this one?! Minister Thibeault demonstrates an incredible lack of self-awareness when he states in his first paragraph that, “PC MPP Rick Nicholls’ column is proof that his party will say anything to …
  • Prime Minister Dressup needs to put on his big boy pants
    June 2018 As a proud Canadian, I can’t agree with everything that Trump does, including his actions at the recent G7 meeting, he is simply putting America first, just as our selfie-loving frat-boy prime minister should be doing. Prime Minister Selfie needs to put down the selfie camera, stop hanging around with and trying to please …
  • Privitizing the LCBO may not be a bad idea
    December 2012 I think it is a little early to summarily dismiss the idea of privatizing entities like the LCBO.  Yes, it does generate billions in revenues for the provincial government, but what is wrong with examining how efficiently is the LCBO run?   When you consider how much money the LCBO spends on overhead (their …
  • Public vs Private Sector
    3 April 2011   To raise public sector salaries when private sector wages stagnate or drop is a touchy subject, but I wished to throw in my two cents (no pun intended). Although I am a public sector worker, and have my opinion, there are good arguments on both sides.  Yes, we generally have very …
  • Put the blame where it belongs
    August 2008 Re: (SIU clears cops in fatal crash: Barrie Advance, 13 August 2008), let’s make one thing clear: Ronald Miller is the one and only person responsible for the death of Michael O’Keefe. That is why he is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and flight from police.
  • Put your money where your mouth is, Prime Minister Trudeau
    Toronto Sun 22 June 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to be challenged to hold a referendum on his forced implementation of a carbon tax on provinces that refuse to implement their own. Support for carbon taxes appears to be falling as people finally realize what these plans will actually cost them in the wallet. …
  • Quebec Sucks Canada Dry
    March 2007   Although I am a conservative, I don’t support the giving Quebec any more money than any other “have-not” province. No more buying their loyalty.
  • Re-dedication of Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph does nothing to mend insult
    August 2019 On 17 August, the Department of National Defence (DND) held a re-dedication ceremony of the Kandahar Memorial Cenotaph in the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) – Carling Campus, a private ceremony for family members of those lost in the Afghanistan War and other invited guests. This was an attempt to …
  • Reflections of a Peace Officer
    Hanover Post 17 June 2005 The recent death of RCMP Constable Jose Agostinho of the Wetaskiwin, Alberta Detachment, has brought to the forefront yet again, the dangers faced every day by Peace Officers across Canada. It certainly makes me think back to March of this year. Although more than four months have passed since the …
  • Restoration of historic Belle Isle Newsboy Shelter desperately needed
    June 2018 The historic Victorian Newsboy Shelter on Detroit’s Belle Isle is in danger of collapse and desperately needs restoration.  Built in 1911, the wooden structure is rotting after years of neglect. The historic and architecturally significant shelter for picnickers on Belle Isle has unique conical turrets around the perimeter with archways supported by handcrafted …
  • Restored Freeman-Burlington Junction Station opens to the public
    July 2017 In Burlington, Ontario on Canada Day 2017, a crowd watched as Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and other dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon to re-open the restored historic Freeman-Burlington Junction Train Station.  A historical plaque was also unveiled. Starting in 2015, numerous volunteers began the process of restoring the century-old former Grand Trunk Railway station, …
  • Restored historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church re-opens to great fanfare
    August 2016 On 19 August 2016, a ceremony was held to commemorate the re-opening of the historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church at the intersection of Line 3 North and Old Barrie Rod in Oro-Medonte Township. Several dignitaries attended he public ceremony including Ontario Lieutenant-Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, MPs Alex Nuttall and Bruce Stanton, …
  • Reunion of Original Genesis Member Possible?
    April 2006 Rumors continue to abound about a reunion of the members of Genesis, the popular Progressive Rock band form the 1970s and huge pop-hitmakers of the 1980s.
  • Rock & Roll’s broken heart – The rise and tragic end of Alan Freed
    May 2019 Elvis Presley may be the King of Rock & Roll, but there would be no Rock & Roll if it wasn’t for Alan Freed. Alan Freed was the Rock & Roll Disc Jockey and media personality who coined the term in 1951 to describe the uptempo rhythm and blues sound playing on radios …
  • Rolling Stones celebrate 50th; hint about tour
    July 2012 I hope the Rolling Stones consider a 50th Anniversary Tour. I hope that the band also pays tribute to founding member, pianist Ian Stewart.  For those who do not know Ian Stewart, or “Stu” as he was known by the band, he was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but was dismissed …
  • Roxham Road – A trip to the Twilight Zone
    May 2018 On a recent road-trip, I made my way to the now infamous Roxham Road, the now-officially-designated unofficial Point-of-Entry straddling the Canada-American border at Quebec and New York State where economic migrants come to make their refugee claims in contravention of the Safe Third Country Agreement. As I was already in the States, I …
  • Roy Brown and the “Flying Circus”
    August 2016 Canada has a proud military heritage and many notable Canadians have distinguished themselves in the service of their country.  One such Canadian is WWI flying ace Captain A. Roy Brown, a pilot who twice earned the Distinguished Service Cross.  Brown would achieve fame for being the pilot officially credited with shooting down the …
  • Royal Canadian Legion recognizes Sir William Stephenson honour
    The Maple Leaf 24 June 2009 On 2 May 2009, Branch 637, The Sir William Stephenson Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion officially recognized the induction of the late Sir William Stephenson, CC, MC, DFC, as an honorary member of the United States Military Intelligence Corps.  This is a significant honour that has been bestowed …
  • Russia and the nothing burger
    September 2017 The whole Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy has been a big nothing burger, so much so that even the left is losing interest in it.  The not-so-veiled hopes that that the testimony of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner before congress would be the beginning of Trump’s Watergate have vanished quicker than Trump can tweet “Fake news.” …
  • S.S. Keewatin – A jewel from the glory days of Great Lakes passenger travel
    January 2018 Moored at a dock in Port McNicoll, Ontario, visitors can tour a ship that harkens back to the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by Canadian Pacific Railway, the S.S. Keewatin is the last of the Edwardian-era Great Lakes passenger steamers.  Out of service since it was …
  • Sacrifice goes unrecognized
    Toronto Sun 30 January 2008 Blue Line Magazine February 2008 With the recent victory in the campaign to get Cobourg Police Constable Chris Garrett nominated for the Police Cross of Valour, we must not overlook another battle to honour a deserving police officer for his service to his country and commuty.
  • Sailor who died at Pear Harbour returns home 77 years later
    June 2018 Like all men and women who join the military, Seaman 1st Class Edward Slapikas no doubt intended to return home to his family, either for visits or upon discharge. Slapikas joined the United States Navy just prior to America’s entry into World War II and was posted to the USS Oklahoma, a battleship then stationed …
  • Save For your Future
    September 2000 A new school year is upon us and with it, another crop of already or soon-to-be debt-ridden students will be descending upon the campuses of Ontario’s colleges and universities. With Skyrocketing post-secondary tuition costs, many students are being crushed under a heavy student debt load. This however, is something that I do not …
  • Save the Cash
    Toronto Sun 16 June 2009 Attention, Michael Ignatieff: We do not need another election! Do you hear that? We do not need a fourth election in five years, which will more than likely result in another minority government, be it Conservative or Liberal. Get off your Sussex Drive- dreaming- high-horse and try working with the …
  • Scapegoat or murderer?
    January 2008 Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (Jan. 3, 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry “Breaker” Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should …
  • Screaming Tunnel – One of the lesser known Niagara-area attractions
    March 2019 Running underneath the Canadian National Railway line near the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 405 outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is one of the lesser known and more unusual tourist attractions in the area. Known locally as “The Screaming Tunnel,” this 125 foot long, 16 foot high arched limestone tunnel …
  • Serious allegations
    Toronto Sun 11 July 2010 Re:  G20 prisoner #0106: Sa (Toronto Sun, July 1, 2010), Wow!  I usually agree with Rachel’s columns, but this one is too much.  Those are some pretty serious accusations that her friend Tommy Taylor is making.  I hope they are investigated thoroughly, and if they prove to be false, I …
  • Seriously Tom, do you hear yourself talking? – Former NDP strategist criticizes Conservatives
    May 2018 Re:  “Ford and Kenny will cut for the rich” (Toronto Sun, 14 May):  Tom Parkin, a former NDP staffer and social democrat media commentator, criticizes provincial Progressive Conservative leaders Jason Kenny and Rob Ford for “…bribing voters with public money,” then goes on to outline how Andrea Horwath will give us all sorts of “freebies,” …
  • Service not just overseas
    Barrie Advance 11 November 2009 This time of the year, our thoughts turn to our military veterans; those brave men and women who have donned the uniform of Canada. We particularly honour those who served overseas, in combat zones or on peacekeeping tours, but any person who has honorably served in the Canadian Forces deserves …
  • Shining a light on the past – the Burlington Beach Canal Lighthouse
    August 2019 Since 1858, a stone lighthouse has stood beside the Burlington Bay Shipping Canal, connecting Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour to Lake Ontario. Today, both lake freighters and pleasure craft transit through the canal, cut through the sandbar that separates the bay from Lake Ontario in the 1820s as a part of the early shipping routes …
  • Should Handguns be Banned in Canada?
    Barrie Advance 15 August 2005 Michael Coren recently asked on his radio show on CFRB Radio ( www.cfrb.com ) if all handguns should be banned, except those carried by law enforcement officers. I say no, as banning handguns will have absolutely no effect on the gun violence currently plaguing Toronto.
  • Should mentally ill man be branded a terrorist for attacking Canadian soldiers?
