2020 Simcoe Day

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. Continue reading

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Regis Philbin has Passed Away at 88

Longtime television personality Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88 from natural causes.

Mr. Philbin was well known as the host of the talk show Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, later known Regis and Kelly.  The show starred in 1988, with Kathy Lee departing the show in 2000 and Kelly Ripa joining in 2001.  Regis would stay on the show until his retirement in 2011, departing after the November 13th, 2011 episode. Continue reading

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The Thomas Rennie in Operation

Here are some pictures and video of the Toronto Ferry Services’ Thomas Rennie in operation on July 2nd, 2020.

The Thomas Rennie was built in 1951, and is named after a former Toronto Harbour Commissioner.  It is the newest ferry in service between the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on the mainland and the Toronto Islands. Continue reading

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Happy Dominion Day 2020!!!!

The Maple Leaf

Happy Dominion Day to everyone in Canada! July 1st, 2020 marks the 153rd 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.

On July 1st, 1867, three British colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (the combined colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, now Ontario and Quebec.)

Other provinces and territories were added over the years: Manitoba (1870), Northwest Territories (1870), British Columbia (1871), Prince Edward Island (1873), Yukon Territory (1898), Alberta (1905), Saskatchewan (1905), Newfoundland and Labrador (1949), and Nunavut (1999.)

So, Happy 153rd Birthday, Canada!

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International Convention at Quebec of Delegates of the Legislatures of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, October 1864, Quebec City, Canada East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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‘The Undertaker’ Retires

Wrestler ‘The Undertaker’ (real name Mark Calaway) has announced his retirement after almost 30 years with the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE.)  The announcement was made during the latest episode of Undertaker: The Last Ride documentary series on June 21st, 2020. Continue reading

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Dame Vera Lynn has Passed Away

Famed British singer Dame Vera Lynn, who helped to keep up the morale of the Allies during the Second World War has passed away at the age of 103.

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Spring 2020

So far, the spring of 2020 has required a lot of sacrifices by all of us.  Getting out to get pictures has been difficult for the most of the spring, but as our restrictions have slowly decreased, I have managed to go out and get some pictures, which I hope will act as a source of inspiration and support for you! Continue reading

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76th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

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Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2020, marks the 76th Anniversary of Canada‘s involvement in the D-Day landings in Normandy France.

On June 6th 1944, members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, with the help of the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Marines, landed on the beach code named JUNO in the early morning.

The Canadians had some of the best results on the first day of fighting – some troops progressed further on the first day of fighting than any other units. Canadians were dealt with 359 dead, 574 wounded, and 47 captured on the first day of fighting.

Let us not forget the sacrifices made that day, and throughout the war, to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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Happy Victoria Day 2020

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...

Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 18th 2020, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation. Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of V-E Day

Today, May 8th 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) and the end of World War II in Europe.

1.1 million Canadians would serve during the war, and saw action in every theatre, but most saw action on the North Atlantic and in Europe.  55,000 military personnel would be wounded, while another 42,000 would never make it home again.

Canada was attacked during the Battle of the St. Lawrence, and our naval personnel would play a vital role in keeping the supply chain with the U.K. and Europe open via the North Atlantic. Continue reading

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