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True North Favourite: Live in London

loenard cohen

Who could be more Canadian and more man-of-the-world than Leonard Cohen? I love the rich layers of complex imagery in his brilliantly poetic and philosophical song lyrics

Fake History, Truly Scary

book cover image The Book Thieves

While the Nazi party was being condemned for burning books, they were already hard at work on an even greater crime: that is, re-writing our cultural heritage.

True North Favourite: The Paper Bag Princess

 

paper bag princess

You just can't go wrong with Robert Munsch's books. They never fail to produce a smile or a chuckle but Paper bag Princess is my all time favourite and I'm proud that such a funny great author is Canadian to boot!

50 Years of Unionized Electrical Workers

On March 2nd, 1957, Members of London Local 120, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, celebrated  their 50th anniversary at the Odd Fellows Temple on Dundas Street.   Workers had formed the local at the London Electric Co. which operated a steam-generated power plant on York Street near the Thames River, feeding direct current to the city.   

Founder of London's Italian Community Dies

110 years ago, Carmelo Paladino passed away on March 10th, 1907 at the family residence at 138 Queen's Avenue.  He was the patriarch and co-founder, with Angelo Dambra, of London's Italian community in 1874.  He was also the maternal grandfather of Guy Lombardo. 

A Casket of Gold

On March 5th, 1897, a celebration was held at the Grand Opera House in honour of Nicholas Wilson's 50 year of continuous teaching in London schools. On behalf of the students, Ed Flock presented Mr. Wilson with $1,000 in gold, enclosed in a silver casket.   

Pottersburg Post Office Opens

130 years ago on March 1st, 1887, a post office was established at Pottersburg, east of the city limits in London Township.  William Grray was the first postmaster.  D.F. Buchanan operated the office from his grocery store on the southwest corner of Dundas and Hale streets from May 1st, 1891 until his death on April 10th, 1923.  

No More Passenger Service

60 years ago on February 18th, 1957, passenger service was discontinued on the London and Port Stanley Railway after almost 100 years of operation.  The railway could not compete with the automobile.  The railway's service was not always reliable, earning the railroad  the nickname Late and Poor Service.   

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time was inaugurated on Monday February 9th, 1942 to conserve energy for the duration of the war. 

The Birth of Sake - Japanese Food documentary film series

THe Birth of Sake - image from the film

Join us on Saturday, March 18 at 2 pm in the Stevenson & Hunt room for the third and last screening in a series titled Japanese Food.