Remembrance Day 2022

Today, November 11th 2022, we mark Remembrance Day in Canada and the sacrifices made by our military during the many conflicts Canada has been involved in.

Canadians have a long tradition of joining its allies in conflicts when required and to successfully fight in many difficult situations in order that we all may enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.

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Dame Angela Landsbury Passes Away at 96

Dame Angela Landsbury, known for her role as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, has passed away at 96 just days before her 97th birthday.

Dame Angela was born on October 16th, 1925 in the St. Pancras area of London, England to Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury.

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Flying Dutchman at the COC

October 7th, 2022 saw the opening night performance of the revival of the Christopher Alden production of the Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) at the Canadian Opera Company (COC.)

The production stars Johan Reuter (The Dutchman), Marjorie Owens (Senta), Franz-Josef Selig (Daland), Christopher Ventris (Erik), Rosie Aldridge (Mary), and Miles Mykkanen (The Steersman.) The COC Orchestra is conducted by the COC Music Director, Maestro Johannes Debus. Allan Moyer designed the costumes and the set. Marilyn Gronsdal is the revival director.

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Tony La Russa Retires Again

Tony La Russa has announced his retirement as a manager again. He was the manager of the Chicago White Sox for the 2001 and 2022 seasons.

Tony La Russa start out as a manager with the Chicago White Sox in 1979. He then became the manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1986 to 1995, and then the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011.

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50 Years Since Summit Series

On September 28th, 1972, the Summut Series ended in Moscow with Team Canada winning against the USSR Team with four wins, three losses, and one tie.

The USSR team dominated early in the series, winning three of the first five games, with Canada winning one game and the other game ending in a draw. The Canadians would win the last three games to win the series.

The first four games took place in Canada, and the last four took place in Moscow. The four games in Canada were spread out across the country: Montreal (Game #1), Toronto (Game #2), Winnipeg (Game #3), and Vancouver (Game #4.)

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has Passed Away

Buckingham Palace has announced the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, and 14 other realms. Her Majestyy passed away at 96 at Balmoral Castle, her home in Scotland.

Her Majesty reigned for over 70 after ascending the throne in February 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI.

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Review: The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

I have finished ready a new biography about former German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, entitled The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Kati Marton.

The book, newly released following Ms. Merkel’s retirement as Chancellor after 16 years in power, is an easy read and enjoyable from start to finish.

We learn about Ms. Merkel’s upbringing in the then East Germany, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor who chose to move to East Germany.

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Warriors Day at the CNE

2022 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Warriors’ Day Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE.)

This year’s Warriors’ Day Parade was the first to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the CNE the last two years and was held the first Saturday of the CNE, August 20th 2022.

The parade ran from the Princes’ Gates to Stanley Barracks.

Here are some pictures and videos of the parade:

Toronto Police Mounted Unit
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Team Canada at the XXII Commonwealth Games

Team Canada has completed its competition in the XXII (22nd) Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, England.

Canada placed third overall with 92 total medals: 26 Gold, 32 Silver, and 34 Bronze.

Official Logo, copyright (https://www.birmingham2022.com/)

A total of 269 athletes represented Canada in 17 different sports.

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Happy Simcoe Day 2022

Sir John Graves Simcoe. Portrait by George Theodore Berthon via 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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