The dispute that saved the Welland Canal

– Illustration by Malcolm Jones – For most Canadians, the Great War, an ocean away and a century ago, is a distant horror. We know of the tragic valour of Canadian soldiers on the battlefields of France from Ypres to Artois to the Somme. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a fitting monument to...
  • Yes, we really thought it would fly

    August 21, 2018 by Terry Fallis
    I had a youthful fascination with planes, rockets, gliders, helicopters and just about everything else that flew. Books helped fuel this interest, including Pilot Jack Knight and Reach for the Sky, Paul Brickhill’s biography of Douglas Bader. He was the English First World War pilot...
  • Reading at the Legion

    June 26, 2018 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones –   Many people labour under the misconception that when a publisher releases a novel, the writer’s job is done. Ha! Oh, were it only true. You see, to eke out a living as a novelist in this big but...
  • Some parts may be missing

    April 16, 2018 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones – I’ve noted before in these missives, I have no real experience in the Canadian Armed Forces—for which Canadians should be thankful—beyond a couple of indirect connections.  First, for three years as part of my day job, I provided media...
  • The urge to fly, but how?

    February 15, 2018 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones – When I was a kid, I was fascinated by anything that flew. I well remember spending birthday money on those 25-cent balsa wood gliders. The first challenge was assembling them without snapping the fragile wings. They actually flew pretty...
  • Centurions of Christmas

    December 14, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones – There’s a photo that hangs in our church taken in the early 1940s. It’s a big church in Toronto—it seats about 800 or so—with one of the largest United Church congregations in Canada. The photo was taken from up...
  • Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

    October 3, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue...
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