Category Archives: GREENSTONE

Where I live, in the wilds

THE BEARDMORE RELICS

The Discovery In July, 1934, Ted Eliot, a high school teacher and writer, was traveling by train from Longlac to Port Arthur. When the train stopped in the bush just south of Beardmore, Ontario, to pick up a prospector, Eliot … Continue reading

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THE LAST RIDE

Two days ago, I took Miko for his last ride. Our little Shih Tzu mixed loves a car ride. Usually, when Olga and I leave home for a quick trip to town, we leave Miko in a baby pen. We … Continue reading

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YE OLDE SCHOOL DAYS

When I entered high school at age 13, I had not the faintest idea that history mattered. The people that lived and events that happened before I was born, and when I was growing up, had a tremendous impact on … Continue reading

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PALISADES HIKING TRAIL

[Originally published 22 August 2008] Part I – Getting Up Seventeen people turned out for the guided tour of the Palisades hiking trail on Saturday, August 16. Hikers had spectacular views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. … Continue reading

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BLACK DAN & DYNAMITE

Some months ago, I came across two logging stories from Greenstone Region, both told in one magazine article. As the title suggests, the stories deal with danger, death, and grief. I contacted the author, Ken Plourde, who worked in the … Continue reading

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SIGNS AND SIGHS AT CHIPPEWA FALLS

Taking my cue from poet Robert Frost, when I had miles to go before I slept, I stopped anyway. No, not by snowy woods on the darkest evening of the year. It was mid-day under a scorching sun on Saturday, … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL YOUTH ENGAGE IN SPORTS CAMP

What caught my eye today was a flotilla of colourful kayaks on Kenogamisis Lake. I pulled into the Geraldton waterfront to investigate. The paddlers were too far out on Barton Bay for me to contact, but I spoke to one … Continue reading

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A TALE OF THREE CATS

We have two cats  ̶  rescue cats. Our family found Bush Cat in the bush many years ago, starving to death. Bushy is neither equipped nor inclined to hunt his own meals. Lately, he has indulged an inclination to take … Continue reading

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THE LAST LINK PROJECT

Completing the First Trans-Canada Highway in Ontario For 2018, a group of volunteers are organizing to commemorate an historic event that occurred in 1943. For the first time, a highway linked Eastern and Western Canada entirely on Canadian soil. In … Continue reading

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JUST REPORTING THE FACTS

Another government screw-up? Of course. That’s normal. I just got my official census reminder in the mail yesterday (May 12). The yellow card says “Complete it now ̶ it’s the law”. Right. This is the first official notice I have … Continue reading

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