- Pierre Trudeau
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
There is merit to her position on the fracking protest in New Brunswick. Global warming has been shown to be caused by man's activities so why not make our environment a bit worse with a little fracking. She is right and anyone who can't see that fracking will cause more harm than good either hasn't done their research or has their head in the sand!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Racism is a quiet but dirty little Canadian secret. It is swept under the table and is a bit more subtle than in other parts of the world but is still very much there waiting to rear its ugly head. At one time, 'coloured' folk were not allowed to be in certain towns after dark. They were not allowed in certain stores and were in fact refused service at many businesses across Canada. Despite various laws prohibiting discrimination, persons of colour were not free to buy a home and settle down wherever they chose. Surprisingly and quite sadly, while the discrimination is for the most part not as open today, it is still there...
Dresden, Ontario is a small agricultural based town with a population under 2,500, about 12% African Canadian, located in southwestern Ontario. It is home to the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historical Site honouring Josiah Henson and black history in the area. Henson was a former slave from Maryland who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railway, settling just outside of Dresden an safe destination for the Underground Railway. His writings were the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, "This short film goes to Dresden, Ontario in 1954, to sample local attitudes towards racial discrimination against black people that brought this town into the news. After a round-up of the opinions of individual citizens, white and black, commentator Gordon Burwash joins two discussion panels, presenting opposite points of view. The rights and wrongs of the quarrel are left for the audience to decide." At the time this film was made, the Ontario Fair Accommodations Practices Act enacted on April 6, 1954 which "no one can deny to any person or class of persons the accommodation, services or facilities usually available to members of the public." As Burswash points out this Act made it a statutory offense to discriminate in a public place on the grounds of race, creed, colour, ancestry or place of origin. Like its predecessor the Racial Discrimination Act of 1944, the Ontario Fair Accommodations Practices Act also made it a statutory offense to publish or display discriminatory signage.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The route was a fairly simple one. We made our way to I-75 N after crossing into Michigan. From there we made our way to Sault Ste. Marie onto the Trans Canada then turning down Highway 6 at Espanola to South Baymouth on the southern border of Manitoulin Island. Manitoulin Island is the world's largest fresh water island. The Little Current Swing Bridge at Little Current, Ontario is rather impressive! It is a one lane bridge over the North Channel connecting Manitoulin Island to Goat Island. The Algoma Eastern Railway began operating trains across the bridge to the community of Little Current in October 1913. This railway was leased by Canadian Pacific Railway in March 1930 and control of the bridge passed at this time to the CPR. The bridge was modified to permit road vehicle traffic in addition to rail traffic in 1946. In the 1980's rail service to Little Current and Manitoulin Island was abandoned by CPR and the tracks were removed in the 1990's. When under control of CPR the bridge remained in the open position, closed only when a train was going through. The bridge is now under control of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. It currently stays in the closed position so that road vehicles can use it. It opens the first fifteen minutes of each daylight hour during the spring, summer and fall to permit marine traffic to pass. From mid-October to early May when the ferry MS Chi-Cheemaun is not in operation to carry passengers from the Bruce Peninsula, the bridge is the only road link to Manitoulin Island from the mainland. The Little Current Swing Bridge has been designated an Ontario Heritage site.