John Boyd committed his infantry before his artillery could properly support them: Battle of Crysler’s Farm, Nov. 11, 1813

In a  previous post, I have described the Battle of Crysler’s Farm on Nov. 11, 1813 during the War of 1812. The British side numbered about 800, the American side about 4,000. Vastly outnumbered but better trained, the British side prevailed. As a consequence of this battle and the Battle of Chateauguay on Oct. 26, 1813, the […]

City of Toronto is warning residents to be cautious about private companies offering door-to-door free water testing

An Aug. 29, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Lifetime Water Systems sales pitch after free test frustrates residents: The test is free, but what residents aren’t told is that it is followed by a water filter sales pitch.” The article notes: The city has placed a warning notice on its website, including a fact sheet about […]

Trans fat hidden in many U.S. foods, tests reveal. Many are labelled as having zero grams per serving.

An Aug. 28, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Trans fat hidden in many U.S. foods, tests reveal: Labelling called cause for concern for consumers.” The opening paragraphs read: “Nearly 10 per cent of top-selling packaged foods in the U.S. contain trans fats — and many of them are labelled as having zero grams per serving, […]

When Britain burned the White House

I have an interest in military history including the history of the British empire. My interest in the latter empire stems from the fact that Colonel Samuel Smith, who fought on the British side in the American Revolutionary War, in 1797 built a log cabin a one-minute walk from where I live in Long Branch (Toronto […]

The Organized Mind (2014)

I was very pleased to read an Aug. 24, 2014 Globe and Mail article entitled: “Your brain has limited capacity: Here’s how to maximize it.” The article is based on a book, The Organized Mind (2014) by Daniel Levitin. I’ve posted a couple of recent items about the book: The processing capacity of the conscious […]

“It’s hard to believe that a kid’s 10-cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman.”

An Aug. 25, 2014 Lillooet News article from the Associated Press is entitled: “Rare copy of first comic book featuring Superman fetches $3.2M; NY dealers buy in eBay auction.” The story’s opening paragraphs read: NEW YORK, N.Y. – A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million. New […]

Jim Bray of Long Branch (Toronto) enjoyed racing stock cars in the 1950s

Some years ago, I got a phone call from Jim Bray, who used to live on Villa Road in Long Branch. As a result of the call, I got to know Jim Bray and his daughter Sandy Bray. The latter member of the family recently arranged for a Jim Bray Long Branch mini-tour which took […]

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment (PPCLI) Memorial Baton Relay – Sept. 7, 2014

The following text, which I’m pleased to share with you, was forwarded to me by David Juliusson:   PPCLI Memorial Baton Relay September 7, 2014, 10 am Trinity Church, 26 Stavebank Road N., Mississauga Canada’s famous Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry [that is, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment] (PPCLI) is celebrating 100 years of service. […]

I now buy Doi Chaang coffee at FreshCo and brew it at home

I continue to be much interested in Fair Trade coffee as brand and back story. As you will note from the link in the previous sentence, a most interesting back story is associated with the Fair Trade concept. I was pleased to recently receive a link, by email from a Malcolm Campbell High School contact, to […]

Montreal MCHS mini-reunion on Aug. 13, 2014 in Montreal turned out extremely well

I’m pleased to share with you the following message from Tim Hewlings (MCHS 1963) regarding the MCHS mini-reunion on Aug. 13, 2014 in Montreal” “Just wanted to let you know that our get together on Wednesday turned out extremely well. The weather was horrible. It was raining cats and dogs, but we still had over […]