Monthly Archives: January 2017


Three years after shutting down, Canada's oldest and most notorious prison is now a blockbuster tourist attraction. Is it trading on tragedy? Download article PDF Published in United Church Observer in January 2017 The Kingston Penitentiary was home to Canada's toughest criminals for 178 years before the federal government shuttered the maximum-security institution three years…
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Waking up

  'Begin the year with a little more soulfulness at sunrise’ “Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day,” wrote the American sci-fi author Glen Cook. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve never been a morning person. When I was in high school, my mother would holler…
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A World of Winter Wonders Awaits in Waterloo

You can do it all on an easy-on-the-budget, end-of-year getaway to Ontario's Waterloo region Download article PDF Published in Family Fun Canada in January 2017 No need to book an expensive European vacation this holiday season in order to visit a Victorian castle, ride a steam engine train, shop at an authentic Christkindl German outdoor…
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Underground Railroad history in Buffalo-Niagara

Learn about Underground Railroad history in Buffalo-Niagara during Black History Month Download article PDF Published in Family Fun Canada in January 2017 Do your kids know who Harriet Tubman was? How about Frederick Douglass? Or William Still? These are some of the heroic 'conductors' of the Underground Railroad, the celebrated route to freedom for an…
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Girlfriends visit the grande dames

Buffalo Niagara offers a luxe getaway Download article PDF Published in Visiting Buffalo Niagara in January 2017 With their captivating personalities, regal bearing and rich historical pedigree, Buffalo and Niagara Falls are the grande dames of Western New York State. A mere half hour apart, they offer a double whammy of wining, dining and other…
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Dancing naked under a full moon

‘The time seems right to dig deep and till the soul’ Lose weight. Get organized. Save more money. These are the holiest of new year’s resolutions — the trinity of trials that we must endure until we reach our ultimate triumph: to be thin, rich and have tidy closets. Alas, most of us are doomed…
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