June 30, 2017
All credible science indicates that the Midhurst Secondary Plan will forever degrade this internationally-important wetland and threaten the Alliston aquifer.
What has Patrick Brown MPP Simcoe North, leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives done to stop it?
- attend and vigorously speak at the Margaret Atwood rally,
- utilize influence at the County of Simce to ensure zero population additions,
- organize just one Queen’s Park press conference (gain GTA media interest),
- organize just one Private Members’ bill to overturn the Liberal’s 2 Extra Special Rules,
- help organize one fund raiser.
I know what Mr. Brown did in aid of Springwater Park and the Vespra Boys cenotaph.
April 26, 2016
Charlie and Jean Day were my next-door neighbours on Bayfield Street when I was growing up.
From The Barrie Examiner, Thursday February 22, 1951:
Charles E. Day was recently elected president of the Barrie and District Civil Service Association. Previous experience with the association includes two years on the executive and six years with the sub-committee of the Department Council.
He is presently work foreman at the Midhurst Forestry Station, having been with the reforestry since 1928.
Born in Cambridge, England, Mr. Day received his education in that country. Upon finishing continuation school, he came to Canada and took up farming in Flos Township from 1920 to 1922. He farmed in the West the following year, returning east in 1924 to begin four years with the CPR.
Mr. Day left the employ of the CPR in 1928 and joined the staff of the Midhurst Reforestry as accountant.
He married the former L. Anne McGinnis of Midhurst in 1929 and they have one son, William. A member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Midhurst, Mr. Day has been warden of that church since 1929, with the exception of the war years.
He is a past master of Kerr Lodge AF&AM, Barrie, a member of the Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, and Spry Sovereign Rose Croix Lodge, Barrie. A member of the Canadian Legion, Vespra Branch . Mr. Day was president from 1936 to 1945. He saw war service in both World Wars. In the first war he served in the British Army with the 12th division, Kitchener’s Army. He joined the Grey and Simcoe Foresters in 1940 and served with the A&T Staff till his discharge in 1945.
Mr. Day is an ardent hunter, and was connected with the Midhurst Athletic Club as secretary-treasurer from 1929 to 1934.
Mr. Robert Peacock was the only other Midhurst resident to serve in both World Wars.
October 26, 2015
November 11th at 10 am.
All welcome to this very special place. pdf
November 29, 2012
To the 18 Vespra Boys who lost their lives in The Great War.
And to their families and those who chose to honour their sacrifice this fall.
November 18, 2012
Bayfield Street from Barrie to Highway 26 at the Midhurst plains used to be called Mill Street.
From Finlay Mill Road to Highway 26, the highway divided modest homes and the provincial forest. By the late 1970s, the red pines were starting to be thinned out.
My Vespra township had men who served in two wars, helped build a cenotaph and a Royal Canadian Legion and left an everlasting impression. And you could tell the most respected of them by how a gentle man dressed in civilian life.
Please children: try to listen to and honour older men, and keep an eye on those in hats.
With any luck, they’ll be with you forever,
They’ll be with you for always.