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.
October 16, 2016
November 11, 2016, Springwater Provincial Park
Thank you for your support.
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
December 20, 2013
Speaking from my imperfect knowledge of Catholic social justice principles, no.
Notwithstanding an overall cordial relationship between the perfectly legal First Nations occupation and the local/regional MNR staff and nice words from the Premier’s office, any above “mid-level grunt” to Deputy Minister decision is 99.99%, unambiguous bad faith (mala fides) and unfair dealings.
- refusing to meet with the occupation, Beausoleil First Nation, and community leaders at one time after 8.5 months opportunity to do so, (delay: force winter occupation),
- breeding distrust between indigenous and settler leaders (divide-and-conquer),
- using the 230 cm of our expected snowfall and -20 C temperatures to drive first nations’ grandmothers out of the park or into the hospital,
- cynically playing “bad cop” to Premier Wynne’s “good cop” (here, here, here, now here),
- threatening to knock the buildings down,
- cutting off all electricity for lights, heat and security in a 193 ha., unsecure wilderness more than 3 months ago,
- refusing to meet with community groups from the Assistant Deputy Minister level and above,
- (so far) refusing the community permission to do volunteer snow removal to keep the 14 km. of ski and snowshoe trails open. This also forces low income families to pay over $1,000 at private ski resorts for a season pass instead of using our already-paid-for trails.,
- showing up late as guests for a spiritual ceremony,
- refusing to allow fallen trees to be harvested for firewood by chainsaw,
- failing to investigate damage done to vehicles (twice), and
- approving the sandblasting/desecration of the Vespra Boys cairn (eg. the Anishinaabe and Medewinin Lodge call field stones “Grandfather”).
I wish Minister David Orazietti and his family all the best for this Christmas season. He and I will be enjoying the warmth, generosity, support and company of our family, parish and community over this very special time in the liturgical calendar. I imagine that the Precious Blood Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie will be as comfortable as St. Mary’s parish in Barrie will be for Midnight Mass next Tuesday night.
We have a terrific new pastor at St. Mary’s who was born in Kenya.
I’ve never had occasion to talk to him specifically about intolerance but this is the first such collection I can remember.
Originally posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.
NOTE: A very similar article appeared in the Springwater News on January 2, 2014. 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.