TTC Turns 100

Today, September 1st, 2021 the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) turns 100 years old.

The TTC was formed on September 1st, 2021 taking over a number of private lines that existed in the past.

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Virtual Warriors’ Day

Today, August 21st, 2021 would have been the 100th Warriors’ Day Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). As the CNE was cancelled for a second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Warriors’ Day Parade.

However, in honour of the service of our military personnel, I would like to offer this virtual Warriors’ Day Parade through pictures and videos of previous Warriors’ Day Parades:

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Former Ontario Premier Bill Davis Passes Away at 92

William ‘Bill’ Davis, the 18th Premier of Ontario and former MPP from Peel Region has passed away at the age of 92.

Mr. Davis served as Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985.

Bill Davis was born William Grenville Davis on July 30th, 1929 in Toronto to Albert and Vera Davis. He was interested in politics from an early age, with former MP Gordon Graydon being a frequent guest growing up.

Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Toronto before earning a law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Team Canada Wins 24 Medals at Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics have concluded in Tokyo with Team Canada winning 24 total medals – Seven Gold, Six Silver, and 11 Bronze Medals, good for 11th place overall – both in the number of total medals and the numbers of Gold Medals.

The Games had to be delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team Canada won medals in the following sports:

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Happy Simcoe Day 2021

English: Sir John Graves Simcoe, first Lieuten...
Sir John Graves Simcoe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As today is Sir John Graves Simcoe Day in Ontario, I would like to discuss the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796. Of course Upper Canada would later become the Province of Ontario.

Born in Cotterstock England in 1752, Simcoe would be educated at Eton and spent one year at Oxford. He joined the 35th Regiment of Foot, as an ensign, in 1770. He purchased a captaincy in the 40th Regiment of Foot and was injured in battle during the American Revolution. He was responsible for a successful battle in the battle of Crooked Billet.

He became Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada in 1791 when the British Government created the Province of Upper Canada out of land around the Great Lakes that stayed part of the British Empire after the American Revolution. Simcoe would see to the building of two major roads: Yonge Street (named after Sir George Yonge then the Minister of War), and Dundas Street (named after Henry Dundas, later the 1st Viscount Melville.) Originally built for defensive purposes, later both streets served to help settlement Upper Canada, and as trading routes.

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Toronto Ferry Action – July 22nd, 2021

I made a quick trip over to the Toronto Islands on July 22nd, 2021.

While on the trip I was able to catch some video and photographs.

The Toronto Ferry Services, which operates the ferries and is owned by the City of Toronto, owns five ferries: The Trillium, The Thomas Rennie, the Sam McBride, the William M. Inglis (W.M. Inglis), and The Ongiara. The Ongiara is the only ferry that can carry vehicles, used by the city to maintain the islands. The Trillium is now 111 years old and a paddlewheeler – it only occasionally used, and normally for charters.

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Euro Cup 2020 Finals Set

The Finals for the 2020 Euro Cup is now set.

In the final, England takes on Italy on July 11th, 2021.

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Euro Cup 2020 Semifinals

The Semifinals of the UEFA Eruo Cup 2020 are now set.

The Semifinals start tonight and continue tomorrow night (July 7th.)

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Happy 154th Birthday, Dominion of Canada

July 1st, 2021 marks the 154th birthday for the Dominion of Canada since Confederation on July 1st, 1867.

Confederation was created thanks to the hard work of many people, and helped to create the Canada we know today.

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Euro 2020 Quarterfinals Set

The Quarterfinals for the Euro 2020 tournament are now set.

The following teams won their Round of 16 matches to qualify: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

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