    April 2018 Re: “A matter that matters” (Michelle Mandel, Toronto Sun, 21 April), the one aspect of this case of Avanle Hassan Ali that really jumped out at me is the conclusions of the examining psychiatrists, that being, “The doctors concluded his delusions and psychosis left him unable to realize his actions were morally wrong.” …
  • Should Raw Milk be Sold Legally?
    November 2006 The recent raid on the farm of Michael Schmidt, the farmer from the Town of Durham (near Owen Sound), who has been charged with operating a milk-processing plant without a licence, presents some interesting issues on whether raw milk should be legally sold in Ontario.
  • Site 41 dump temporarily stopped
    August 2009 For good or bad, right or wrong, Simcoe County council voted to put a one year moratorium of the construction of the Simcoe North Landfill, AKA, Site 41.  Now Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis is suggesting that Site 41 be abandoned as there will never be support for situating a landfill on the …
  • SIU not so toothless
    October 2008   As a serving police officer, I can tell you that even a “toothless SIU” still scares many police officers, especially the honest ones. Even though many of their staff are ex-cops, has no one heard on the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affaris to American cop-show watchers). The job of these officers is …
  • So much for Trump being a fascist dictator
    29 April 2017 Re:  “When all else fails, blame Canada” (Lorne Gunter, April 25): Thanks to those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, the mainstream liberal media has been full of hyperbolic rhetoric calling Trump a fascist and comparing him to Hitler. As Gunter points out, Trump has failed so far in his efforts to replace Obamacare, …
  • So who exactly is the hypocrite here?
    September 2018 To all those who think Premier Doug Ford is a dictator and a hypocrite for “forcing his personal will” in cutting Toronto council “simply because he was elected”:  did you object to Premier Dalton McGuinty forcing wind turbines and solar farms on unwilling rural municipalities?  How about when he forced the health tax …
  • So who’s the deplorable? – Trump cleared and Trudeau keeps sinking
    March 2019 For two years, Robert Muller has been investigating allegations the President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Now the report has been released and Muller has concluded that despite the fact that many, many left-wing pundits, politicians and celebrities have been saying Trump’s impeachment is imminent, there was …
  • So you wanna be a rock & roll star
    October 2018 54.40 54-40 is an alternative rock band from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, formed in 1981 by Neil Osborne on lead vocals and guitar, Brad Merritt on bass guitar and Ian Franey on drums. They made their recording debut in 1981 by contributing four songs on the independent compilation LP Things Are Still Coming Ashore, featuring songs …
  • Soldier would serve in Afghanistan again
    Barrie Advance   19 March 2008   If there is one word that describes Jordan Webb, it would be modest. The 24-year-old Beeton resident and corporal with Barrie’s Grey & Simcoe Foresters completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan last year with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. While some may call …
  • Soldiers Aren’t Social Workers – Canada’s Battle Scars
    Barrie Advance 10 September 2006 Toronto Sun 12 September 2006 Regarding NDP Leader Jack Layton’s assertion that Canada should withdraw from Afghanistan as we are a peacekeeper nation: Let’s get one thing straight: those who believe this fanciful myth that Canada is a “peace-keeper nation” obviously haven’t read a history book. Does Vimy Ridge or …
  • Some Gave All
    Some gave all In a far away land They left our shores And never returned   They lie in graves Far from their home Their families left behind Just faded photos remain   Forever young Frozen in time But never forgotten Those who gave all  
  • Speaking of Spineless Moves…
    March 2006   Tim Dorsey, KTRS Radio (St Louis) CEO, recently fired talk-show host Dave Lenihan for using the word “coon” during on-air conversation with a listener about U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s possible application for the role of Commissioner of the NFL. I think this was a completely spineless move on his part. …
  • St. Michael’s College embroiled in sex assault scandal
    November 2018 So St. Mike’s, how’s your reputation now?  If you were worried about protecting the reputation of your school, you’ve cratered it now. By not reporting a violent sexual assault on a male student by his fellow students, an apparent hazing, until the police literally came to you to after the media approached them …
  • Stark raving mad
    Toronto Sun 3 December 2008 To the leaders of the Opposition parties, there is really no eloquent way of putting this, so I will say it this way: HAVE YOU GONE F$@&ING MAD!!!
  • Stop the “Stop Harper” signs
    June 2011   Recently while driving along Lakeshore Drive, I saw two protesters outside Barrie MP Patrick Brown’s office with a “Stop Harper” sign. While I really do appreciate the fact that we are free to protest our government without fear of imprisonment or worse, can’t we give the “Stop Harper” rhetoric a break?  Sure some people …
  • Stores should bring back paper bags
  • Storm brings out the worst in people‏
      8 January 2014   It’s unbelievable that some people lost hundreds of dollars worth of food in the middle of a deep freeze. Unless you live in a condo that doesn’t have a balcony, or you don’t have a car where they could store food (the trunk makes a great fridge/freezer too), or you …
  • Striking the Balance
    This is a question that I submitted to Duran Duran’s web site (www.duranduran.com). “Ask Katy” section.  It also appears in the book “Would someone please explain?:  The best of Duran Duran’s Ask Katy” by Katy Krassner. 26 April 2008 I have a question for the band. Having written so many enduring, classic songs, do you …
  • Taking up the fight
      Barrie Advance   15 November 2006   Remembrance Day is a day for honouring the sacrifices of Canada’s war veterans. Over the last 100 years, Canadians have answered the call to duty in numerous wars and peacekeeping missions, including the current mission in Afghanistan. For the first time since Korea, Canadians are involved in …
  • Thankful for Canada’s military
    October 2007 Re: Peter Worhtington’s Young Canadians Respond (October 12), it’s good to see that young Canadians are upholding this country’s proud military history, despite what the “peace-at-any-price proponents” would like. Historically, Canadians have fielded the biggest non-conscript military. It just seems to be an inherent trait that Canadians are willing to serve their country …
  • The “Silent Hill” church – Last church standing in Centralia
    September 2019 On a hill overlooking Centralia, Pennsylvania, a partially abandoned ghost town deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, sits Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. While fans of the Silent Hill movies and video games will recognize the church as the fictional “Silent Hill” church, this church is actually one of …
  • The “tolerant left” strikes again; literally.
    January 2017 In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the “tolerant left” continues to show the kind of hateful intolerance to other political views that is their trademark. Back on January 21, a male NDP supporter (Jason Dion Bews) at the NDP sponsored Women’s March on Washington in Edmonton, Alberta, a rally organized to …
  • The adventures of Teddy
    Teddy visits the abandoned railway town of Depot Harbour, Ontario Located on Parry Island, Ontario, Depot Harbour was founded in 1892 as a railway company town by John Rudolphus Booth, the owner of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Canadian Atlantic Railway. Depot Harbour, which served as the western terminus for the railway, featured many of the …
  • The Arming of Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables – What’s at Stake
    January 2006   It’s high time Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Special Constables were treated as the professionals that are. Although they are not Police Officers, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer on or in relation to TTC property, which includes busses and streetcars. Accordingly, they are expected …
  • The army “invades” Alliston’s Potato Festival, but for fun only
    August 2007 I wish to comment on Bradley Campaigne’s letter (Festival no place for military propaganda, 17 August, Alliston Herald). While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I don’t know what world you are living in. What makes you think that a kiddy commando course will ‘help promote a faction of our society that …
  • The Big Apple – A unique roadside attraction
    May 2018 Of all the roadside attractions, The Big Apple restaurant and bakery is one of the more unique ones you can find. Found beside Highway 401 in Colborne, Ontario, The Big Apple opened in 1984 and has evolved into a mini amusement park.  It’s easily spotted due to the large 35 foot high, 38 …
  • The Cause of World War I – The shot that started a war – The assassination of the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary
    October 2007 This year we celebrate the 89th anniversary of the end of the Great War; “The War To End All Wars”; The First World War. Despite all the major reasons why the war might have started, the actual incident which started WWI, took place in a small corner of Europe called Sarajevo, a city …
  • The crumbling remains of America’s Jewish vacationland – The rise and fall of the Borscht Belt
    November 2018 The Borscht Belt was the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City. In an era when Jewish people still faced discrimination elsewhere, Borscht Belt resorts were popular for family vacations before cheap airfare allowed …
  • The danger of judging the past using today’s morals and standards
      August 2017 In the wake of the violence at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I unequivocally condemn the racism and violence of white racist groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists, just like I condemn racism from all ethnic groups and races. The focus of the protest originated out of …
  • The Dangerous Book For Boys
    May 2007 I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the …
  • The dangerous game of Peacekeeping
    August 2017 On 9 August 1974, Canada suffered its greatest single-incident loss of life in peacekeeping operations when a Royal Canadian Air Force DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft, assigned to the second United Nations Emergency Force mission in Syria, was shot down by three missiles fired by the Syrian Army.  All nine passengers and crew were killed. …
  • The Death of Cpl. Anthony Boneca, RCR Battle Group
    June 2006 I find it really unfortunate the family of Cpl. Anthony Boneca’s girlfriend chose to release his private e-mails, as it is so easy to take them out of context. Cpl. Boneca served as a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan.
  • The Dieppe Raid – An elaborate cover for an attempted theft
    April 2017 The Dieppe Raid, also known by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was a Canadian-led raid on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, on the northern coast of France, on 19 August 1942. For decades afterwards, many viewed the Dieppe Raid as a colossal failure that didn’t achieve any of its objectives and had …
  • The election of Donald Trump: A big middle finger to the political establishment
    November 2016 Well, I’m really enjoying seeing all the heads of the left-wing progressive voters exploding in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. It’s also deliciously ironic to see all the protesters out there protesting Trump’s victory, stating he’s “Not my president,” when Trump was …
  • The endless debate of a living wage
    Barrie Examiner 9 December 2016 The issue of a “living wage”, especially for minimum-wage workers, is in the fore-front once again.  This isn’t an easy issue to resolve as it’s very much a question of balance. If the minimum-wage is too low, workers have difficulty affording even the basic needs, let alone having a decent …
  • The great American clean-up part 3: Another successful clean-up in Centralia
    October 2018 On 20 October 2018, around 100 volunteers contributed to the 5th annual community clean-up in Centralia, “Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.” Organized by EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation), the clean-up has become an increasingly popular annual tradition for community-minded citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond the state, along with current and former residents …
  • The great American clean-up, Part 2: Illegal dumping continues in Centralia
    October 2017 On 21 October 2017, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) organized another successful community clean-up in Centralia, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town. Since May 2014, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) has been organizing annual community clean-ups in Centralia, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. Although the …
  • The great American clean-up: Volunteers clean-up illegal dumping in Centralia
    September 2016 On 24 September 2016, 60 volunteers from a wide age-range gathered in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, for a community clean-up.  Although the borough is virtually abandoned, with only 6 residents remaining, two busy state roads run through it, so Centralia is far from deserted. Some of …
  • The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
    Essa Times 7 December 2008 The Grey & Simcoe Foresters have been a fixture in Barrie since they were formed on 15 December 1936, when The Grey Battalion from Owen Sound and Barrie’s The Simcoe Foresters amalgamated. However, Barrie’s military history goes back much further. Barrie’s first militia units were two small rifle companies, No. …
  • The Harper critics still aren’t happy.
    5 May 2011 A writer on Simcoe.com wrote, anonymously of course, criticizing me for my letter “PM didn’t ‘seize’ power – he was elected”, (Letters, April 20), where I was responding to a letter published in the Midland Mirror, “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8).  This WEB writer, who hid under the pseudonym …
  • The historic ruins of St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church
    August 2019 St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, a castle-like limestone church, has stood tall in rolling hills of Glengarry, Ontario, for 200 years. Built by Scottish immigrants between 1815 and 1821, the massive stone walls were once capped by a large timber roof that allowed it to be without interior columns, providing an unobstructed view …
  • The impermanence of man-made structures – The shattered remains of the Kinzua Bridge
    May 2019 The Kinzua Bridge was a railroad trestle near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania that collapsed during a tornado in 2003.  The 301 foot high, 2052 foot long trestle spanning over the Kinzua Valley, was built in 1900 for the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway; a steel bridge that replaced the original wrought iron …
  • The Khadr quandary – Justice must be seen to be done
    July 2017 There have been no shortage of opinions on the recent payment and apology to admitted terrorist Omar Khadr. While it may be a legal reality that Khadr’s Charter rights were violated and some form of compensation is inevitable, hasn’t stopped 71% of Canadians from disagreeing with Trudeau’s decision to apologize and pay Khadr …
  • The last Canadian soldier to die in the Vietnam War
    September 2018 On 7 April 1973, a helicopter carrying Captain Charles Laviolette and eight other international members of the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam (ICCS) was shot down after taking ground fire on a flight from Gio Linh to Lao Bao, killing all on board. The ICCS was established in 1973 to supervise …
  • The last surviving Royal Canadian Regiment veteran of the Battle of Paardeberg died 47 years ago
    August 2018 Lieutenant Austin Chisholm was just a young private when Boer General Piet Cronjé surrendered with 4, 000 of his soldiers to British and Canadian troops at Paardeberg on 27 February 1900. With Chisholm’s regiment, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), facing down Cronjé’s troops from an elevated position a short 65 yards away, the …
  • The legacy of Dudley George
    June 2006 Like it or not, Caledonia has the ghost of Dudley George hanging over it. You have a provincial government so fearful of another native protester being killed by police that they are completely ignoring unlawful behaviour on the part of the native protesters, not to mention its complete refusal to enforce the court …
  • The man who built a castle
    August 2016 When you mention the name Sir Henry Pellatt, most people don’t recognize the name.  Well, Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, CVO, was a Canadian financier and soldier, notable for bringing hydro-electricity to Toronto, Ontario.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Well, he was also the man who build a large château on a hill in Toronto …
  • The Martels – Canada’s guardians of Rock & Roll
    Original article August 2010; updated June 2019 Neil Young once sang, “Rock and Roll will never die.”  The Martels are doing their best to ensure that never happens.  This year they will be celebrating their 20th straight year performing at Kempenfest, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to their popularity and place in the history …
  • The Old Soldier – Regimental Sergeant-Major Thomas McKenzie remembered at Wolseley Barracks
    September 2019 In London, Ontario, the historic Wolseley Barracks, has been a fixture in the city since 1884, when it was established as the home of “D” Company of the Infantry Corps School, on farmland in Middlesex County, owned by John Carling, son of the founder of the Carling Brewery. Although it is still an …
  • The Ontario Liberals and their unbelievable chutzpah
    January 2016 Re “Buddy can you spare $300 billion,” (Candice Malcolm, 26 December):  apparently Deb Matthews and the Liberals have discovered a very special level of chutzpah with their request that Ontarians donate their tax refunds to help pay down Ontario’s debt; a debt that the Liberals have run-up through their poor fiscal management, boondoggles …
  • The poppy symbolizes SACRIFICE, not war
      Barrie Advance 6 November 2017 Regarding those who advocate for wearing the “White Poppy” because they feel the red poppy symbolizes war:  The red poppy symbolizes the SACRIFICE of soldiers who died in conflict and became popularized as a result of the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, written in 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, MD. …
  • The popular vote
    Toronto Sun 5 May 2011 The corpse of Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal leadership isn’t even cold yet, and already the left-leaning whiners are complaining Stephen Harper doesn’t have the right to govern because he only got 39.62% of the popular vote. Doesn’t have the right to govern? I wonder if these whiners realize Jean Chretien’s Liberals …
  • The positive side of PTSD
    March 2019 Awareness of PTSD has never been higher today, but we are still needlessly loosing first responders and military veterans to suicide at alarming rates.  In March 2019, it was reported that OPP constable Roch Durivage had become the fourth member of the Ontario Provincial Police to take his own life since July and …
  • The price of convenience?
    April 2019 I have a question for those who profess that selling alcoholic beverages in convenience stores will result in higher prices: Could this just be the price of convenience? Your local Macs, Circle K or Happy/Lucky/Fortune primarily exist for convenience sake; for a quick stop to get milk, cigarettes or some snacks for the …
  • The pride of Canada’s military – Vimy Ridge 100 years later
    April 2017 On 9 April 2017, officially dedicated as Vimy Ridge Day in 2003, Canadians across the country and in France attended services to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an infamous battle fought by the Canadian Corps from 9 to 12 April 1917, a part of the Battle of Arras in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais …
  • The return of the enigma
      May 2016 With the recent news that convicted serial killer Karla Holmolka is now living in Chateauguay, outside of Montreal, newspapers and web sites are again filled with stories about her.  Some may wonder if we should just leave her alone; let sleeping dogs lie.  Are we just re-opening old wounds and rehashing things …
  • The right to quit
    January 2009 Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, 1 January 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.
  • The rise and fall of the Hamilton Parks Police
    March 2017 The Hamilton Parks Police Force was a special constable force that patrolled parks within the City of Hamilton, Ontario, from 1943 until 1963. In reaction to a rise of vandalism and other criminal offences in the early 1940s, Hamilton Parks superintendent Fred Marshal hired George James in 1943 to patrol Gage Park, making him …
  • The rise and fall of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm
    The Naval Reserve Link January 2007 Esprit de Corp Magazine September 2007 www.aircraftcarrier.name web site May 2010 The origins of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service go back to World War I, when the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was formed in April 1915. Among the first British naval aviators were over 600 members of …
  • The Rivers Bell – A landlocked ship’s bell that still managed to travel
    The Rivers Banner, 8 September 2008 The Lookout – Navy News, 27 May 2016 Canadian Army Aviation web site – www.canadianarmyaviation.ca/aatts_mess_bar_bell.html A ship’s bell is an essential component of any ship. Usually made of brass with the ship’s name engraved on it, the ship’s bell is used to indicate time on board a ship and …
  • The shortest war in history
    November 2016 The shortest recorded war in history was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, a military conflict between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate.  The war was fought on 27 August 1896 and lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, depending on when one considers the beginning or end of the war (the 38 minute mark is the …
  • The silence from the left is deafening
    October 2015 The federal  election of 2015 is over and Stephen Harper and his Conservative government were defeated by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, who won a solid majority in Canada’s Parliament. I’m trying very hard not to be too smug as I enjoy the silence, or should I say hypocritical silence, from the left-wing …
  • 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 …
  • The sole reminder of a long-vanished town – Abandoned Ontario jail a favourite among urban explorers
    May 2018 The crumbling ruins of Camp Bison stand as the sole reminder of a long-vanished town. Ontario has many ghost towns; towns that once bustled with people and activity but now are silent. The former Town of Burwash, south of Sudbury, is a favourite among Urban Explorers. Burwash was originally founded in 1914 to …
  • The strange saga of Scary Lucy
    May 2019 In the Village of Celoron, outside Jamestown, New York, the birthplace of iconic comedienne Lucile Ball, there is a small park along the shore of Lake Chautauqua dedicated to her memory.  In 2009, a bronze statue of Ball was installed near the entrance to Lucile Ball Memorial Park, one that would elevate the …
  • The Town That Was
    May 2015 A ghost town is a once-populated area that is abandoned, or partially abandoned, because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural disasters, government actions, environmental or nuclear disasters or war. Centralia, Pennsylvania, is one such partially abandoned ghost town. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, the town once …
  • The train doesn’t stop here anymore: The ghost town of Depot Harbour
    October 2016 A ghost town is a once flourishing town that is wholly or mostly abandoned, usually as a result of the economic activity that supported it has failed, usually due to resource exhaustion, natural disasters or government actions that make the area economically non-viable. One such ghost town in the Parry Sound District in Ontario is Depot …
  • The truth, the whole truth and The Damn Truth
    May 2017 Montreal based band The Damn Truth played the Casbah Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario on 11 May 2017. Featuring Lee-la Baum (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), and Dave Traina (drums), the band is currently on tour promoting their second full-length album, “Devilish Folk”, along with touring bass guitarist PY Letellier. The Damn …
  • The unknown Victoria Cross recipient
    February 2007 Author’s note: This article is in response to the article “Give our vets the last word in VC debate”, written by Lorrie Goldstein, which appeared in the Toronto Sun on 7 March 2007. While I do agree with what Lorrie writes, I do think that the first Canadian V.C. should be given to …
  • The wrong one was shown the door
    April 2019 So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal caucus have expelled former Attorney General and Justice Minister Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board President Jane Philpott from the party and banned them from running for the Liberal Party in the next election.  I think the Liberals ejected the wrong people. Apparently Prime …
  • There’s crisis in policing
    September 2016 Re:  Did boozy cop get off easy? (Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun, 14 September 2014); I had two reactions when I read this article.  The first was what is causing so many cops to drink, especially when we see first-hand the carnage that results (collisions, domestics, etc)?  The second was this could have been me …
  • There’s no debate here
    May 2008 While Toronto City Council is debating whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan, some feel that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have been killed by roadside bombs, rather than in combat. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of pigeonholing veterans …
  • Things could be worse; but that doesn’t make it good
    Toronto Sun 1 October 2017 Re: “Things could be worse,” (Omar Khan, Toronto Sun, September 25): Yes Mr. Khan, facts do matter and I’m glad that you pointed out that Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign jurisdiction. That fact does matter, even if Ontario’s fiscal and economic situation could be worse. However, I still don’t …
  • Think about those left behind
    May 2016 Every year, memorial services are held across Canada and the United States honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. Serving officers line up in parade formation and march in honour of their fallen comrades in a solemn ceremony.   It’s easy …
  • This is getting out of control!!
    September 2019 This is getting out of control!! No, not climate change; the abuse of this child, Greta Thunberg. She is being emotionally abused by all those elite UN global warming hypocrites who applauded her speech. Let her go back home, go to school and hang out with other teenagers her age. She is being …
  • Tim Hortons founders reduce employee benefits to offset minimum wage hike
    January 2018 Re:  Wynne’s the real bully (James Wallace, Toronto Sun, 4 January 2018): The children of Tim Hortons founders, Ron Joyce Jr. and his wife, Jeri-Lynn Horton-Joyce, owners of a franchise in Cobourg, Ontario advised their employees that as a result of the recent 20% increase in the province-wide minimum wage, they will be …
  • Time to show some leadership Prime Minister Trudeau
    August 2018 Regarding the dispute with Saudi Arabia, Justin Trudeau has a real opportunity to show some true leadership here. What we should do in response to Saudi Arabia’s actions is immediately start ramping up our own oil industry so we can stop importing Saudi oil. Get the Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and …
  • Time to stop this climate hysteria
    October 2019 Regarding letter writer Carol Bell’s letter (Climate crisis must be faced, 3 October, Barrie Advance): How smoggy is the sky in her world? This climate hysteria has to stop. Look, we all want a clean environment with smog-free air, clean water sources and our trash properly and safely disposed of, but all this …
  • Tin soldiers and Nixon
    May 2016 On 22 May 2016, I visited Kent State University, the site of the Kent State shootings where, on 4 May 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired upon unarmed students protesting President Nixon and the bombing campaign of Cambodia.  The campus has the May 4 Museum, a monument to the students who died …
  • Tommy Prince: Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier of WWII
    December 2016 In Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park sits a monument to Sergeant Tommy Prince, dedicated by the officers and men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Erected on 11 November 1989, it pays a long-overdue tribute to a man who many Canadian had mostly forgotten about, despite the fact that he is Canada’s most decorated aboriginal soldier …
  • Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting
    Toronto Sun 17 February 2016 Re:  Toronto cop pulled from lake had PTSD from on-job shooting (Joe Warmington, Feb 4):  In the wake of the conviction of Cst James Forcillo, it’s pretty easy for some to believe cops are trigger happy thugs who feel no remorse for taking a life in the line of duty. …
  • Toronto Council votes against honouring late mayor Rob Ford
    November 2017 Re:  Rob Ford stadium nixed (Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun, 5 October 2017): Toronto City Council should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to approve the re-naming of Centennial Stadium after the late Mayor Rob Ford.  This refusal is particularly galling given that council voted 33-2 to approve the naming of something in memory …
  • Toronto District School Board plays political games at the expense their students
    Toronto Sun 30 March 2017 Re TDSB ban on new trips to U.S. political correctness gone mad (Sue-Anne Levy, March 27): Do the TDSB play political games?  Let me count the ways.  Generally if you have ALL your required documents and no criminal convictions, you will have no problems crossing the border. If you even …
  • Toronto needs to get it’s own fiscal house in order before creating new taxes
    July 2007   To Mayor David Miller: It’s great that you have decided to cut all unnecessary spending, including the renovations to you office, and are telling all departments to trim their budgets. This is what you should have in the first place rather that try to ram a new tax down the throats of …
  • Toronto Police did the sensible thing
    5 July 2010 Toronto Sun Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters when they were damaging property? I don’t think there is a definitive, black and white answer. Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to …
  • Toronto Police in a catch-22
    July 2010 Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters on Saturday when they were damaging property?  I don’t think there is a definitive, black & white answer.  Sure police could have charged into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always the best thing to do …
  • Toronto’s 30 Nothings
    October 2008 Regarding Andrew Ross’ article “Toronto’s 30-nothing generation needs help (Toronto Sun, 26 October 2008); now I don’t know Mr. Ross’ specific situation; however, there are some things that are way off base in his article.
  • Toronto’s Cold War Sentinel
    May 2007 Toronto’s Downsview Park has been in the forefront recently as the premier place in Toronto for hosting large outdoor events. World Youth Day and the Rolling Stones mega-concert to benefit SARS relief are two major events held at Downsview Park, Canada’s first urban Federal Park. Perhaps it is important to remind people about …
  • Toronto’s near-forgotten first aerodrome – Trethewey/De Lesseps Field honoured with a historical plaque
    July 2017 On 15 July 2017, a historical plaque was dedicated at the site of a near-forgotten aerodrome:  Trethewey Field, the first aerodrome in Toronto. Organized by Heritage Toronto, RCAF 400 Squadron Historical Society and the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the plaque dedication was the end of years of effort to …
  • Tragic end for a best friend
    Barrie Advance 2 September 2008 Although summer is slowly coming to an end, I would like to remind people not to leave your pets unattended in your car. I’m a police officer and I recently responded to a complaint regarding a dog left in a pickup truck. The owner left both the windows completely rolled …
  • Training the leaders of tomorrow
    August 2014 During this summer, the cadets with Barrie’s own Navy League #24 Chambly won’t be making the annual complaint that there’s nothing to do.  For them, the fun is just beginning. Established in 1895, the Navy League of Canada currently has a presence in over 260 communities across Canada.  The Navy League Cadets is an organization for …
  • Triumph over adversity: The Tuskegee Airmen
    September 2016 On 27 August 2016, retired United States Ar Force Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Brown, a former member of the famous Tuskegee Airman, spoke to a crowd of 200 people about his days with the Red Tail Squadron.  LCol Brown completed ground and combat missions, strafing enemy targets and protecting bomber aircraft on bombing missions. LCol Brown …
  • Trudeau owes Canadian veterans an apology
    February 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an absolute disgrace.  On 1 February at a town hall meeting in Edmonton, the classless Trudeau took a question regarding the continuing court battles between veterans groups and his government over his promise to restore full benefits to veterans as promised in the 2015 election. Retired Corporal …
  • Trudeau reverses promise on pensions for disabled veterans
    February 2017 I’ve openly criticized the former Conservative government for canceling life-time pensions for disabled veterans, now it looks like I’m going to have to criticize the Liberals for their flip-flop on his promise to restore the lifetime pensions. Our service personnel do a job that most people wouldn’t want to do. We owe them …
  • True heroes
    June 2007   Recently some Toronto Police officers were honoured as heroes for rescuing some people from a burning building. There were no serious injuries, but all parties, including the police officers, were treated for smoke inhalation. I not surprised they were treated for smoke inhalation. Now this brings me to my point that although …
  • Trump derangement syndrome
      February 2017 The leftists continue to lose their minds in the wake of the defeat of their anointed-one.  Now it appears that “Trump derangement syndrome” is rearing its ugly head.  In a recent Facebook exchange with a life-long friend, he advised me that Trump is exhibiting most of the signs of a fascist dictator and …
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome continues
    September 2017 While I’m not a Trump supporter, I’m not against him either.  I’m still hopeful he will have a successful presidency, because if America loses, we all lose.  I also hope Trump doesn’t do anything to harm the great trading relationship between Canada and the United States. Despite all the hateful rhetoric from the …
  • Try enforcing the law
    Barrie Advance 15 April 2008 Toronto Mayor David Miller’s continued insistence that a (Canada-wide) ban on handguns is the solution to the gun violence plaguing Toronto is nothing more than shameless political grandstanding. Does Mayor Miller honestly believe that any of the thugs carrying and using handguns really care that they will get in trouble …
  • TTC needs the police
    February 2009   Re: Another TTC shooting (February 24), it’s high time Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and issued side-arms. Although Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has promised to increase the police presence on the TTC system, it’s simply not enough. By default, Chief Blair has admitted that an armed …
  • TTC special constables worth the money
    Re: TTC special constables worth the money (Joe Warmington , Toronto Sun, 3 March 2011): it was a very short-sighted decision to disband the TTC Special Constable Service.  In fact, they should have been promoted “full police officers” and given a full mandate for protection and enforcement of TTC property.  The TTC S/C Service was …
  • University of Pittsburg Bradford Campus has an aviation past
    May 2019 The Bradford Campus of the University of Pittsburg in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has an aviation background that many may not realize.  The campus was once the site of the Bradford Airport, established on the family farm of William Emery in 1927.  Emery’s son Harri was an avid pilot in the early days of aviation …
  • Unsung hero – WWI First Nations sniper honoured
    July 2016 On 21 June 2016, National Aboriginal Day, a long-overdue honour was bestowed on Canada’s most highly decorated First Nations soldier.  A life-sized bronze monument statue of World War I hero Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, MM and 2 Bars, was unveiled in Parry Sound, Ontario, almost 100 years after he earned his first medal for …
  • Urban exploration – Documenting the decay of man-made structures
    September 2018 I’ve been involved in the hobby of urban exploration (UE), specifically abandoned structures, for over three decades.  The hobby is multifaceted, with some urban explorers (UEers) favouring things like storm drains, subway tunnels, utility tunnels, abandoned ships or areas of occupied buildings not open to the public.  Basically, UE is going where you’re …
  • Use of Tasers in question
    November 2007 I will open by stating the obvious: the death of Robert Dziekanski after being tasered by the 4 RCMP officers should not have happened. I don’t know anyone who would agree wtih that more that the RCMP offiicers themselves. Although none of us “arm-chair quarterbacks” really know what was going through the minds …
  • Vanished Airfields – Barker Field and the war hero behind the name
    July 2016 Toronto was once a beehive of aviation activity, with numerous small public and private airfields in the area, most of which have vanished from the landscape with little to remind people today of the property’s aviation past.  Barker Field is one of those vanished airfields. Originally named Century Airport, the privately owned aerodrome …
  • Victory Village – a neighbourhood with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry
    October 2019 Victory Village is a residential neighbourhood in Mississauga, Ontario, with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry. Situated in the former Village of Malton, next to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the neighbourhood had its beginnings during World War II, when Canada played a vital role in aircraft production for the war effort. In …
  • Vote to stop “diabolical” prime minister??
