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A visual legacy of the First World War

April 1, 2014

It was almost 100 years ago that the First World War began, yet there is still war in our world. It appears we have learned nothing. War is terrible. People die, are maimed, they suffer from what in the world wars was called shell shock (now there are other terms, such as post-traumatic stress disorder). […]

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Beacher won hockey gold – in 1924

Writing about hockey a while back, I mentioned one of the all-time greats who was raised in the Beach – Reginald Joseph “Hooley” Smith. Hooley was one of the sports legends known throughout the Beach area. He was a hockey superstar of the games later designated as the first Winter Olympics, which took place in […]

The true story of Leslieville

There has been some controversy about Leslieville, the stretch of Queen Street East from Pape to Greenwood. The real history, however, has been muddled – Leslieville was never an incorporated village or town. It was called Leslieville because of one of the original pioneers of the area, who had a large nursery in the vicinity. […]

Hockey has a long history in the Beach

The East End, especially the Beach, is steeped in the history of all types of recreation activity. At this time of year we are geared to ice skating and hockey. There is no doubt that hockey has kept Canada together, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, from the Northwest Territories to southern Ontario. […]


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