Archive for July, 2018

“A 70-year-old grandmother has been ordered to serve seven days in
jail for blocking Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby, B.C. gates in opposition to
the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Laurie Embree, a resident of 108 Mile Ranch located more than 400
kilometres north of Burnaby, learned of her sentencing Tuesday. She’s
the first of nine activists facing jail time following their arrests in

In her statement to the court before sentencing, Embree said there
have been “many times when our laws have supported injustices,”
including slavery, child labour and the apprehension of Indigenous

“I truly believe that when we have laws that support injustices, it
is the duty of all good men and women to stand up and challenge those
laws,” she said, according to a press release.

Jean Swanson, an Order of Canada recipient and Vancouver City Council
candidate, was also arrested for blocking the gates of Kinder Morgan’s
Westridge Marine Terminal on June 30. She’s also facing up to seven days
in custody and $5,000 in fines.

“I think it’s an unjust project – not only unjust, but a dangerous project – that we’re trying to stop,” she told APTN News.
“It’s also a ridiculous expenditure of tax money to keep people who
aren’t violent or doing anything bad – who are actually doing something
good – in jail.”

Following opposition by the B.C. government and anti-pipeline
activists, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal
government would purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project
for $4.5 billion, a transaction due to be finalized this fall. That
doesn’t include the estimated $7.4 billion cost to twin the pipeline
from Edmonton to Burnaby.

Swanson said she would rather see the Trudeau government spend that
money on clean drinking water for reserves or invested in solar and wind
energy projects.”

– “Grandmother sentenced to seven days in jail for protesting Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.” APTN News,

July 31, 2018.

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“Spent Night in Bush Tortured With Flies,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 04.

Of the many attempted escapes from Burwash Industrial Farm, an exploit last week by two prisoners is the most novel in the history of the institution to date. The men of the dormitory were taken down to the lake for their customary swim, when two of them swam clear across the lake and took to the bush. When found next day they had made about seven miles on the Canadian Northern tracks in a perfectly nude state, and had suffered untold agony on account of the flies. The deer flies are now bad in that section and the men were severely bitten. They spent the entire night in one of the creeks immersed to the chin to avoid the torture of the flies.

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“Two Prisoners Are Missing and Also Constable,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 04.

According to advices which have reached the Sudbury police two prisoners and a guard, en route from Iroquois Falls to the Burwash Industrial Farm, are missing. No trace can be found of any one of the three, and the last seen of the prisoners was at Sturgeon Falls, at which place they had motored from North Bay. The prisoners were in an intoxicated condition.

A telegram which reached Sudbury Monday night gave the names of the men as Stanley Martin, sentenced to three months, and Angus McDonald, sentenced to one month. They left Iroquois Falls last Friday morning in charge of Special Constable Pete Kennedy and were last seen in Sturgeon Falls Saturday evening in an intoxicated condition, without the constable.

Martin’s age is given at 22, weight about 158, height 5′ 8″, complexion light, short sighted, wears glasses, clean shaven.

McDonald, is 23, weighs 145 pounds, 5′8″ in height, light complexion, usually wears glasses and clean shaven.

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“A Sad Case,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

An extremely sad case was that of Lorne Beck, not yet twenty years of age, and who has spent the best part of his life in jail. He was charged with escaping from Burwash on July 9th. He has a long record and frankly told the court that he spent his boyhood days in an Industrial School. He had been sentenced to Burwash for theft committed while he was in the army.

‘The army is not against you, you are against the world,’ said the Magistrate, as he sentenced Beck to two years in Kingston. Chances of parole to join the army are much better there than at the Burwash instuitution, and recommendedation will be made that Beck be allowed to proceed overseas.

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“Burwash Postman Held Up Last Week,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 04.

The postman at Burwash Industrial Farm was held up one day last week, by no less a personage than Mother Bruin with three small cubs. Driving into camp from the station the postie and Mrs. Bruin came to a spot on the road at one and the same time and wereabout two hundred years distant from each other. The moth and cubs were crossing the road. Mother Bear took full possession of the roadway while the cubs scampered off into the bush. When everything appeared perfectly safe she followed, without any further untoward events. This is the third occasion on which Mrs. Bruin has asserted her authority on the big farm and the likelihood is there will be a big black bearskin hanging up at Burwash some day when those cubs are old enough to do for themselves.

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“Trunk Caused Suspicion At C.P.R. Station,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

Found to Contain High Wines – Other Police Court News.

A suspicious looking trunk in the baggae room of the C.P.R. was the object of an all-day vigil by Provincial Officer Grassick on Friday last. The officer was awaiting the arrival of the owner, and when he failed to appear, the trunk was removed by License Inspector Kilpatrick and upon examination was found to contain six gallons of high wines. The trunk came from Montreal. Alex. Brunet, carter, Saturday evening appeared at the baggage room with a check for the trunk and as a consequence was summoned to police court Monday morning to tell what he knew of the affair.

A rather hazy story was told by Brunet Monday morning the court was skeptical as to its truthfulness. A lady had met him in front of the Queen`s Hotel, he said, nad handed him a baggae check to get the trunk at the station. She was sitting in a rig at the time and Brunet was unable to give her name or description. At the station he was told that the trunk was being held by the authorities and that the lady would have to come herself. According to his own story Brunet went back and reported to the lady that the trunk was too heavy for him to handle, at the same time returning the check. The lady, of course, never called for the trunk.

In giving Brunet the benefit of the doubt the magistrate commented on the fact that it was almost unbelievable that a woman with a vehicle should ask a carter to go to the station for a trunk, and frankly told Brunet that he (Brunet) knew more of the circumstances than he had told. His Worship issued a warning that the next offence would not be dealt with so lenitently.

