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It’s official now!

I am proud to say, officially, that I’m a winner of the NanoWriMo 2014 challenge of 50,000 words!  I also want to congratulate every other participant, winner or not!

I’m still a little ways off finishing the book, but I’ve got a heck of a start on it, and will keep going at this pace ’till November 30th!

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Winner of the 2014 Nano challenge!


Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Author, Canadian-related Links, November, Publishing


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Empress of Ireland Sinks in Fifteen Minutes

This post about the Empress of Ireland disaster is absolutely a great read! While you are at “Juxt In Time” be sure to have a look around; a very interesting place to settle down with a cup of tea or coffee! – tk

Juxt In Time

The New York Tribune May 30, 1914 The New York Tribune May 30, 1914

954 Drowned in Steamship Crash;

Empress of Ireland Sinks in Fog;

Goes to Bottom in Fifteen Minutes

Canadian Pacific Liner, Struck by Collier in St. Lawrence River at Daybreak

Many Survivors Tell the Story

Blow Cleaves Ship Almost in Twain and Boiler Explosion Ends All–433 Saved, Mostly from Second Cabin and Crew–S.O.S. Brings Vessels Too Late

Rimouski – Of a total of 1,387 persona on board the Canadian Pacific Liner Empress of Ireland when she sailed yesterday from Quebec for Liverpool, 954 were lost when the liner was rammed by the Danish collier Storstad and sank of Father Point, in the St. Lawrence River. [It was later determined that there were 1,477 people on board and 1,012 died.]

Looming up through the river mists, as the Empress of Ireland was lying to, waiting for the fog to lift or day to break, the…

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First in the world, don’t you know

Just a re-blog of a while back.  I was going through older posts and liked this one.  So here it is again …

George Edouard Desbarats published the first issue of Canadian Illustrated News in Montreal on October 30, 1838. It is the world’s first to use the new half-tone technique to reproduce a photograph.

English: Canadian Illustrated News, Vol.XXII, ...

English: Canadian Illustrated News, Vol.XXII, No. 7, Page 97. Photo: From Library and Archives Canada. Title: Come to Stay Artist: Julien, Henri, 1852-1908 Date: 14 August, 1880 Pagination: vol.XXII, no. 7, 97 Notes: Canada welcomes these bands of immigrants who, in such numbers, last week, came to settle in the Dominion, instead of passing to the United States. Subject: Immigrants Record: 110 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Black History in Canada, Part Three

In part three of our Black History Month series, I would like to introduce you to Carrie Best.

She was born on March 4, 1903, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Best and her son Cal were arrested for sitting downstairs in the whites-only seats at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow. They were charged with disturbing the peace, convicted and fined.

In 1946, Best founded The Clarion, the first Black-owned and published Nova Scotia newspaper. Later, in 1952, her radio show, called The Quiet Corner, went on the air. It was on for 12 years and was broadcast on four radio stations throughout the Maritime Provinces. In 1968, she was hired as a columnist for the Pictou Advocate, a newspaper based in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The column ran until 1975 under the heading of “Human Rights.”

Carrie Best certainly was recognized. She earned, for instance, Member of the Order of Canada in 1974; Awarded the Queen Elizabeth Medal in 1977; Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979; Awarded an honorary doctor of civil laws (DC.L.) from the University of King’s College, Halifax, in 1992; Founded the Kay Livingstone Visible Minority Women’s Society of Nova Scotia in 1975; Inducted into the Nova Scotia Black Wall of Fame in 1980; Received the Harry Jerome Award in 1986; Received the Harambee Membership Plaque in 1987; Received the Black Professional Women’s Group Award Certificate in 1989; Received the Minister’s Award of Excellence in Race Relations—Minister of State for Multiculturalism, in 1990; Received the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Award in 1991; Received the Town of New Glasgow Award for work in race relations in 1992; Received the Congress of Black Women Certificate in 1993.

Carrie Best died in July 2001 in New Glasgow.


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Please share to show my pupils how far a photo can go (even if you don’t want it to!)

Everyone, not just children, should learn this lesson. Hopefully, this will help someone. -tkmorin

Not about everything

Sharing this, because it seems an interesting lesson.

I am teaching E-safety to my pupils at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo and see how far it gets, I want to show my students how easily photos etc can go viral, even when you may not want them to. Share it and see how far it goes!


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S’Now Fool That One!

A map of Ontario highlighting Ottawa

A map of Ontario highlighting Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This Ottawa 80-year old makes clearing a driveway look easy!


i would suggest going over to the Ottawa Citizen site to read (and view) this story!





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This week in Canadian History – December Week 2

Canada’s Sherlock Holmes!

Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detective John Wilson Murray was the Canadian version of Sherlock Holmes. Are you familiar with Canada’s Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian drama television series on both Citytv and CBC Television, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto, Ontario, in the 1890s? Well, it’s based on Murray.

For most of his thirty-one year career during the late 1800s, he was the only provincial police detective in a jurisdiction that extended east from Montreal to Rat Portage in Manitoba. He never gave up on a case and his tenacity earned him the nickname “Old Never-Let-Go.”

Murray was born in Scotland in 1840 and moved to New York as a child. At seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Navy and he had his first taste of detective work during the Civil War. In 1862, he uncovered a complicated plot to free 4,000 Confederate prisoners.

After working as a special agent for the Navy he joined the Erie police force and, ultimately, came to Canada as Head of Detectives for the Canadian Southern Railway. In 1874, Ontario Attorney General Sir Oliver Mowat persuaded him to accept the position of Provincial Detective of Ontario.

Murray proved to be a tireless investigator who was far ahead of his time in scientific criminal detection. Many a conniving soul found themselves convicted literally by their soles, since he was one of the first detectives in the world to realize the importance of footprints. He regularly requested an autopsy on murder victims and had clothing and murder weapons chemically tested for clues.

Between 1875 and 1880, counterfeiters embarked on a bold effort that sent over one million dollars in phony bills into circulation throughout North America. The plates used to make the bills were so finely crafted that even the bank officials could not identify the fakes. In the far north-west $200,000 of such money was used to pay for furs that were shipped to England, Montreal and New York.

After contacting known “con” men in New York, Murray determined the bills to be the work of John Hill and Edwin Johnson, who were very skilful engravers. After discounting Hill as an active suspect, Murray spent months tracking Johnson and his family to Toronto.

He staked out the Johnson house, and began conducting covert interviews with everyone from the family’s butcher to the milkman to find patterns of behaviour.

Everything appeared normal, until one day Murray followed Johnson on a boozy, bar-hopping session from Toronto to rural Markham. After many stops, the tipsy Johnson paid for a drink with a counterfeit one dollar bill, and continued to so so at various stops, culminating in a four dollar purchase of a neck tie. Johnson was arrested.

Plates valued at $40,000 were unearthed in a north Toronto wood-lot, where they had been carefully wrapped in oilcloth and encased in a protective coating of beeswax. There were twenty-one separate copper plates used to recreate seven different bills, including a U.S. five dollar note. Johnson’s wife and seven children had all been involved in the creation and distribution of the phony money, which was printed only once a year and quickly turned over to wholesale dealers known as “shovers.”

Johnson’s fatal flaw was his penchant for using the counterfeit money when he was inebriated. His nemesis, Detective John Wilson Murray, noted: “Crime lost a genius when old man Johnson died.”

Fascinating man, don’t you agree? This is just one anecdote. To read more about Murray, here are a few places to start: for instance, there is the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and then the Mount Royal University, as well as The Torontoist – all great reads! To read more still about this great man, you can download the 500-page book, “Memoirs of a great detective” by Victor Speer from 1904.


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