    Midland Mirror 19 April 2011 Letter writer Vincent Barns is rather offensive with his letter,  “Vote to stop ‘diabolical’ prime minister” (April 8, Midland-Penetanguishene Mirror).  First of all, Harper was democratically elected, not once, but twice.  He did not “seize” power.  Secondly, he is not an “acting Prime Minister”.  He is the legally serving Prime …
  • War deserter should go home
    July 2008 I find it quite disappointing that Corey Glass’ deportation has been stayed (War resister stays in Canada, for now, Toronto Sun, 10 July). While I can understand that Glass may have been mislead by Indiana National Guard recruiters regarding whether he would have to serve in a foreign country, he completely looses my …
  • Watching over the children for eternity
    April 2017 One of the saddest, but comforting thing I’ve ever seen is a stone Teddy Bear watching over the graves of infants in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, north of Toronto. It’s obviously very sad when a child dies, but I also find it heartbreaking to think of the child lying in their grave alone, without …
  • Watching the Skies – The RCAF Ground Observer Corps
    Essa Times 23 November 2007 During the 1950s, North America was under constant watch for attack by Russian bombers flying over the North Pole. To counter this threat, three lines of early warning radar stations were built across Canada: the arctic Distant Early Warning Line, the short-lived Mid-Canada Line and the Pinetree Line, whose southernmost …
  • Waterfront development should consist of patios, public spaces
    Barrie Advance November 13, 2011 I’m surprised at the reaction to loosing a part of Bayview Park, which isn’t much of a park when you think about it.  I think the real issue here should be do we really want a condo tower almost right at the water’s edge, blocking the view of the bay?  …
  • We could all do more to support the troops
    Barrie Advance Collingwood Connection Innisfil Journal   July 9, 2007   CFRB Radio talk show host John Moore recently stated that he thought the “Support Our Troops” magnets are simply an empty gesture. I’m of the opinion that even the smallest gestures are meaningful.
  • We must never forget: The 9-11 terrorist attacks 18 years later
    Septermber 2019 I think it’s important to remember that not all Muslims supported this terrorist act and others like it. In fact, more Muslims are killed by their fellow Muslims than by any other religion or nationality. That said, the terrorists who committed this horrific act were Muslims; radicalized Muslims from the terrorist group Al-Qaida, …
  • We Once Fought Together
    Barrie Advance 23 June 2006 In light of the recent events in Caledonia, it is a shame how far we have grown from the First Nations people of Canada.
  • We should honour our veterans
    March 2007   There is currently a debate before Toronto City council whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan. A caller to the John Moore Show on CFRB, who identified himself as a WWII veteran, stated that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have …
  • Western theme park now a crumbling ghost town
    May 2018 In the Adirondack Mountains north of Albany, New York, families once flocked to Frontier Town, a Western theme park in the Town of North Hudsen, where costumed re-enactors would provide an interactive glimpse of American history. Opened on Independence Day in 1952 by owner Arthur Bensen, visitors to the 267-acre park where could …
  • What did he say? Let’s go to the tape
    August 2019 Groan!! Ralph Goodale recently unearthed a video clip of Andrew Scheer from 2005, in which Sheer states he is against same-sex marriage. In other news, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, slavery was still socially acceptable in the southern United States and a significant portion of the southern population were slave owners. …
  • What do mental health injuries look like? Not what you think.
    September 2017 The death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on 20 July 2017 hit me in ways that I never thought it would.  I had never really been a fan of Linkin Park or Chester, including his tenure with Stone Temple Pilots, although I’ve been watching his videos on You Tube since then.  Before …
  • What if I had chosen suicide?
    June 2019 I’ve attended many police funerals in my two and half decades in Law Enforcement, including the funeral of an auxiliary constable from the last police service I worked for, who died in an off-duty traffic collision (he left behind a wife and three young children).  I’ve also attended annual memorial services held to …
  • When is a sure thing not a sure thing?
    September 2017 Although I’m a Conservative supporter and a supporter of Patrick Brown since he was a Member of Parliament, I’m not completely convinced that he can defeat Kathleen Wynne’s government in next year’s election. After 14 years of lies, increased taxes, scandals, criminal charges, debt that’s double what it was in 2003, the dumpster-fire …
  • Where will our soldiers pug in their electric tanks?
    Toronto Sun 14 October 2017 With the decision of TransCanada Pipelines to cancel their $15.7 billion Energy East Pipeline, a pipeline that would have transported Alberta crude to refineries in the Maritimes and eventually to markets across the Atlantic, we can say goodby to the creation of 15, 000 construction jobs and a potential for …
  • While you’re in a forgiving mood…..
    September 2019 Wow! I’ve learned in the wake of Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal that a lot of Liberals are in a very forgiving mood. In discussions on Facebook, I’ve had people making a variety of excuses for why we should forgive Prime Minister Blackface and just move on. How many of them believe the ousted …
  • Who has the smallest jail in North America?
    August 2019 There is great debate as to which town holds the distinction of having the smallest jail in Canada, or even in North America. Several towns have been bold enough to declare themselves the winner of the smallest jail, with mere inches difference between all of them. Small tourist towns such as Tweed, Creemore, …
  • Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?
    September 2019 An article published by I-Politics in July 2017, asks the question: “Who’s to blame for the Khadr payout?” They then proceed to answer their own question,”Stephen Harper, mostly.” OK, some problems with the assessment in this article. You can read the article below, but here’s some reality to add to the story: There …
  • Why can’t carbon-based energy production be green?
    October 2017 Governments are always saying we need to “invest” in “green” technologies; we need to encourage “green” innovation.  We’ve come a long way in cleaning up our environment in the past without carbon taxes to encourage this innovation.  Why do we need them now? Back in the 1980s, acid-rain was a great threat and …
  • Why I Attend
    Hanover Post 23 May 2006 With the very recent death of Windsor Police Constable John Atkinson still fresh in my mind, I attended the annual Ontario Police Memorial ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto on May 7th. This internationally attended event honours Ontario police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Once …
  • Why is it racist to have immigration and refugee standards?
    October 2016 I think it’s disgraceful how intolerant most progressives can be regarding anyone who doesn’t share their opinions.  Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been taking a lot of heat for stance on immigration and refugee applicants be screened for what she referred to as anti-Canadian values. For example, anyone who doesn’t support Trudeau’s Syrian migrant, …
  • Will McDonald’s start selling a McMarijuana burger?
    In the run-up to the legalization of marijuana, there are issues that I hope will be covered in the legislation. Some SHOULD be obvious. How are police and the courts going to deal with the rise in cases of impaired by drug while operating a motor vehicle that we will surely see? Of course we …
  • William Elliott deserves to wear the RCMP uniform
    July 2007   The appointment of William Elliott is definitely a contentious issue. Even more contentious is the idea of whether he should wear the RCMP uniform. Critics say that Elliott has not ‘earned’ the right to wear the uniform, but I would argue that his position ‘entitles’ him to do so and he is …
  • World War II Victoria Cross winner honoured in his hometown
    August 2018 In the northern Ontario town of Latchford, the steel arch bridge that allows Provincial Highway 11 to cross over the Montreal River is dedicated to the memory of a long-lost local hero:  Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C. Cosens is one of only 16 Canadians to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War II, …
  • Would you be terrified if your child joined the military?
