Monthly Archives: September 2012

BRITISH HOME CHILD DAY

September 28 is the annual British Home Child Day in Ontario as established by a bill passed in the Provincial Legislature one year ago. Preamble to the Bill states that, “Between 1869 and the late 1940s, during the child emigration … Continue reading

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FOR JACK

Several years ago, Jack Sloan, an in-law of my brother, took the two of us on a tour of the Canadian Warplane Museum at the Mount Hope airport in Hamilton, Ontario. This museum has to be one of the best … Continue reading

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WHAT DO RUSTIES EAT??

Good question. Never gave it much thought. But after spending an hour with a cooperative pair of Rusty Blackbirds on the shores of the Ottawa river, I think I now have a good idea.

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LANCASTER BOMBER

LANCASTER BOMBER FLYPAST Mastery of the four engine bomber which allowed for heavier bomb loads and greater range by America, Britain and Canada proved the undoing of the Third Reich which had no answer to their lethality. Originally built in … Continue reading

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LOCKHEED ELECTRA

TRANS CANADA AIRLINES Forerunner to today’s Air Canada, TCA’s first aircraft was a 10 passenger Lockheed Electra. First route served was between Vancouver, BC and Seattle, Washington.

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AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER

Major find of the day was a solitary Golden plover in residual breeding plumage on a rocky shoal a couple of hundred yards off the edge of the Ottawa river. This plumage was a first here in Ottawa not only … Continue reading

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GATINEAU EN VOL – 2012

Once again, the airport in Gatineau, Quebec, across the river from Ottawa was home to the impressive Wings Over Gatineau airshow. This year’s show was a two day event, so naturally I chose the anniversary of  “Battle of Britain” Sunday. … Continue reading

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RED SHOE PUB, MABOU, NOVA SCOTIA

The Red Shoe Pub, owned by the famous Rankin sisters on Cape Breton Island,  has apparently become victim of yet another crime. Someone has walked off with last remaining eponymous wooden red shoe from the front window. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/05/cape-bretons-famous-red-show-pub-mulling-what-to-do-after-titular-shoe-stolen/ Two years … Continue reading

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PLOVERS

Plovers are currently working their way south through the Ottawa valley. Here’s two I caught the other day out on the river. AMERICAN BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER GOLDEN PLOVER

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JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

Central bankers wound up their meeting attempting to resolve the economic crisis at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium this weekend in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Good luck on that sorry endeavour!! In 1895 the New York Times printed an … Continue reading

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