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September 25, 2009

Voices and Choices in Perspective

Mattawa Museum Opens New Gilbert Parent Display

The Hon.Gilbert Parent long serving Liberal MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons died in March.  The Parent family grew up in Mattawa before moving to Welland where Gilbert was a successful educator and became a member of parliament.  Many relatives remain in Mattawa.

On Sunday September 6th a new exhibit on Gilbert was unveiled with family and friends in attendance.  MPP Monique Smith congratulated the Museum on the recognition of local successful people including Maurice Nadon, Commissioner of the RCMP who also  had a display opened at the museum earlier this summer.

Among the other speakers was Gilbert’s brother Gerry and Gilbert’s daughter Michelle.  A video of Gilbert and a slideshow profiled his life.

Roger Labelle in his birch bark canoe on the Mattawa River with his home in the background. Doug Mackey photo

Birch Bark Canoe Launched

Roger Labelle’s canoe featured here recently was launched in the Mattawa River when it was completed in August to a group of interested guests.  I had the pleasure of a ride when in Mattawa later.  Roger did a remarkable job and the canoe sold to a canoe enthusiast before it was completed.

New North Bay Book Launch

Dr. Francoise Noel, History Professor at Nipissing University will launch her new book Family and Community Life in Northeastern Ontario on Thursday August 15 from 7-8:30pm at Gullivers Books.  The book will appeal to scholars and general readers with an interest in local history.  Many groups are studied with a special focus on the francophone community.

New Anishnaabe Book Now Available

Dr. Roger Spielmann a native studies professor at the University of Sudbury since 1990 and the author of several books has a new book out.  The book is called Anishnaabe World and is subtitled A (Survival) Guide for Building Bridges between Canada & First Nations.  The book is timely, irreverent, humourous and astute.  It is available at Gullivers Books North Bay.  Perry McLeod Shabogesic from Nipissing First Nation is one of the illustrators.

Ribbon cutting with Cec Reid and Bernadette Kerr (past chair) holding ribbon, OPP Constable Carole Dionne, OPP Sergeant Tim Sheppard, Doug Mackey (committee chair), Mayor Barb Groves, Jan Reid (secretary), Shirley Tennant, Patricia Aspin-Lecour , NECO, Murray Rose (Road Superintendent) – with Don Butterworth (vice chair) and Larry Ellery behind. Doug Mackey photo

Chisholm Community Policing Celebrates 15 years

The Chisholm Township CPC met recently to view their updated Community Directory supported by a NECO grant and to celebrate 15 years of service to the community.  The CPC is composed of several community members, a Council Representative, an OPP officer.
OPP 100th Anniversary Workshop

A workshop hosted by the Sudbury Regional Police Museum and supported by the Ontario Historical Society and the Voyageur Heritage Network will take place on Saturday October 17, 2009.  It will run from 1-4pm at the Sudbury YMCA.  It will feature various speakers.  For further information contact Caroline Ross at the Police Museum 705-675-9171, caroline.ross@police.sudbury.on.ca.

David Thompson Statue Unveiled

“The world’s greatest mapmaker” had a statue unveiled in Invermere B.C. recently.  Famous for his exploration ,  surveying and mapmaking  in the 1800s he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Dan Gilmour’s new book Kanata, out this fall, tells his story and there is considerable information on Thompson’s remarkable life online.

What is remarkable about the statue is that it also includes his native wife Charlotte Small who Thompson married when she was 13 and which lasted 58 years.  Wives are not often recognized.  Roy MacGregor in the Globe & Mail wrote at length about how partners are shortchanged especially in Ottawa and praised the statue.

 Amish farmers harvesting the old fashioned way in Chisholm Township. Doug Mackey photo

Amish Farmers Harvest Old Fashioned Way

The large Amish community in Chisholm Township harvests in the old fashioned way ( see photo) by  piling it by hand and picking it up by horse and wagon in a scene reminiscent of the old days in the Township when everyone did it that way.  The young men worked hard for days getting in the crop for the long winter ahead.

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