    April 2007 I would be proud if my daughter wanted to join the military. Maybe I’m a little biased given that I am a former 13-year former Naval Reservist. My father has also served in the Militia for the past 50 years, my mother served in the RCAF Auxiliary, two of my great uncles served …
  • WWI pilot trainee remembered in his hometown
    April 2017 The inscription of the tombstone of Royal Flying Corps Cadet James Talbot reads: “A noble young life given in service”. The weather on 7 April 2017 was cold and windy, with a thin layer of snow on the ground, as a crowd gathered at Union Cemetery in Dorchester, Ontario, east of London. Gathered …
  • Yes, unfortunately some places are Sh**holes!
    January 2018 Yes what President Donald Trump allegedly said was crass and a little vulgar, but is he wrong? I’ll argue that he simply said something we all think about certain countries, or at least areas of certain countries. I loved the resorts and beaches in the Dominican Republic, but I wouldn’t want to live …
  • Young airman awarded George Cross during WWII
    June 2018 The George Cross is a bravery award in the British Honours System, second only to the Victoria Cross. It may be awarded to any person, military or civilian, regardless of military rank, for heroism not in the presence of an enemy. One such recipient is Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Kenneth Spooner, a Royal Canadian …
  • Young V.C. winner was in local regiment
    Barrie Advance 23 November 2008 The highest award for bravery in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth forces is the Victoria Cross. The V.C. was first awarded by Queen Victoria in 1856 and since then 1,356 medals have been awarded, with three people being awarded the …
  • “I’m afraid of the dark Daddy” – Little Merrit’s Tomb
    May 2018 In a small cemetery west of Oxford, New York, lies the mortal remains of Merrit Beardsley. What makes the grave of “Little Merritt” unique is that this small, above-ground tomb has a window at one end. On a cold, snowy night in December 1865, “Little Merrit” Beardsley, an 8-year-old boy, was dying of …

Poetry

  • Abandoned House – 8910 Jane Street
    (This poem was inspired by a house once located on Concession 5 of the former Vaughan Township, just south of where the Vaughan Mills Mall is currently located.)
  • Going to Wonderland
    (This poem was inspired by Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario.)
  • Wonderland at Night
    (I was inspired to write this poem when I worked at Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario.)

Stories

  • An Open Letter to Sir Paul McCartney
    It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I'm sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn't it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you.
  • Mastercard Wedding
    Unknown author You got to love this guy. This is a true Wedding story about a recent wedding that took place a Clemson University. It made the local newspaper; even Jay Leno mentioned it. It was a huge the wedding with about 300 guests. After the wedding, at the reception, the groom got up on …

Things From My Travels

  • “Let’s Roll”: In memory of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93
    May 2017 In a lonely field in Stoneycreek Township, north of Shanksville, Pensylvania, travelers will find the Flight 93 National Memorial, on the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on 11 September 2001, killing all 40 passengers and crew, along with the four terrorists who hijacked the airplane. Flight 93 was one of the …
  • A neglected prairie sentinel to be restored
    July 2018 On an elevated piece of land in Saskatchewan, just west of the Alberta border, sits a lonely and neglected radar tower.  This is the sole remaining radar tower of what was once Royal Canadian Air Force Station Alsask, an Air Defence radar station on the Pinetree Line. The Pinetree Line stretched across the …
  • A post-apocalyptic future – The lost neighbourhood of Lincoln Way
    June 2017 Many of us have visions of what a post-apocalyptic world might look like. In western Pennsylvania is the City of Clairton, a city that was the setting for the 1978 movie, “The Deer Hunter”, although none of the movie was actually filmed there. One residential street in Clairton is Lincoln Way, gives us a …
  • A pub with a mysterious past in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region
    March 2019 The legacy of the Molly Maguires is all over Schuylkill and Carbon Counties in Pennsylvania. For those interested in visiting some of the locations where the members of the infamous secret Irish society lived, gathered, maimed, murdered and were executed, there are plenty of documented locations to visit. One “reputed” hangout can be …
  • A second helping of Borscht – The (crumbling) remains of America’s Jewish vacationland, Part 2
    May 2019 Well, it’s official.  I’m hooked on the Borscht Belt, the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City.  For those who don’t know the story, the Borscht Belt was a popular destination for family …
  • A secret no more – Small London museum tells the story of the top-secret WWII radar project in Canada
    September 2018 “At The Secrets of Radar Museum we ask you to imagine keeping a secret for 50 years.  Could you do it?”* During WWII, Canada was involved in numerous “behind-the-scenes” projects that aided greatly in the Allied victories in Europe and the Pacific.  One of them was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Abandoned amusement parks in Canada: Prudhomme’s Landing – Wet ‘N’ Wild
    January 2017 Prudhomme’s Landing was once one of the biggest recreation and entertainment venues in Ontario.  Founded by John and George Prudhomme, on the shore of Lake Ontario in Jordan, Ontario near St Catherines, In its heyday, Prudhomme’s Landing was a very popular and affordable spot for youth and families and once saw as many as 7, 000 …
  • Abandoned Military Bases in Simcoe County
    Barrie Advance April 13, 2003     Essa Times October 2007   Simcoe County has always had a proud military heritage. Canadian Forces Base Borden has been a fixture in the area since it opened as Camp Borden on July 11, 1916. Originally an infantry training centre for the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War …
  • Abandoned property once played a role in the development of the Avro Arrow
    April 2019 Outside the Village of Nobel, just north of Parry Sound, Ontario, past some rusting fencing, in the middle of two fields separated by Nobel Road, lies the ruins of the Orenda Engines Test Facility. Orenda Engines was a subsidiary of A.V. Roe Canada, the aerospace giant who designed and built Canada’s infamous jet-fighter, …
  • Abandoned ship now a local landmark
    December 2018 Drivers traveling along the Queen Elizabeth Way know very well the abandoned ship that sits in a small cove in Jordan Station. Officially named “La Grande Hermine” (The Big Weasel), the ship is a replica of the largest of the three ships that French Explorer Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River. …
  • Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary – Was the notorious prison truly escape-proof?
    June 2017 In San Francisco Bay is a small island, 1.25 miles off shore from San Francisco.  Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769, the island was named La Isla de los Alcatraces – Island of the Pelicans, because of the large number of birds nesting on the island. Alcatraz Island became the property of the United States …
  • And then there were six – Pennsylvania’s lost town close to extinction
    April 2017 The population in Centralia, Pennsylvania, in the heart of anthracite coal region, dropped to only six people in the fall of 2016 when Kathi Wormer, daughter of the Borough’s last official Mayor, Carl Womer, moved out of the house once occupied by her parents. The home at 102 East Wood Street, originally occupied by Carl …
  • Armed Forces Day at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
    July 2017 On Saturday July 8, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) at Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, hosted Air Force Day, a part of Hamilton’s Canada 150 celebrations. Visitors had the opportunity to meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground and learn …
  • Barrie’s Military Heritage Park officially dedicated
    November 2017 On 27 October 2017, Barrie’s Military History Park was formally dedicated by Mayor Jeff Lehman. The $1.57-million park, located just east of Southshore Centre along Kempenfelt Bay, honours and showcases the link between the City of Barrie and its ongoing relationship with CFB Borden and Canada’s military forces. Visitors can take a self-guided …
  • Borden Legacy Monument officially dedicated
    June 2016 As a part of the 100th anniversary of CFB Borden, the base unveiled the Borden Legacy Monument, built as a lasting monument to the sacrifices of Canadian a soldiers who trained at Camp Borden and died in the European battlefields. The monument features two black granite walls, one that contains an urn filled …
  • 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 …
  • Cemetery honours the early multi-racial pioneers of Sunnidale Township
    July 2018 In the years surrounding the U.S. Civil War, Simcoe County in southern Ontario was at the end of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by escaped slaves to freedom in in the British Colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Some estimates indicate …
  • City park has a morbid past
    March 2019 The park known as McBurney Park in Kingston, Ontario, a park known locally as Skeleton Park, is one park with a rather morbid history. From 1819 until 1864, it was the Upper Burial Ground, the final resting place for many early settlers in the Kingston area of Upper Canada. Closed to new burials …
  • Claresholm Industrial Airport has rich military past
    Claresholm Local Press 2 December 2009 Longtime residents of the Claresholm area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from an aerodrome west of Claresholm. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an ambitious project: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, …
  • Crowd gathers to remember fallen police officers in New York State
    Submitted to the Albany Times Union May 2018 Every year, memorial services are held across the United States and Canada honouring police and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. This year, I made the trip to Albany from Toronto and was part of the crowd assembled at the State …
  • Crumbling resort hotel a relic of a bygone era
    May 2018 In the Catskill region of New York State lie the crumbling ruins of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel. Opened in 1919 by Asher Selig Grossinger and his wife Malka, the resort was once the premier and one of  largest of the Borscht Belt kosher resorts for Jewish clients from New York City. In an …
  • Deep underground – Coal mining in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region
    May 2017 Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, in Schuykill County, is the Borough of Ashland.  Surrounded by forests and steep hils, the borough’s southern border follows the top of Ashland Mountain, which rises 400 to 600 feet above the center of town.  Mahony Creek, a trubutary of the Susquehanna River passes through a water …
  • Deep underground in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite coal region – the Lawawana Coal Mine & Museum
    April 2019 If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work deep underground, a great place to visit is the Lakawana Coal Mine, a retired Anthracite coal mine and museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Opened by Continental Coal Company in 1903, many of the workers in the mine were European immigrants who came to the …
  • Do not pass go: Canada’s first penitentiary closed after 178 years of service, but its legend lives on