John Lahti had sold his Studebaker car but the transfer had not yet been approved of by the department, and although he had disposed of the car he was held responsible for driving past a standing street car on the Copper Cliff road. The case was called Saturday and laid over until Monday to allow Lahti to get hold of the real offender, John Ajola, who pleaded guilty. A fine of 41 and costs was levied.

The Dominion police continue the good work of rounding up defaulters and aliens without papers. Scarely a morning passes but what a half dozen or more appear.

Monday morning the aged parents of George Chalotte appeared in court with their son, who was in the custody of the Dominion police. Chalotte’s exemption expired June 1st and he has since failed to report. The magistrate had no alternative but turn him over to the military, despite his pleadings that he was the only support of his parents. The aged mother sobbed bitterly as he was taken away, despite the comforting words of the magistrate, who explained that they should be proud that their son was going to be a soldier, and that they would receive as much or more financial support from the Government as they had previously received from their son.

Wm. Babcock and Norris H. Soucie were also handed over to the military authorities as defaulters.

Magistrate Brodie Monday morning made good his threat, repeated several times in the past few weeks, that an example would be made of aliens who failed to carry their papers, when he fined John Lozoscrack $5 and costs. Excuses no longer will suffice.

Four Italians appeared charged with failing to carry papers.

‘How do I know you are Italians?’ asked the magsitrate. ‘You might be British subjects for all I know. I will give you twenty-four hors to get the proper papers.’

Abraham Jackson, a farmer of the Kelly Lake district, Saturday morning, was fined $300 and costs for having liquor in a place other than a private dwelling. In addition he drew done a fine $10 and costs for disorderly conduct in the house of a neighbouring farmer, A. Israelson.

Four local motorists, Dr. W. J. Cook, W. J. LaForest, David Lawila and Simon Maloney, were arraigned Tuesday morning, charged with passing a standing street car while passengers were alighting, at the post officer corner on the evening of July 26. The motorists pleded not guilty and while Magistrtae Brodie commented that the practice was becoming too common, his Worship pointed out, however, that the car stands at the post office corner some time at various intervals and considered the motorists should take the matter up with the council and have the regulation rectified. The case was remanded till called.

J. M. Balmforth, of Copper Cliff, who exceeded the speed limit on the Copper Cliff road on July 18th, was assessed $10 and costs.

Roy McLaughlin, Creighton Mine, drove his car after dark without proper lights on Monday night and was fined $5 and costs.

Sam Penfold, who hails from Creighton Mine and claims Russia as his native land, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday, where he will be placed in the army until such time as he proves his age.

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“Over the Top With The Best Of Luck!” – By Jim Frise. Toronto Star, July 30, 1938. Page 05.

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“Uproarious Corps Battalions Take Over Whole City,” Toronto Star. July 30, 1938. Page 23.

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“Destructive Boys To Get Strapping,” Toronto Star. July 30, 1938. Page 05.

Caused Damage at Western Ontario Fair Grounds

London, Ont., July 30. – Two 11-year-old boys, convicted of causing extensive damage to buildings in the Western Ontario Fairground buildings, were sent to the York Street Observation Home for a ‘sound’ strapping, under orders issued yesterday by Magistrate Donald B. Menzies in juvenile court.

Four boys were involved in the affair in which windows were smashed, telephone booths wrecked and showcases broken, but the other two were so young they could not be charged in any court.

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Dominic Serres, The Capture of Havana, 1762: Storming of Morro Castle, 30 July. Oil on canvas, 1770-75. National Maritime Museum.  

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Dominic Serres,The Capture of Havana, 1762: the English Battery Before Morro Castle. Oil on canvas, 1770. National Maritime Museum.

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“Rockwood Patient Missing,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 30, 1912. Page 08.

The police have been requested to be on the watch for John Halter, alias Otto Webber, a patient who escaped from Rockwood Asylum, on the 18th inst. He is 5 ft., 4 in, weighs 190 or 200 lbs., bald headed and speaks with a German ascent. Being a criminal patient he is wanted very badly. The suggestion is made that he might be employed on a farm in this vicinity.

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“Travers Back to the ‘Pen’,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 30, 1912. Page 02.

Ex-Bank Manager Arrived Last Night.

Wrecker of Farmers’ Bank Enjoyed Holiday in Toronto – Reported Suspended from Masons.

W. R. Travers, ex-manager of the defunct Farmers’ Bank, has returned to the Penitentiary after a few months’ sojourn in Toronto, where he gave evidence in the enquiry into the failure of the Farmers’ Bank. The distinguished visitor arrived in the city last evening and after taking a short constitutional was taken out to the penitentiary.

Travers’ sojourn in Toronto apparently agreed with him for he was somewhat stouter than when he left the penitentiary several months ago. He had none of the ear marks of a convict and was treated with a certain amount of deference by his guard. There was no sign of the irons with which an ordinary prisoner is shackled. It is stated that after Travers had dinner he was invited into the bar for refreshments, but declined on the ground that he did not care for anything after his meals.

It is understood that Travers has been suspended from the Masonic Order, because of the disgrace of serving a penitentiary sentence. A despatch from Toronto states that a local Mason was authorized to serve papers on him in the penitentiary, calling on him to give reasons why he should not be suspended from the Order. Before he was served he was taken to Toronto to give evidence and it is understood that while he was there he was given notice of his suspension.

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“Back to Nanjing Road. Shangai. 1975. The stores are adorned with propaganda banners.
The one on the right is a quote from Lenin: ‘Without revolutionary
theory there can be no revolutionary movement.’” 


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