Month: June 2017

Did You Know…

Did You Know… Chrysanthemums are Hamilton’s official flower and that Hamilton also hosts an annual event called ‘The Mum Show’ in late October? It takes place at the Gage Park Greenhouse and Tropical Park and features over 200 different varieties of this flower. Did You Know… The first bank in Hamilton opened Monday May 2nd, 1835 as The Gore Bank of Hamilton located on King St. W between McNab and Charles St. The Bank received it’s charter in 1835.In 1869 it along with 4 other banks amalgamated with the C.I.B.C (Canadian Bank of Commerce). The original Gore bank was tore down in 1929. Did You Know… Hamilton held Canada’s oldest and most prestigious horse race The Queen’s Plate in 1866? Originally raced at Carleton Racetrack in Toronto in 1860 it was decided Hamilton would host the race as part of celebrations in the city for Queen Victoria’s birthday. The race was run at the Hamilton Riding and Driving Park located at what we know today as Gage Park. It was considered one of the finest racecourses in North America at the time. The winner of that race was Beacon who was trained and ridden by Johnny Gagen in 1:54.0. The tradition continues with 158th running the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto going to the post on July 2nd 2017. Did You Know… When Hamilton firefighters return to their stations following a call they...

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Some Canadian Facts

By Brian Roulston 150 years ago, the Dominion of Canada was born on July 1, 1867. The word Dominion indicated Canada was now a self-governing colony of the British Empire. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec became the first provinces in 1867. Other provinces and territories were added since confederation, with the most recent being Nunavut, a territory formed in 1999. 1870 – Manitoba, Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) 1871 – British Columbia 1873 – Prince Edward Island 1880 – Transfer of the Arctic Islands (to N.W.T.) 1898 – Yukon Territory 1905 – Alberta, Saskatchewan 1949 – Newfoundland and Labrador...

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Book Club Corner – American Heiress

By Kit Darling In May we discussed American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. This New York Times Bestseller is described as an antidote for anyone suffering Downtown Abbey withdrawal. Cora, only daughter of a very rich flour magnate and an ambitious mother, is taken to England with the express purpose of finding a titled husband. Her mother is hoping for a prince but she finds a duke with an appropriately ramshackle home and little money. What seemed to start as a marriage for love begins to appear to be a marriage for American money. Romance however wins out in the...

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