    August 2016 On the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario, sits an 8.6 hectare plot of land, encircled by large, foreboding limestone walls containing several limestone buildings within them.  This complex was once known as Kingston Penitentiary, British North America’s first penitentiary. The prison sits beside Portsmouth Harbour, a site chosen for its convenient access to the …
  • Environmental disaster – The continuing legacy of Love Canal
    March 2019 Once envisioned as the model of what a planned community could be, the name Love Canal has become synonyms with environmental disaster.  Although the community, to be called Model City by its founder William T. Love, never came to fruition under his guidance or as he envisioned, what did emerge was a residential …
  • Everything about Anne
    On 23 July 2016, Bala’s Museum held their annual “Everything About Anne Day,” where they re-create the day in 1922 when Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery came to Bala, Ontario, for a 2 week vacation. Starting off with the arrival of “Lucy Maud Montgomery” (played by Donna Hillyard) herself by carriage, the …
  • Ghost Towns of Simcoe County – Edenvale
    Barrie Advance October 24, 2004 Webster’s Dictionary defines a ghost town as, “a once flourishing town wholly or nearly deserted usually as a result of the exhaustion of some natural resource.” One such ghost town in Simcoe County is the former Village of Edenvale. Situated on Highway 26 in Springwater Township, along the Nottawasaga River, …
  • Ghosts of the past – Abandoned shipping canals in Ontario and Quebec
    August 2019 Shipping canals have been an important part of water transportation networks for personal and commercial usage across the world from the early days of shipping to the modern day. Most of the early canals have by larger canals to handle bigger modern ships or other forms of transportation have made them unnecessary or …
  • Gone but not forgotten: The memory of Nina de Villiers lives on at McMaster University
    November 2016 At Hamilton’s McMaster University, there is a memorial garden dedicated to the memory of McMaster student Nina de Villiers, who attended the university from 1990-1991. So just who is Nina de Villiers? Nina de Villiers was a nineteen-year-old McMaster University biology student and Burlington resident;  the daughter of Priscilla and Dr. Rocco de Villiers.  …
  • Heroes and villains in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region – Small park pays tribute to the Molly Maguires
    December 2018 The Molly Maguires were an Irish Catholic clandestine society active during the 1800s in Ireland, Liverpool and in the eastern United States, who engaged in often violent activism among the Irish communities in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. Back then, the work and personal lives of many Irish immigrants, and of other nationalities, were controlled …
  • Huffman Field played an important role in early aviation
    April 2019 Sandwiched between the abandoned Wilbur Wright Field, current home of the U.S. Air Force Museum, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east of Dayton, Ohio, lies a former aerodrome named Huffman Field. Named after the former property owner, Dayton banker Torrence Huffman, the aerodrome played an important role in early aviation. It was at …
  • Humorous tradition for a legendary politician
    July 2019 René Lévesque was a small man in stature, standing only 5’3″, but his legacy is larger than life. As founder of the Parti Québécois and later the 23rd Premier of Quebec from November 1976 to October 1985, Lévesque was at the head of the sovereignty movement in Quebec, in which Quebec sought to …
  • Ireland House – Burlington’s celebrated pioneer homestead
    December 2017 The City of Burlington is a modern city in the Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario, but one that also proudly celebrates its heritage.  A popular museum in the city is the Ireland House Museum, located at 2168 Guelph Line. Built between 1835 – 1837, Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, …
  • Is Borden Part of Canada’s Fading Military Heritage?
    Barrie Advance October 18, 2004 Canadian Forces Base Borden has been an important part of Simcoe County since opening in 1916. In its 88 years of existence, the base has seen hundreds of thousands of military personnel pass through its many training schools. In some cases, several generations of families have graced Borden’s hallowed halls. …
  • Kingston’s Martello Towers – Monuments to the early defences of British North America
    August 2019 Martello Towers, are small, round defensive forts, usually costal forts, that were built in the early 19th century across the British Empire. The two story forts stood up to 40 feet high and usually had a garrison of 15 to 25 men and an officer. Their round design with thick, solid masonry walls …
  • Legendary Polish-Canadian pilot honoured in his adopted hometown
    July 2018 On a recent road trip, I stopped at Zurakowski Park in Barry’s Bay, a small park dedicated to decorated WWII flying hero and post-war test pilot Janusz (Jan) Zurakowski. Many will remember Zurakowski as the first pilot to fly Canada’s legendary jet-fighter, the CF-105 Avro Arrow. Zurakowski received many honours in his lifetime, …
  • Long-lost Great Lakes freighter remembered
    July 2018 The Great Lakes have been a major shipping route across the northern United States and southern Canada since the first fir traders came to North America.  The biggest of the lakes is Lake Superior, a lake that can turn violent when the weather turns bad. On 10 November 1975, the American Great Lakes …
  • Lost neighbourhoods 2 – Concrete City
    May 2019 When an entire community is abandoned, it’s usually due to things like the exhaustion of the natural resources that sustained it, a natural disaster, or man-made disaster like a mine fire or toxic contamination. There are literally thousands of “Ghost Towns” across the country. For Concrete City, it was due to the construction …
  • Memorial cairn at Wegner Point in memory of paratroopers killed in tragic accident
    August 2019 On 8 May 1968 at around 8:30 pm, the worst peacetime Canadian military training accident occurred at Camp Petawawa, 100 miles north-west of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario. It was a cold and windy day that 26 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Wollseley Barracks in London, Ontario, and …
  • Memorial to two lost War of 1812 schooners on Hamilton’s waterfront
    August 2019 In Confederation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, just off Van Wagners Beach, is a unique monument to the loss of two American schooners during the War of 1812. Looking like a small cemetery, there are in fact no bodies buried beneath the stones that bear the names of the 53 sailors that were claimed …
  • Military museum holds regiment’s history
    Note:  this is an update of an article written in 2007. August 2016 Simcoe County is fortunate to have numerous museums, telling the story of the county’s military, railroading, frontier and aboriginal past. One small and little known museum that exists right in the heart of Barrie’s downtown is The Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum. …
  • Monument dedicated to Canadian veterans of the American Civil War
    June 2018 Across Canada, there are hundreds of monuments and statues dedicated to the men and women who have served and died in Canada’s Armed Forces in wartime and on peacekeeping missions.  Every major city and numerous small towns have a cenotaph dedicated to the memory of our war dead.  Even some businesses and institutions …
  • Monument pays tribute to Canadian Vietnam Veterans
    April 2019 In Assumption Park in Windsor, Ontario, along the shores of the Detroit River, is a monument to the 147 Canadians who died fighting with American Armed Forces in the Vietnam War, along with 7 listed as POW/MIA. A similar monument was erected in Melocheville, Quebec, in October 1989 by the  Association Québécoise des …
  • 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 …
  • Near Forgotten Airfield
    Barrie Advance May 19, 2003 Longtime residents of the Stayner area will probably remember a time when the air buzzed with the sound of RCAF aircraft from a small airfield off Hwy 26 between Stayner and the tiny hamlet of Edenvale. Early in the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force entered into an …
  • No suspension in thrills – the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
    December 2018 The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a unique tourist attraction, located in Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford, Ontario.  The 300 foot long bridge, built in 2004, takes visitors on a picturesque trip 30 feet over the Ranney Gorge, just south of Ranney Falls. Built with assistance of a construction engineering detachment from RCAF …
  • Ode to Joy – The last Joy Gas Station restored to its former glory
    August 2019 On Toronto’s waterfront, at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park on Lakeshore Blvd West, sits a small red-roofed building, done in a French château-style of architecture. This building was once one of the iconic buildings that made up the Joy Gas Station chain of service centres in the Greater Toronto Area of southern Ontario. Designed …
  • Ode to the Porte St Louis
    Written by An Unknown Sailor The following poem was written by an unknown sailor on the Porte St Jean. If you are the writer, please e-mail me and I will give you proper credit.  It was originally titled Ode to the Porte St Jean, but since I was serving aboard her sister ship HMCS Porte …
  • Old lake freighter finds second life as a break-wall
    June 2019 In the Port Credit section of Mississauga, Ontario, a former village on the shores of Lake Ontario, the harbour is protected by two crushed stone break-walls and a third that is actually a former lake freighter:  the S.S. Ridgetown. The Ridgetown, originally named the S.S. William E. Corey, was launched on 24 March 1905 as the flagship …
  • On one foggy day aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius
    Legion Magazine January/February 2010 On one foggy day in May 1989 when I was sailing aboard the HMCS Porte St Loius, we were sailing in formation with the Porte St Jean about 500 yards behind us.  I was on lifebuoy sentry duty and heard the following transmission come across my Personal Radio Communicator (PRC): “Lifebuoy sentry, …
  • 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 …
  • Pioneer woman’s gravesite remembered with city park
    November 2017 In the south-east corner of Barrie, Ontario, sits a small park sandwiched between Priscillas Place and Lockhart Road sits small corner park named J. Gibbons Park. All that one will find in this park are a lone grave and a monument stone telling the story of a woman named Jane (Young) Gibbins, the …
  • Port Dalhousie’s Lakeside Carousel – A century of family fun
    September 2019 The Port Dalhousie community of St. Catherines, Ontario, is home to a unique tourist attraction. For a century, visitors to Lakeside Park have been able to ride the Lakeside Park Carousel, one of only nine antique hand carved carousels still operating in Canada and one of approximately 350 in North America. The cost …
  • Restoration of historic Belle Isle Newsboy Shelter desperately needed
    June 2018 The historic Victorian Newsboy Shelter on Detroit’s Belle Isle is in danger of collapse and desperately needs restoration.  Built in 1911, the wooden structure is rotting after years of neglect. The historic and architecturally significant shelter for picnickers on Belle Isle has unique conical turrets around the perimeter with archways supported by handcrafted …
  • Restored Freeman-Burlington Junction Station opens to the public
