British Home Child Day in Canada

Today, September 28, is British Home Child Day. It is a day to remember all those children who were sent to Canada in the hope of a better chance in life. My paternal grandmother was, and her two siblings were among those children. Below is a draft of the text of an article I wroteContinue reading “British Home Child Day in Canada”

Tips on tipping in Canada

Tipping has been around for many years. Originally used To Insure Promptness, hence TIP, there are many different cultural angles to tipping. A recent piece by Montreal Gazette columnist Josh Freed posed the question have we reached a tipping point when it comes to tipping. The column focuses on the new, post-pandemic world of tippingContinue reading “Tips on tipping in Canada”

Today I Am My Father’s Age

Originally posted June 2014 Today, June 4, 2022, is the 45th anniversary of my father’s passing in 1977. With that in mind, I am reposting a piece I wrote eight years ago to mark the day I ‘out-lived’ him. Today I am the exact age my father was when he passed away. Tomorrow I will beContinue reading “Today I Am My Father’s Age”

Protests for beginners

Back in the sixties protests were all the rage. I was but a child, so I missed the opportunity to participate in these protests. Anti-racism, anti-Vietnam war, anti-pollution, anti-capitalism; all sorts of angst was expressed in the streets of cities around the world. Were these peaceful gatherings successful? If the goal was to bring problemsContinue reading “Protests for beginners”

Montreal’s Post WW2 Housing Crunch

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in many parts of the world. As my mother is only a few years gone, I don’t need a special day to think about her. One of her great pleasures as she aged was a Sunday evening drive; particularly one that brought her through streets rich in memories for her. SheContinue reading “Montreal’s Post WW2 Housing Crunch”

We’re all fed up

Over the weekend thousands of people converged on Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital city Ottawa. The so-called Freedom Convoy of truckers from across the country, and many hangers-on are protesting the government’s stance on COVID-19 vaccinations and mask-wearing. Indeed, as this convoy grew over a week or so to denounce vaccine requirements for cross-border trucking,Continue reading “We’re all fed up”

UPDATED: Montreal’s free parking not so free when using the app

UPDATE: I believe in the concept of credit where credit is due, so I am posting this update. In response to my post last week, the parking authorities have contacted me to ‘own their error’, apologize for it and assure me that all who paid will be reimbursed. Just when you thought customer service wasContinue reading “UPDATED: Montreal’s free parking not so free when using the app”

My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie

  My great-grandfather, Ernest Henry Blackwell, was born in Sussex, England. In 1893, he and his wife Annie Ellis emigrated to Canada where he would spend the rest of his days. They had five children: three sons and two daughters. His eldest child, George Ernest Blackwell, was my grandfather. I have recounted some of hisContinue reading “My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie”