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Pan Am Games bring past games to mind

June 16, 2015

This column is dedicated to the late Glenn Cochrane, who grew up in Hamilton, but was a Beacher by choice with his wife Jean, and a great Canadian. I learned a lot from Glenn about Hamilton sports in a national context. I recently had a discussion about the Pan Am Games, which someone said was […]

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In praise of our historical society

Speaking to several people about history in our area, I hear, “Oh, there are these other historical societies in the East End, and they are really good.” I started to think about our Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, which has been involved in local and city-wide history for more than 40 years – we […]

The once-ambitious Cedarvale

“Where and what is Cedarvale?” I was asked by a person living on the Danforth. Cedarvale is the name of two areas in the city of Toronto. For our purpose I will write about the one in the Woodbine and Danforth area. (The other is in the West End near Bathurst and St. Clair). A […]

1915 plan visionary then and now

The plan below, drawn up 100 years ago, was shown this year to several different organizations, including the Board of Trade. There were three people who proposed this idea originally. They were R.C. Harris, works commissioner (and a Beacher, by the way), Toronto Harbour Board engineer E.L. Cousins, and F. A. Gaby, chief engineer for […]


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