A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order
THE DAY MY APPENDIX DIED!
53 YEARS ON - REMEMBERING WHEN BOTH THE MUSIC AND MY APPENDIX DIED
(from one of my Facebook postings which is getting a lot of traffic)
Today is the day my Appendix died! I was very very young. So young I was placed in a hospital room ward for both male and female youngsters.
It was the Ottawa Civic Hospital. When I awoke after my operation the girl in the next bed was sobbing loudly. Why was she weeping? Was I dead? Had my operation gone badly? Well it wasn't for me.
Turns out while I was in the OR she learned that her favourite rock and roll singer had died in a plane crash. Never heard of him (back then anyway). I was crushed that she did not care about me or my just removed appendix.
So, it was 53 years ago today that my appendix died and Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a horrible plane crash.
Canada’s Biggest City Building Canada’s Biggest Aquarium
By Stephen Weir Believe It or Not Toronto is finally going to have an aquarium. Work has already begun on a new building at the base of the world famous CN Tower. Even though it will be two years before the first Sand Tiger Shark and Carpenter Shark (sawfish) move into Shark Lagoon, three levels of government have already laid out the welcome mat for Ripley Entertainment, the owners of the future aquarium which is scheduled to open in 2013. At a late August press conference Canadian entrepreneurs, Jim Pattison Senior and Junior, officially launched the construction project. The Jim Pattison Group, one of the country’s largest private companies, owns Ripley Entertainment (Ripley’s Believe It or Not), and operates aquariums in both Tennessee and South Carolina. The new Toronto aquarium project has strong financial support and redevelopment monies from the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto…
Media manage to quickly link Eaton shooting with North America's largest Caribbean Canadian festival
Late last week I joked with my associate Craigg Slowly (@ThatTDotGuy) that it would be only a matter of time
before CFRB right wing on-air host Jerry Agar would link the Eaton Centre
shooting with the Caribbean Carnival Toronto (the carnival formally known as
Caribana). Don't know if Agar has taken a run at us yet, but, other media outlets
have indeed made the tenuous link between an inner-city gang shooting at the
Eaton Centre and North America's largest Caribbean cultural event. The Globe and Mail on Saturday did a feature on public safety at Yonge
and Dundas and somehow managed to use the Caribana name. The reporter,
Kelly Grant, listed some of the murders that had occurred near the Dundas /
Yonge intersection. In that list was the 2005 murder of a Brampton man in
Dundas Square - he was shot dead in front of police the day after the 2005 Caribana Parade had ended. It was r…