Author Archives: EJ Lavoie

About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca

OLD TASHOTA MINE – A Revisit

A Report by E.J. Lavoie on 23 September 2008 Photo courtesy of Dennis King. Very few people have ever visited the oldest gold mine in the Beardmore-Geraldton mining camp. In 1928, Tashota Gold Mines Ltd. began sinking a shaft 16 … Continue reading

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DEAD WOOD

Dead wood. There’s a lot of it around, some of it still standing. Like some balsam poplar trees along Creelman Creek Road where I live. Still standing, but marked for felling. Alerted by my son, Rob, I kept my eyes … Continue reading

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PAGWA 2 : VILLAGE OF MEMORY

Section of old NTR rail that has the date of manufacture: 1912. We picked a miserably rainy day for our return visit to Pagwa Village. Jim Marino and John Lavoie and I stopped at the junction of Pitopiko Road and … Continue reading

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PAGWA : VILLAGE OF MEMORY

Ghost town. That is our first impression of the historic village of Pagwa River. When we visited on Thursday, August 1st, 2019, there wasn’t a living soul to be seen. It was a ghost town. But the ghosts were there. … Continue reading

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CONFESSIONS OF A WHISTLEBLOWER

Last evening, when I emerged from the fog bank, I almost ran down the road worker holding the stop sign. Soon after I had left Thunder Bay in late afternoon, driving north, I encountered stretches of fog which sometimes reduced … Continue reading

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CANADA’S ALBATROSS

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. The worst nightmare of the Ancient Mariner is being replicated in Canada. I want to understand why. You know the whine of the Ancient Mariner1 – that he must relive the … Continue reading

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UNDER ARREST

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. In this matter, Stephen Leacock misspoke, for advertising is not a science, it is an art, and art requires imagination. It … Continue reading

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POACHERS, WELCOME TO PARADISE!

Trust, but verify. I love this maxim. People love the truth, love telling the truth, love hearing the truth. And as often as not, people will fudge the truth. People are funny that way. Tigers aren’t laughing. Tigers are dying … Continue reading

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GIANTS OF OLD

Surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this. The playwright, Anton Chekhov, was remarking on his own country. He prefaced the remark with The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons … Continue reading

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MY TEETH ARE STRONG

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land . . . This sentiment comes to mind because I can hear the harvesting machinery ravaging the bush just across the lake from our home. … Continue reading

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