    July 2017 In Burlington, Ontario on Canada Day 2017, a crowd watched as Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and other dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon to re-open the restored historic Freeman-Burlington Junction Train Station.  A historical plaque was also unveiled. Starting in 2015, numerous volunteers began the process of restoring the century-old former Grand Trunk Railway station, …
  • Restored historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church re-opens to great fanfare
    August 2016 On 19 August 2016, a ceremony was held to commemorate the re-opening of the historic Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church at the intersection of Line 3 North and Old Barrie Rod in Oro-Medonte Township. Several dignitaries attended he public ceremony including Ontario Lieutenant-Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, MPs Alex Nuttall and Bruce Stanton, …
  • Rock & Roll’s broken heart – The rise and tragic end of Alan Freed
    May 2019 Elvis Presley may be the King of Rock & Roll, but there would be no Rock & Roll if it wasn’t for Alan Freed. Alan Freed was the Rock & Roll Disc Jockey and media personality who coined the term in 1951 to describe the uptempo rhythm and blues sound playing on radios …
  • Roxham Road – A trip to the Twilight Zone
    May 2018 On a recent road-trip, I made my way to the now infamous Roxham Road, the now-officially-designated unofficial Point-of-Entry straddling the Canada-American border at Quebec and New York State where economic migrants come to make their refugee claims in contravention of the Safe Third Country Agreement. As I was already in the States, I …
  • S.S. Keewatin – A jewel from the glory days of Great Lakes passenger travel
    January 2018 Moored at a dock in Port McNicoll, Ontario, visitors can tour a ship that harkens back to the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes. Owned and operated by Canadian Pacific Railway, the S.S. Keewatin is the last of the Edwardian-era Great Lakes passenger steamers.  Out of service since it was …
  • Screaming Tunnel – One of the lesser known Niagara-area attractions
    March 2019 Running underneath the Canadian National Railway line near the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 405 outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is one of the lesser known and more unusual tourist attractions in the area. Known locally as “The Screaming Tunnel,” this 125 foot long, 16 foot high arched limestone tunnel …
  • Shining a light on the past – the Burlington Beach Canal Lighthouse
    August 2019 Since 1858, a stone lighthouse has stood beside the Burlington Bay Shipping Canal, connecting Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour to Lake Ontario. Today, both lake freighters and pleasure craft transit through the canal, cut through the sandbar that separates the bay from Lake Ontario in the 1820s as a part of the early shipping routes …
  • The “Silent Hill” church – Last church standing in Centralia
    September 2019 On a hill overlooking Centralia, Pennsylvania, a partially abandoned ghost town deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, sits Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. While fans of the Silent Hill movies and video games will recognize the church as the fictional “Silent Hill” church, this church is actually one of …
  • The Big Apple – A unique roadside attraction
    May 2018 Of all the roadside attractions, The Big Apple restaurant and bakery is one of the more unique ones you can find. Found beside Highway 401 in Colborne, Ontario, The Big Apple opened in 1984 and has evolved into a mini amusement park.  It’s easily spotted due to the large 35 foot high, 38 …
  • The crumbling remains of America’s Jewish vacationland – The rise and fall of the Borscht Belt
    November 2018 The Borscht Belt was the colloquial name of the Catskills area of eastern New York State that was once populated with resorts and bungalow communities for Jewish clients from New York City. In an era when Jewish people still faced discrimination elsewhere, Borscht Belt resorts were popular for family vacations before cheap airfare allowed …
  • The great American clean-up part 3: Another successful clean-up in Centralia
    October 2018 On 20 October 2018, around 100 volunteers contributed to the 5th annual community clean-up in Centralia, “Pennsylvania’s Lost Town.” Organized by EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation), the clean-up has become an increasingly popular annual tradition for community-minded citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond the state, along with current and former residents …
  • The great American clean-up, Part 2: Illegal dumping continues in Centralia
    October 2017 On 21 October 2017, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) organized another successful community clean-up in Centralia, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town. Since May 2014, EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation) has been organizing annual community clean-ups in Centralia, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. Although the …
  • The great American clean-up: Volunteers clean-up illegal dumping in Centralia
    September 2016 On 24 September 2016, 60 volunteers from a wide age-range gathered in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a borough in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, for a community clean-up.  Although the borough is virtually abandoned, with only 6 residents remaining, two busy state roads run through it, so Centralia is far from deserted. Some of …
  • The impermanence of man-made structures – The shattered remains of the Kinzua Bridge
    May 2019 The Kinzua Bridge was a railroad trestle near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania that collapsed during a tornado in 2003.  The 301 foot high, 2052 foot long trestle spanning over the Kinzua Valley, was built in 1900 for the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway; a steel bridge that replaced the original wrought iron …
  • The sole reminder of a long-vanished town – Abandoned Ontario jail a favourite among urban explorers
    May 2018 The crumbling ruins of Camp Bison stand as the sole reminder of a long-vanished town. Ontario has many ghost towns; towns that once bustled with people and activity but now are silent. The former Town of Burwash, south of Sudbury, is a favourite among Urban Explorers. Burwash was originally founded in 1914 to …
  • The strange saga of Scary Lucy
    May 2019 In the Village of Celoron, outside Jamestown, New York, the birthplace of iconic comedienne Lucile Ball, there is a small park along the shore of Lake Chautauqua dedicated to her memory.  In 2009, a bronze statue of Ball was installed near the entrance to Lucile Ball Memorial Park, one that would elevate the …
  • The Town That Was
    May 2015 A ghost town is a once-populated area that is abandoned, or partially abandoned, because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural disasters, government actions, environmental or nuclear disasters or war. Centralia, Pennsylvania, is one such partially abandoned ghost town. Deep in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, the town once …
  • The train doesn’t stop here anymore: The ghost town of Depot Harbour
    October 2016 A ghost town is a once flourishing town that is wholly or mostly abandoned, usually as a result of the economic activity that supported it has failed, usually due to resource exhaustion, natural disasters or government actions that make the area economically non-viable. One such ghost town in the Parry Sound District in Ontario is Depot …
  • Tin soldiers and Nixon
    May 2016 On 22 May 2016, I visited Kent State University, the site of the Kent State shootings where, on 4 May 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired upon unarmed students protesting President Nixon and the bombing campaign of Cambodia.  The campus has the May 4 Museum, a monument to the students who died …
  • University of Pittsburg Bradford Campus has an aviation past
    May 2019 The Bradford Campus of the University of Pittsburg in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has an aviation background that many may not realize.  The campus was once the site of the Bradford Airport, established on the family farm of William Emery in 1927.  Emery’s son Harri was an avid pilot in the early days of aviation …
  • Urban exploration – Documenting the decay of man-made structures
    September 2018 I’ve been involved in the hobby of urban exploration (UE), specifically abandoned structures, for over three decades.  The hobby is multifaceted, with some urban explorers (UEers) favouring things like storm drains, subway tunnels, utility tunnels, abandoned ships or areas of occupied buildings not open to the public.  Basically, UE is going where you’re …
  • Vanished Airfields – Barker Field and the war hero behind the name
    July 2016 Toronto was once a beehive of aviation activity, with numerous small public and private airfields in the area, most of which have vanished from the landscape with little to remind people today of the property’s aviation past.  Barker Field is one of those vanished airfields. Originally named Century Airport, the privately owned aerodrome …
  • Victory Village – a neighbourhood with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry
    October 2019 Victory Village is a residential neighbourhood in Mississauga, Ontario, with a historic connection to Canada’s aviation industry. Situated in the former Village of Malton, next to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the neighbourhood had its beginnings during World War II, when Canada played a vital role in aircraft production for the war effort. In …
  • Watching over the children for eternity
    April 2017 One of the saddest, but comforting thing I’ve ever seen is a stone Teddy Bear watching over the graves of infants in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, north of Toronto. It’s obviously very sad when a child dies, but I also find it heartbreaking to think of the child lying in their grave alone, without …
  • Western theme park now a crumbling ghost town
    May 2018 In the Adirondack Mountains north of Albany, New York, families once flocked to Frontier Town, a Western theme park in the Town of North Hudsen, where costumed re-enactors would provide an interactive glimpse of American history. Opened on Independence Day in 1952 by owner Arthur Bensen, visitors to the 267-acre park where could …
  • Who has the smallest jail in North America?
    August 2019 There is great debate as to which town holds the distinction of having the smallest jail in Canada, or even in North America. Several towns have been bold enough to declare themselves the winner of the smallest jail, with mere inches difference between all of them. Small tourist towns such as Tweed, Creemore, …
  • World War II Victoria Cross winner honoured in his hometown
    August 2018 In the northern Ontario town of Latchford, the steel arch bridge that allows Provincial Highway 11 to cross over the Montreal River is dedicated to the memory of a long-lost local hero:  Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C. Cosens is one of only 16 Canadians to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War II, …
  • WWI pilot trainee remembered in his hometown
    April 2017 The inscription of the tombstone of Royal Flying Corps Cadet James Talbot reads: “A noble young life given in service”. The weather on 7 April 2017 was cold and windy, with a thin layer of snow on the ground, as a crowd gathered at Union Cemetery in Dorchester, Ontario, east of London. Gathered …
  • “I’m afraid of the dark Daddy” – Little Merrit’s Tomb
    May 2018 In a small cemetery west of Oxford, New York, lies the mortal remains of Merrit Beardsley. What makes the grave of “Little Merritt” unique is that this small, above-ground tomb has a window at one end. On a cold, snowy night in December 1865, “Little Merrit” Beardsley, an 8-year-old boy, was dying of …

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