||September 24, 2010
– Looking Forward
In my recent article on the Northern
Ontario Railway Museum & Cultural Centre I made reference to their efforts to
improve the grounds. Last week they announced a formal garden dedicated to organ
transplant donor awareness. The Garden will highlight the senses of sight,
hearing, taste, smell and touch and will honour donors some of whom helped as
many as 8 people by donating their body by signing a donor form.
Monument Recalls Black Mark
For a nation with a history built on
immigration and tolerance
has an unbelievable record of abuse of some people – Native, Japanese, Eastern
Europeans, disabled, etc. One sorry tale has been recognized with a memorial to
the turning away of 900 Jews from
in May 1939. They returned to Nazi Germany where many died.
The Canadian Jewish Congress has
commissioned a moving memorial in cooperation with Pier 21 –
It will be unveiled later this year. An education package has been prepared for
teachers to help students understand racism and discrimination.
On another painful front there is a
billion dollar lawsuit alleging systemic abuse and neglect of former
developmentally disabled residents at Ontario’s
former Huronia Regional Centre in
Historical Art Auction
The late Frank Casey was an outstanding
Some of his work will be exhibited at the
October 12-17 and 42 of his works will be auctioned on Sunday October 17th.
Casey’s work was influenced by the Group of Seven and reflects northern themes.
Wayne LeBelle, La Societe Historique de Nipissing Ouest and the Museum are
overseeing the event. Casey’s daughter’s Iris has provided the works for the
event. For lots of information on these events Google Frank Casey Painter and
you will see several sites including YouTube.
||Iris Casey(L), friend Diane
Johanson and Wayne LeBelle discussing some of Frank Casey’s paintings in
anticipation of the “Frank Casey’s Northern Ontario” exhibition and auction
in West Nipissing. Ian Morrison photo.
Early Feminist Revisited
The old Hardy Boys books were a huge
success in past decades.Many written by Leslie McFarlane from Haileybury. (see
my 2007 article on McFarlane – Google Heritage Perspectives Leslie McFarlane).
They were balanced by the iconic American girl sleuth Nancy Drew. Two hundred
million Drew books were sold along with 5 movies, 2 series and 28 computer
games. All were written by anonymous authors with a pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
Judy Bolton was another popular feminist
sleuth and Drew’s rival in the 1950-60s. All 38
were written by Margaret Sutton who died at 98 – nine years ago. All 38 of the
books will be available again this month for those wishing to remember the past
and for those who want a new read with a female touch.
Grey Owl’s Pilgrim of the Wild
The classic Grey Owl book which profiles
his transition from trapper to environmentalist with the help of his Iroquois
wife Gertrude Bernard (Anahareo) from Mattawa is back in a new paperback
edition. It includes a new informative and accessible introduction. (Dundurn
Press). A great read for those interested in the life of Canadian icon Archie
Belaney aka Grey Owl.
Speaking of Books
I hope to have a book of some of my
favourite Heritage Perspectives columns out by Christmas. Check with Gullivers
Books and Toys North Bay or go online at
www.pastforward.ca. My son Clarke also
has a book out this month. He is a film studies professor at
and is interested in grassroots culture of all sorts. The book,available on
Chapters Indigo, is called Random Acts of Culture: Reclaiming Art & Community in
the 21st Century.
I will be in
until mid November so my column will be curtailed.
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