International Plowing Match: Past and Present

September 10, 2018 | Irene

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Have you ever attended a plowing match? In 1999, I attended the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) in Dashwood, Ontario along with tens of thousands of visitors. It was quite spectacular! This year's event is being held in Chatham-Kent near Pain Court, Ontario. It runs September 18-22. It's...

Remembering the First Labour Day in Toronto: September 3: Snapshots in History

September 6, 2018 | John P.

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As one celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in September each year, take a moment and go back in time to September 3, 1894 when the first official Labour Day was celebrated in Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. The federal Conservative government of Sir John Sparrow Thompson implemented the first...

Autumn in Algonquin Park

August 31, 2018 | Ann

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Courtesy Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1991 September marks the transition from summer to autumn: shorter days, darker skies and chillier nights. Leaving the window open all evening may cause your fingers, toes and noses to experience those freezy tingles. Heavier and darker clothing including boots and galoshes start becoming required...

Celebrate the Toronto Blue Jays (1976-1999)

August 29, 2018 | Andrew

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Toronto Blue Jays logo history courtesy National Post, 2011. Read full logo commentary by Jonathan Rivalt. With their Inaugural Season in 1977, the Toronto Blue Jays joined the Montreal Expos as the only other team representing Canada in Major League Baseball. On September 29, 2004 the Expos announced the team...

Some Bridges in Ontario

August 24, 2018 | Irene

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I have always been fascinated by bridges. They let us cross over impassable obstacles such as wide areas of water, valleys, swamps and rough terrain. Bridges have influenced where we live, how we travel and where we travel. Bridge design can be uncomplicated and building material can often be found...

The Early Years of the Exhibition

August 17, 2018 | lfeesey

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Crystal Palace (1858-1879), King St. W., n. side, at present Sudbury St. Unknown Picture, 18-?, English It was not named the Canadian National Exhibition until 1912, although the fair started back in 1858 with erection of a crystal palace at Shaw and King streets called The Palace of Industry. Sanford...

Remembering the 2003 Northeastern Blackout in Toronto: August 14: Snapshots in History

August 15, 2018 | John P.

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On August 14 and beyond, many Ontarians and Torontonians might wish to remind themselves where they were on Thursday August 14, 2003 at about 4:11 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) in the afternoon when the power went out, and what they did in the hours and days ahead until the...

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

August 7, 2018 | Raya

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Courtesy Toronto Star Photo Archives, 1977 Every year since 1946 the town of Fergus, Ontario has been celebrating its Scottish heritage. It is the largest gathering of clans outside of Scotland and Cape Breton Island. The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games continues the tradition started by the Ancient Celts...

Remembering the 1918 Anti-Greek Riot: August 2-5: Snapshots in History

August 3, 2018 | John P.

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On August 2 and beyond, take a step back into Toronto’s history to remember the anti-Greek riot that beset Toronto from August 2-5, 1918 and played a role in shaping the city’s future. The riot stemmed from an incident in an eating establishment and some inaccurate information circulating about Greece...

Portraits of John and Elizabeth Simcoe

August 2, 2018 | Ann

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Celebrating August's Civic Holiday would not be complete without crediting John Graves Simcoe, the first-lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, and his loving companion, author and illustrator Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe. Before her birth, pain, tragedy, and sacrifice marked the start of her life. Despite the struggles of growing up without her...