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Is first PM plaque-worthy?

January 14, 2015

On Jan. 10 it was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first prime minister of Canada, probably the leading nation-building spirit behind the founding of our country. There are many things that are good about the founder of our beloved country, and there are other things which in retrospect are not so good. […]

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Women are the spirit of Christmas

I look around and read about what men – especially Santa Claus – are doing for the world at this time of year and I think the people doing the really important work are the fair sex – the women of the world. I am a person of the Christian faith – not that the […]

Signs of the (past) times

A little while ago, the Shoppers Drug Mart sign at Queen and Lee came down and a large, somewhat decrepit Loblaws sign was underneath. Talking to some residents about it, one said, “I know where the oldest billboard is – it’s on the Danforth.” “I don’t think so,” I replied, and when the offended person […]

Where is the best porch in the Beach?

There are many different names for the structure in front of your house: you can call it a porch or verandah or whatever you want. Here are a couple examples of what I consider excellent Beach verandahs among many. One in particular has a name, and is a historic piece of property. It is called […]


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